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On May 19, 2016, 28 NATO foreign ministers, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, signed the accession protocol with Montenegro in Brussels. In order for Montenegro to be admitted, all NATO member states must ratify the protocol. Since this is a treaty document, the U.S. Senate has to approve it by a two-thirds… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

Current EU-Turkish relations are all but tranquil. Controversial issues like the ‘refugee deal’, the visa waiver roadmap and the promise of revitalized accession negotiations continue to be front page news. Not surprisingly, they eclipse developments in the EU-Turkey Association, the institutionalized international regime established as long ago as 1963 that is intended to foster cooperation… » read more

  Posted by ACELG

The previous article published a few days ago describes the political developments in Poland during the last 12 months. In light of these developments, it makes sense to remind ourselves of the contributions to democracy made by some great Europeans in the past. European democracy and the ‘tyranny of the masses’ In the 17th century,… » read more

  Posted by The future of the European Union

Turks, being both friendly and political, usually ask visitors what they think of Turkey. Seldom nowadays do they like the answer. When criticisms are made by Europeans of Turkey’s apparent drift to Islamist autocracy and away from pluralist democracy, we are reminded that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has frequently (most recently last November) been popularly… » read more

  Posted by Andrew Duff - On Governing Europe

Energoatom is currently unable to serve loans from European institutions. Even though a European Commission study assessed the company’s credit worthiness Ukrainian taxpayers now have to pay back part of the loans. by Ana-Maria Seman, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog Difficulties are piling up for Ukraine’s state nuclear operator Energoatom whose accounts remain frozen since… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

In its EU funds spending plans, Slovakia has shown commendable dedication to making bioenergy more sustainable. Taking over the EU presidency in June, it will have a unique chance to apply its expertise to improve European regulations on biomass.   by Miroslav Mojzis cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog   After pressure from Slovak non-governmental organisations,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Politics has been hamstringing America’s solar industry — and now politics is poised to do the same with Poland’s wind energy. Such short-sightedness will of course prolong the dominance of dirty-fuel sources. A number of U.S. utilities, alarmed at solar’s threat to their businesses, have sent their lobbyists scurrying to state capitals to persuade legislators… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

For about two decades, it appeared that the end of the Cold War in Europe left the Balkan states with no long-term geostrategic option except the so-called Euro-Atlantic integrations underwritten by the ideology known as Atlanticism. This option reached the peak of its strength after NATO’s military intervention in the Bosnian conflict in 1995 (which… » read more

  Posted by Kovacevic on Geopolitics

The European Union has announced a $2.3-million feasibility study of a natural gas pipeline between Cyprus and Europe — one of the continent’s latest efforts to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. Cyprus has had success developing gas fields off its eastern and southern coasts that are closer to Europe than Middle Eastern gas. Although… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

Ahead of a referendum in the Netherlands on the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, Olexi Pasyuk from the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine discusses the agreement’s importance for Ukraine’s civil society and why Europe must still improve how it engages with the country. by Olexi Pasyuk, cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog. (The… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Guest blog post by Leo Watson, freelance writer.   Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydlo announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydlo did not cite security… » read more

  Posted by The Guest Blog

Current EU support is not just a distraction from the energy path Ukraine needs to take, it also puts countless communities in Ukraine and abroad at risk. by Iryna Holovko, Ukrainian campaigner for Bankwatch (cross-posted from the Bankwatch blog) European decision makers had good intentions, but in their efforts to help ensure Ukraine’s energy security,… » read more

  Posted by Bankwatch

Oil production has outstripped demand to the point that the world has a 1-billion-barrel surplus that will take at least five years to work off, industry analysts say. Until the backlog is gone, oil prices will wallow, although where they will be at in a given month or year is hard to predict, the experts… » read more

  Posted by The Eurasian Policy & Energy Hub

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