German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Turkey this week, the second in four months, is emblematic of how important the Syrian refugee crises has become for Merkel — for her power at home and the stability of the European Union. With the recent surge of the Syrian regime forces against the rebels in Aleppo under Russian air support, and tens of thousands of new refugees on Turkey’s borders, the situation has only worsened. During the visit, Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu clarified some of the outstanding issues in the previously agreed-upon action plan, and agreed on a new set of measures to deal with the crises. The initiatives are promising, and were welcomed in Ankara, but there is still little reason for Merkel to be optimistic.
Addressing the issue of terrorist financing was one of the key items on the agenda of the meeting of European Ministers of Economic Affairs and Finance on Friday 12 February in Brussels. This second Ecofin meeting of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union was chaired by finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło has said that relations between Warsaw and Berlin are “excellent” but added that Germany should not take certain key decisions over Poland’s head.
After the downing of a Russian Su-24M bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet, Turkey’s energy policies have been brought to the table once again with the most crucial issue coming to the agenda being how to balance Turkey’s energy dependency on Russia. According to 2014 statistics, Russian gas accounts for 54.7 per cent of Turkey’s overall gas imports. Additionally, considering that Turkey commissioned the Russian company Rosatom with the construction of its first nuclear energy power plant, Turkey’s energy dependency on Russia could became more complex. Currently, however, the more immediate focus centers on the increasing risks entailed by Turkey’s dependency on Russian natural gas.
Saudi Arabia is sending troops and fighter jets to Turkey's Incirlik military base ahead of a possible ground invasion of Syria.
France is not favorable to a permanent mechanism for sharing refugees in the European Union as proposed by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Saturday.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressing the Munich Security Conference
Ukraine will be able to complete the heating season without buying Russian gas, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.
The meeting focused on the intensification of cooperation between Kazakhstan and ESCAP. Thus, in order to strengthen regional sustainable development efforts of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014 Kazakhstan with the assistance of ESCAP extended support to 12 countries in the Pacific region to promote biogas-based renewable energy. In addition, last year the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan and ESCAP signed a memorandum on the joint implementation of sustainable development priorities within the Green Bridge Partnership Programme.
According to British Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, Great Britain will send five warships to the Baltic Sea, as NATO prepares to discuss additional capacities for Eastern Europe.
The UK-Dutch oil and gas company Royal Dutch Shell is interested in expanding presence in Kazakhstan, the company’s press service has told .
Headlines about China’s economy have been uniformly alarming. Every time equity markets in the west plunge, Beijing’s woes are cited as a factor with its plunging equity indices, rising debt ratios and exchange rate under pressure. Even with more sensible interventions, or perhaps none at all, increased volatility in the country’s financial markets is becoming the norm as its economy becomes more globalised and subjected to the same market pressures as other nations.
The NATO alliance may become a member of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Thursday.
Nord Stream II is about politics not only due to the symbiosis between Gazprom and Russian state, but due to disturbing political side-effects of the project for the whole European Union
Sweden offers to convene an enlarged meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group for settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.