Med & South Archives

  • 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.

  • Turkish politician: EU approach towards Black Sea a ‘major disappointment’


    The EU lacks a concerted policy towards the Black Sea region and is becoming increasingly fragile, inward-looking and even Islamophobic, Suat Kiniklioglu, deputy chairman for external affairs in Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.

  • Moldova Deputy PM: Transnistria is a European problem


    With the Lisbon Treaty, the European Union has more capacity and more powerful tools to establish more of a presence and play a more effective role in resolving Transnistria's frozen conflict, Victor Osipov, deputy prime minister of Moldova, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Analyst: No more room for Polish-Russian confrontation

    Central Europe 14-04-2010

    Mutual resentment between Poland and Russia is being replaced with openness and the beginnings of friendship in the emotional days since the tragic plane crash in Smolensk, in which the Polish president and his delegation lost their lives, Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski, a researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Deputy minister: Ukrainians treated by EU consulates as in communist Russia


    Ukrainian citizens face a "Visa Berlin Wall" when trying to enter the EU and the visa requirement procedures of European consulates are similar to those in communist Russia, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Kostyantyn Yeliseyev told EURACTIV Germany in an interview.

  • Füle: ‘I’m enjoying every minute of my work as commissioner’


    By the end of his term in 2014, Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner Štefan Füle hopes to have achieved enough to end talk of "enlargement fatigue" and help EU citizens to see more clearly the benefits of an enlarged Europe.

  • Milinkevich: Use EU ‘carrots’ carefully


    The European Union should make careful use of "carrots" with the authoritarian regime in Belarus in its attempts to boost democracy, the country's opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • Analyst: Yanukovich will not ruin Ukraine-EU relations

    Elections 09-02-2010

    “The election of Victor Yanukovich is not a disaster for the European integration of [Ukraine], far from it,” Nathaniel Copsey of Birmingham's Aston University told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

  • Minister: Europe can learn from Kazakhstan’s religious tolerance

    Languages & Culture 26-01-2010

    Kazakhstan will prioritise inter-religious tolerance, an area where it has achieved substantial successes, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev, chairperson-in-office of the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe), told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview, setting out his country's goals for its chairmanship of the organisation in 2010.

  • Georgia minister: Russia could be a good neighbour

    Europe's East 04-12-2009

    Russia could be a good neighbour if it respects international law and basic international behaviour, Giorgi Baramidze, deputy prime minister of Georgia, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. However, he later added that the problem with Russians is that they a priori do not respect rules.

  • Regulator: Energy poverty ‘very important’ to Eastern Europe

    Central Europe 13-10-2009

    The severe turmoil that some countries experienced during the financial crisis has slowed down liberalisation of energy markets in East European, says Gabor Szorenyi, chairman of the energy regulators regional association for central and Eastern Europe. But the road to liberalisation must continue, he adds, despite legitimate concerns regarding energy poverty in those countries.

  • Ukraine deputy PM: ‘We chose a realistic path to EU integration’

    Global Europe 30-07-2009

    Ukraine is making steady progress towards EU membership, but is aware of the difficulties which lie ahead amid an unfavourable global economic context, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Hryhoriy Nemyria, responsible for European integration, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • US analyst: West should better monitor Russia


    There is "little appetite" today in the Western world to monitor Russia's "influence operations" and "active measures" vis-à-vis the EU, Ariel Cohen, a senior researcher with the conservative US Heritage Foundation, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Zagorski: Tough task ahead for EU-Russia talks


    Energy, trade, investment and security will be at the heart of EU-Russia partnership negotiations, Andrei V. Zagorski told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview. The Russian expert predicts that negotiations will be difficult as the EU-Russia relationship is "not going through the best time". But the Russian academic is hopeful that agreement can be struck, citing substantial "mutual interests".

  • Moldova eyewitness: Troublemakers marred protests


    Those who went on the rampage in the centre of the capital of Moldova yesterday (7 April) were troublemakers, Julien Danero, a Belgian researcher at the Free University of Brussels (ULB), told EURACTIV in a telephone interview from Chisinau today.

  • Mitschek: Nabucco consortium making headway


    Significant progress has been achieved with Turkey on moving forward the Nabucco gas pipeline project, Reinhard Mitschek, managing director of Nabucco Gas Pipeline International, told the Dnevnik daily, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria.

  • Analyst: Czech president is under Russian influence


    Many people in the Czech Republic consider their Eurosceptic president Václav Klaus to be influenced by Moscow, Lukas Pachta, a political analyst at Europeum, an EU policy think-tank in Prague, told EURACTIV in an interview.

  • Official: Nord Stream gas pipeline ‘on right track’


    The Nord Stream gas pipeline project has just taken an important step by publishing its environmental assessment report and construction can begin in early 2010, Sebastian Sass, head of Nord Stream's EU representation, told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

  • UK advisor: EU ‘too technocratic’ in Russia, Black Sea dealings


    Policymakers in the European Union have become "too technocratic and business-oriented" in their relations with countries like Russia and Ukraine and no longer understand national powerplays, argues James Sherr of the UK's Chatham House in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.

  • Ukraine MP: EU reliance on Russian gas ‘serious mistake’


    "Europe is making a serious mistake by relying heavily on Russia as a source of gas," argues former Ukrainian foreign minister Boris Tarasyuk in an interview with EURACTIV Slovakia.