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Global Europe 09-08-2018

Belarus cracks down on independent media, detains jounalists

Belarus on Wednesday (8 August) detained at least six more journalists in Minsk including a freelance correspondent for Deutsche Welle in an ongoing crackdown on independent media, ostensibly over unauthorised access to a state news agency.
Europe's East 25-07-2018

Belarus extends visa-free travel for tourists to 30 days

Belarus on Tuesday (24 July) announced that it is extending visa-free travel for tourists from five days to 30 days in a move that could attract more visitors to the ex-Soviet state on the European Union's doorstep.
Europe's East 03-07-2018

EU nuclear inquest approves Belarusian atom-smashing

EU investigators concluded on Tuesday (3 July) that an under-construction nuclear power plant in Belarus complies with the bloc’s so-called ‘stress tests’ but made a number of recommendations to the national regulator.
Electricity 29-06-2018

EU, Baltics, Poland target Russia grid separation by 2025

The Baltic nations, Poland and the European Commission agreed Thursday (28 June) on a roadmap to synchronise the region’s electricity network with the rest of continental Europe’s by 2025 and end their reliance on the Russian grid.
Central Europe 11-06-2018

In striking contrast with G7, Shanghai summit focuses on ‘unity’

Chinese President Xi Jingping has praised the "unity" of the Shanghai Cooperation Agreement (SCO) at the opening ceremony of the organization's summit in the coastal Chinese city of Quingdao.
Europe's East 23-05-2018

Belarus ends ‘teddy bear spat’ with Sweden, names envoy

Belarus on Tuesday (22 May) appointed its first ambassador to Sweden for almost six years, resolving a bitter diplomatic spat over a pro-democracy stunt involving teddy bears.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2018

OLAF: Illicit cut tobacco is a significant and growing market

The volume of illicit cut tobacco in Europe poses a significant problem and is a growing market, Margarete Hofmann, Director for policy at the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) told EURACTIV.com.
Freedom of thought 26-03-2018

Dozens arrested as Belarus opposition marks ‘Freedom Day’

Belarusian authorities on Sunday (25 March) arrested around 30 protesters in Minsk ahead of a banned opposition march while detaining activists across the country, human rights group Viasna said.
Economy & Jobs 14-12-2017

EU expected to mount pressure on Minsk over illicit ‘cheap whites’

The rising illicit tobacco trade and particularly of the so-called cheap whites from Belarus to the EU will be discussed at the next EU-Belarus meeting on 19 December, an EU official told EURACTIV.com.
Energy 24-11-2017

Nuclear spat at Eastern Partnership summit

A heated exchange broke out between Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite and Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei on the issue of the controversial Astravyets nuclear power plant, during the Eastern Partnership summit on Friday (24 November).
Europe's East 24-11-2017

Bringing the Eastern Partnership closer to the citizens

The Eastern Partnership can only be successful if people feel and believe in its positive results and see concrete improvements in their daily lives, write Micheil Dschanelidse and Michael Roth.
Global Europe 24-11-2017

Leaders gather for low-key EU Eastern Partnership summit

Leaders from the EU and six former Soviet states meet in Brussels today (24 November) for the latest summit aimed at deepening ties, but thorny subjects like Russian influence and the war in Ukraine are off the agenda.
Europe's East 23-11-2017

A low-key Eastern Partnership Summit

Instead of grand declarations, a low-key Eastern Partnership Summit focusing on concrete deliverables can be just what both the EU and the EaP countries need, write Igor Merheim-Eyre and Katarzyna Sobieraj.
Europe's East 07-11-2017

Belarus: Atomic power on the EU’s doorstep

A nuclear power plant on the EU’s border with Belarus continues to court controversy due to a number of incidents during its construction and serious concerns raised by neighbouring countries. EURACTIV.com visited the ex-Soviet nation in October to learn more.

EU court bans logging in Poland’s primeval forest

The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued an emergency ban on logging in Poland’s protected Białowieża forest.
Europe's East 06-07-2017

Belarus deflects Lithuanian attempt to mobilise support against nuclear plant

Belarus has avoided a resolution by the European Security watchdog OSCE criticising the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, a project which neighbouring Lithuania strongly opposes on the grounds of nuclear safety concerns.
Politics 22-06-2017

Activist denounces Schengen visa fraud

Andrei Sumar, a civil rights activist from Belarus is frustrated that the European Parliament Committee on Petitions disregards the many complaints of Belarussian nationals, who cite corruption in the issuing of Schengen visas by EU embassies in Minsk.
Europe's East 04-04-2017

Russia and Belarus heal ties in shadow of metro bombing

The presidents of Russia and Belarus said yesterday (3 April) they had resolved all disputes over energy, signaling a rapprochement at a time when both leaders are grappling with street protests and the threat of new Western sanctions hangs over Minsk.
Global Europe 28-03-2017

‘Dozens’ jailed in Belarus following weekend protest

More than 100 people in Belarus appeared in court on Monday ( 27 March) over protests at the weekend against hardline President Alexander Lukashenko, with dozens of them jailed, including journalists.
Global Europe 28-03-2017

Now is not the time to isolate Belarus

The EU can encourage change in Belarus by offering support and closer ties. Punitive moves to sever ties with Minsk will undo much of the progress that has already been made, writes Igor Merheim-Eyre.
Global Europe 23-03-2017

Belarus arrests opposition activists after rallies

Belarus arrested at least six opposition activists yesterday (22 March) as President Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on opponents after a wave of major protests against his authoritarian rule, a prominent local rights group said.
Global Europe 17-03-2017

Lithuanian MP faces impeachment over Russia ties

A member of Lithuania's parliament is facing impeachment proceedings and an investigation into whether his ties to Russian business and media posed a threat to national security.
Global Europe 28-02-2017

EU extends sanctions against Belarus, cracks down on North Korea

The EU yesterday (27 February) extended its remaining sanctions on Belarus and warned Minsk it would have to make progress on fundamental freedoms to see them lifted. Brussels also piled more sanctions on North Korea after it carried out more missile tests.
Energy 16-02-2017

Lithuanian PM: Belarus nuclear plant is a threat to our country

EXCLUSIVE / On his first visit to Brussels, newly-elected Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis shared his fears with Euractiv.com about the building of a nuclear plant in Belarus, 40 km from Vilnius and of the hybrid war waged by Russia against the former Soviet republic.