Civil rights campaigner elected Vice-President of European Civic Forum

The founder of New Europeans, the former Labour MP Roger Casale has been elected a Vice-President of European Civic Forum, a network of over 100 associations and NGOs across Europe working to defend civil liberties and access to human rights for all. Speaking following the EESC Civil Society Days in Brussels, Roger Casale said: “The…

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev Inaugurated as President of Kazakhstan

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been inaugurated on 12th June as Kazakhstan’s new President, after the final results of Sunday’s elections showed an emphatic victory for him with over 70% of the votes. The nearest contender was former journalist Amirzhan Kossanov with just over 16 %, and the other 5 candidates trailed far behind. The elections received…

Alyn Smith MEP elected President of EFA

Alyn Smith, who continues to campaign fiercely against Brexit, has been elected President of the European Free Alliance (EFA) Group in the European Parliament. He succeeds Catalan MEP Josep-Maria Terricabras who stood down at the recent European election. An MEP for the Scottish National Party (SNP) since 2004, Smith was recently re-elected to the European Parliament, where he…

Energoatom and Holtec to Develop Next Stage of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Holtec, Energoatom and SSTC have entered into a Trilateral Consortium Partnership to advance the SMR-160 nuclear reactor for deployment across Ukraine. Mitsubishi Electric has also committed to stage two of the SMR-160 Alliance with Holtec with a large resource commitment. Earlier this week in New Jersey Ukraine’s national nuclear operator Energoatom, the Ukrainian State Scientific…

MORE OF A “CORONATION” THAN AN ELECTION

The preliminary results of the Presidential election in Kazakhstan based upon exit polls from yesterday’s voting indicate that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has emphatically won with over 70% of the votes giving him a clear victory over the other 6 candidates. The nearest contender was former journalist Amirzhan Qosanov with just over 16 %. The final official…

Energy Needed to Keep Ukraine on a Euro-Atlantic Track

Ukraine’s leader is now the overwhelmingly popular comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who was in Brussels today (4th June) for his first official visit. His election winning strategy was built on opposition to the oligarchs and criticising Ukraine’s dependence on the West. Zelenskiy began his presidency by dissolving the Parliament and calling for snap elections. If these…

Russia reprimanded by UN for illegal detention of Ukraine naval officers

In a stern rebuke to Russia for breaching international law by detaining vessels belonging to Ukraine in the Sea of Azov, the International Tribunal of the United Nations for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has ordered the Russian Federation to release the Ukrainian naval vessels Berdyansk, Nikopol and Yani Kapu, and return them to…

Norica Nicolai Welcomes Guy Verhofstadt to Bucharest

Guy Verhofstadt is known to be a strong campaigner for European solidarity, and has been very a active in the European Parliament election campaigns as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats to support all liberal parties across Europe. Earlier this week, he rattled the cage of the crusty British establishment by promoting the slogan “Bollocks…

Brussels Relives the Spirit of the Renaissance

Calling all history buffs – the Carolus V Festival is an opportunity for Brussels to relive the spirit of the Renaissance. Many activities are offered from now until September, including talks and guided walks through the city which allow visitors explore the time of Charles V, the most powerful emperor of the 16th century. This year, to celebrate the 450th anniversary…