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Eastern Europe 02-03-2021

EU to assess progress in Georgia mediation talks on 15 March

After his unexpected visit to Tbilisi to mediate the deepening political crisis in Georgia, European Council President Charles Michel said progress in talks between the ruling party and the opposition will be assessed in two weeks.
02-03-2021

US to impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning: report

US President Joe Biden's administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for the poisoning and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, CNN reported Monday.
01-03-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Vaccine geopolitics

In any civilisation, one commodity is more precious than the others, and it naturally becomes the bedrock of power. Could be salt, could be gold, could be the US dollar. Now it’s the COVID-19 vaccines.
EU-Africa 01-03-2021

EU-Ethiopia diplomatic feud intensifies over Tigray criticism

Ethiopian diplomats have stoked a growing diplomatic feud with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy, Finland’s Pekka Haavisto, harshly criticised the government’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray province.
Eastern Europe 01-03-2021

Michel seeks to mediate Georgian political crisis

In an unusual move, European Council President Charles Michel invited Georgia's ruling and opposition parties for talks under his mediation over dinner during his visit to Tbilisi on Monday (1 March).
01-03-2021

Navalny’s penal colony, a Kremlin weapon to ‘break’ him

Until last week, the provincial town of Pokrov outside Moscow, lined with Soviet-era residential blocks and teetering wooden homes, had only one claim to fame: a monument to chocolate.
01-03-2021

EU audits Indian vaccine maker as AstraZeneca looks to boost supplies to the bloc

Europe’s drug regulator is auditing the manufacturing site of the Serum Institute of India (SII), a source with knowledge of the matter said, a necessary step before AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine made there can be exported to the bloc.
01-03-2021

Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents charged with security crime

Dozens of Hong Kong dissidents were charged with subversion on Sunday (28 February) in the largest use yet of Beijing's sweeping new national security law, as authorities seek to cripple the financial hub's democracy movement.
01-03-2021

Eight killed in Myanmar crackdown’s bloodiest day

Myanmar security forces opened fire on protestors Sunday (28 February), killing at least eight in the bloodiest action so far to smother opposition to the military coup four weeks ago.
01-03-2021

Iran rules out nuclear deal meeting, says time not ‘suitable’

Iran on Sunday (28 February) dismissed Europe's offer for an informal meeting involving the United States on the troubled 2015 nuclear deal, saying the time is not "suitable" as Washington has failed to lift sanctions.
China 01-03-2021

Hungarian PM receives Chinese vaccine as government ramps up rollout

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm, Orbán announced on his official Facebook page on Sunday (28 February) as the country tries to accelerate its vaccination programme.
Health 01-03-2021

How Brussels can help or hinder the fight against malaria

The EU's Biodiversity Strategy is a defining moment not only for conservation but for setting out the parameters within which people and planet can be protected, writes Fredros Okumu,
01-03-2021

EU recalls envoy to Cuba over US sanctions comments

The European Union has recalled its ambassador in Havana after he signed an open letter calling on US President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba, a spokesman said on Saturday (27 February).
Central Asia 01-03-2021

Fugitive kleptocrat supports protest in Kazakhstan

Police in Kazakhstan detained dozens of protesters on Sunday (28 February) who were calling for the release of political prisoners in line with a resolution passed by the European Parliament.

EU and NATO leaders aim to expand cooperation, despite dreams of ‘strategic autonomy’

EU leaders on Friday (26 February) debated efforts aimed at beefing up the bloc's defence capabilities. The discussion comes as ambitions of the EU as a 'geopolitical actor' remain unheeded.
China 26-02-2021

Chinese coronavirus jab brings relief, and concern in Hungary

We should be happy to get any vaccine," said Laszlo Cservak, a pensioner queueing in Budapest for China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine shot after Hungary became the first EU member to start using it.
Stakeholder Opinion
26-02-2021

Reimagining diplomacy in the post-COVID world: An Indian perspective

We enter 2021, hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. While each society has dealt with it uniquely, global diplomacy will nevertheless focus on common concerns and shared lessons. Much of that revolves around the nature of globalization.
China 26-02-2021

Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday (25 February) passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.
26-02-2021

Ticket to ride: Vaccine passports divide world

As European Union leaders debated the idea Thursday (25 February) amid claims that it could be divisive and discriminatory, on the global scale, the idea of vaccine passports, which would allow people who have been inoculated the freedom to travel,...
26-02-2021

EU declares Venezuela envoy persona non grata

The European Union declared Venezuela's ambassador to the bloc "persona non grata" on Thursday (25 February) in a tit-for-tat move after Caracas expelled its own envoy.
26-02-2021

Extremists and terrorists use pandemic to ‘sell’ their messages, Europol chief warns

Extremist groups, left-wing and right-wing, jihadists and radicals, are taking advantage of the vulnerability created by the pandemic in Europe to spread their message of hate on social networks and the internet, the chief of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), Catherine De Bolle, has warned.
Armenia 26-02-2021

EU calls on Armenian army ‘to maintain neutrality’ in political matters

After Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan accused the military of an attempted coup on Thursday (25 February), a EU spokesman called on the armed forces to "maintain neutrality in political matters" in line with Armenia's Constitution.
Energy 25-02-2021

Strategic Compass and the EU’s €440 million failed gas projects

  This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about Friday’s EU summit, where the leaders are expected to discuss security and defence issues. During the first part of their meeting, they will be joined by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg...
Armenia 25-02-2021

Thousands rally in Armenia after PM warns of coup attempt

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned of an attempted military coup against him on Thursday (25 February), and thousands took to the streets of the capital to support him after the army demanded he and his government resign.
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