Lessons learned from continuous conflicts among Armenia and Azerbaijan

Lessons learned from continuous conflicts among Armenia and Azerbaijan

Armenia’s sudden attack on its border with Azerbaijan in recent days testifies to Armenia’s intention to draw Russia more extensively into its conflict with Azerbaijan, writes Vasif Huseynov. Vasif Huseynov is a senior adviser at the Center of Analysis of International Relations of Azerbaijan. On 12 July, a series of clashes started on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border after the former launched a sudden attack against the position of Azerbaijan’s armed forces with heavy artillery. This has been the first major escalation between the sides since the April War of 2016 and…

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EU expresses concern over UN assistance plan in Syria

EU expresses concern over UN assistance plan in Syria

The EU on Sunday (12 June) voiced “deep concern” at a UN move to close an access point for humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria. The UN Security Council passed a resolution Saturday to restart cross-border aid to Syria – but only after caving to Russian pressure to stop access through the Bab al-Salam crossing, which leads to the Aleppo region in northern Syria. EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell and Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarcic said that authorising only one crossing would hamper the delivery of aid. “It is a matter…

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We should not overlook the legacy of Srebrenica

We should not overlook the legacy of Srebrenica

This week we mark 25 years since the Srebrenica genocide carried out against the Bosnian people during the break-up of Yugoslavia. On 11 July, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic and Serbian paramilitary units systematically massacred 8,372 men and boys: each one a mother’s son, a father, husband or loved one, to those left behind. It must not be forgotten, writes Anna Fotyga. Anna Fotyga is a Polish MEP from the ECR Group and Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. 25 years later we in Europe…

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Sustainable hydrogen: a key open door for worldwide green recuperation

Sustainable hydrogen: a key open door for worldwide green recuperation

This week, the European Commission presented its hydrogen strategy. It sets out how to make clean hydrogen a viable solution for a climate-neutral economy and build a dynamic hydrogen value chain in Europe in the next five years, write Kadri Simson and Francesco La Camera. Kadri Simson is the EU Commissioner for Energy. Francesco La Camera is the director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency. This opinion piece was written exclusively for EURACTIV. Europe’s investment in renewable hydrogen is anchored in its Green Deal strategy and commitment to zero emissions by 2050….

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It was not “legitimate under international law”: The German government opposes Turkey’s invasion of Syria

It was not “legitimate under international law”: The German government opposes Turkey’s invasion of Syria

The Turkish invasion into Syria’s Kurdish region lacked “legitimacy under international law,” according to the German government. Besides, Germany’s development ministry wants to help in northern Syria because of COVID-19. The government in Berlin has made unusually specific statements on Turkey’s Syria policy and criticised the invasion of the Kurdish region there, calling it illegitimate. In a response to a parliamentary inquiry by the left submitted to Der Tagesspiegel, the German state secretary in the federal development ministry, Maria Flachsbarth (CDU), wrote: “From the perspective of the German government, the…

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According to a new transatlantic survey, US influence decreases with China’s rise

According to a new transatlantic survey, US influence decreases with China’s rise

The pandemic may be quickly reshaping views of geopolitics, according to new polling data. More people in France, Germany and the US view China as the most influential world power, as US hegemony wanes. However, most also want their countries to take a tougher approach to China on climate change, human rights, and cybersecurity. In the span of four months, public opinion has quickly shifted in France, Germany, and the US on the topic of geopolitics and particularly the rise of China, a public opinion survey released on Tuesday (30…

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Health crisis COVID-19 threatens EU green goals, IEA says

Health crisis COVID-19 threatens EU green goals, IEA says

While the COVID-19 crisis has had a positive impact on the energy sector by reducing emissions of polluting gases, it has also hampered green investments, making it difficult to implement the EU climate programme. In a report published on Thursday (25 June), the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned of the drop in energy production and consumption caused by the pandemic, which could make it easier to meet targets for cutting emissions and increasing green energy production in Europe by the end of the year. However, such short-term satisfaction could lead…

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Week average climbs to 93 Covid infections per day, but figures remain positive

Week average climbs to 93 Covid infections per day, but figures remain positive

The scientific institute Sciensano releases different figures from now on, based on a 7-day average. The week average concerning new infections is now at 93 per day, still below the symbolic threshold of 100. The figures remain positive: over the past week an average of 93 people per day tested positive on corona. Compared to a week earlier, this figure is 10 percent down, coming from 104. However, yesterday the week figure was still at 89: the slight day-to-day increase shows again that the virus hasn’t gone. In the past…

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Could President Duda’s rhetoric against LGBT people pose a problem for PiS?

Could President Duda’s rhetoric against LGBT people pose a problem for PiS?

Polish President Andrzej Duda’s focus on the “LGBT threat” is a retreat to a well-used trope ahead of the presidential elections. But will it work, asks Martin Mycielski. Martin Mycielski is a former Brussels correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, and now Public Affairs Director and Board Member at the Open Dialogue Foundation, a Brussels-based NGO defending human rights and the rule of law. In my commentary on the swapping of presidential candidates by the opposition Civic Platform (PO) – from the lacklustre Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska to Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski – I…

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Hundreds of people stage a party at Flagey when police intervene; virologists disappointed

Hundreds of people stage a party at Flagey when police intervene; virologists disappointed

Hundreds of people flocked to the Flageyplein in Elsene last night, despite a ban for mass events that still applies under corona restrictions. Party-goers were seen flouting social distancing rules without wearing a face mask. In Anderlecht, some 500 people came together for a bonfire before police intervened. Virologist Marc Van Ranst is disappointed: “This is very unwise and it will make others less motivated to respect corona restrictions.” “Last night, we noted a big crowd at Flagey. We are talking about several hundred people,” says Ilse Van de Keere…

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