Global Europe

Cities & regions 11-06-2021

Some EU delegations remain ‘passive’, development chief admits

The European Commission is looking into a number of European outposts with a central role in programming EU external aid which remain “passive” despite receiving instructions to actively engage with a wide variety of local actors, Commissioner for International Partnerships...
11-06-2021

Global Europe Brief, Special Edition: Transatlantic Summitry Cheat-sheet

Welcome to the transatlantic summits galore with EURACTIV's Global Europe Brief. Here's your ultimate cheat sheet for Biden's Tour d'Europe.

NATO to stay a regional alliance, but could increasingly look towards Indo-Pacific

The West’s recent pivot towards Asia has heightened tensions in the Indo-Pacific. As NATO leaders are looking to update the alliance's official master strategy document, its “Strategic Concept”, a more global role for the alliance seems to be emerging.
11-06-2021

Morocco the apparent winner after migrant skirmish with Spain

Morocco appears to have triumphed in its diplomatic joust with Spain two weeks after opening its borders for thousands of migrants to cross into the Spanish enclave of Cuelta.
Politics 11-06-2021

Transatlantic summits and a Bulgarian organ scandal

  Next week, all the lights will be shining over Brussels, where a double summit is taking place. World leaders are hoping to set a key milestone in renewing the transatlantic partnership and maintaining economic ties between the EU and...
Digital & Media 11-06-2021

Campaign group flags judicial interference in journalist cases in Serbia and Montenegro

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) flagged on Friday (11 June) two instances where key judiciary figures interfered with legal proceedings in cases involving two investigative journalists in Serbia and Montenegro.
Central Asia 11-06-2021

Kazakhstan announces new efforts to improve human rights record

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a decree “On further measures of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the field of human rights”, which he said represents an important step in the political modernisation of the Central Asian country.
11-06-2021

America may be ‘back’ at G7, but allies’ doubts about US democracy linger

After the tumultuous years for the transatlantic relationship under Donald Trump, Joe Biden's promise that "America is back" as he meets Western allies are a welcome relief. But they're not enough, diplomats and foreign policy experts say.
Development Policy 11-06-2021

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s Tigray in famine: UN analysis

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray are suffering famine conditions, with millions more at risk, according to an analysis by United Nations agencies and aid groups that blamed conflict for the worst catastrophic food crisis in a decade.
Development Policy 11-06-2021

G7 leaders at UK summit target plan for donating 1 billion jabs

G7 leaders on Friday (11 June) open a three-day summit aimed at helping to end the Covid-19 pandemic and forge a climate-centric economic recovery, after pledging to donate one billion vaccine doses for the world's poorest countries.

NATO summit: A key test for Biden’s reset with Europe

After an identity crisis over the past years, NATO leaders will gather in Brussels on Monday (14 June), for a summit to re-orient the alliance, sandwiched between the G7 summit in Britain and an EU–US summit right after. EURACTIV looked...
10-06-2021

Portugal handed data on anti-Putin protesters to Moscow

Authorities in the Portuguese capital admitted on Thursday (10 June) that they had handed over the personal details of three organisers of an anti-Kremlin demonstration to the Russian embassy in Lisbon, a move that has prompted much eyebrow-raising in Brussels.
10-06-2021

EU Commission ramps up legal action against Cyprus, Malta over ‘golden passports’

The European Commission on Wednesday (9 June) stepped up legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their cash-for-passports schemes in a move that may eventually see the two islands end up in court and face fines.
10-06-2021

New US sanctions amid calls to free Nicaragua opposition figures

The global community urged Nicaragua Wednesday (9 June) to free four recently-detained opposition presidential candidates, as the United States announced sanctions against allies of long-serving leader Daniel Ortega. The detention of the four — the last two of whom were...
EU-China 10-06-2021

EU considers sending delegation to Hong Kong after electoral law reform

The European Union denounced on Wednesday (9 June) Hong Kong's major overhaul of its political system as a breach by China of its international commitments and threatened to send a delegation to visit the autonomous city.
10-06-2021

Russian court outlaws Navalny organisations, branding them as ‘extremist’

A court in Moscow on Wednesday (9 June) branded the political organisations of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny as "extremist" and barred them from working in Russia, a further blow to the embattled opposition ahead of parliamentary elections.
10-06-2021

Biden warns Russia it faces ‘robust’ response for harmful actions as he begins European visit

President Joe Biden on Wednesday (9 June) began his first trip abroad since taking office by hailing America's unwavering commitment to the NATO alliance and warning Russia it faced "robust and meaningful" consequences if it engaged in harmful activities.
09-06-2021

EU not considering joining US in sanctioning Western Balkans

US-type sanctions for the Western Balkans are not on the agenda, the European Commission said after President Joe Biden signed order blocking property banning entry to the country of those "contributing to the destabilising situation in the" region on Tuesday.
Europe's East 09-06-2021

EU keeps sanctions on ex-Ukraine leader, despite court loss

The EU said Wednesday (9 June) that Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych and his son remain subject to asset freezes despite a court annulling an earlier decision to renew the sanctions.

FBI-planted app nets hundreds in ‘staggering’ global crime sting

Police arrested more than 800 people worldwide in a huge global sting involving encrypted phones that were secretly planted by the FBI, law enforcement agencies said Tuesday (8 June).
Brexit 09-06-2021

UK skirts ‘special relationship’ talk for Biden meet

The UK-US "special relationship" has been an article of faith for generations of British leaders. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rejecting old pieties as he heads into his first face-to-face talks with President Joe Biden.
Digital & Media 09-06-2021

Serb tabloids call Mladic ‘hero forever’ as he loses final appeal in genocide conviction

Ratko Mladić, the wartime Bosnian Serb commander dubbed the “butcher of Bosnia”, lost the final appeal in the genocide conviction against him before the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT) in The Hague on Tuesday (8 June), prompting a wide range of reactions in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia.
09-06-2021

Third potential presidential candidate detained in Nicaragua

Nicaraguan authorities on Tuesday (8 June) detained a third potential presidential candidate amidst a deepening crackdown by President Daniel Ortega, branded a "dictator" by the United States, ahead of elections later this year.
09-06-2021

UN Security Council backs Guterres for second term

The United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years starting 1 January 2022.