Lawyers for Mukhtar Ablyazov, an avowed opponent of Kazakhstan’s government, are appealing a French court ruling that the former banker be extradited either to Russia or Ukraine, French media reported Wednesday.
Kyrgyzstan accused neighboring Tajikistan of threatening regional stability Monday after an armed clash that injured eight border guards.
Does the German social welfare system contravene European law? The EU seems to think so. It has made a statement regarding the rights of migrants that has caused quite a stir in Germany.
As populists gather more and more support in several EU countries, the responsibility of politicians is to limit those trends and establish a truly European debate ahead of the European elections.
The rate of energy consumption in the Asia-Pacific region has significantly increased over the last 10–15 years. Energy resources are playing an ever more important role in speeding up economic growth in Asia making it the most dynamically developing and high potential energy market in the world. There are growing energy demands involving new non-traditional categories of stocks. As estimated, Asia Pacific region will provide most of the increase in oil and natural gas demand in the world in the period up to 2030. This shift in growth away from the West makes producers look further to conquer Asian markets.
Greece took over the EU Presidency from Lithuania - a status the debt-hit country will retain for the first half of 2014 - as midnight struck to bring in the New Year on Wednesday.
The speed and the outcome of Lithuania’s talks with Gazprom will depend on future negotiations between Russia’s gas monopoly and the European Commission on the anti-trust case, the business daily ‘Verslo žinios’ reports on Monday citing sources.
Kazakhstan's BTA Bank Accuses Former Chairman of Fraud
Of the three energy-rich post-Soviet states besides Russia that border the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan- Turkmenistan constitutes the regional “wild card” in terms of its direction as an external energy supplier as its foreign policy orientation is not as clearly defined as those of the other two states. Azerbaijan has proven itself to be an ally of the United States and Israel, planting it rather firmly in the Western camp, while Kazakhstan, despite its multi-vector foreign policy and friendly relations with the United States, maintains close ties with the Russian Federation, both in terms of ethno-linguistic ties, as well as within the more formally-binding structures of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia.