Exclusive interview of the Member of Parliament of Armenia, "Heritage" fraction Mr Tevan J. Poghosyan
Latvia’s current strategic thinking on foreign policy is quite comfortably situated in line with the EU’s common policies. Riga has moved beyond the grand narratives of the past to a more substantive, down-to-earth approach. On a scale from 0 to 5, Latvia’s strategic thinking would earn a 4—for actively punching its weight and for moving forward in both traditional and new policy areas.
The global energy system is changing fast, fueling widespread anxiety about so-called “energy insecurity,” particularly in Europe. The problem is not that the world is running out of energy resources. On the contrary, oil scarcity is less of a concern today than ever before, owing not only to energy-efficiency initiatives, like the European Union’s nearly zero-energy buildings policy, but also to rising competition between shale producers and traditional oil exporters. Continued technological progress suggests that renewable energies – from wind and solar to, perhaps, planetary winds – may ultimately supplant fossil fuels, anyway.
The Kazakh Ministry of Defence announced Jan. 31 that the multinational military peacekeeping exercises Steppe Eagle – 2015 will be held in April and June and are expected to include the participation of troops from the United States.
“Germany is collapsing.” This was the headline of a recent provocative article in German news magazine Der Spiegel that criticized the sorry state of Germany’s infrastructure. And indeed, even as the U.S. economy appears to be growing strongly for the first time in seven years, and as Germany’s economy limps along, political leaders in both countries have resigned themselves to reducing infrastructure investment and delaying mounting maintenance costs.
A NATO delegation plans to arrive in Astana in the first half of the year, said Estonian Ambassador to Kazakhstan Jaan Reinhold.
Possible extension of the current or signing a new gas supplies contract is among key subjects of his talks with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
Bulgaria’s Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev visited Warsaw on Monday to discuss the situation in Ukraine and defence cooperation with his Polish counterpart, Tomasz Siemoniak.
The governments of the US and Uzbekistan are holding negotiations on the supply of military equipment to Uzbekistan, Daniel Rosenblum, the deputy assistant secretary for Central Asia at the US Department of State, said.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic was sworn in as the President of Croatia at a ceremony that began at noon on Sunday in a packed St Mark's Square in Zagreb.
Holding of the first meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor Advisory Council in Baku has various goals that include agreement on emerging issues and Europe’s political support for the project, which is aimed primarily at improving its own energy security.
The 20th anniversary of foundation of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan (APK) is celebrated this year. Being established as a Presidential advisory and consultative body APK has turned today into a public instrument for maintaining of the bridge between different social institutions of the country.
Lithuania's Minister of Energy Rokas Masiulis paid a visit to Riga to take part in a conference on the creation of the European Energy Union. Latvia is currently presiding over the Council of the European Union. The Lithuanian energy minister says such union might contribute to dealing with issues which are given insufficient attention on the current EU agenda and which lack European-level support.
The issues of bilateral relations of the USA and Tajikistan were discussed in course of the visit of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State Daniel Rosenblum and his colleague Steven Feldsteinи, a specialist on Democracy, human rights and international religious freedom with the representatives of Tajikistani Government and civil society.
Leaders of the Ukraine contact group have announced a ceasefire between rebels and the government in Kyiv. Meanwhile, around 50 tanks entered Ukraine from Russia while the talks were going on, Ukraine's army said.