Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Zimbabwe must release political prisoners and return to the path of democratic change, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden told the European Parliament this week. Van Orden contrasted the current crisis with the feelings of optimism and change when Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. However, the clampdown and suppression of free…

Eurosceptics Set to Paralyse the EU: Forecast to Win 30% of EP Seats in May

A new study by the European Council on Foreign Relations, (ECFR) reveals that anti-European parties are on course to win the third of seats in the European Parliament needed to frustrate activity, undermine the security and defence of Europe, and ultimately sow discord that could destroy the EU over time. Research reveals in forensic detail…

ECA Audits EU Migration Management

Europe's Migrant Crisis

The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit on EU migration management. In particular, the auditors will assess whether support for Greece and Italy has achieved its objectives and whether the asylum and return procedures have been effective and swift. They will examine the projects supported to determine their relevance, evaluate their design and…

The Importance For Europe of Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Industry

Kazakhstan's Nuclear Industry

Kazatomprom (The National Atomic Company of the Republic of Kazakhstan) is the world’s biggest uranium producer, with 20% of global production. It commands an important strategic position in a world economy striving to reduce carbon emissions post-Katowice, writes James Wilson. The company has released information to the media about flotation of shares on the stock…

Sakharov prize as a path to liberation?

Sakharov prize as a path to liberation

For several weeks now, the portrait of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov decorates the facade of the European Parliament. But Europe is not Russia – where he is considered to be a terrorist. Even the prestigious Sakharov Prize “For Freedom of Thought” has not yet hastened his release from a strict regime, nor the release of…

US To Kill INF Treaty in 60 Days: Pompeo

US To Kill INF Treaty in 60 Days

In a speech in Brussels, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would act to kill the INF treaty in “60 days,” writes Martin Banks. The United States on Tuesday formally accused Russia of violating a major arms control treaty, taking the first step to leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — which could…

NATO’s Dual Track Approach To Russia

NATO's Dual Track To Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has admitted that the alliance has a “dual track approach” to Russia, writes Martin Banks. This is based on “strength and openness for dialogue and “on whether Russia will change in near future or not change.” He said, “Even if we see no change in the near future then we still…

G20 summit in Argentina: conflicts, murder and a trade war

G20 summit in Argentina

The escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and the situation in the Kerch Strait, the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul and the “trade war” between the US and China. These will be the main topics of the G20 summit opening today Friday 30 November in Buenos…

Martial law in Ukraine and Reaction in Europe

Martial law in Ukraine

Despite multiple accusations by opponents and suspicions that the President is trying to postpone the Presidential Elections, the Ukrainian parliament still voted for the introduction of martial law in Ukraine. It has been imposed not for 60 days as the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine proposed initially, but for 30 days. And not in…