EU urges Turkey not to undermine Western sanctions against Russia and insists on Ankara closer cooperation in the fight against "Islamic State". An official visit of the EU representatives to Turkey this week has been designed to give new impetus to often stressful relations between the EU and Turkey.
In mid-December the Republic of Kazakhstan celebrates the 23rd anniversary of its independence. In the intervening years since the Soviet collapse Kazakhstan for the successful social and economic reform became the leader of the former Soviet Union. While earning the trust of the international community. Moreover, Kazakhstan's initiative today are finding acceptance and practical application.
Turkey will unlikely to agree to Russia’s new gas pipeline deal that would allow Russia to establish control over such a gas trading hub, former US ambassador to Azerbaijan, Director of the International Centre for Defense Studies in Tallinn, Matthew Bryza told Trend.
Sweden will enhance its military capacities and seek closer cooperation with NATO in response to Russia's increased military activity in the Baltic Sea. However, the country does not plan to join the Alliance, Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said in Vilnius on Friday.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has assured the European Commission that the Ukrainian energy system is ready to provide for stable natural gas transit, the information and public relations department of the secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has reported.
We sat down and talked with USAK Asia-Pacific Research expert Selçuk Çolakoğlu about Turkey-Afghanistan Relations and the future of Afghanistan.
In terms of the quest for independence, 2014 has been a bad year for separatist movements in a number of regions in Western European countries (Scotland, Catalonia, Northern Italy, Flanders, Greenland, Corsica, Northern Ireland and the Basque Country). In some countries, the separatists lost referendums and polls, while in others the mass actions of their supporters were unsuccessful. There were signs of differences among the European Union’s regional elites. This was due to a combination of economic, social, internal and external factors, considering the tense situation in the regions adjacent to Western Europe.
France’s public deficit will be “well below” European Union limits in 2017, Finance Minister Michel Sapin declared on Wednesday. Next year’s deficit should also be lower than expected, he told a press conference.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with the new President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, at the headquarters of the Council in Brussels on Wednesday (3 December 2014). The meeting took place only a few days into Mr. Tusk’s new mandate.
French President François Hollande arrived in Kazakhstan on Friday for a two-day visit to a country with vast uranium and gas reserves and infrastructure contracts on offer. NGOs urged him to raise human rights issues with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.