Belgian EU presidency would support enlargement

Belgium will support the enlargement of the European Union to include Croatia, Iceland and Turkey during its forthcoming presidency of the bloc. READ MORE

Poland's Kaczynski stirs pride, anxiety before poll

Poland, Kaczynski, Komorowski

His core conservative supporters see Jaroslaw Kaczynski as an honest patriot who will champion Poland's national interests in the European Union and beyond if he wins Sunday's presidential election run-off. READ MORE

Matthew Bryza Named New US Ambassador to Azerbaijan

By Shahin Abbasov

The White House has appointed US diplomat Matthew Bryza, a former American co-chair for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution talks, as its new ambassador to Azerbaijan, EurasiaNet.org has learned. READ MORE

German presidential election goes into third and final round of voting

By Peter Stuetzle and Marc Koch

The second vote for Germany's next president has again been indecisive. The coalition government's candidate has twice failed to secure an absolute majority. In the third round, a simple majority will suffice. READ MORE

Why Russia's Medvedev is blasting ally Kyrgyzstan

By Fred Weir

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev unexpectedly criticized a government reform vote in Kyrgyzstan that passed Sunday with 91 percent support. READ MORE

Moldova Orders Russia To Withdraw Troops From Transdniester

Moldova has ordered Russia to withdraw all its troops from the separatist Transdniester region, where they've been stationed for two decades. READ MORE

Turkish Government Criticized for its Policy on Kyrgyzstan

By Saban Kardas

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, paid a visit to Kazakhstan. Davutoglu met his Kazakh counterpart, Kanat Saudabayev, and President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, to discuss the situation in Kyrgyzstan as well as bilateral relations. The two nations agreed to coordinate their assistance to Kyrgyzstan. READ MORE

Aliyev: Azerbaijan’s defense spending tops Armenia budget

President Ilham Aliyev has said Azerbaijan is committed to increasing its military power that now surpasses the budget of Armenia, a neighboring country that occupies part of Azerbaijani territory, ignoring international law. READ MORE

Berlin plays party political games in German presidential election

By Peter Stuetzle

Germany's presidential election has long looked like a done deal. But the opposition has found a candidate who could manage to upset the traditional structures - and cause trouble for the government in Berlin. READ MORE

OSCE generic response effectively gave Baku a free pass

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has shared with Ambassador Robert Bradtke, the U.S. Co-Chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, the concern of the Armenian American community that the OSCE's weak response to Azerbaijan’s recent attack on the Mardakert region of Nagorno-Karabakh will effectively encourage continued belligerence from Baku, ANCA website reports. READ MORE