Putin’s Meeting with Lukashenko

The personal meeting of the presidents of Russia and Belarus in Sochi on September 14 showed that the Russian authorities were ready to provide Lukashenko with assistance in order to rapidly replace him with a more acceptable candidate for Moscow within the framework of the “Union State of Russia and Belarus”. The only public signal…

Vladimir Putin’s address to the United Nations General Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a pre-recorded video address to the 75th anniversary session of the United Nations General Assembly earlier this week.  The main focus of his address was on the global challenge that COVID-19 is posing. But he kept silent about the challenges Russia is presenting to the international community in a time…

EP Calls for New Elections In Belarus

MEPs have called for new presidential elections in Belarus and urge the EU to sanction President Lukashenko and the perpetrators behind Alexei Navalny’s poisoning. The situation in BelarusIn a resolution adopted by 574 votes in favour, 37 against with 82 abstentions today (17 September), the European Parliament rejects the official results of the “so-called presidential…

Stand with Belarus – it’s a matter of principle

“Don’t leave Belarus alone!” That was the message of a conference organised by New Europeans with human rights campaigners from Belarus, Ukraine and Russia to mark International Democracy Day, 15 September, writes Roger Casale. In a moving address from her home outside Minsk, Olga Zubrilova, explained how she had become involved in the democratic movement…

Italy Regional Elections

On 20 and 21 September, regional elections are taking place in seven Italian regions. These elections will be of particular importance for a country that has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 crisis. Italy is now engaged in the long and difficult path to recovery and needs progressive green forces to successfully emerge from the…

Quo Vadis Belarus, Ukraine and Russia?

As anxiety rises inside the Kremlin, opposition activists and experts working in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and internationally will speak about what they most fear and what they believe will happen next at an online event on Tuesday. Democracy campaigner Olga Zubrilova will explain what it feels like to take to the streets in Belarus in the…

G7 Speakers Meeting

David Sassoli the European Parliament President will attend a virtual meeting of G7 leaders of Parliaments hosted by US Speaker Nancy Pelosi this afternoon. Sassoli will participate in the G7 meeting of Presidents and Speakers of Parliaments on Saturday 12 September from 13.00 to 20.15. The meeting will be held remotely and hosted by Speaker…

Virus Threat to Democracy

MEPs and representatives of institutions, governments and NGOs will gather on 14-17 September to debate the challenges the pandemic poses to democratic systems. The spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has not only put people’s lives in danger, but has also transformed how they work, communicate and make political decisions. International Democracy Week comprises a series…

Bulgaria Political Crisis

Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament say they are following the developments of the political crisis in Bulgaria with “great concern.” S&D MEPs state their solidarity with the protesters and their demand for fair elections and upholding the rule of law. This is why the S&D Group will call for a plenary debate in the Parliament.  S&D…