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Europe's East 16-05-2022

Stop calling Putin, Estonia’s prime minister says

There is no point in talking to Vladimir Putin if we really want him to understand he is isolated, Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas told EURACTIV in what can be seen as a thinly veiled criticism of French President Emmanuel Macron's largely unsuccessful phone diplomacy with Moscow.
Enlargement 13-05-2022

Ukraine’s integration can start today, EU Parliament chief says

The EU should open its doors to Ukraine, paving the way for immediate access to trade, programs, funding, transport, movement, and more, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Asked by EURACTIV what her thoughts are...
Europe's East 02-05-2022

Ukraine ‘highly prepared’ for next steps in EU bid, deputy PM says

Ukraine will complete by the end of this week the second part of a questionnaire on the ability of Ukraine to assume the obligations of membership and expects a positive answer in June, the country's Deputy Prime Minister for European integration, Olha Stefanishyna, told EURACTIV but added that Kyiv understands "there is no fast track" for EU membership.

MEP: Finland’s mistrust towards Russia is increasing

In an interview with EURACTIV, Finnish Green MEP Alviina Alametsä said that a majority in parliament and the public in her country are now in favour of NATO membership, for which it hopes to have “some signals and symbols of support during a possible membership application”.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2022

CoR President: Regions must be involved in crisis response

The EU must shrink the gap between its institutions and regional actors to respond to contemporary crises and challenges effectively, Apostolos Tzitzikostas told EURACTIV Slovakia.
EU-India 19-04-2022

Soil conservation must be priority, says Indian leader of new global campaign

There is an urgent need to focus on soil conservation, a global campaign originating in India is arguing in an attempt to highlight the threat to one of nature’s greatest resources.
08-04-2022

If Turkey was an EU member, Ukraine war might have been prevented, says minister

Turkey's leaders have recently increased talk about their will to return to the negotiating table with Brussels. But what has prompted this new momentum? EURACTIV Slovakia spoke to Faruk Kaymakci, Turkey's deputy minister of foreign affairs and director for EU affairs.
Central Asia 29-03-2022

Kazakh official: We will not risk being placed in the same basket as Russia

In a wide-ranging interview, Timur Suleimenov, the First Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of Kazakhstan, discussed the war in Ukraine, the impact on his country of the Western sanctions, the drive for modernization following the January unrest in his country and the changing geopolitical balances.
Europe's East 22-03-2022

Ukraine will need ‘staggering’ financial support, says World Bank MD

The World Bank is ready to provide “staggering” sums of financial support to Ukraine amid the Russian invasion and the aftermath, Managing Director for Operations, Axel van Trotsenburg, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Europe's East 22-03-2022

Moldova’s FM asks EU support for Ukraine’s ‘most fragile neighbour’

With hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees flooding into the country and a Russian army advancing in Ukraine toward the border with breakaway region of Transnistria, Moldova’s stability is at risk, Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu told EURACTIV. With a population...
Enlargement 18-03-2022

Analyst says if Putin was a candidate in Serbia, he would get over 70% of the vote

Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić knows that “Russia has become completely useless for Serbia”, but he will keep up his pro-Putin rhetoric to please his electorate in the run-up to the elections on 3 April, says Orhan Dragaš, a security expert in Belgrade.
Europe's East 15-03-2022

Former Ukrainian PM: Eight years of Franco-German diplomacy were a complete failure

Paris and Berlin must acknowledge that the eight years of diplomacy, which they have been conducting with Moscow, only led to escalation and ultimately the current war, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. Groysman,...
Europe's East 14-03-2022

‘Nobody can tell me if Kazakhstan can sell yogurt to Russia’

The EU and the US should draw a clear red line between what is sanctioned and goods that can be continued to be traded with Russia, Kairat Torebayev, vice-minister of trade and integration of Kazakhstan, told EURACTIV.
Technology 14-03-2022

Russia multiplies fake reports to further escalate the conflict, senior EU official warns

Russia's attack on Ukraine is also being fought in the information space. While the narratives to justify the aggression have not changed significantly, the growing number of Russia's fake reports might be used to justify even more dramatic actions, a senior official of the EU's diplomatic service told EURACTIV.
Agrifood 10-03-2022

EU farmers boss: War might hit our food supplies, but will hit Africa, Middle East harder

The EU is unlikely to go hungry as a consequence of the war in Ukraine, but it could have a devastating impact on areas of Africa and the Middle East, according to farming boss Pekka Pesonen, who called on an 'enhanced' Green Deal package to maintain both quality and quantity in the European food supply.
Enlargement 09-03-2022

‘Serbian prosecutors are not fighting corruption because they are afraid’

There is little legal action against corrupt politicians in Serbia because prosecutors are holding back, fearing possible retribution, according to Serbian judge Dragana Boljević, who spoke to EURACTIV about the EU candidate country's judicial system.
Europe's East 05-03-2022

Situation ‘getting worse’ in Romania: 50,000 refugees in two days

Emil Boc, the former prime minister of Romania, spoke with EURACTIV about the influx of Ukrainian refugees, the EU's dependence on Russian gas and the EU's unity on the sidelines of a summit of the regions and cities in Marseille.
Eastern Europe 01-03-2022

Russian leaders could face war crimes cases, says EU crisis commissioner

Russian leaders could face indictments for war crimes committed against the Ukrainian people, the EU’s crisis management and humanitarian aid Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said in an interview with EURACTIV.
Europe's East 28-02-2022

If Kyiv falls, expect ‘domino effect’ in Europe’s neighbourhood, Janša warns

The West must stop Russia's President Vladimir Putin now, because if Kyiv falls, we will have consequences for Europe's whole East, Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Janša told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
25-02-2022

Russian ambassador Chizhov: Nord Stream 2 is not dead, it’s a sleeping beauty

In a wide-ranging interview, the Russian ambassador to the EU discussed his country’s military operation in Ukraine, plans to return to negotiations under another government in Kyiv, sending to court Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the effect of Western sanctions and more.
Europe's East 25-02-2022

European Parliament VP Šimečka: Doors for Ukraine’s EU accession must remain open 

As Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to destroy the current security order in Europe, solidarity and unity remain our most potent weapons, but we cannot leave Ukraine to Russia and shut the doors for its EU accession, said Vice-President of European Parliament, Michal Šimečka
Enlargement 09-02-2022

Bulgaria’s veto hurts future of North Macedonia – diaspora leader

EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia should start immediately, and political issues with Bulgaria can be resolved as the chapters are opened, according to Metodija Koloski, president of the United Macedonian Diaspora.
Europe's East 25-01-2022

Ukraine’s Deputy PM: Unlikely Russian troops will ‘simply’ withdraw from our borders

Russia's military pressure at Ukraine's borders, targeted to destabilise the country and undermine its economy, is an illustration of the 'new normal' Vladimir Putin is trying to impose on world affairs, Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Olha Stefanishyna told EURACTIV.
21-01-2022

Polish Green MP: Sadly, the German Greens couldn’t stop Nord Stream 2

While the German Greens in the coalition government succeeded in blocking Nord Stream 2 at the certification stage, there are fears the SPD could prevail, and the pipeline becomes operational, according to Urszula Zielińska, a Polish MP in an interview with EURACTIV.