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Global Europe 21-04-2021

Putin warns the West not to cross the red line in relation to Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual State of the Union address on Wednesday (21 April), presenting a narrative according to which the West was playing a dangerous and hostile game against his country, which had no other choice but to defend itself.
Europe's East 20-04-2021

Tsikhanouskaya: Repressions are escalating, EU should be ‘braver’ in its sanction policy

Actions of the international community, including European sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko, have to be ‘faster and braver‘ to support Belarusian civil society in its struggle, Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya told EURACTIV. “The protest mood hasn’t been...
Europe's East 25-03-2021

Belarus takes ethnic Poles ‘hostage’, Polish PM says

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has called on Belarusian authorities to stop harassing Poles living in the country after a minority activist was sentenced to 15 days in jail earlier this week. The issue will be raised at today's EU summit, the Polish PM said.
Europe's East 10-03-2021

‘Lukashenko. Goldmine’: film alleging Belarusian leader has gilded life gets 3 million views

A film accusing Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on gilded residences, planes and Rolls-Royce and Maybach cars has gained more than 3 million YouTube views since its release on Monday (8 March).
Europe's East 08-03-2021

Belarus journalists struggle as crackdown on media intensifies

The case of two female Belarussian journalists jailed in February for reporting about protests in Minsk once again highlighted the severity of the government's crackdown on news media in the former Soviet republic.
Europe's East 18-02-2021

Belarus court sentences two journalists to two years in prison

A court in Belarus on Thursday (18 February) sentenced two journalists to two years in prison on charges of fomenting protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko.
Europe's East 17-02-2021

Belarusian police mount raids on journalists, activists

Police in Belarus raided the homes and offices of dozens of journalists, rights defenders and trade union members on Tuesday (16 February), investigators and activists said, as part of a probe into mass protests.
Europe's East 12-02-2021

Lukashenko tells loyalists he defeated foreign ‘blitzkrieg’

Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday (11 February) declared victory over what he said was foreign attempts to overthrow his government and showed no signs of heeding the embattled opposition's calls for him to resign.
Europe's East 11-02-2021

Lukashenko stages Belarusian ‘People’s Assembly’ as opposition cries foul

Veteran President Alexander Lukashenko launched a Belarusian “People’s Assembly” on Thursday (11 February), inviting 2,700 people to discuss political reform in what opponents dismissed as a sham exercise to help him to cling to power.
Global Europe 28-01-2021

Protests in Belarus and Russia – new hope for the region and EU values?

Authoritarian regimes support one another and learn each other’s “tips and tricks”, but so do the protesters who aim to topple them. The time is ripe for a change, and the EU should uphold the values they are defending.
Europe's East 19-01-2021

Belarus stripped of ice hockey world championship over unrest, Covid

Belarus was on Monday (18 January) stripped of its role as co-host of the 2021 ice hockey world championship over "growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and Covid-19".
Europe's East 05-01-2021

New evidence in Ukraine journalist’s murder

Police in Ukraine have received new evidence that may help identify those who ordered the murder of award-winning investigative journalist Pavel Sheremet in 2016.
Europe's East 16-12-2020

EU envoys agree more Belarus sanctions

EU ambassadors agreed Wednesday (16 December) further economic sanctions on Belarus over its brutal crackdown on opposition protesters, targeting 29 individuals and seven firms or organisations, diplomats said.
Europe's East 14-12-2020

Belarus protesters gather ‘despite repressions, violence and cold’

Protesters in Belarus weathered icy conditions Sunday (13 December), hitting the streets to demand the resignation of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko who is facing down months of historic protests against his rule.
Global Europe 14-12-2020

Borrell dreams of ‘making multilateralism great again’

In a strategic article published on Monday, the EU chief diplomat, Josep Borrell, depicts the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on world affairs, warning of growing divergences between world players, backsliding in terms of global poverty and strengthening of the authoritarian regimes.
Europe's East 30-11-2020

Belarus protesters take to the streets with new tactic

Opposition protesters in Belarus took to the streets of the capital Minsk on Sunday (29 November) in the latest of three months of demonstrations against the re-election of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko.
27-11-2020

Lukashenko: With the new Consitution, I will no longer work with you as President

The Belarusian strongman Aleksander Lukashenko hinted on Friday (27 (November) he would step down once the new constitution is adopted. He said he supports a new Constitution, "not because some kind of democracy is needed" but because giving it to "an unknown president" in its current form would cause trouble, state news agency BelTa reported.
Global Europe 27-11-2020

EP adopts tough resolution on Belarus, Russia accuses West of meddling

Russia's foreign minister on Thursday (26 November) accused the West of interfering in Belarus as he met strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko who has faced months of protests over his disputed re-election.
Politics 19-11-2020

How young people in Belarus have become the drivers of the protests

For more than 100 days, Belarusian pro-democracy protesters have been rallying in the streets against President Alexander Lukashenko, following rigged national elections and violence against peaceful demonstrators. While some older people, particularly women, have also taken to the streets, young people have been at the forefront of the protests.
Digital & Media 17-11-2020

Canada, Britain give first media freedom award to Belarus journalists

The first ever Media Freedom Award, bestowed by the governments of Britain and Canada, was given Monday (16 November) to the Belarusian Association of Journalists, the foreign ministries of the two countries said.
Europe's East 13-11-2020

Thousands rally in Belarus after opposition protester’s death

Thousands of demonstrators turned out in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Friday (13 November) to mourn the death of a protester who was pronounced dead the day after police arrested him.
Europe's East 13-11-2020

EU threatens new Belarus sanctions after opposition activist death

The EU warned Friday (13 November) it could impose further sanctions on targets in Belarus and condemned the death in police custody of an opposition activist.
Europe's East 09-11-2020

More than 800 held in Belarus as opposition reaches out to Biden

Police in Belarus on Sunday (8 November) detained more than 800 people during the latest in weeks of unprecedented demonstrations against strongman Alexander Lukashenko, as the opposition reached out to US President-elect Joe Biden.
Europe's East 05-11-2020

EU launches sanctions against Belarus leader Lukashenko

The EU on Wednesday (4 November) launched a procedure to sanction Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, his son Viktor and 13 others held responsible for a post-election crackdown in the former Soviet state, diplomatic sources in Brussels said.