Court overturns result of election in which Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly beat far-right candidate Norbert Hofer
The US and Iceland have signed an agreement that will see the first US troops deployed to the Arctic island in a decade. The deal comes amid ongoing tensions with Russia.
The last NATO summit, in Wales in 2014, was defined by the recognition that with Russia having just seized Crimea and expanded war into Ukraine, the post–Cold War security regime in Europe was effectively being dismantled. Moscow was redrawing borders in Eastern Europe while accelerating its military modernization and pushing for a sphere of privileged interest along its periphery. Since then, the Baltic states, Poland, and Romania have called for NATO to return the alliance to its traditional collective territorial defense function, asking that permanent U.S. bases be established on their territories as a means to strengthen deterrence.
Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, often shortened to Brexit, is a highly debated topic these days. The voting in a referendum on the country’s membership has taken place earlier today and everyone is eagerly awaiting the result, Tengrinews reports.
More than two months have now passed since the worst outbreak of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno Karabakh region in over 20 years. The fighting erupted on April 2nd and continued until the ceasefire agreement was signed by the Chiefs of Staff of Armenia and Azerbaijan at a meeting in Moscow on April 5th, after an intense Russian-led mediation effort. The Four Day War, as it came to be known, claimed over a hundred lives (although the casualty figures are still being disputed) and raised fears of a wider military conflict in the region (1, 2). Indeed, in an interview with Bloomberg on April 24th, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan went as far as to claim that a full-scale war could “break out at any moment”.
NATO’s deterrence and defence posture will be high on the agenda of NATO’s Summit, taking place in Warsaw on 8-9 July 2016.
Both Poland and Hungary should further strengthen their bilateral relations in light of the recent referendum where the UK voted to leave the EU, officials at the two countries' foreign ministry agreed.
As more positive signs poured in about the possible normalization of Turkish-Russian relations on June 28, details also started to surface regarding details of the diplomacy carried out between Ankara and Moscow.
After a gruelling six-year campaign which took Kazakh leaders and diplomats and introduced Kazakhstan to far flung corners of the world, from Europe to the Pacific Islands, from Africa to Latin America, Kazakhstan won on June 28 the right to sit on the United Nations Security Council in 2017-2018.
Initial reactions from the Balkan region to the negative vote on the EU in Britain are gloomy - but concerns about the effects of a 'Brexit' on Southeastern Europe's economies are less dramatic.
Turkish Preisdent Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the EU was being Islamophobic vis-a-vis Turkey
Brexit will trigger a domino effect, especially in Europe’s socially and economically developed countries, Naciye Selin Senocak, chair holder at UNESCO Cultural Diplomacy, Governance and Education Chair, Center for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies (CEDS).
From the hydrogen bomb to anthrax, anything that could threaten the peaceful co-existence of humanity, was discussed June 20 at the international conference devoted to the Manifest “The World. The 21st Century.” Leading experts on nuclear safety, supported by the International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC), met in the Library of the First President.
Despite the emergence of new presidential candidates, the people of Estonia would like to see Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand as the country's next president, according to Postimees.