Global Europe

Enlargement 23-07-2021

Outgoing Bosnia peace envoy imposes jail terms for genocide denial

Bosnia's outgoing international peace overseer decreed amendments to its criminal code on Friday (23 July) to allow jail terms for the denial of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide, a frequently expressed view among nationalist Serbs.
Digital & Media 23-07-2021

Telekom Srbija: Vucic’s weapon to stifle media freedom

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić bases his power largely on media influence. In this respect, state-owned cable and broadband provider Telekom Srbija is used as a political weapon, writes Darko Čačić.
23-07-2021

Facing triple crises, Tunisia is in trouble

Each crisis on its own would debilitate any country. In Tunisia, they add fuel to the others, creating a vicious cycle of inaction and instability that threatens to undermine the fragile democratic transition, writes Sarah Yerkes.
Future EU 23-07-2021

Kaczynski and Putin’s alliance without friendship

It is wrong to assume that Europe's far-right are divided in their attitudes to Putin's Russia, writes Maciej Kisilowski.
23-07-2021

Global Europe Brief: EU’s Olympic dreams shattered

In this week’s edition: EU’s Olympic (flag) politics, Cyprus plans and Nord Stream 2 deal, challenged.

France’s exit from the Sahel war offers Russia an opportunity to move in

Another Western army is leaving a fragile, landlocked region. But whereas the United States has pulled its troops out of one country, Afghanistan, France is walking away from five, argues Faisal Al Yafai
Eastern Europe 23-07-2021

Newer EU members support Associated Trio as ‘champions’

Though vast majority of EU countries welcome deeper integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, their "Associated Trio" initiative finds more support within Eastern and Central Europe, while the Commission and Western member states remain hesitant to adopt the term.
23-07-2021

Argentina complains to Russia over vaccine delivery

Argentina has complained to Russia about delays in delivering second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a letter warning of breach of contract repercussions, the government in Buenos Aires said Thursday (22 July).
Eastern Europe 22-07-2021

The Brief – Too many cooks in the foreign policy kitchen?

In the Georgian Black Sea resort Batumi, taxi drivers, who usually talk about the likes of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, are currently talking about European Council President Charles Michel. In Georgia’s political crisis following the last parliamentary election in October...
China 22-07-2021

China, the new Atlantis between the United States and Europe?

During the recent tour of US President Joe Biden to Europe, EU nations continued to resist taking sides, its leaders instead repeating the term “strategic autonomy”, writes Joël Ruet.
Central Asia 22-07-2021

Tashkent conference: Connectivity and the need for a stable Afghanistan

EURACTIV republishes the latest blogpost by EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell who takes stock from his participation to the Central-South Asia Connectivity Conference held in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, on 15-16 July.
Europe's East 22-07-2021

Russia takes Ukraine to European court over MH17 plane crash

Russia said Thursday (22 July) it had filed a complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights, blaming Kyiv for the 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner and civilian deaths in Russia and Ukraine.
China 22-07-2021

China rejects WHO plan for study of COVID-19 origin

China rejected on Thursday (22 July) a World Health Organization (WHO) plan for a second phase of an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus, which includes the hypothesis it could have escaped from a Chinese laboratory, a top health...

Ukraine gets compensation in exchange for US-Germany deal on Nord Stream 2

Germany and the US struck a compromise on Wednesday (21 July) over the construction of the Russian-backed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. According to the deal, Germany will provide assistance for Ukraine's energy security, with an initial donation of €148.3 million.
China 22-07-2021

Montenegro starts paying off $1 billion Chinese road loan

Montenegro paid the first instalment of a billion-dollar road loan from China that critics say could wreck the Balkan nation's economy.
Europe's East 21-07-2021

On Washington visit, Belarus opposition leader asks US for more help

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed on Monday (19 July) for more help from the United States as she began a visit to Washington for meetings with top Biden administration officials this week.
21-07-2021

EU, US reject Erdogan’s plans for a two-state solution in Cyprus

Brussels and Washington have reacted strongly to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to partially reopen a coastal resort town emptied of its original Greek Cypriot residents as well as his proposal for a two-state solution on Cyprus issue.

The Brief – Flattery by imitation

There’s no flattery like imitation, at least when it comes to migration control. Taking their lead from aggressive migration control measures in Denmark and the UK, Lithuania’s parliament last week approved the mass detention of migrants, in a move meant to deter high numbers crossing into the EU from Belarus.
Digital & Media 20-07-2021

US, Europe condemn China for ‘malicious’ Microsoft cyberattack

The United States on Monday (19 July) accused Beijing of carrying out a massive hack of Microsoft email servers and charged four Chinese nationals as it rallied the EU and other allies in rare joint statement condemning "malicious" cyber activity from China.
Eastern Europe 20-07-2021

Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova seek acceptance of their EU membership perspective

A summit between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi culminated on Monday (19 July) with the signature of a declaration calling for the EU to acknowledge the perspective of these countries to become full EU members one day. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
19-07-2021

The Brief – Watch your Olympic (flag) politics

Since their start in 1896, modern-day Olympic Games have rarely been free of politics. The upcoming Tokyo Games, opening on Friday, seem unlikely to break away from that pattern.
19-07-2021

The Associated Trio in action

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For Georgia, who last April initiated the Associated Trio format with Ukraine and Moldova, the presence of Charles Michel at a summit of the three countries in Batumi on 19 July is perceived as a milestone. Until now the Trio initiative was met...
Eastern Europe 19-07-2021

Charles Michel heralds more EU involvement in the South Caucasus

European Council President Charles Michel will attend a regional summit in the Georgian Black Sea city of Batumi on Monday (19 July), after a weekend visit of Armenia and Azerbaijan, in what appears as an attempt to keep the region closer to the EU. EURACTIV reports from Batumi.
19-07-2021

EU wants its flag to fly at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas and Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Sunday (18 July) said they had asked athletes from Slovenia – currently holding the EU Council’s rotating presidency – to be allowed to bear the bloc’s starred flag as well as their own national flag at the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony.