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By Yevhen Magda The Guido Westerwelle’s visit to Kyiv showed that the issue of signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (AA) remains on the bilateral relations agenda. The destiny of Yulia Tymoshenko remains a sticking point. The Chief of German Ministry of Foreign Affairs has showed a high rate of efficiency in Kyiv meeting the key… » read more

Berlin, 13 June 2013 ———————————————————————————————— EUROPEAN FEDERALIST PARTY – ANALYSIS: Lithuanian presidency of the Council of the European Union ————————————————————————————————- (by Martin Fletcher)   In anticipation of Lithuania’s upcoming presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Netzwerk EBD (European Movement Germany) organised a Q&A session in Berlin with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius… » read more

The protests in Turkey have decreased in size and intensity since the weekend, but because Stratfor considers Turkey a key country, we have published a document – and shared it with readers – outlining the guidance our analysts should follow in tracking the protests. I decided that my blog followers should also get a glimpse… » read more

After the harsh shift in the peaceful manifestations in Taksim Square against the construction of a commercial mall and the bloody outcome, both sides have lost control in every possible respect. International media rushed to depict the image of a suppresive and under-developed “democracy” in Turkey with a political regime that infringes human rights and… » read more

Today we’re relieved in Zagreb as one energy project that could have had a destructive impact on Croatia’s future has lost its financing and thus its chances of going ahead are drastically reduced: I’m speaking about the infamous Ombla dam, a project for an underground hydropower plant that would have practically destroyed a protected area… » read more

Abortion issue in Turkey

By Kader Sevinc Aylin Nazlıaka, a deputy from the main opposition party (CHP), referring to this prevailing attitude, stated in her parliamentary speech that: “the Prime Minister should stop standing guard over women’s vaginas”. Her statement is very familiar to those who are accustomed to the activist genre of feminism in Turkey and elsewhere. She… » read more

Today a Macedonian TV journalist invited me to comment on Skype the “substantial announcement” made by the European Commission today (15 February) regarding the deteriorating political situation in Macedonia. This is a precise quote of what Peter Stano, spokesperson to Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle said: “In the context of the High Level Accession Dialogue (HLAD)… » read more

By EurActiv editor Georgi Gotev Today a Macedonian TV journalist invited me to comment on Skype the “substantial announcement” made by the European Commission today (15 February) regarding the deteriorating political situation in Macedonia. Well, it appears that the EU is not ignoring the nasty political context in Macedonia. According to my sources, Füle has… » read more

Turkey-EU Timeline 01-09-1959, Turkey applies for associate membership in the European Economic Community (EEC). 01-09-1963, Association agreement (“Ankara Agreement”) is signed by Ismet Inönü. 14-04-1987, Turkey’s membership application tothe European Economic Community (EEC), 01-01-1995 Turkey-EU Association Council finalises agreement creating a customs union. 01-12-1997, Luxembourg Council summit declares Turkey eligible to become EU member. 01-03-2001,… » read more

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