EU, Turkey hope to get breakthrough refugee deal by March 17

European Union leaders hoped early Tuesday they reached the outlines for a possible deal with Ankara to return thousands of refugees to Turkey and said they were confident a full agreement could be reached at a summit next week. READ MORE

Poland fails to delay report on its rule of law


Warsaw readies itself for a critical assessment of the state of the country’s democracy. READ MORE

Zubko: Germany and EU planning to support Ukraine in creating Energy Efficiency Fund

The government of Germany and Indexuniverse plans to support Ukraine in creating the Energy Efficiency Fund. In particular, Germany intends to allocate 25 million euros for this purpose.  READ MORE

Poland‘s policy twists and Lithuania

By Viktor Denisenko

Lithuanian – Polish relationship has recently become quite ambivalent. On the one hand, both countries are members of the European Union and NATO responding negatively to Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine and treating Russia as a danger to the stability of the entire region. On the other hand, bilateral relations are aggravated by Poland‘s reprimands concerning the situation of local Polish community in Lithuania: spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian identity documents etc. READ MORE

NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses reform progress and strengthening of cooperation with Georgian Foreign Minister

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze met on Wednesday (2 March 2016) ahead of a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. Ambassador Vershbow reiterated NATO’s support for Georgia’s ambitious reform agenda and welcomed Georgia’s commitment to the implementation of NATO’s Substantial Package of support to Georgia. READ MORE

Slovak Elections: Parliament Hung, Drawn and Quartered

The results of the Slovak parliamentary elections produced enough surprises for the splintered right to dream of forming a multi-party coalition government and oust current Prime Minister Robert Fico and his Smer-SD party, which finds itself without enough allies in parliament to get the majority it would need. READ MORE

Ukrainian delegation to attend Warsaw NATO summit

A delegation from Ukraine will attend July’s NATO summit in Warsaw, it was revealed on Friday following Polish-Ukrainian talks in the Polish capital. READ MORE

Sweet-and-Sour Sino-Russian Gas Project

By Anna Tikhonova

The 4000 km-long “Power of Siberia” pipeline stretching from Chayadinskoe and Kovytskoe gas fields in Eastern Siberia to Vladivostok prior to entering China emerged as a $400 bln deal resulting from two decades of deliberations between Russia and China. READ MORE

Iran elections: When defeat equals to victory

By Umid Niayesh

All around the world, people go to polls to endow someone with some authority, but the recent elections in the 37 year-old Islamic Republic were a rare case, as the majority of those voting participated in the elections to block certain persons’ way to power. READ MORE

NATO and Kuwait take cooperation to a new level


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed closer cooperation between the Alliance and Kuwait during his first official visit to Kuwait on 29 February 2016. Speaking at the site of the future NATO-Kuwait Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Kuwait’s commitment and vision in bringing NATO closer to the Gulf region. As the Alliance’s first presence in the Gulf, the NATO-ICI Regional Centre will be a hub for NATO’s practical cooperation with Kuwait and other ICI partners, as well as Saudi Arabia and Oman.  READ MORE

March 2016