Global Europe

Cities & regions 29-07-2021

Basque country leads way in implementing global development goals

While the sustainable development agenda took a back seat during the pandemic, one region in Spain pressed ahead with creating an 'ecosystem for sustainable development goals' to reach global goals locally. To take a closer look, EURACTIV spoke with Marta Marín, delegate of the Basque Country's mission to the EU.
Eastern Europe 21-07-2021

Georgia FM: We need a post-2020 Eastern Partnership agenda perspective

In an exclusive interview, the foreign minister of Georgia, David Zalkaliani, discussed this week's Associated Trio summit in Batumi, relations with Ukraine, the internal political process and the country’s EU ambition.
13-07-2021

Lithuania: Official entities participate in Belarus human trafficking

Official entities, such as airlines and tourist agencies, are involved in organised human trafficking via Belarus and should face sanctions, Lithuania's foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Asia 25-06-2021

Presidential envoy: For Kazakhstan, the EU is a neighbor

In a wide-ranging interview, Yerzhan Kazykhan, special representative of the president of Kazakhstan for international cooperation, discussed the state of play of the Central Asian country's relations with the EU, its international initiatives and new projects, such as joining the EU’s battery alliance.
Europe's East 23-06-2021

Tsikhanouskaya: EU must base Belarus policy ‘on values, not pictures’

The EU must apply consistent pressure on the repressive Belarusian regime until it responds to calls for dialogue, exiled democratic opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Central Asia 22-06-2021

Kazakh independent expert: Human rights NGOs enjoy more influence

A lot has change over the last years in Kazakhstan in terms of human rights, but more work is outstanding, independent expert Nazgul Yergalieva told EURACTIV in an interview, describing how the authorities in the central Asian country are now cooperating with NGOs in improving human rights protection.
Enlargement 22-06-2021

Slovenian FM: EU inaction in Western Balkans ‘strategically dangerous’

The EU needs to move "as soon as possible" from a wait-and-see approach to a problem-solving strategy in dealing with enlargement and the Western Balkans, Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told EURACTIV in an interview about the priorities for his country's upcoming EU Council presidency.

Montenegro dismisses NATO drift allegations as ‘disinformation’ ahead of alliance summit

Allegations of a cooling relationship between Montenegro and NATO is disinformation and fake news, defence minister Olivera Injac told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
China 03-06-2021

MEPs sound the alarm over Chinese mass surveillance project in Belgrade

The European Parliament is taking a close look at China's high-tech present to Serbia, a mass surveillance system that involves the installation of thousands of smart surveillance cameras equipped with facial recognition features, MEP Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (Greens/EFA, France) told EURACTIV in an interview.
Central Asia 21-05-2021

Kazakhstan’s Ombudsman: Parliamentary lobbying must be healthy and legal

Before the European Parliament adopted a resolution on Kazakhstan in February, there was no comprehensive dialogue at the decision-making level and no complete analysis of the EU lawmakers' sources of information, Elvira Azimova, Kazakhstan's commissioner for human rights, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Eastern Europe 20-05-2021

Kakha Kuchava: In Georgia we are changing the political culture

In a wide-ranging interview, Kakha Kuchava, the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia, told about the latest developments since the mediation by Council President Charles Michel, the role of Russia and the new format of ‘Associated Trio’ between Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova.
17-05-2021

Russian ambassador: Moscow and EU need to pull themselves out of ‘this mess’

The Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, discussed the current tensions against the background of purported covert operations by Russian military intelligence GRU on EU soil, jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, the Sputnik vaccine, and the upcoming Economic Forum in St Petersburg.
Central Asia 10-05-2021

Analyst: Central Asian ‘patient’ is ready for deeper cooperation

Even though unresolved border disputes stand in the way of further economic integration of Central Asia, this vast region is ready to deepen ties, according to Askar Nursha.
07-05-2021

Ambassador: Porto summit could be ‘watershed moment’ for EU-India relations

The Porto summit this weekend could be a "watershed moment" for EU-India relations to push for stronger health cooperation in the context of the pandemic, enhanced cooperation on trade and investment, and a partnership on connectivity, the country's envoy to Brussels, Santosh Jha, told EURACTIV in an interview ahead of the EU-India leaders meeting on Saturday (8 May).
Central Asia 07-05-2021

Aigul Kuspan: Most MEPs have only a rough idea of Kazakhstan

Aigul Kuspan, former head of the Kazakh mission to the European Union and current chair of Kazakhstan's parliamentary committee on international affairs, says the bloc often comes across as self-assured and borderline ignorant in terms of global affairs.
05-05-2021

Ambassador: EU and South Korea born to be best like-minded partners

Climate change is likely to be a key area to strengthen cooperation between the Republic of Korea and the EU in the coming years, the country's ambassador to Brussels, Yoon Soon-gu, told EURACTIV in an interview about multilateralism, climate cooperation and the EU's Indo-Pacific strategy.
Europe's East 22-04-2021

US Ambassador to Belarus stranded in Vilnius: ‘Goal remains getting to Minsk’

After it was announced last year that Belarus would get a US ambassador after a 13-year hiatus, the new US ambassador to Minsk Julie Fisher was denied entry and is based currently in Vilnius, from where she spoke to EURACTIV's partner LRT.lt.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Tsikhanouskaya: Repressions are escalating, EU should be ‘braver’ in its sanction policy

Actions of the international community, including European sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, have to be ‘faster and braver‘ to support Belarusian civil society in its struggle, Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV. “The protest mood hasn’t been...
Enlargement 30-03-2021

North Macedonia minister: Tensions should ‘naturally decline’ after Bulgarian election

Tensions between North Macedonia and its southern neighbour Bulgaria, which is blocking Skopje's EU membership bid, should "naturally decline" after the 4 April election in Bulgaria and pave the way for an agreement, North Macedonia's Justice Minister Bojan Marichikj told EURACTIV.
Europe's East 12-02-2021

Ukrainian deputy PM: Russian vaccine is 20% treatment and 80% hybrid threat

In a wide-ranging interview, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna outlined her country’s EU and NATO agenda, the tense relations with Russia, the issue of vaccines and geopolitics.
12-02-2021

Russia’s EU ambassador: Discussing Navalny is pointless

In a telephone interview on Thursday (11 February) the Ambassador of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov evokes the recent visit of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell to Moscow, which he helped arrange.
Development Policy 05-02-2021

‘Stars are aligned’ for EU-African relations

The EU’s plans to strike a ‘strategic partnership’ with Africa were one the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Portuguese government, which holds the six-month rotating EU presidency, is anxious to conclude the agenda by the summer.
Politics 01-02-2021

Sinkevicius: ‘There can be no return to business as usual’ after the pandemic

There can be no return to business as usual after the pandemic and no amount of economic pressure should force us to compromise on people’s health and the health of our planet, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius said in an interview.

Revamped EU-India link could re-balance China ties, Portuguese FM says

Relations between the EU and India, especially in the context of an increasingly influential China, will be the central point of the Portuguese EU presidency, Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.