Europe's East

Opinion: Georgia and the EU – more challenges ahead

By Raimonda Miglinaite

A sizeable crowd gathers in the Deademis Park in Tbilisi on a sunny Sunday afternoon. There is music, hot wine and several tents tended by university students who are handing out brochures about travelling in the EU, its visa and education policies. READ MORE

German Business-Dialogue with Moscow

By Oleg Nikiforov

An acute domestic and foreign political situation, established after factual refusal of Kiev to sign the EU association treaty, encouraged German business circles to specify in public its line in this issue. READ MORE

Meeting the Romanian jobseekers

By Matthew Price, BBC News in Romania

On 1 January work restrictions will be relaxed for Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants entering the UK - there is uncertainty about what the effects might be. READ MORE

EU seeks ‘time for reflection’ after Vilnius summit failure


EU diplomats admitted that "time for reflection" was needed after Ukraine declined the opportunity to join the bloc at a two-day 'Eastern Partnership' summit in Vilnius that ended today (29 November), highlighting the EU’s weakness against an ever-more assertive Russia. READ MORE

FM: Turkey wants Armenian-Azerbaijani relations to normalise

Ankara's desire is to normalise relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted by the Turkish news agency Ikhlas as saying. READ MORE

Cameron attacks a fundamental freedom

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron wants to restrict access for immigrants to the welfare system. EU officials have harshly criticized the proposals. With his campaign, Cameron is attacking a pillar of the EU. READ MORE

Construction of South Stream Pipeline’s Serbian Section Gets Under Way


The construction of the Serbian leg of the Russia-initiated South Stream gas pipeline, designed to diversify Moscow’s energy supply routes, was launched Sunday as a steel pipe was symbolically welded north of Belgrade.  READ MORE

U.S. Ambassador: we care for what goes on in Latvia

Arranging a meeting with Judith Garber, the United States of America Ambassador to Latvia, was not difficult at all. It took a single phone call to the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy and the date was set. Chief of the U.S. diplomatic mission surprised Gregory Zubarev, member of BNN Editorial Board, already from the very first moment. Having passed through three security control points, he was personally welcomed by Ms. Garber herself. Dressed elegantly, but without any pretentiousness, she was smiling openly, accompanying her speech with natural and vigorous (but feminine) gestures. The interview took place in the library. READ MORE

To break stalemate with Armenia Turkey should resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

By Lamİya Adİlgizi, İstanbul

If Turkey wants to ease the current stalemate with Armenia, it should work with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia to begin to find a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, says prominent American-Armenian scholar Ronald Grigor Suny from Michigan University. READ MORE

Margvelashvili: Our ambitious plan – signing the agreement remains the main strategy of our government

As President Giorgi Margvelashvili told journalists, Georgia is going to the Vilnius summit with extremely good results, READ MORE