Med & South Archives

  • Professor: Europe can’t put a wall around the Middle East


    Events in Egypt have brought the world to a turning point, according to Rosemary Hollis, a professor at London's City University, and Europe can't have it both ways. If the EU wants Arabian trade and energy, she told EURACTIV, it will have to end its complicity with dictators and accept more migrants from the Middle East.  


  • Ambassador: Morocco is EU’s locomotive for Maghreb


    Morocco, a stable country in difficult surroundings, is ready to play the role of a "locomotive" for the entire region provided that the EU also assume its responsibilities, Ambassador Menouar Alem, who heads the Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the European Union, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Deputy SecGen: ‘Good atmosphere’ reigns in Union for the Mediterranean


    Despite tensions among several of its member countries, an excellent atmosphere reigns in the secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean, an EU initiative for promoting stability and prosperity across the sea that divides Europe from Africa and Asia, Ilan Chet, the project's deputy secretary-general, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Foreign Minister: Bridges symbolise change for Ukrainians

    Special Report 15-12-2010

    To illustrate the changes in Ukraine under its new leadership, the country's foreign minister, Kostyantyn Gryshchenko, referred to three bridges in Kyiv, the construction of which had been stagnating for the past five years. Now people can see that they are actually being built, he told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Lithuania Minister: Cuts to EU’s long-term budget may be necessary


    Some cuts to the EU's long-term budget for the period 2014-2020 may be necessary given current financial realities, but severe cuts would reduce the European Union's capacity to act as a global player, Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Audronius Ažubalis told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Ukraine Prime Minister: ‘We are against South Stream’

    Special Report 14-10-2010

    With Ukraine as a reliable partner, Russia doesn't need the South Stream gas pipeline and can pump any amount of gas in "whatever direction" it wishes, Mykola Azarov, prime minister of Ukraine, said yesterday (13 October) in a joint interview with EURACTIV, Bloomberg and Reuters.

  • Polish official: Warsaw will inject ‘optimism’ into EU affairs

    Central Europe 29-09-2010

    When Poland takes on the EU presidency in 2011, it will focus on energy, security and defence and injecting ''optimism'' into the European Union, Miko?aj Dowgielewicz, Polish state secretary for European affairs and economic policy, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

  • French govt: Turkey is our partner, like Ukraine and Russia

    Europe's East 18-06-2010

    On the margins of an Istanbul conference on 11 June, French State Secretary for Europe Pierre Lellouche spelled out in an exclusive interview for EURACTIV his country's vision of the EU's relations with candidate member Turkey, which insists that full membership is the only option.

  • Turkish President: We don’t want anything other than EU membership


    Turkey will not accept any new framework of relations to the EU except full membership, Turkish President Abdullah Gül told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Expert: EU can help bring energy efficiency to Ukraine


    Better communication between Ukrainian government authorities, the EU, international institutions and the  business community can help bring efficiency to one of Europe's most energy-intensive countries, Elena Rybak, CEO of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Minister: Ukraine is next for EU visa-free travel


    After Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro, whose citizens enjoy visa free travel in the Schengen space, the next country to break the visa barrier will be Ukraine, the country's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ukraine Konstantin Yelisieiev told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Expert: Turkmenistan is unreliable partner for Nabucco


    The EU-favoured Nabucco gas pipeline focuses on gas imported from Turkmenistan, but the authoritarian state cannot be a reliable partner, Michael Laubsch, an expert on Central Asia, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.

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