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Global Europe 12-06-2020

EU voices ‘serious concern’ at US International Criminal Court sanctions

The EU’s diplomatic chief on Thursday (11 June) voiced “serious concern” at moves by President Donald Trump to sanction any International Criminal Court officials who investigate US troops. Ramping up pressure for the Hague-based court to stop its probe of...

US upbeat on Taliban peace, warns Afghan leaders

The United States voiced optimism Tuesday (25 February) about reaching an accord to end the war in Afghanistan as a partial truce held with the Taliban, warning rival leaders in the Kabul government not to scuttle the "enormous opportunity."
Global Europe 20-02-2020

US special envoy discusses Taliban deal with re-elected Afghan president

US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday (19 February) discussed a US deal with Taliban militants on a weeklong reduction in violence, meeting the day after Ghani was declared a winner of a disputed presidential poll.
Central Asia 17-02-2020

Kazakhstan will remain ‘locomotive’ of Eurasian integration – President

Kazakhstan and Russia, which are among the founders of the EAEU, will continue to remain the “locomotives” of Eurasian integration, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the Munich Security Conference on Friday (15 February). Tokayev, who was elected last June...
Central Asia 28-01-2020

Germany launches ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative

A high-level ministerial conference in Berlin launched on Tuesday (28 January) the ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative, intended to support regional integration between the five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who hosted the conference, stressed that...

EU calls for Afghanistan ceasefire as US defence secretary visits Kabul

EU officials called Sunday (21 October) for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul.
Global Europe 11-09-2019

Trump fires foreign policy hawk Bolton, citing strong disagreements

US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

US to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close 5 bases

The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, the chief US negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday (2 September).
Central Asia 08-07-2019

Central Asia ministerial welcomes the EU’s new strategy for the region

Gathered in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Sunday (7 July), the Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries welcomed the new EU Strategy on Central Asia recently adopted by the EU.
Global Europe 06-02-2019

Trump boasts ‘economic miracle’ in State of the Union speech

President Donald Trump vowed in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday (5 February) to build a border wall, which is a source of a deep partisan divide, and said Democratic attempts at “ridiculous partisan investigations” could damage US prosperity.
Global Europe 01-02-2019

Russia plays power broker as US-Taliban talks gather steam

Russia will host the Taliban and Afghan politicians opposed to President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday (5 February), Russian and Taliban sources said, promoting its role of power broker in what a US official called an attempt to “muddle” the US-backed peace process.
Global Europe 21-12-2018

Defense Secretary Mattis resigns, Trump ends year in chaos

Trump’s presidency has lurched from crisis to crisis since he took office less than two years ago, but Thursday (20 December) was a landmark day of chaos that appeared to test the resolve of even senior Republican backers in Washington.
Central Asia 06-12-2018

A US-Russia-China-EU summit? EU is interested

The EU is taking seriously the idea expressed recently by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev for holding a four-way summit to defuse global tensions, an EU diplomat told an audience on Tuesday (4 December).
Global Europe 29-11-2018

Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks, EU to act as ‘guarantor’

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday (28 November) announced in Geneva a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed.
Central Asia 24-11-2018

Brussels ministerial paves the way to launching EU Central Asia strategy

The European Union is expected to define its strategy for Central Asia in early 2019. A preparatory meeting between the EU and the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) took place in Brussels on Friday (23 November).
Central Asia 16-10-2018

Nazarbayev: Partnership in Eurasia can strengthen the world system

Exclusive: Two days ahead of the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) which will bring together heads of state and government of 51 European and Asian countries, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev offered his comments on a wide range of issues.
Global Europe 11-09-2018

Trump administration takes aim at International Criminal Court, PLO

The Trump administration on Monday (10 September) threatened tough action against the International Criminal Court should it try to prosecute Americans for alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and said the PLO's office in Washington would be closed for seeking to punish Israel through the court.
Central Europe 07-09-2018

EU supports Kazakh programme to educate Afghan women

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday (5 September) announced a new €2 million programme that will train and educate Afghan women in Kazakhstan.
Development Policy 23-07-2018

Roses instead of opium: Afghan farmers enjoy sweet smell of success

Standing in a field of roses in eastern Afghanistan, former poppy grower Mohammad Din Sapai quickly but carefully plucks the delicate petals that will be turned into rose water and oils for sale around the world.
Azerbaijan 12-07-2018

EU and Azerbaijan agree ‘Partnership Priorities’

A milestone in EU-Azerbaijan relations was reached in Brussels yesterday (11 July), with the end of negotiations of the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Priorities in the presence of President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

Bulgaria under fire for ill-treatment of asylum-seekers

French lawyers will file a complaint against Bulgaria and ask the European Commission to start an infringement procedure for inhumane treatment of asylum seekers by the country’s authorities, the Green/EFA group announced on Tuesday (26 June).

Afghan poverty rises sharply since NATO combat troops’ departure

Poverty has risen sharply in Afghanistan since the departure of NATO's combat troops in 2014, with more than half of the population now living below the poverty line, according to a national survey.

Turkey says facing ‘new refugee wave’ after 30,000 Afghans arrive

Nearly 30,000 Afghans have arrived in Turkey in the last three months, the Turkish government said Wednesday (25 April), after Amnesty International criticised the authorities "ruthless" decision to send more than 7,000 back to Afghanistan.

EU court: Child refugees can apply to bring their families

Refugees who enter the European Union alone as minors can apply to be reunited with their families, even if they reach legal adulthood before the end of the process, the EU's top court ruled today (12 April).
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