Administrative Affairs

Name Dispute: Independent Greeks on the rocks

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The ratification process for the Prespes Agreement, signed by Greece and Macedonia/FYROM last June in attempt to resolve the Name Dispute between them, rolls steadily forward in Skopje.  That country’s parliamentary speaker estimates the...

The revolution Europe needs

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The spontaneous street protests in Paris over the past month come almost exactly 50 years after the mass revolt of May 1968. But that is not to say the two events are comparable. Les événements...

Additional EU aid to be sent to Rohingyas

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In what could be construed as a course correction after years of taking a hands-off approach to the ethnic cleansing of Burma’s Muslim minority population, known as the Rohingyas, the European Commission announced on...

Ukraine wants maximum EU pressure put on Russia after Kerch incident

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Speaking in front of the journalists on December 10, Ukraine’s Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkin claimed Brussels had promised to step up its efforts and push Moscow to release the 24 Ukrainian sailors that...

Opinion: Ukraine can only win its war with Russia if Poroshenko is voted out

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In George Orwell’s 1984, "the party" is constantly re-writing history. Depending on who Oceania is currently fighting, the party claims that either “Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia” or “Oceania has always...

Orban’s closure of CEU taps into memories of Europe’s darkest past

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The European project is failing. And with it, the dreams of a stable, peaceful, and united Europe. The latest blow against the concept of European unity has come not from the pro-Brexit hardliners in...

Name Dispute: Flaws in Prespes Agreement fuel new Greek firestorm

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With the Prespes Agreement ratification steamroller moving almost inexorably forward in Macedonia/FYROM, public attention to the issue in Greece has refocused and the subject is once again centre stage in view of approaching elections. ...

The world George H.W. Bush made

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I have worked for four US presidents, Democrats and Republicans alike, and perhaps the most important thing I have learned along the way is that little of what we call history is inevitable. What...

NATO’s “Bucharest Spell”

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NATO erred in not immediately granting Georgia and Ukraine a Membership Action Plan in April 2008, according to the former head of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. This failure sent the wrong signal to Russian...

US trade war and the EU’s expectations post-G20

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US President Donald J. Trump seems to be forging ahead with his campaign promises of a trade war between major economic players, ostensibly to ‘level the playing field.’ Trump has often complained of an ‘unfair’...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Why Italy’s newly proposed budget is the right step forward

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New Europe’s Federico Grandesso spoke exclusively with Massimo Bitonci, Italy's Under Secretary for Economy and Finance, who underlined the positives of the Italian budget plan that was recently rejected by the European Commission, and also discussed some weaknesses that...

Brexit and the global economy

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The singular issue of Brexit has consumed the United Kingdom for two and a half years. The “if,” “how,” and “when” of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union, after decades of membership, has...

Germany’s Angela Merkel and her legacy in the Middle East

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The departure of Germany’s first female chancellor was as unexpected and stealthy as her arrival 13 years earlier. In a brief speech at the end of last month, Angela Merkel announced she would not...

Hungary grants former Macedonia/FYROM PM Gruevski asylum

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The flight of former Macedonia/FYROM Prime Minister Hungary Nikola Gruevski to Hungary took on wider implications as Budapest reportedly granted Gruevski’s asylum request.   In view of the difficult relationship between Budapest and Brussels, the...

Gender and the Arab city

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One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” City leaders can take a simple step that would go long a way toward achieving...

Trump’s diminishing power and rising rage

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The drama of Donald J. Trump’s presidency has centred around whether an extremist president would be able to carry out an extremist policy agenda against the will of the majority of Americans. So far...

Calls for Transylvania Hungarians’ minority rights gets a voice at EP

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Hungarian MEP László Tőkés has blamed the EU and the Romanian government for undermining the principles of democracy and human rights amid numerous accusations that ethnic Hungarians living in Romania’s Transylvania region have been discriminated...

Opinion: Europe should stop feeding the dragon of Ukrainian corruption

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A scene in an old Soviet film called To Kill a Dragon sees a knight errant rescue a city from the tyranny of a dragon. The city’s mayor claims victory over the dragon and becomes the next...

Naples receives major injection of EU funds for cultural heritage preservation

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For the better part of seven centuries, the Italian metropolis of Naples was the centre of a powerful Mediterranean kingdom that encompassed the whole of southern Italy and Sicily. The city traced its history to...

EU provides additional €90 million in humanitarian crisis assistance to Yemen

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Now entering its fourth year, the devastating conflict in Yemen shows no signs of ending in the near future which prompted the European Commission to provide an additional €90 million in humanitarian aid to the war-torn Arabian...

EU says no Eastern Partnership Summit in 2019

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Ahead of a heavy schedule for the European institutions over the next year, including Elections to the European Parliament as well as a new European Commission and new European Council president that will be...

Recent protests in Ingushetia have unnerved Moscow

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In the 20 years that have passed since the tiny republic of Ingushetia in Russia’s North Caucasus was noticed by the international media, much has changed in the region. In the late 1990s, Ingushetia was...

Europe’s coming year of reckoning

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Politically, 2019 will be an extraordinarily important year for the European Union. The United Kingdom is currently on track to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. And, following elections to the European Parliament in May,...

The Saudi predicament

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The ruthless murder of Jamal Khashoggi sent shivers down the spine of international audiences, caused a media frenzy- supported by the Turkish authorities’ media strategy, created a Cold War atmosphere and finally managed to...

Why Italy is the latest to question policy orthodoxy

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Global markets, policymakers, and risk managers are watching the budget skirmish between Italy’s government and the European Commission closely. The episode highlights a growing tendency among governments in both advanced and emerging economies to...

Europe in the crosshairs

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The decision by US President Donald J. Trump to withdraw the United States’ participation in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is potentially bad for Europe but would have no short-term effect on the...

Italy threatens to veto EU sanctions against Russia

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Italy's Eurosceptic government has extended an olive branch to Russia that will likely put it again at odds with their partners in the European Union after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte dangled the prospect of...

Can Eurozone reform help contain Trump?

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US President Donald J. Trump is using economic warfare to pursue his foreign-policy objectives. In August, his administration announced that it would double tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Turkey, in order to...

EU’s new €50 million support programme to assist with rule of law reforms in...

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As part of the EU's effort to contribute to the strengthening of an independent judiciary in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,  the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn signed a €50 million agreement to...

EU joins forces with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support health services in...

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In an effort to strengthen the EU diagnostic health services programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa,  the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute €54 million of support under the External Investment Plan, which will help...

EU commits €7.2 million to step up Ebola fight in DR Congo

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The European Commission has allocated € 7.2 million to strengthen its response to an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total amount of EU aid to the combat the...

EU revokes Cambodia’s preferential trade status

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Following the 12th annual EU-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit that took place in Brussels on October 18-19, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini announced a temporary freeze its "Everything...

Behind the Curtain

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My name is Dr Mohammad Zahoor. I am a British citizen and for almost ten years, I was the benefactor of the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s most important English language newspaper, very much the benchmark...

Opinion: Will Europe be fooled by Ukrainian government once again?

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When it comes to fooling people at home and abroad, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has no equals. After derailing all other law enforcement reforms, he is planning to sabotage Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court, which is currently being selected. To...

EU signs border management agreement with Albania

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The Western Balkans have been front and centre on Europe' agenda over the course of 2018 as efforts to resolve the Name Dispute between Macedonia/FYROM and Greece and a potential land-for-peace swap between Kosovo...

Drain the EU Swamp

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Populist leaders have long made gains by posing as the alternative to a “corrupt elite” that enriches itself at the expense of “the people.” According to the populists, only they can restore decency to...