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Energy 25-05-2022

EU and US criticise Russian gas cutoff, commit to strengthen EU energy security

The European Commission and the United States reiterated their commitment to EU energy security and slammed cutoffs of Russian gas as “unjustified and unacceptable” in a joint statement.
Energy 22-05-2022

Russia halts gas supplies to Finland

Russia on Saturday (21 May) stopped providing natural gas to neighbouring Finland, which has angered Moscow by applying for NATO membership, after the Nordic country refused to pay supplier Gazprom in rubles. Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Moscow...
Global Europe 22-05-2022

Erdogan conditions support for Nordic nations’ NATO bids

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (21 May) said Turkey would not look "positively" on Sweden and Finland's NATO bids unless its terror-related concerns were addressed, despite broad support from other allies including the United States.
Global Europe 19-05-2022

How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.
Energy 18-05-2022

Russia could cut off gas to Finland this week, energy provider says

Russia could cut off gas supplies to Finland this week, Finland's state-owned energy provider Gasum said on Wednesday (18 May), in a row over Moscow's demand for countries to pay for gas in roubles and as Helsinki seeks NATO membership.
Future EU 17-05-2022

Europe’s new leaders are coming from the periphery

The construction of a new European architecture is underway, built around the point of relations with Russia - and new European leaders are shaping a new form, one we will live in and observe for decades to come, writes Orhan Dragaš.
Global Europe 17-05-2022

Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

Ukraine's military said on Tuesday (16 May) it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged steel plant in Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment.
Global Europe 16-05-2022

Battle rages for Ukrainian region of Donbas

Russia pummelled positions in the east of Ukraine on Sunday (15 May), its defence ministry said, as it sought to encircle Ukrainian forces in the battle for Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the strategic Russian-controlled city of Izium.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Global Europe Brief: Will Turkey be a stumbling block for NATO enlargement?

In this week’s edition: Nordic NATO bid, Foreign Affairs Council preview and Ukraine latest.
Global Europe 15-05-2022

Ukraine wages counteroffensive against Russian forces in east

Ukrainian forces have launched a counteroffensive near the Russian-held town of Izium in eastern Ukraine, a regional governor said on Saturday (14 May), in what could prove a serious setback for Moscow's plans to capture the entire Donbas region.

Erdogan says Turkey not supportive of Finland, Sweden joining NATO

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday (13 May) it was not possible for NATO-member Turkey to support plans by Sweden and Finland to join the pact, saying the Nordic countries were “home to many terrorist organisations”. Finland’s plan to apply...

Swedish security report says NATO membership would deter conflict

A day after Finland’s leaders said the country must seek NATO membership for its own security’s sake, Sweden published a revised security policy review from parliamentary parties on Friday (13 May), highlighting the advantage of becoming a member of the...

Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay, leaders say

Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Thursday (12 May) officially endorsed the idea that their country should join NATO.
Global Europe 12-05-2022

NATO to welcome Nordic members as Ukraine pushes back Russian forces

Finland is expected to announce on Thursday (12 May) its intention to join NATO with Sweden likely to follow soon after, diplomats and officials said, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance.
EU-India 02-05-2022

Ukraine on agenda as Indian PM Modi visits Europe

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Europe on Monday (2 May) with New Delhi's refusal to condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine set to be a key talking point in meetings with regional leaders.

MEP: Finland’s mistrust towards Russia is increasing

In an interview with EURACTIV, Finnish Green MEP Alviina Alametsä said that a majority in parliament and the public in her country are now in favour of NATO membership, for which it hopes to have “some signals and symbols of support during a possible membership application”.

Finland to decide on NATO membership ‘within weeks’, Sweden could follow suit

Finland will take a decision about whether to apply to join NATO in the next few weeks, Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday (13 April), underlining a shift in security perspectives since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Eyeing Russia, Finland and Sweden edge closer to a NATO future

Finland and Sweden are edging closer to joining NATO. Helsinki is expected to produce a report on the country's security policy this Thursday (13 April), which could present a key step toward its application.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Will ‘Postpolitik’ replace ‘Ostpolitik’?

The policy of pragmatic coexistence with autocratic Russia is now recycled in the hands of Russia’s ‘Trojan horses’ in the EU and Vučić’s Serbia, writes Radan Kanev.

Finland, Sweden to receive enhanced access to NATO intel over Ukraine

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine extends Moscow’s military power to the borders of several NATO members, NATO partners Finland and Sweden can be part of an intensified exchange of information and NATO's strategic communication.
Coronavirus 28-01-2022

Finland to start scaling back COVID curbs early, Greece eases restrictions

Finland will scale back some of its coronavirus restrictions early while Greece has extended the opening times of cafes and restaurants and allowed music amid falling cases.

Finland set to reject EU taxonomy rules over biomass

Finland has come out against the EU's draft “Taxonomy Climate Delegated Act” saying the proposed classification of biomass under the EU's green finance rules goes against the country's national interest.

A Helsinki spirit? The EU should pay attention to Finland’s initiative

The European Union has multiple reasons for embracing the Helsinki Spirit initiative as it would complement the ongoing internal EU-level reflection processes on the bloc's future and strengthen its ability to implement its multilateralism strategy, write Niklas Nováky and Henri Vanhanen.
Arctic Agenda 17-10-2021

We don’t want to see any flash points in the Arctic, EU envoy says

The EU needs to adapt how it approaches the role of China and Russia in the region, Michael Mann, EU's Special Envoy for Arctic Matters, told EURACTIV.