Europe's East

Politics 13-06-2018

The Brief – Anti-system diplomacy? Let’s have more!

On the same day, 12 June 2018, anti-system politicians in two wildly different spots of the globe did their best to solve the world’s most complicated conundrums.
13-06-2018

EU issues encouraging messages ahead of 10th anniversary of Russia-Georgia war

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the EU has not given up seeking a “true solution” to the conflict.
Energy 12-06-2018

Three presidents inaugurate TANAP pipeline in Turkey

The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia will inaugurate today (12 June) the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), a key section of Europe's long-delayed Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), according to announcements made in the three country's media.
Global Europe 12-06-2018

Germany, France voice cautious hope on reviving Ukraine peace process

Germany and France voiced cautious optimism Monday that Russia and Ukraine will take steps to revive the long-stalled peace process in the smouldering Ukraine war that has claimed 10,000 lives.
08-06-2018

Ukraine approves anti-corruption court, but sacks reformist finance minister

Ukrainian lawmakers yesterday (7 June) approved key legislation to create a long-awaited anti-corruption court while also voting to dismiss the country's finance minister, a respected reformer backed by the West.
Global Europe 07-06-2018

UN seeks ‘immediate’ heavy arms pullout in Eastern Ukraine

The UN Security Council condemned yesterday (6 June) "continuous violations of the ceasefire" in Ukraine's east and called for an immediate withdrawal of heavy weapons.
Energy 07-06-2018

New Italian minister calls the TAP pipeline ‘pointless’

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte comfortably won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament yesterday (6 June), but divisions inside his coalition put at risk a major gas pipeline project, seen by Brussels as a cornerstone of EU’s energy security.
Global Europe 06-06-2018

In Austria, Putin calls for lifting sanctions, Kurz sticks by EU position

Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday (5 June) the European Union should end damaging sanctions against Moscow imposed over the Ukraine crisis and its annexation of Crimea.
30-05-2018

Georgia cuts diplomatic ties with Syria after recognition of separatists

Georgia said on Tuesday (29 May) it had started procedures to sever diplomatic relations with Syria after Damascus recognised its breakaway regions as independent states, a move Tbilisi dubbed manipulation from Russia.
Azerbaijan 29-05-2018

Azerbaijan inaugurates Southern Gas Corridor key terminal

Azerbaijan inaugurated on Tuesday (29 May) a terminal that is planned to be the starting point of the first pipeline to transport gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, bypassing Russia.
Azerbaijan 28-05-2018

France to intensify efforts to end Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

France plans to intensify efforts to find a solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.
Economy & Jobs 25-05-2018

Romania squandering EU funding, Moldova deserves more, says EU regional boss

Romanian Commissioner Corina Creţu wants her country to take full advantage of the EU funding that is on offer and for Moldova to meet the bloc’s accession criteria in order to unlock even more financing.
Global Europe 25-05-2018

Pressure builds on Russia under MH17 investigation

Dutch prosecutors identified a Russian military unit on Thursday (24 May) as the source of the missile that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 people on board.
Global Europe 24-05-2018

Macron and Putin: ‘Frenemies’ reunited

With relations between the West and Russia at historic lows, French President Emmanuel Macron travels to St Petersburg Thursday to seek common ground with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
23-05-2018

Belarus ends ‘teddy bear spat’ with Sweden, names envoy

Belarus on Tuesday (22 May) appointed its first ambassador to Sweden for almost six years, resolving a bitter diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt involving teddy bears.
Global Europe 18-05-2018

Poland pushes for UN mission at Ukraine-Russia border

Poland's president on Thursday (17 May) asked the UN Security Council to deploy a UN peacekeeping force to Ukraine throughout a zone of conflict that Western powers accuse Russia of fomenting.
Azerbaijan 17-05-2018

MEP Nicolai: European Parliament is sometimes arrogant with EU’s neighbours

The EU has already failed in the Mediterranean and is hardly a relevant player there. Now it risks being isolated if it repeats the same mistake with its Eastern neighbours, Norica Nicolai, the European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement, told EURACTIV.
Politics 17-05-2018

Leading MEP: EU-Azerbaijan relations ‘never better’

EU-Azeri relations have “never been better”, says Sajjad Karim, the Conservative MEP who co-chairs the EU-Azerbaijan parliamentary co-operation committee.
Global Europe 16-05-2018

Putin opens new bridge to Crimea, provoking Ukraine, Western ire

President Vladimir Putin drew condemnation from the US, Europe and Ukraine on Tuesday (15 May) after he opened a new bridge linking mainland Russia and Moscow-annexed Crimea by driving a truck across it to the peninsula.
EU-China 15-05-2018

The Brief – Weaving the silk road into the 21st century

China’s ‘Belt & Road’ initiative, a network of overland road and rail routes and maritime links meant to transport oil and gas from China to Europe, has been described as a 21st century silk road. But how long can it last?
Armenia 11-05-2018

The Brief: Smooth velvet

Away from the spotlight, while Europe was biting its nails over Trump and Iran, one of the continent’s most far-flung corners had itself a peaceful revolution this week. It may be too early to tell, but it’s worth asking: Could...
Azerbaijan 11-05-2018

Baku’s new silk road can connect Europe to the east

At the heart of a 21st-century silk route connecting Asia and Europe, Baku is the natural geographic meeting point for east and west. An ancient city on the original silk road, the city now has its eyes on becoming a...
Armenia 09-05-2018

Armenia’s revolutionary PM: ‘Deepened relations with EU’ on agenda

New Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan used his first day in power on Wednesday (9 May) to call for deeper relations with both the European Union and Russia, as well as insisting that the public support that swept him to his new job will help build a majority government.
Azerbaijan 09-05-2018

Lawmakers hail rebuilt EU-Azeri relations

Lawmakers from Brussels and Azerbaijan hailed on Tuesday (8 May) the rebuilding of EU-Azeri relations, broken off almost three years ago. Following a two-day meeting of the EU-Azerbaijan Co-operation Committee, both sides voiced readiness to improve further on the political and economic front.