Opposition suspends sit-in protest in Parliament

Poland’s main opposition party Civic Platform (PO) stopped blocking the rostrum and decided to discontinue occupying the plenary room in the lower house Sejm, but motioned for the dismissal of Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchcinski, PO leader Grzegorz Schetyna said on Thursday. READ MORE

A European Agenda for the Trump Era


With few exceptions, governments across Europe do not like Donald Trump’s policies. As he prepares to enter the White House, the U.S. president-elect has already spoken extensively about making America great again. In particular, his economic policies seem protectionist, and his foreign policy, particularly with regard to Israel and Russia, will pose serious challenges to the EU. But instead of moaning about what is still Europe’s greatest ally, EU leaders should respond to the new administration in several ways. READ MORE

Russia Looks for an Exit in Syria

Despite the shared cause of supporting Damascus, Moscow and Tehran will continue to differ in their commitment to the conflict. As Russia concocts an exit strategy, its relations with Iran will steadily sour. The divergences between the countries will exacerbate the differences among Syria's loyalist forces.  READ MORE

Azerbaijan, Spain - important in European energy security (exclusive)

By Elena Kosolapova

Azerbaijan and Spain will play an important role in ensuring energy security of Europe, Jose Luis Diez Juarez, Charge d'Affaires of Spain to Azerbaijan told Trend in an interview. READ MORE

Erdogan: Ceasefire in Syria begets new hopes

Ceasefire in Syria, the guarantors of which are Turkey, Russia and Iran, begets new hopes, the Turkish media quoted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying . READ MORE

(Yonhap Interview) N.K. aims to complete ICBM development by end-2017: ex-diplomat


By Kim Soo-yeon

North Korea aims to complete development of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the U.S. mainland by the end of this year or early 2018, a high-profile North Korean defector said Sunday. READ MORE

U.S. on Track to Become Net Energy Exporter by 2026

By Bobby Magill

The amount of energy Americans use and the pollution they emit from using coal, oil and natural gas are not likely to change radically over the next 30 years, even as the U.S. becomes a major energy exporter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook, published Thursday. READ MORE

Dodon`s visit to Transnistria: What does it promise to other frozen conflicts?

By Rusif Huseynov

Moldova`s newly elected president Igor Dodon paid his first official visit to Transnistria and held talks with Vadim Krasnoselsky, the head of the breakaway region, on January 4. The information was provided by Dodon on his Facebook account. READ MORE

Tajikistan supports abolition of visa regime with Uzbekistan

Tajikistan supports the abolition of visa regime with Uzbekistan, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon said. READ MORE

Obama’s government just issued five new energy rules — but Trump’s will have to finish them

By Chris Mooney

It’s not over, yet, for Obama era rules, regulations and other consequential decisions — which in recent days have included protecting much of the Arctic and Atlantic from offshore drilling and designating new national monuments. READ MORE

February 2017