Med & South Archives

  • Human Rights Commissioner: Europe’s leaders betray basic principles

    Justice & Home Affairs 05-05-2011

    The EU is closing its doors ever tighter to immigrants and some of its leaders are betraying basic humanitarian principles, said Thomas Hammarberg, commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV.

  • Štefan Füle: EU won’t allow Arab revolutions to be ‘stolen’

    Development Policy 13-04-2011

    The European Union is not instigating revolution in the Arab world, nor is it trying to impose its values. But once people in Tunisia, Egypt and other counties have embarked on the road to reform, the EU will not allow these revolutions to be stolen, Enlargement and neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Anti-communist leader: Arab revolutions have no clear goal

    Global Europe 08-03-2011

    The main difference between revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989 and the current wave of 'Jasmine Revolutions' is that it is difficult to say which way the unrest in the Arab world is heading and harder to say what each of them is rejecting, Philip Dimitrov, a Bulgarian anti-communist leader, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • UNESCO director-general: ‘World poverty has a female face’

    Languages & Culture 07-03-2011

    Despite some progress made in promoting gender equality, negative trends persist and some developing countries have even seen regressions, Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of International Women's Day.

  • Polish Minister: EU budget will be ‘sign of our ambitions’

    Economy & Jobs 14-02-2011

    The upcoming Polish EU Presidency will be a time when we can talk about the principles of the future budget – a modern, ambitious budget, Poland's State Secretary for European Affairs Miko?aj Dowgielewicz told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • 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.