May 2016

Water Shortages Likely to Reduce Central Asian GDPs by 11 Percent

By Paul Goble

Although Central Asia as a whole has enough water to promote development, problems in sharing this critical resource among the region’s five post-Soviet republics—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan—are becoming downright severe. According to a new World Bank study, such localized water crises could reduce the GDP of all the countries in the region by 11 percent by mid-century. This prediction has sparked real fears in Central Asia and beyond (Islamsng.com, May 7).

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Joint statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the latest developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Kaljurand discussed the Warsaw NATO summit with French Minister of State for European Affairs and Polish Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand discussed the Eastern Partnership, migration crisis and the NATO summit that will be held in Warsaw in June with the Minister of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir and Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski at the meeting held on the 14th of May. The French and Polish ministers visited Tallinn to participate in the Lennart Meri Conference.