President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed the awaited decree on the early dissolution of the Majilis, the lower chamber of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. The dissolution decree came on January 20 and the snap elections to the Majilis are scheduled on March 20, 2016.
Seemingly implausible alliances become possible in the ever-changing world. One could say that Ukraine and Turkey are neighbors, the Black Sea being the geographical connection point. Besides, both Ukraine and Turkey have already become “hostile” states in Russia’s political and public spheres. Thus, Kiev and Ankara might cooperate on the basis of the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” paradigm. Let us explore the possibility of bilateral relations between Turkey and Ukraine.
This week, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced that she wants to spend €130 billion ($140 billion) on defense equipment until 2030 — increasing the overall defense spending by €3-4 billion annually over the next 15 years. The bold announcement was actually the latest step in a longer-term plan by the German government to reverse the decline of the defense budget. But though the budget increase is analytically wrong, it is politically right.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini praised the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo for their commitment on Wednesday, as the two sides assessed previous deals, including the controversial plan to set up an association of Serb-majority municipalities.
Outlining Poland's foreign policy priorities, Witold Waszczykowski said that Europe has been hit by growing "uncertainty and instability", with the EU "weakened by recession, divided by differences in its vision for development, and beset by wars being waged just beyond its doorstep”.
Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is on a working visit to China, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the issues of bilateral cooperation, as well as some problems of international and regional policy, a message of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said .
Trend Agency's exclusive interview with Amos J. Hochstein, US Secretary of State’s Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs, Bureau of Energy Resources.
Measures to enhance transparency on military activities, the conflict in Ukraine and closer institutional links topped the agenda in talks between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Gernot Erler, the Special Representative of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship at NATO headquarters on Wednesday (27 January 2015).
As the flood of refugees into Europe shows no signs of stopping, with an estimated 500,000 already arrived, governments in Central Europe are taking matters into their own hands by closing down their borders as best they can, in an effort to slow the flow.
On January 28, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics of the United States Alan F. Estevez discussed the host nation support and infrastructure Lithuania provides for allied forces deployed here at a meeting in Lithuania.
Unhappy with her government's refugee policy, four out of 10 Germans want Chancellor Merkel to resign, a new poll has shown. The news came just after the ruling grand coalition unveiled its new asylum package.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has signed trade deals with France worth billions of dollars following the lifting of international sanctions imposed over its nuclear program.
Russia’s Gazprom canceled a discount on gas for the Turkish private sector.
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is not about opening up European markets, but about making others' less closed for the sake of reciprocity, said MEP Viviane Reding, before the European Parliament is due to vote on a number of recommendations.
Romania’s Embassy in Baku hosted Jan. 27 a roundtable meeting titled “Current Situation and Perspectives of NATO-Azerbaijan Cooperation”.