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Central Asia 28-12-2021

Kazakhstan to maintain ties, avoid humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan

The minister of trade of Kazakhstan, Bakhyt Sultanov, visited Kabul over the weekend, this being the second such high-level visit recently, after Erzhan Kazykhan, the special representative of Kazakhstan's president, also called held talks with the Taliban.

Migrants camped in Belarus warehouse still hope to get to EU

Sleeping on mattresses in a Belarusian warehouse, hundreds of Middle Eastern migrants are still clinging to the hope of a future in western Europe as the year draws to a close.
Central Asia 22-12-2021

Kazakhstan ambassador: 2021 has been a ‘special year’ in Kazakh-EU relations

In an exclusive interview, Margulan Baimukhan, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the EU, discussed tensions between major geopolitical players, Central Asian cooperation, and his country's traditions in promoting international understanding.

‘Like pushing a rock’: NGOs decry uphill battle for legitimacy in Greece

Raging seas, pitiless hours and now red tape. Refugee aid groups in Greece, some with years of experience in the field, say trying to get onto the government's mandatory NGO registry is nothing short of an uphill struggle.
Global Europe 20-12-2021

Germany considers relocating soldiers in Mali mission

Germany would not rule out transferring its military mission in Mali to another country if the danger is too great, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said Sunday (19 December).
Global Europe 16-12-2021

EU suspends military training in Central Africa over Russian mercenaries

The European Union has suspended its training mission for soldiers in Central African Republic (CAR) because of fears it could get tied up in violations of international law by Russian mercenaries, the mission said on Wednesday (15 December).
Global Europe 15-12-2021

European powers say they are nearing end of road to save Iran deal

Three key European powers said on Tuesday (14 December) "we are rapidly reaching the end of the road" to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as Tehran accused Western powers of engaging in a "blame game."

MEP Anna Fotyga: Dumped munitions pose threat to human health and blue economy

Europe’s destructive twentieth century conflicts resulted in thousands of tonnes of conventional and chemical munitions dumped into European waters. Now, more than ever, these dumped munitions must be cleared, says MEP Anna Fotyga.
Global Europe 06-12-2021

EU condemns ‘politically motivated’ jailing of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The European Union's top diplomat condemned on Monday (6 December) a jail term handed out to Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying it was a "politically motivated verdict".
Global Europe 19-11-2021

New clashes rock Sudan after deadly day

Street clashes again shook Khartoum as internet services returned to Sudan on Thursday (18 November), a day after 15 protesters were killed in the bloodiest violence since the country’s 25 October coup. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken led a...
Climate change 14-11-2021

UN climate agreement clinched after late drama over coal

UN climate talks ended Saturday (13 November) with a deal that for the first time targeted fossil fuels as the key driver of global warming, even as coal-reliant countries lobbed last-minute objections.
Global Europe 12-11-2021

Russia, West trade barbs at UN over Belarus migrant crisis

Russia traded barbs with Western members of the UN Security Council on Thursday (11 November) over a crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, with Russia's deputy UN envoy suggesting his European colleagues have "masochist inclinations."
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash

Countries bordering Belarus expressed concern on Thursday (11 November) that a crisis over growing numbers of migrants trying to break through its frontiers into the European Union could escalate into a military confrontation. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia condemned “the deliberate...

UN Refugee chief slams EU leaders for management of refugee crisis

EU leaders cannot justify xenophobia, pushbacks, and violence amid the current refugee crisis. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told European Parliament on Wednesday (10 November).
Global Europe 08-11-2021

Iraqi PM escapes ‘assassination attempt’ drone blast

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi escaped unhurt from an “assassination attempt” in which an explosives-packed drone hit his Baghdad residence early Sunday (7 November), a new escalation in the country’s post-election turmoil. US President Joe Biden condemned the “terrorist attack”...
Global Europe 04-11-2021

UN renews mandate of EU military mission in Bosnia

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday (3 November) to renew for one year the mandate of the European military mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite Russian opposition to the existence of an international high representative to the Balkan country.
Global Europe 03-11-2021

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground

Ethiopia declared a six-month state of emergency on Tuesday (2 November) after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they were gaining territory and considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa.
Climate change 03-11-2021

Major methane deal at climate summit – without China

Countries on Tuesday (2 November) issued a landmark pledge to slash their methane emissions this decade, with US President Joe Biden chiding China’s leader for skipping the make-or-break COP26 climate summit. Nearly one hundred nations joined a United States and...
Climate change 02-11-2021

COP26 leaders vow new drive to save forests

World leaders meeting at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow will issue a multibillion-dollar pledge to end deforestation by 2030 but that date is too distant for campaigners who want action sooner to save the planet's lungs.
Enlargement 20-10-2021

EU candidate Serbia misaligned with EU foreign policy, Commission says

In its annual report monitoring Serbia's progress toward EU accession, the European Commission highlighted Belgrade's significant misalignment with EU foreign and security policy.
Global Europe 12-10-2021

Under-pressure Taliban to meet EU in bid for ‘positive’ ties

The Taliban will hold face-to-face talks with European Union officials, the acting foreign minister said on Monday (11 October), in a diplomatic push by the hardline Islamists groping for international support.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

On EU initiative, UN rights council creates Afghanistan rapporteur

The European Union on Thursday (7 October) won its battle at the UN Human Rights Council to create a new special rapporteur on Afghanistan, despite opposition from China, Russia and Pakistan.
Global Europe 08-10-2021

UN ends Yemen war crimes probe in defeat for Western states

Bahrain, Russia and other members of the UN Human Rights Council pushed through a vote to shut down the body's war crimes investigations in Yemen, in a stinging defeat for Western states who sought to keep the mission going.
Central Europe 07-10-2021

Kazakh official: The Taliban are no threat to Central Asia

It is necessary to create conditions for dialogue with the new government in Afghanistan, regardless of its political attitudes and ideologies. This is very important for both the Central Asian countries and the EU, Kazakhstan's Talgat Kaliyev told EURACTIV in an interview.