Justice - Security

Ukraine marks fifth anniversary of revolution with more questions than answers

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In the half-decade that has passed since the start of Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution, few who were in Kiev during the three-month-long uprising could have imagined the upheavals that the country has had to endure...

EU offers support saying Uzbekistan is “on the right path”

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Austria’s Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said on November 22 that the former Soviet Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan has shown significant improvement in its human rights record over the last two years after Uzbek...

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...

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...

Opinion: Western officials betray both their own taxpayers and the Ukrainian people

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There’s a nauseating feeling of déjà vu. Under ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, USAID took part in the preparation of tests for the hiring of Ukrainian judges. USAID insisted back then that the tests were entirely fair...

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...

EU Commission satisfied with Poland’s reversal on controversial supreme court dismissals

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Nearly a year after a major rift opened between the right-wing Polish government and the European Commission over Poland's decision to forcibly retire supreme court judges, a move that caused outrage in Brussels as the EU...

In a key victory for Serbia, Interpol rejects Kosovo’s membership bid

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In a vote held during an annual general assembly in Dubai on November 20, Kosovo failed to secure two-thirds of votes cast to be approved as a full membership of Interpol, a result that...

The inconvenient truth about Saudi Arabia

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The 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” highlights former US Vice President Al Gore’s efforts to alert his fellow Americans to the perils of global warming. What made the truth inconvenient is that avoiding catastrophic...

Who would silence the Dutch?

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The Dutch have a reputation for telling things like they are.  This was also true of my former law partner, Sergei Magnitsky. Nine year’s ago, Sergei discovered that a group of Russian government officials had...

Interpol avoids major scandal as South Korean picked over Russian to be next head

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More than two months after the sudden disappearance of Interpol’s Chinese-born President Meng Hongwei, the International police agency elected its acting head Kim Jong Yang of South Korea as its new president after beating out a...

FYROM’s nationalist former prime minister on the run

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By far the most interesting development related to the Name Dispute between Greece and Macedonia/FYROM this week was the departure in stealth mode of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski from Skopje and his sudden...

Diplomatic fallout from espionage row shakes Austria’s relations with Russia

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Amid the fallout from an espionage scandal that continues to rock Austria's intelligence establishment, the country's foreign minister, Karin Kneissl, has cancelled a planned visit to Moscow after the BVT and HNA - Vienna's domestic...

From economic crisis to World War III

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The next economic crisis is closer than you think. But what you should really worry about is what comes after: in the current social, political, and technological landscape, a prolonged economic crisis, combined with...

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...

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...

With IMF deal secured, Ukraine scoffs at Russia’s sanctions

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Fresh off a deal that saw Ukraine secure $3.9 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after Kiev agrees to hike gas prices, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko mocked Moscow’s November 1 announcement that the...

European parliamentarians endorse resolution to ban neo-Nazi and right-wing extremist groups

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With the number of hate crimes and xenophobic parties growing across the continent, members of the European Parliament passed a resolution in Strasbourg that condemned the lack of serious action against extremist groups, including...

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 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...

Getting to an Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo

Kosovo has not been ruled by Serbia for nearly twenty years, yet the status of its sovereignty, as well as the territory and borders of both countries, remain mutually and internationally contested. In the past...

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...

EU Commission to publish report on ‘Golden Visas’ amid money laundering concerns

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The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said on October 10 that a report on the sale of passports and residency permits to wealthy foreign citizens - commonly known as 'golden visas'...

Romanian marriage referendum fails due to low voter turn-out

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With so many Romanian voters having opted to stay home for the two-day referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage, the government's plan to officially codify that only a man and a woman can be...

€52 million grant given to Greek Defence Ministry under investigation by OLAF

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Days after three journalists were arrested in Greece following a report that Athens’ Defence Minister Panos Kammenos had misused EU migration funds, Brussels has confirmed that the European Anti-Fraud Agency (OLAF), is looking into the case after looking...

Skripal poisoning suspect revealed as decorated GRU officer

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The art of spycraft has been the inspiration for writers and filmmakers for decades. Ever since Dutch-born Mata Hari used her upper-class social connections and sexual exploits to gather information for the Germans during...

Commission asks European Court of Justice to temporarily suspend Poland’s new Supreme Court law

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Amid continuous violations of the principle of judicial independence by the Polish government after the new national Law on the Supreme Court was voted and applicator, the European Commission will activate the next step of...

What was Qatar up to at the UNGA?

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With this year’s edition of the United Nations General Assembly in New York taking place over the previous week, one feature of the 2017 session that returned for this year's gathering was the intensive amount of lobbying...

The Trump-China Syndrome… and Europe

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US-China relations are deteriorating due to the initiatives of Donald Trump. The American president thinks and reacts as an intelligent businessman, not as a politician. Trump is conscious of the demographics and the reasons behind...

Greece’s creditors nervous as Tsipras appears to walk away from structural reform goals

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After successfully concluding its three-year European Stability Mechanism stability support programme and with its place at the heart of the Eurozone and EU secured - a development that Brussels is publicly hailing as a...

Will President Trump Survive the Manafort Guilty Plea?

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Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, has entered into a plea agreement with the Special Counsel investigating Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Observers have described this as a very bad day for President Donald Trump,...

Who Really Creates Value in an Economy?

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After the 2008 global financial crisis, a consensus emerged that the public sector had a responsibility to intervene to bail out systemically important banks and stimulate economic growth. But that consensus proved short-lived, and...

Terrorist-related content to be removed from Internet platforms within an hour, says Juncker

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Internet platforms will be required to remove all terrorism-related content within one hour of being reported, else sanctions await, according to a proposal presented to the European Parliament by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker,...

European Parliament votes to censure Orban over rule of law violations in Hungary

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's often toxic relationship with the European Union came to a head on September 12 when the European Parliament decided to trigger the so-called Article 7 procedure under EU law which would...

Juncker details vision for Europe in last State of the Union speech

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Speaking before the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the last time before his term expires in May 2019, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on the bloc's MEPs to no longer take their international alliances...

Europe’s Populist Fifth Column

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European security currently rests essentially on the NATO alliance and the principle of mutual defence, and on cooperation between national intelligence services working to prevent violence against people and national assets. But in an...

Russia blocks UN report detailing North Korea’s sanctions violations

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Russia has blocked the publication of a report by the United Nations on the implementation of sanctions against North Korea because it disagrees with some of the findings, AFP quoted Moscow's UN Ambassador Vasily...