Omar Radi: Unfounded allegations of judicial harassment

Moroccan journalist Omar Radi exercises his profession freely. As such he has never been worried or questioned in any way in the course of his work or activities, or even in his public positions. Until the end of 2019 he had never complained of any infringement or restriction in this regard, either to the competent…

Armenian Actions in Tovuz Border District Threaten European Energy Security and Geopolitical Stability

By Dr. Ceyhun Osmanli Protests by the Armenian Diaspora in Brussels last week turned violent, with a premeditated attack on the Azerbaijani Embassy. Similar incidents were orchestrated around the globe in what appears to have been a coordinated campaign of terror. In this opinion editorial, our guest correspondent Dr Ceyhun Osmanli warns of the dangers…

Grants to relaunch international conferences and B2B events

 Faced with the current crisis, the MICE industry has got its thinking cap on. From anticipating changes and the implementation of new technologies in their events, to choosing a location that is closer to home – there are many paths that lead to new, innovative solutions. To help the sector, the Brussels-Capital Region, European destination…

UK-Turkey Trade deal

By Sam Lowe, and Luigi Scazzieri Turkey and the UK want to maintain a close relationship after the Brexit transition ends. But concluding a trade deal will not be easy, and relations could sour if tensions increase between Turkey and the EU or US.   A UK-Turkey trade deal is “very close”, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu…

Is Corona Bad News for Democracy in Armenia?

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has been exploited to undermine democracies across the globe, with governments using this occasion to silence critics, enhance state surveillance and tighten their political grip while taking advantage of the state of emergency to arrest protestors. The EU neighbourhood is no exception to this tendency. Even in countries, such as Armenia,…

Elections In North Macedonia

Early parliamentary elections took place in North Macedonia on 15 July, in the challenging context of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a public statement Josep Borrell the EU’s High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy has commended North Macedonia’s citizens for exercising their right to vote. The EEAS reported that according to the preliminary findings and…

Bosnia Bans Hydro

The House of Representatives of the Parliament of Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has voted to ban the construction of small hydropower plants across the Federation, in a huge win for communities who depend on the rivers. The decision followed a lengthy campaign by local communities and activists from the national Coalition for the Protection…

Transition to a Climate-Neutral Economy

The EU must transition towards a climate-neutral economy without letting disparities between regions grow any further, say regional development MEPs.  On Monday 6 July, the Regional Development Committee requested a significant increase in the budget allocated from the 2021-2027 financial framework (from EUR 11 270 459 000 in current prices to EUR 25 358 532…

Belarus says new nuclear plant will slash Lithuania’s dependency on Russian energy

A new nuclear power plant, thought to be the newest in the world, is set to become operational in Belarus this summer, despite continuing fierce opposition from neighbouring Lithuania.  The facility, called Astravyets, just 45 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and is set to go online this month with one principle aim being to…