Europe's East

Ukraine suspends preparations for EU trade agreement


A government statement said the decision had been taken to protect Ukraine's "national security". READ MORE

Europe’s eastern future at stake at the EU Vilnius summit

By Alex Petriashvili, the Georgian state minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration

The aggressive attitude of Russia towards neighbour countries seeking closer EU integration indicates a new reality which the EU’s Eastern partnership must be ready to face, writes Alex Petriashvili. READ MORE

Oligarchs at war in the British courts

By Robert Mendick

It promises to be one of the most expensive cases ever heard in a British courtroom — involving three oligarchs who have fallen out in spectacular fashion. READ MORE

Why has Putin chosen the symbolic date, December 2, for visiting Yerevan?


By Emma Gabrielyan

Armenia pays a high price for joining the Customs Union. READ MORE

Russian-Led Trade Bloc ‘No Soviet Union’

By Sargis Harutyunyan

Armenia will not lose its independence after joining the Russian-led customs union, Russia’s ambassador in Yerevan, Ivan Volynkin, insisted on Friday, strongly denying that Moscow is keen to recreate the former Soviet Union.  READ MORE

Wait and see’ will not help Ukraine

By Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU

Sir, While expressing my deep appreciation of a profound analysis offered by the FT in the article “Which way to turn?” (November 12) I still believe it is worth adding some highlights as well as reinforcing some conclusions. READ MORE

UK's most-wanted criminals hiding in Spain named

Thirteen of Britain's most-wanted criminals, thought to be on the run in Spain, have been named by the National Crime Agency. READ MORE

Le Pen, Wilders hope to unite Europe-wide eurosceptic alliance

The leaders of the Dutch and French far right launched an alliance to fight the European Union from within at a meeting on Wednesday in The Hague. Marine Le Pen of France's Front National and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands Party for Freedom (PVV) hope to attract other parties to a Europe-wide alliance of far-right parties ahead of next year's European elections. READ MORE

Russia–Azerbaijan: an ambivalent partnership


By Sergei Markedonov, Visiting Fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., USA, 2013

Following the disintegration of the USSR and the emergence of newly independent states, the Caucasus region, which for years had stayed at the periphery of world affairs, has found itself the focus of attention from influential international players as well as neighboring countries. Former Soviet Transcaucasia republics, which became subject to international law overnight, began to formulate their own national interests and foreign policy priorities. The emergence of independent states in the South Caucasus went hand-in-hand with attempts to advance new regional security mechanisms and new forms of international cooperation. READ MORE

Minister: Moldova is the frontrunner for visa liberalisation

Moldova expects to become the frontrunner of the EU's Eastern partner states vying for visa liberalisation with the 28-country bloc, if it signs its mooted association agreement at a 28-29 November summit in Vilnius, Moldova’s Foreign and European Integration Minister Natalia Gherman told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview. READ MORE