Second Brexit Referendum to be Held on Day of EU Elections?

Speculation is growing about the possibility of a breakthrough in the campaign to secure a second referendum after a grassroots proposal to allow the Withdrawal Agreement a safe passage through parliament  in return for a second Brexit referendum was taken up by across-party group of MPs. Roger Casale, founder and CEO of New Europeans who  drafted the…

Russia’s Failure to Comply With the INF Treaty

Gorbachev and Reagan

NATO has issued the following statement concerning Russia’ s failure to comply with the International Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty) originally signed between US President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed…

UK Set to Lose Billions as a Result of Brexit

UK Set to Lose Billions

New analysis from the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) estimates that the United Kingdom would be entitled to approximately 13 billion euros of regional development funding for the 2021-2027 period should it stay in the European Union.  The CPMR has published a projection of the share of funding from the EU Cohesion policy for…

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Supporting the Rights of Civilians in Donbass

Rinat Akhmetov Supporting Donbass and Civilians

This week at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Charles Tannock MEP hosted a reception to open an exhibition of original photographs entitled “Donbass and Civilians” compiled by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation is the largest personal charitable initiative in Ukraine, writes James Wilson. “The main goal of the exhibition is to draw…

Paintings From a Russian Prison

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko are being exhibited at the Brussels Press Club. A journalist of the Ukrainian state agency “Ukrinform”, based in Paris as their correspondent for France, he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in Russia on charges of espionage. He was arrested while travelling to Russia to visit…

The World’s Riskiest Profession?

The World's Riskiest Profession

Reporters Sans Frontières has published its 2018 report of abusive treatment and deadly violence against journalists around the world. According to the report  a total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage, writes James Wilson. Figures have risen in all categories. Murders, imprisonment, hostage-taking and enforced…

Domansky Calls For More Press Freedom in Ukraine

Domansky Calls Press Freedom in Ukraine

Speaking on International Human Rights Day (10 December) at the Brussels Press Club, Andriy Domansky, a prominent Ukrainian lawyer, called for the freedom of speech and the rights of journalists in Ukraine.  He represents a number of journalists in Ukraine who have been detained or harassed for doing nothing more than carrying out their professional duty….

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…