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Azerbaijan 31-03-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh holds ‘elections’ despite international criticism and virus concerns

The authorities of the internationally unrecognised breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh are holding presidential and parliamentary elections amid international criticism and despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Europe's East 25-03-2020

EU demands access to Donbas for international organisations during coronavirus restrictions

Russian-backed armed formations in the breakaway Donbas region have since Saturday (21 March) denied access to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) mission monitoring the conflict, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service reported on Tuesday.
Europe's East 06-02-2020

OSCE warns Ukraine over disinformation bill

A new bill aimed at curbing the spread of disinformation in Ukraine could pose a risk to freedom of expression, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe warned on Wednesday (5 February).
Global Europe 18-12-2019

Europeans alarmed as US mulls pull-out of yet another arms control treaty

Washington's threat to leave the Open Skies Treaty, a pact allowing countries to conduct surveillance flights over each other’s territory, has left Europeans concerned that yet another landmark arms control accord might suffer the same fate as the Intermediate-Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
Europe's East 19-11-2019

Observers slam Belarus polls for flouting democratic norms

Parliamentary polls in Belarus did not show respect for democracy, international observers said Monday (18 November), after the opposition to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko failed to win a single seat.
Europe's East 08-11-2019

Donbas foes to pull back troops ahead of Normandy-type summit

Ukraine's army and Kremlin-backed separatists are set Friday (8 November) to complete the last phase of a troop pullback in the war-torn east in a key step towards a high-stakes summit with Russia.
Europe's East 04-11-2019

Donbas foes fail to pull back troops in new push

Ukrainian soldiers and Moscow-backed separatists on Monday (4 November) failed to begin the last phase of a troop pullback in the war-torn eastern Ukraine, delaying a high-stakes summit with Russia.
Eastern Europe 30-08-2019

EU calls ‘unacceptable’ the tensions at Georgia occupation line

The ambassador of the EU to Georgia called “unacceptable” on Friday (30 August) the tensions and confrontational language at the “border” between Georgia and its occupied territory of South Ossetia.
Central Asia 10-06-2019

Tokayev triumphs in Kazakh elections amid tensions

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the political “child” of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev who ruled Kazakhstan since Soviet times, was overwhelmingly elected as the new leader of the country on Sunday (9 June), in a vote closely watched by international observers.
Azerbaijan 20-02-2019

France, Russia and US ‘working closely together’ on Nagorno-Karabakh

Positive momentum in the search for a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been confirmed in recent days, with fresh meetings and more shuttle diplomacy in the region.
Europe's East 03-12-2018

Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’, urge snap polls

Around 25,000 Georgians protested Sunday (2 December) against the election of a ruling party-backed candidate to the presidency and demanded snap parliamentary polls in a move that threatens to complicate the transition of power in the Western-backed nation.
Central Asia 14-11-2018

Kazakhstan suggests hosting OSCE forum to bolster global security

The president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has warned of a risk to post-World War II order and proposed that his country host a conference of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in 2020 with the purpose of “updating” the 1975 Helsinki Final Act of the then CSCE.
Global Europe 19-07-2018

OSCE surprised by Russian intelligence penetrating its Ukraine mission

The OSCE mission monitoring the conflict in eastern Ukraine said yesterday (18 July) claims that Russia's security agency had received inside information about its activities came as a major blow.
Global Europe 26-06-2018

Chilly Western reactions to Erdogan’s win

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (26 June) celebrated winning sweeping new powers in a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite complaints over an unequal campaign that alarmed the EU.
Europe's East 13-06-2018

EU issues encouraging messages ahead of 10th anniversary of Russia-Georgia war

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini assured Georgia on Tuesday (12 June) that ten years after Russia's occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the EU has not given up seeking a “true solution” to the conflict.
Azerbaijan 28-05-2018

France to intensify efforts to end Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

France plans to intensify efforts to find a solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has said.
Enlargement 22-02-2018

US, EU warn against political meddling in Bosnia graft cases

The United States and the European Union yesterday (21 February) warned Bosnia it needed to better protect the judiciary in corruption cases from political pressure, which had resulted in few high-level graft cases being processed in the Balkan country.
Global Europe 01-02-2018

Human traffickers capitalise on ‘chaos’ at Europe’s migrant hotspots

Human traffickers are capitalising on widespread chaos at migrant reception centres across southern Europe to transport their victims undetected and lure other migrants into forced labour, a European security watchdog said yesterday (31 January).
Europe's East 04-12-2017

A weakened Tillerson comes to Europe

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarks this week on a diplomatic mission to shore up alliances in Europe and their defences against Russian aggression and subversion.
Europe's East 06-09-2017

Russia asks UN to set up mission for east Ukraine

Russia asked the UN Security Council on Tuesday (5 September) to authorise the deployment of a lightly-armed mission to protect OSCE observers dispatched to monitor the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Europe's East 25-07-2017

No end in sight to Ukraine fighting as Normandy format stumbles

The phone call lasted two hours. Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin on Monday (24 July) tackled the question of how to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine, with little success. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
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.
Enlargement 18-05-2017

UN officials concerned over Belgrade-Pristina talks

The chief of UNMIK, the UN mission in Kosovo, Zahir Tanin warned of rising tensions in Kosovo and weakening trust between Belgrade and Pristina during Tuesday’s UN Security Council session (16 May). EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Development Policy 11-05-2017

EU to send one of ‘biggest ever’ election monitoring teams to Kenya

EXCLUSIVE/ The EU is sending one of its “biggest missions ever” to monitor the upcoming election in Kenya, amid fears of a repeat of the ethnic clashes during the 2007 election, which left up to 1,500 people dead, and some 600,000 displaced.
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