The European Union threw its support behind calls from France and Germany on Wednesday by proposing to pool up to 5.5 billion euros per year into defence research and spending, raising questions of the EU’s relation to Nato and concerns of member states.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
By Zhu Dongyang
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization was expanded for the first time at the two-day summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the inclusion of India and Pakistan. The inclusion of the two major regional countries in the SCO demonstrates the organization's growing appeal.
After the expansion, the eight-member bloc will cover nearly half of the world's population and three-fifths of the Eurasian continent, which will greatly boost its role of promoting regional stability and prosperity.
By Gent Salihu
Kosovo primarily participates in the dialogue so that it can extend its sovereignty in northern Kosovo, a Serb-majority inhabited area, where Serbia still has significant influence. In return, by giving its de facto powers away, Serbia expects fast-track EU membership.
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met with Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, in Astana on June 9, the Akorda said.
By Seba Aghayeva
EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn will visit Baku June 15 to take part in the negotiations on a new strategic partnership agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan, said Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday congratulated French President Emmanuel Macron for a "great success" in the first round of France's parliamentary elections, as projections showed his party and its allies set to win a sweeping majority in the National Assembly.