Coal Producing Regions to get EU Support

Coal-producing regions should receive money from the European Union to support their move away from fossil fuels, the European Committee of the Regions said on 9 October. However, the EU’s assembly for local and regional leaders insisted that support should not be at the expense of other regions. The call by local and regional leaders…

Kazakh fugitive fraudster linked to French prepaid credit card company

In recent years the European Parliament has made great efforts in addressing issues of corruption and graft. However, despite these moves forward, there remains much to be done, starting with the matter of money laundering, and the ease with which wanted criminals and fugitives can find sanctuary in Europe. Europe is currently the base of…

Klitschko Loses on Points

He’s a world-famous former boxing champ who has followed the well-trodden path into politics. Many have tried over the years to cross the same divide, including Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer, and British athlete Sebastian Coe. However, it’s argued that Vitaliy Klitschko, the former world boxing champion, has not only failed to land a killer…

En Marche style ‘Lelo’ movement launches in Georgia

Georgia saw the launch of Lelo, a new public movement, this week writes Gary Cartwright. The movement, which is being likened to Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche initiative, was founded by Mamuka Khazaradze, the founder of Georgia’s leading bank, TBC. The launch took place in Anaklia, Georgia, on Thursday 12 September.  It is expected that this…

Founders of Georgian London-listed bank consider taking case to Strasbourg

The legal team representing the founders of JSC TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazarade and Badri Japaridze, held a press conference in Tbilisi stating that they already have enough evidence to bring a case at the European Court of Human Rights regarding the treatment of Khazaradze and Japaridze. One of the lawyers, Zviad Kordzadze, added that two…

EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….

25th Sarajevo Film Festival

The Western Balkans’ film scene has been thriving in recent years, reaching audiences across the world and winning awards at major festivals.  The EU seeks to support the film industry and film events in the region, and this week sees the opening of one of these; the 25th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Founded…

Promoting US-Balkan Student Exchanges

On the anniversary of two high water marks of multilateralism  NATO completes seventy (70) years and the Kosovo war completes twenty (20) years, the West faces an existential crisis., writes Gregory Melus. Presently, the populist political star burns bright, cultural and political trends reorient themselves inwards, societies differ and people drift apart.  In these quiet…