April 2013

EU travel restrictions will be eased for Ukrainians and Moldovans

Travel to the EU is set to become easier for people from Ukraine and Moldova after MEPs approved plans for visa exemptions for holders of biometric service passports and a simplification of requirements demonstrating the purpose of their journey. EU citizens are already exempt from visa requirements when travelling to these countries. We talked to Claude Moraes and Marian Jean Marinescu, the two MEPs in charge, about why they support these amendments to the existing visa facilitation agreements.

Nordic-Baltic Security and The Role of Poland as a Regional Actor

The workshop organized by the GMF Warsaw Office and the Embassy of Sweden in Poland on March 26th 2013 entitled: “Nordic-Baltic Security and the role of Poland as a regional actor,” was a follow up event on two reports issued by the Swedish Defense Research Agency (FOI): “Polish security today and tomorrow” and “The Security and Defensibility of the Baltic States”.

North Africa Instability Affects European Energy Security

By Ioannis Michaletos

The North African region has played a decisive role over the past few years in shaping global political agendas. It is the birthplace of the Arab Spring (Tunisia) and the region often most affected by Islamist terrorist groups in the wider MENA area. Terrorism impacts the energy security of the European Union, and has the potential to become a source of significant instability in the near future.

In Vilnius, Lithuanian And Serbian Foreign Ministers Sign A Memorandum For Cooperation In The Field Of European Integration

On 16 April, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius and the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Mrkić signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of European integration on behalf of the Governments, which, according to Linkevičius, should further the mutually beneficial cooperation.

First visit by a NATO Secretary General to Republic of Korea focuses on cooperation

The Alliance looks forward to stepping up its partnership with the Republic of Korea, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Friday (12 April 2013) during a three-day long-planned visit to Seoul, the first ever by a NATO Secretary General. “NATO’s partnership with the Republic of Korea is still young, but it has great potential,” he said.

South Stream shapes European Energy Security, Nabucco Falls Behind EU-, US-backed Nabucco gasline project trails Russia's South Stream

video

The Eastern Europe unanimously placed its bet on the South Stream. Plain fact is that the new Europeans chose to protect their national interests in spite of all temptations and threats from Brussels and Washington. Now the South Stream business blueprint is complete and it is entering construction stage. By the end of 2018 the pipeline is planned to reach a transport capacity of 63 billion cubic meters per year – enough gigajoules to supply energy needs of 38 million households. What has encouraged the pro-South Stream choice of Eastern European political elites presuming their frosty relations with Russia? Why did they not resort to broadly advertised alternatives?

Austrian Themis Faces Legal Precedent

By Alina Kantor

For the first time for more than 20 years the court of this country is ready to decide whether to extradite or put into jail a citizen of the Post-Soviet state under the accusations imposed in his motherland. And this is considering that right after his arrival in Vienna a former Kazakh (following the tradition) announced himself to be the “prisoner of conscience” and fighter for democracy. The case is about ex-Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Austria Rakhat Aliyev.

Revamping Euro-Atlantic Security

By Des Browne, Wolfgang Ischinger, Igor Ivanov And Sam Nunn

Security policies in the Euro-Atlantic region — an area that includes six of the world’s 10 largest economies, four of the five declared nuclear weapon states, and more than 95 percent of global nuclear inventories — are dangerously out of date and demand urgent attention. With a new approach that is grounded in today’s opportunities and challenges, the European community, Russia and the United States can chart a more secure path for their people and the world and avoid the risks and costs of a new downward spiral in relations between states.