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Global Europe 09-02-2022

North Korea boasts of ‘shaking the world’ by testing missiles that can strike US

North Korea boasted that it is one of only a handful of countries in the world to field nuclear weapons and advanced missiles and the only one standing up to the United States by "shaking the world" with missile tests.
Europe's East 14-12-2021

Belarus opposition leader Tsikhanouski jailed for 18 years

A court in Belarus on Tuesday (14 December) sentenced opposition leader Siarhei Tsikhanouski to 18 years in prison after he galvanised an unprecedented protest movement against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko last year, state media said.
Global Europe 08-11-2021

Nicaragua votes with Ortega re-election sewn up

Nicaraguans voted Sunday (7 November) in presidential elections widely denounced as a "sham," as long-term leader Daniel Ortega labeled his opponents -- most of them jailed or in exile -- "demons" who "sow terror."
Global Europe 03-11-2021

EU foreign policy chief slams ‘fake’ Nicaragua vote

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday (2 November) branded Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega a "dictator" staging "fake" elections at the weekend, with his seven main challengers under arrest.
Global Europe 19-10-2021

Borrell: Nicaragua among ‘worst dictatorships’

Nicaragua is "one of the worst dictatorships in the world" with its President Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo preparing "fake elections" to stay in power, the EU's foreign policy chief said Monday (18 October).
Europe's East 10-08-2020

What is happening in Belarus cannot be called elections

After 9 August Belarus will have a totally illegitimate president, and the West must be prepared for the perspective of the illegitimate Lukashenko, writes Andrius Kubilius.
Global Europe 18-06-2020

Trump asked China to help him win in 2020, offered ‘favours to dictators,’ Bolton says

In a withering behind-the-scenes portrayal, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election.
Elections 27-03-2020

Coronavirus to father EU’s ‘first dicatatorship’?

A "dictatorship" at the heart of the EU? A draft law to grant anti-coronavirus emergency measures set for adoption by Budapest has alarmed observers who fear it will hand Prime Minister Viktor Orbán unlimited power.
Health 14-02-2020

Cambodia stages PR stunt with passengers of ‘coronavirus’ cruise ship

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday (14 February). Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed around 100 tourists...
China 01-10-2019

China flexes military muscle to mark 70 years of Communist rule

China celebrated its growing power and confidence with a massive display of military hardware and goose-stepping troops in Beijing on Tuesday (1 October), overseen by President Xi Jinping who pledged peaceful development on the 70th birthday of Communist China.
EU-Africa 08-03-2019

Eritrea: an open-air prison, EU indifferent

Despite the dire situation on the ground in Eritrea, EU countries and the European Union as a whole look the other way. Benoit Lannoo explains why

Spain to tweak law, prevent Franco’s family from stalling exhumation

Spain's socialist government announced on Tuesday (21 August) it will amend the law to prevent relatives from legally disputing the exhumation of fascist dictator Francisco Franco from the vast mausoleum in Madrid where he is buried. EURACTIV's partner EFE-EPA reports.
Global Europe 30-07-2018

Cambodia ruling party claims ‘huge victory’ in vote decried as ‘sham’

Cambodia's ruling party said it had won a landslide in Sunday's one-horse election, an expected outcome after the main opposition was banned paving the way for leader Hun Sen to prolong his 33 years in power.
Development Policy 09-09-2015

Aung San Suu Kyi calls on the world to closely watch the Myanmar election

As official campaigning starts in Myanmar’s long-awaited general election the leader of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi called on the world to keep a close eye on the process.
Europe's East 21-01-2014

Ukraine’s Yanukovich enacts ‘dictatorship’ laws

Tough anti-protest laws hastily passed by the Ukrainian parliament last week were enacted today (21 January) with their publication in the official journal, despite protestors and the EU calling for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to drop the legislation.
Development Policy 20-08-2013

Norway’s audit of developing world debt could inspire EU

A new audit of the debt pile owed by developing countries to Norway, published last week, was the first of its kind anywhere in the world and should inspire other European countries to do the same, campaigners said.
Europe's East 21-05-2013

Keeping politics on ice at the Minsk hockey championship

Even if the West decides not to use the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championship in Belarus as a means of pressure over the country’s dictatorial regime, Alexander Lukashenko will highlight the fact that he carried out the sports event in his 2015 re-election campaign, writes Uladzimir Matskevich.
Europe's East 16-04-2012

EU hails release of two Belarus political prisoners

The President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, freed two jailed opposition leaders over the weekend, a move welcomed by the European Union, which called yesterday (15 April) on the release of all remaining political prisoners.
Europe's East 06-04-2012

Lukashenko to pick and choose EU ambassadors

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said yesterday (5 April) that he will "screen" EU ambassadors individually before allowing them to return the country, the AFP reported. They had withdrawn from the country to punish Minsk's human rights record.
Enlargement 30-09-2011

Belarus quits EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative

Belarus has withdrawn today (30 September) from the EU's 'Eastern Partnership' initiative, aimed at developing closer relations with the countries of Europe's east, denouncing "unprecedented discrimination" and a "substitution" of the principles on which it was built two years ago.
Europe's East 13-05-2011

Commission voices ‘distaste’ at Belarus jailings

The European Commission today (13 May) condemned the sentencing in Belarus of politicians and activists for participating in antigovernment protests late last year.