About: World War II

Global Europe 19-07-2019

Warsaw says Trump to attend invasion of Poland anniversary

Poland said on Thursday (18 July) US President Donald Trump would attend events in Warsaw marking the 80th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of the country - though the White House said the trip was not yet confirmed.
Global Europe 05-06-2019

World leaders gather in south England to remember D-Day

World leaders gather on the coast of southern England on Wednesday (5 June) to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history and a feat that helped bring World War Two to an end.
Enlargement 11-03-2019

Chetnik gathering sparks outrage in Bosnia

A gathering of the ultranationalist Serb Chetnik Movement in the Bosnian town of Višegrad on Sunday (10 March), has sparked a wave of condemnation from inside Bosnia and from the international community.
Politics 12-02-2019

The Brief – Tajani’s blunder

A Twitter clash has broken out between Slovenian Commissioner Violeta Bulc and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani over the latter's involvement, together with Lega leader Matteo Salvini, in a commemoration perceived as a fascist gathering.
EU Elections 2019 12-02-2019

Slovenia accuses Tajani, Salvini of World War II revisionism

Slovenia accused European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Italy's Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of historical revisionism Monday (11 February) over statements they made at a ceremony commemorating Italian victims of World War II massacres.
Global Europe 01-10-2018

80th anniversary of the Great Treachery in Europe

In an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV, the Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov argues that present-days attempts to isolate Russia are similar to the chain of events that led to the infamous 1938 Munich agreement.
Politics 18-07-2018

Why die for Montenegro, Trump asks

Answering a journalistic question, President Donald Trump yesterday (17 July) appeared to put in doubt the United States' obligation to defend all NATO allies.
Global Europe 09-05-2018

In Eastern Europe, ‘Immortal Regiment’ marches eclipse Europe Day

What is 9 May? For most in the EU, it’s Europe Day, in commemoration of the 1950 Schuman Declaration, the cornerstone of what is today the European Union. But in Eastern Europe, Russia has in recent years promoted a different kind of celebration, more in the vein of Cold War era parades.
Elections 12-03-2018

Austria marks 80 years since Anchluss

Austria today (12 March) marks the 80th anniversary of its annexation by Nazi Germany, with the country's President Alexander Van der Bellen urging young people not to be "taken in" by neo-fascist and far-right ideologies.
Global Europe 29-09-2017

The Munich conspiracy and peace in our time

As Europe marks today (29 September) another anniversary of the 1938 Munich agreement, the Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU Ambassador, Vladimir Chizhov, reminds what he calls “some noteworthy historical parallels”.
Economy & Jobs 07-09-2017

Polish PM accuses Macron of pursuing ‘protectionism’ in EU

Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło accused French President Emmanuel Macron of "trying to introduce protectionism" on Wednesday (6 September) amid a clash over his proposals to overhaul a controversial EU rule on sending workers abroad.

Poland revives German war reparations demand

Eight years after the end of the Second World War, Poland renounced its claim to reparations from Germany. But its parliament is ignoring that and is once again calling on Berlin to pay up. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Electricity 01-08-2017

Undersea power cable soldiers on despite WWII bombs

A large-scale energy interconnector project linking the United Kingdom to mainland Europe is pressing on, despite the discovery of wartime bombs and mines in the cable’s path.
Enlargement 22-06-2016

Serbia sacks its Brussels ambassador

Serbia has sacked its ambassador to the EU Duško Lopandić, the official explanation being that he has been unable to prevent an exhibition in the European Parliament honouring a controversial figure in Yugoslavia’s history.
Enlargement 06-06-2016

Erdogan says will never accept genocide ‘blackmail’

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned on 4 June Turkey would never accept charges the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians in World War I, saying the accusations were being used as "blackmail" against Ankara.
Enlargement 03-06-2016

Ankara to Berlin: You burned the Jews in ovens, and accuse Turkey of genocide

Turkey reacted with fury on Thursday (2 June) after the Bundestag labelled the World War I massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces as genocide, threatening further measures.
Central Europe 27-08-2015

Polish city wants army’s help in securing ‘Nazi gold train’

City authorities in Wa?brzych, in southwest Poland, stated on Thursday (26 August) that they now know the supposed location of a fabled missing WWII Nazi German train, but that they will not proceed without state help. Radio Poland reports.
Brexit 24-07-2015

Obama urges UK to stay in EU

US President Barack Obama told the BBC in an interview excerpt that aired Thursday (23 July) that Britain must remain in the European Union to maintain its global influence.
Global Europe 06-05-2015

Serbian army to take part in Moscow parade

Serbia will take part in the 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II. Serbian officials are reported to be saying that this does not reflect Serbia’s attitude toward European integration, and its obligations at the helm of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Global Europe 06-05-2015

Russia disappointed with EU leaders about WWII parade

Speaking to the press in Brussels on Tuesday (5 May), Russian Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov conveyed the message that the EU leaders who decided not to attend the 9 May celebration of the allied victory in World War II are in fact offending his country, who, in his opinion, made the greatest sacrifice to defeat Nazism.
Europe's East 28-04-2015

Russians seethe over Western snub of WWII parade

One of Boris Lisitsyn's happiest memories is of being swept by a huge, joyous crowd through the streets of Moscow and onto Red Square in spontaneous celebrations when World War Two ended in Europe.
Euro & Finance 07-04-2015

Greece puts a figure on Nazi reparations claims

Greece's deputy finance minister said yesterday (6 April) Germany owes Greece nearly €279 billion in reparations for the Nazi occupation of the country.
Miloš Zeman. [Czech Radio].
Global Europe 06-04-2015

Czech president bans US ambassador from Prague Castle

President Milos Zeman has "closed the door" of Prague Castle to the U.S. ambassador following comments perceived as critical of the Czech's decision to attend a World War Two commemoration in Moscow, according to local media reports yesaterday (5 April).
Euro & Finance 24-03-2015

Merkel, Tsipras display goodwill, but differences persist

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Chancellor Angela Merkel put on a public display of mutual goodwill yesterday (23 March), appealing to Greeks and Germans to set aside national stereotypes and work for a better European future.

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