For people outside Germany, the country’s pains at growing up as a foreign policy power often look wondrous and slightly bizarre—so morally charged is every debate, so infused with self-doubt, and often so faraway from the strategic realities of the day. Much ink has been spilled over this subject, but some particularly important ink has just been added to this ocean of pondering.
The areas of education, the rule of law and the environment have been given particular attention in the EU Strategy for Central Asia. The EU wants to reinforce its common action in those fields and intensify interaction between experts through existing platforms and projects, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said.
Kazakh officials asked for German support in bringing the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the EU together at the July 15 meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club dedicated to that topic. The meeting was organised by the Institute of World Economics and Politics, supported by the Library of the First President of Kazakhstan, and attended by prominent representatives of Kazakh and German political, business and expert circles.
Between 2009 and 2012 it became clear that the development of the organization and expansion of cooperation in the energy sector needs a new impetus. a number of innovations has been introduced, as well as embarked on reshaping the Energy Charter of the regional organization in the world of energy management. In this regard it should be noted that the Russian Federation has repeatedly stated the need to modernize the Energy Charter Treaty, while Western partners were in favor of the process of modernization of the Energy Charter.
Georgia and Turkey agreed to support extending the strategic partnership during the first meeting of the Strategic Cooperation Council between the two countries in Ankara, the Georgian government press office said.
Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev sent a letter to his Tajik counterpart Kohir Rasulzoda July 19, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said in a message.
Ever since Turkey joined Nato in 1952, its membership has been viewed as a vital bulwark in the defence of Europe against threats emanating from Russia and the Arab world.
On Monday British MPs voted 472-117 to replace the ageing Trident submarines that carry Britain's nuclear arsenal. But most of the MPs voting against were Scottish, opposed to what theysee as dictates from London and that could mean trouble later on.
Despite the willingness of Turkey and Russia to implement the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project, the position of the EU may be the main constraint for it, Cyril Widdershoven, Middle East geopolitical specialist and energy analyst, partner at Dutch risk consultancy VEROCY and SVP MEA-Risk, believes.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg attended a meeting of the Counter-ISIL Coalition at Joint Air Base Andrews, Maryland on Wednesday (20 July 2016). Discussions focused on the military campaign against ISIL and reaffirmed nations' resolve to degrade and defeat the terrorist organisation.
It is becoming increasingly likely that Estonia's EU presidency will be pushed forward and should this plan receive final confirmation Estonia will be ready, deputy director of the European Union Secretariat at Estonia's Government Office Kristo Pollu said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has been making her first official foreign visit, talking to Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. Both appeared to strike a conciliatory tone over future "Brexit" negotiations.
Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov travelled to Ulan Bator, Mongolia July 14-15 to attend the eleventh Asia–Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit and hold a series of bilateral meetings.
Despite all the unsettling news coming out of Europe, not least Britain’s divorce from the common market, one traditional trans-Atlantic alliance remains essentially intact: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. At its latest summit meeting in Warsaw, NATO did what it had to do to stay relevant and reasonably united. “We’re moving forward with the most significant reinforcement of collective defense any time since the Cold War,” was the way President Obama summed things up.
A few months before Friday’s attempted coup in Turkey, pro-government media outlets there published reports that the United States was actively plotting to depose Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Things came to a head at a State Department briefing in late March, when a Turkish reporter confronted spokesman John Kirby with the rumor: “Does the U.S. government try to overthrow the Erdogan government?” he asked.