By Viktor Orbán

Judging from population, natural resources, and human capital, the European Union should be the leading power of the world. For the moment, however, its stagnation obstructs its potential leadership. What we call the European Project has been stopped in its tracks. We have a monetary union, and we have taken a few tentative steps towards some kind of political union, but we have no tax or fiscal union – no debt financing union – to go with it. And that is likely to remain the case. READ MORE

Trump Administration, UNSC Membership Spell New Opportunities for Kazakhstan, Int’l Scholars Say


Internationally recognised speakers, scholars and politicians presented reports and spoke about Kazakhstan’s achievements and future during the Nov. 28 international conference, 25 Years of Independence of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Outcomes. Accomplishments. Vision for the Future. The conference was part of the celebrations of country’s quarter century of independence on Dec. 16. READ MORE

British official meets EU ambassadors to discuss Brexit


A senior British official made clear during a meeting with ambassadors from European Union countries in London this week that his government wants a signal from the EU about what kind of Brexit deal it is willing to accept before triggering divorce talks, EU sources said. READ MORE

Mihok: We Need to Return to EU’s Original Goals for Sake of Its Prospects

There’s a need to return to the EU’s original goals, which even after 60 years are still up to date and important for dealing with the prospects of the EU, said Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SOPK) president Peter Mihok on Friday. READ MORE

In Historic Win, Kazakhstan Elected to UN Security Council for 2017-2018


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. READ MORE

Kazakhstan to Host Offshore Yuan Center

By John C. K. Daly

Many observers both inside and outside Central Asia have noticed China’s rising economic influence there, supplanting the region’s traditional hegemon, Russia. In yet another sign of China’s growing economic clout in Eurasia, Astana International Financial Center governor and former National Bank chairman Kairat Kelimbetov announced, on February 29, that Kazakhstan will build an offshore yuan center. According to Kelimbetov, the offshore Chinese currency center will serve the entire Central Asian region in anticipation of rising regional trade and investment with China (The Shanghai Daily, February 29). He added that Kazakhstan will also expand its cooperation with the Shanghai stock and gold exchanges as part of a broader effort to encourage more Chinese financial institutions to assist his country in developing Astana as an international financial center. The choice of Astana is not accidental: Kazakhstan has Central Asia’s most dynamic economy, far ahead of neighboring Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan. READ MORE

End of Europe? Berlin, Brussels' shock tactic on migrants


By Alastair Macdonald And Noah Barkin

The Germans, founders and funders of the postwar union, shut their borders to refugees in a bid for political survival by the chancellor who let in a million migrants. And then -- why not? -- they decide to revive the Deutschmark while they're at it. READ MORE

Albania PM Threatens to Block Macedonia's NATO Accession

Albania could impose a veto on the NATO membership candidacy of Macedonia if the country continuously fails to respect the rights of its ethnic Albanian minority, PM Edi Rama has said. READ MORE

February 2017