German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday insisted her country needed to work with American intelligence agencies, in the wake of claims Berlin helped the US spy on EU leaders and companies.
Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz, the Turkmen government said May 2.
The sizes of the equity stakes that members plan to take in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) keeps changing as more countries join and their designations change. A South Korean news agency also reports a diplomatic source as saying that China will allow Russia to join the AIIB as an “Asian” member with greater voting rights than non-Asian nations.
The time for member states to pull together and address Europe's need for greater energy security has never been better, writes Stephen Woodhouse.
Government resignation in Georgia will be a challenge for the country at the EU Eastern Partnership Riga Summit on May 21-22, European expert on Caucasus Jos Boonstra told .
Big changes often seem to move forward painfully slowly, while the most sweeping of them get triggered by steps no one thought very consequential. It is especially true of the policies of the European Union with its notoriously cumbersome decision-making procedures and contradictory interests. Could the energy union be its next big thing?
U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter to President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan congratulating him on his new term in office following the April 26 election and saying he was looking forward to working with him on global and regional security issues, the Akorda announced on April 29.
The Joint Study Group of Israel and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) has concluded its study on the feasibility of establishing a free trade zone between the new economic union and Israel, Novosti-Kazakhstan reported . The group will give its recommendations over the summer, after which formal negotiations could launch.
Richard Nephew is Director of the Economic Statecraft, Sanctions, and Energy Markets program at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and the former Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the US State Department.
One year and one month have passed since both chambers of the Federal Assembly gave President Vladimir Putin a standing ovation when he announced that Crimea was once again part of the Russian state.
Kazakhstan’s Centre for Energy Saving and Increasing Energy Efficiency and DENA have signed a partnership agreement in Berlin, Germany.
The United Kingdom is going to the polls on Thursday. Elections electrify the countries in which they are held, but in most cases they make little difference. In this case, the election is a bit more important. Whether Labour or the Tories win makes some difference, but not all that much. What makes this election significant is that in Scotland, 45 percent of the public voted recently to leave the United Kingdom. This has been dismissed as an oddity by all well-grounded observers. However, for unsophisticated viewers like myself, the fact that 45 percent of Scotland was prepared to secede was an extraordinary event.
Polish President Bronisław Komorowski announced last month that he would argue at the May meeting of the Eastern Partnership in favour of visa-free travel for Ukrainians. This would allow citizens of these two countries to travel freely throughout Europe for short-stays such as tourism.
Russia has been notoriously brazen in using state-owned companies as instruments of national power. President Vladimir Putin's natural-gas wars with Belarus and Ukraine made headlines and sometimes left substantial parts of Europe in the cold. But Moscow's exploits in other energy-related areas have been less noticed.
As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits the United States on April 26-May 3, all eyes in China are watching how Abe speaks about ongoing historical memory issues and how he is strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance. By revising the defense guidelines on April 27 and speaking in front of a joint session of Congress on April 29—the first time for a Japanese leader—Abe made arguably the most high-profile visit ever by a Japanese prime minister to the United States.