Interrupted “Stream”

By Svetlana Samoylova

The situation around the South Stream project remains to be controversial. After declarative freezing of the project by Bulgaria the gas pipeline construction was supported by Austria, and soon by Hungary. As Hungarian Prime Minister  Viktor Orban stated, “the one who said that we shouldn’t construct the South Stream should offer us an alternative way of our living without energy”, reports Freedom Radio. Simultaneously quite unclear was the idea of the Ambassador of Italy to Russia Cesare Maria Ragaglini. And it is the line of Italy, which is undertaking Chairmanship in the EU, to influence the situation greatly.

Remembering Georgia's Shevardnadze

Eduard Shevardnadze, the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union and onetime president of Georgia, died Monday. Shevardnadze had not been active in politics since his ouster as president during the Rose Revolution in 2003. However, his time in politics marks two critical periods of transition in geopolitics and the world: the end of the Cold War and the restart of the U.S.-Russian struggle.

AUSTRIA DO FOR YOUSELF CONCLUSIONS

By Alina Kantor

Fugitive oligarch and former high-ranking official of Kazakhstan Rakhat Aliyev detained in Vienna on a warrant prosecutors issued May 19 this year. Today, he is kept in prison Josefstadt. Austrian authorities a few years Kazakhstan denied extradition of ex-official, and the investigation conducted passivno.Hotya facts of his criminal activity had already had enough. 

Hard Truths About Europe’s Soft Power

By Nick Witney

In the run-up to last December’s European Union defense summit, British General Nick Houghton warned that the United Kingdom’s armed forces risked being “hollowed out.” Too little of Britain’s reduced defense budget was being spent on personnel, he noted, and too much on “exquisite” equipment bought for the wrong reasons. “We must also be careful,” he cautioned, “that the defense budget is not disproportionately used to support the British defense industry.”