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Global Europe 02-12-2021

US, Russian foreign ministers to meet as Ukraine tensions soar

The chief diplomats of the US and Russia are to meet in Sweden on Thursday (2 December) as tensions soar after Washington expressed concern about Russia's military buildup near Ukraine and warned of "high-impact" sanctions.
Europe's East 01-11-2021

Georgian opposition vows ‘biggest ever’ protests, decries vote fraud

Georgia's opposition parties on Sunday (31 October) announced plans for a mass anti-government protest rally next weekend, denouncing as fraudulent local election runoffs won by the ruling party.
Global Europe 18-10-2021

OSCE mission in eastern Ukraine suspends operations amid protests

The Organization for Security and Cooperation on Europe has suspended its monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine following protests near its headquarters in separatist-controlled Donetsk, the chief monitor said on Sunday (17 October).
Europe's East 04-10-2021

Georgia ruling party leads polls, opposition alleges fraud

Georgia's ruling party was leading on Sunday (3 October) in local elections the opposition criticised as fraudulent, deepening a long-running political crisis in the Caucasus country exacerbated by the arrest of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili.
Global Europe 08-09-2021

OSCE rights meeting stalled, western powers blame Russia

The OSCE acknowledged Tuesday (7 September) that it had been unable to organise an annual human rights conference, a day after Western countries accused Russia of blocking attempts to hold it.
Global Europe 02-12-2020

EU’s Helga Schmid to help fill vacuum in Cold War security body OSCE

The international security body OSCE is expected to fill an unprecedented leadership vacuum, during meetings Thursday and Friday (3 and 4 December), after it failed to reappoint four of its top leaders in July.
Europe's East 10-11-2020

Georgia opposition defies crackdown, stages new protests

Fresh protests took place Monday (9 November) in Tbilisi as thousands of people hit the streets a day after police cracked down on demonstrations against Georgia's recent general elections.
Europe's East 09-11-2020

Police in Tbilisi fire water cannons, tear gas at protesters

Police in Georgia fired water cannons and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators who have vowed permanent protests until a snap vote is called as the opposition accused the ruling party of rigging tightly contested parliamentary elections.
Global Europe 06-11-2020

Election observer accuses Trump of ‘gross abuse of office’

The head of the OSCE observer mission to the US elections accused Donald Trump on Thursday (5 November) of a "gross abuse of office" after the president alleged he was being cheated and demanded that vote counting be halted.
Global Europe 05-11-2020

OSCE observer mission says US election ‘tarnished’ by Trump allegations

The head of an international observer mission to the US elections on Wednesday (4 November) criticised President Trump's allegations of fraud in the election, and expressed concern over attempts by his campaign to stop vote counting, saying it "undermined public trust" in democracy.
Europe's East 18-09-2020

Seventeen OSCE nations appoint team to probe Belarus election fraud, torture

Seventeen members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have appointed an independent team of experts to investigate alleged rights violations in Belarus' August presidential election.
Europe's East 18-08-2020

Belarus engulfed in ninth night of protests as Lukashenko heckled

Demonstrators descended on the Belarusian capital on Monday (17 August) for a ninth night of protests against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko, who was heckled by factory workers as pressure grows on him to step down.
Europe's East 23-07-2020

Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists agree ceasefire deal

Ukrainian, Russian and negotiators from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reached an agreement on Wednesday (22 July) for a full ceasefire between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine from 27 July.

OSCE facing leadership crisis

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is facing an unprecedented leadership crisis, after failing to agree an extension of its four most senior posts, leaving many in Europe worried about how it will continue to work until successors are chosen in December.
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.