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Greece and Russia exchange furious statements over Macedonia

Global Europe 15-01-2019

The Russian foreign ministry published on Tuesday (14 January) a statement voicing concern about “instability” in Greece following the ratification of the recent change of the constitution in Macedonia. Greece retorted with a warning to Russia not to interfere in its internal affairs.

Global Europe 23-01-2019

Top US diplomat for Europe resigns, cites personal, professional reasons

The top US diplomat for European affairs, Wess Mitchell, has resigned, according to his resignation letter seen by Reuters on Tuesday (22 January) at a time of strains in the trans-Atlantic relationship over US President Donald Trump’s policies.
Global Europe 23-01-2019

Azov Sea blaze illustrates that US sanctions work

Two ships ablaze in the Black Sea region, leaving at least 10 crew members dead, caught fire while transferring fuel mid-sea after one vessel was barred from using its usual port in southern Russia due to US sanctions risk, two sources told Reuters.
Europe's East 22-01-2019

Russian Orthodoxy, a security issue in Ukraine

The politico-spiritual move away from Russian Orthodoxy, presented by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko as a major national security issue, has deeply angered Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has political ambitions in the region, writes Willy Fautré.
Energy 22-01-2019

Russia plays for time in EU-mediated Ukraine gas transit talks

The EU mediated on Monday (21 January) talks between Moscow and Kyiv on the future of Russian gas transit via Ukraine, the only decision being that the sides agreed to meet again in May.
Economy & Jobs 22-01-2019

PwC chief: ‘I do think that tensions between US and China will continue’

Pessimism is growing among CEOs, noted the latest global survey published on Monday by PwC, a consultancy firm. In an interview with EURACTIV.com, the global chairman of PwC, Bob Moritz, recommended companies and governments to focus on execution in order to truly turn risks into opportunities.
Europe's East 21-01-2019

Russian senator says US warship in Black Sea should keep its distance

Visits to the Black Sea by US warships have nothing to do with US security and are motivated by domestic politics, prominent Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said on Sunday (20 January), warning they should stay away from the Russian coast.
Global Europe 21-01-2019

Tens of thousands rally in Athens to protest against Macedonia name deal

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters outside parliament on Sunday (20 January) as tens of thousands of Greeks rallied in Athens to protest ahead of a parliamentary vote to ratify a name deal with Macedonia due this week.
Global Europe 21-01-2019

Giuliani says Trump pursued Moscow tower throughout 2016, raising questions

US President Donald Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, his attorney said on Sunday (20 January), raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russia.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2019

EU gets ready to retaliate if US adopts fresh car tariffs

The European Commission adopted on Friday (18 January) negotiating mandates to eliminate tariffs in all industrial goods, including cars, with the US, but also warned that the preparations to retaliate are “very well advanced” if Washington decides to slap fresh duties on European automobiles.
Global Europe 18-01-2019

Russian MPs prolong payments freeze to Council of Europe

Russia's parliament voted Thursday (17 January) against sending delegates or paying contributions to the Council of Europe, increasing the risk of ultimate exclusion from the rights body and the European Court of Human Rights.
Global Europe 18-01-2019

Putin calls for ‘stable Balkans’ during Serbia visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (17 January) called for stability in the Balkans during a pageantry-filled visit to Serbia, a key Moscow ally.
Global Europe 17-01-2019

EU participation in ‘anti-Iran summit’ shrouded in uncertainty

The US-initiated Middle East summit to be held in Warsaw in mid-February has been touted as the most important event held in the city since the 2016 NATO summit. But Tehran has dismissed the meeting as a “desperate anti-Iranian circus" and the EU is struggling for a common position.
Central Asia 17-01-2019

Kazakhstan advocates closer ties between EU and Eurasian Economic Union

A senior official from Kazakhstan, one of the five members of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), has called for greater cooperation between EEAU and the EU, ultimately aiming to create a single economic space from the Atlantic to Pacific. But a Commission spokesperson made clear it could only be a long-term goal, depending on political developments.
Global Europe 17-01-2019

EU envoys agree sanctions on Russians accused of Skripals’ poisoning

European Union ambassadors agreed on Wednesday (16 January) to impose sanctions on nine individuals and one entity accused of chemical weapons attacks, including two Russian men blamed for poisoning a former Russian double agent in Britain, two diplomats said.
Global Europe 17-01-2019

US discourages foreign companies from doing business in Cuba

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned foreign businesses Wednesday (16 January) to steer clear of formerly private properties seized by Cuba -- and said he was considering allowing lawsuits over such assets in US courts.
Global Europe 17-01-2019

Putin to receive a rock star welcome in Belgrade

With T-shirts, mugs and murals bearing his face, Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to receive a rock star welcome on Thursday (17 January) when he lands in Serbia, Moscow's key ally on the edge of Europe.
G20 16-01-2019

Davos forum opens debate to rethink multilateralism

The World Economic Forum will discuss new models of cooperation in Davos next week amid growing pressure from politicians and people who question the benefits of globalisation.
Global Europe 15-01-2019

Erdogan, Trump consider creating security zone in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US counterpart Donald Trump mooted Monday  (14 January) the creation of a "security zone" in northern Syria as tensions rose over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country.
Global Europe 15-01-2019

Trump a Russian agent? ‘Never,’ he says

Standing outside the snow-covered White House on Monday (14 January), Donald Trump made an astonishing declaration for a US president: no, he has never been an agent of Russia.
Global Europe 14-01-2019

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening Turkey's currency and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday (13 January).
Global Europe 14-01-2019

Cambodian PM blackmails EU, threatens to exterminate the opposition

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday (14 January) threatened to retaliate against the opposition if the European Union withdraws duty-free trading access over human rights concerns.
Global Europe 14-01-2019

US threatens EU companies with sanctions over Nord Steam 2, Turkish Stream

A transatlantic tiff over Europe’s natural gas supply came to the boil on Sunday (13 January), as Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany threatened firms involved in a pipeline from Russia with sanctions. At stake is a mixture of economic and security interests...

Croatia’s deal to buy F-16 jets from Israel is off

Croatia's attempt to buy F-16 jet fighters from Israel has fallen through after Washington blocked the $500 million plan to have the fighters modernised in Israel, in a major setback for the country's efforts to revamp its armed forces. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Global Europe 11-01-2019

Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown drags on

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (10 January) canceled a planned visit later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, signaling he was prepared for the political showdown over the partial federal government shutdown to stretch into late January.