Global Europe

Enlargement 24-05-2019

Macron and the EU enlargement make-believe

French politicians’ fear of losing votes in the elections jeopardizes the dream of uniting Europe, writes Srdjan Cviijic.
24-05-2019

In northwest Siberia, Russia’s flagship gas project defies pipeline politics

Rarely has the construction of a gas pipeline in Europe caused such a heated dispute as Nord Stream 2. EURACTIV went to the source to explore the economic, political, legal and societal dimensions of Russia's controversial pipeline project.
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Central Asia 24-05-2019

China-Europe rail route through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus exceeds expectations in 2019, says UTLC ERA President

The China-Europe railroad shipment route that crosses Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus has become more popular due to the efforts of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance (UTLC ERA) and participating countries, said President Alexey Grom.
Central Asia 24-05-2019

Kazakhstan takes its presidential elections seriously

Kazakhs will vote for a new President on 9 June and, for the first time since the country’s independence, Nursultan Nazarbayev is not running. Diplomats say the winner will certainly be Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, but six other candidates have joined the race.
24-05-2019

200,000 displaced Syrians flee towards Turkey

Pressure is mounting on Turkish authorities to open their borders to more than 200,000 refugees from Syria. What prevents the refugees from entering is a 764-km wall Turkey has built along the border, in fear of Kurdish "terrorists".

Timmermans: A green candidate in the red corner

Frans Timmermans, the Socialists’ leading candidate, has promised a sustainable Europe if he is given the nod to lead the next European Commission. But how sustainable are the Dutchman’s green credentials?
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Central Asia 23-05-2019

European Commission adopts strategy to deepen relations with Central Asia

The European Commission adopted on 15 May a new strategy on relations with Central Asia, meant to deepen relations and capitalise on the region’s growing influence.
Energy 23-05-2019

The US isn’t protecting oil supplies from the Middle East, it wants to control prices as foreign policy

America’s extensive use of military and economic coercion in the Middle East and other oil-producing countries around the world reflects the US’s new position as an exporter of oil and liquefied natural gas, argues Robin Mills. Robin Mills is the...

EU elections 2019: How to defend and represent Europe?

Europe's foreign and defence policy has always been a very contagious matter with widely divergent views on how to pursue it. Ahead of this week’s vote, EURACTIV looks at proposals from the main European political parties on strategic autonomy, qualified majority voting in foreign policy matters and a stronger EU voice on the global stage.

Turkey preparing for possible US sanctions over S-400s

Turkey’s defence minister said it was preparing for potential US sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, even while he said there was some improvement in talks with the United States over buying F-35 fighter jets.

London to host 70th anniversary NATO summit

The next NATO summit will be held in London in December, marking the alliance's 70th anniversary, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday (22 May).
22-05-2019

Barnier urges Ankara to show restraint in Cyprus drilling spat

The European Union on Monday (20 May) called on Turkey to show restraint and respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus in a dispute over exploiting energy wealth off the Mediterranean island.
Central Asia 22-05-2019

EU puts hope in Kazakhstan in helping unlock the WTO knot

At the Astana Economic Forum, a representative of the EU hinted that the host country, Kazakhstan, could play a role in helping to bridge differences over the reform of the World Trade Organisation
Armenia 22-05-2019

Council of Europe warns Armenia over plan to block court entrances

Monitors from the Council of Europe, the organisation specialised in human rights, appealed on Tuesday (21 May) to the authorities in Armenia to refrain from any actions that could be seen as undemocratic, following a judge’s decision to release former President Robert Kocharyan from pre-trial detention.
Europe's East 21-05-2019

High fives, selfies and a snap election as Zelenskiy takes power in Ukraine

Television comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy took the oath of office as Ukraine’s new president on Monday (20 May), promising that as hard as he had worked in the past to make Ukrainians laugh, he would now work to keep them from crying.
21-05-2019

EU elections 2019: Where do parties stand on migration?

Although irregular arrivals in Europe are at their lowest level in five years, migration remains one of the top priorities for European citizens in the upcoming EU election. EURACTIV has looked into the European parties’ proposals on the matter.
Central Asia 21-05-2019

Kazakhstan: New political realities

Kazakhstan’s first president Nursultan Nazarbayev surprisingly resigned on 19 March and announced that the Speaker of the Senate, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, will serve as interim leader before the next presidential election, which will take place on 9 June.
Central Asia 20-05-2019

At Nur-Sultan forum, leaders advise focus on education

Kazakhstan is investing in human capital and plans to become one of the world’s 30 most advanced nations by 2050. At a recent conference in the capital Nur-Sultan, leaders and economists offered advice, valid also for other countries as well: to focus on education.
Politics 20-05-2019

#EU2019 – Though not a member, Serbia eyes EU polls carefully

EU candidate Serbia is carefully watching this week's European Parliament election as its result may impact Belgrade's progress towards EU membership. Though Brussels is not expected to abandon enlargement, the process is almost certain to slow down, at least this year.
EU-China 20-05-2019

EU to use China as guinea pig to monitor bilateral summit deals

EU member states have decided to set up a new mechanism to monitor China's progress in implementing agreed commitments, with the aim of extending such controls to other bilateral relations, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Cybersecurity 17-05-2019

Christchurch Call: EU struggling to get anti-terror measures right

New Zealand and France gathered states and social media organisations around the same table on Wednesday (15 May) to take joint action against terror online. The EU has been negotiating a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online for months, but critics find it too restrictive and fear censorship. EURACTIV Germany reports

EU fends off US attack in spat over the bloc’s military reforms

The EU responded on Thursday (16 May) to US accusations that a new European military pact risks shutting out American companies of European defence projects and undermine NATO.
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Central Asia 16-05-2019

UK to support Kazakhstan’s development, strengthen relations throughout country’s political transition, says British envoy

As Kazakhstan enters a new period in its history, the United Kingdom seeks to continue supporting the country’s development and maintaining and strengthening relations, British Ambassador to Kazakhstan Michael Gifford told The Astana Times.
Central Asia 16-05-2019

Nazarbayev: I stepped down in the interest of the people of Kazakhstan

The first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, was the main speaker and the centre of attention at the 12th edition of the Astana Economic Forum on Thursday (16 May). To a wide international audience, he provided explanations for his recent...

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