The neighbour no one loves - The EU should not write off Belarus
The deplorable human rights situation in Belarus has in no way improved. A large number of political prisoners remain behind bars and President Alyaksandr Lukashenka continues to rule with an authoritarian hand. It would, though, be a mistake for the EU to abandon its efforts to engage with this 'hopeless case'. The EU should continue the dialogue with Belarus while making sure not to break contacts with its citizens and reform-oriented forces. The Union must take care, though, not to be taken in once again by Lukashenka's 'see-saw' policy and double-dealing. The release and rehabilitation of political prisoners and an end to repression against civil society are prerequisites for closer ties. There can be no normalisation of relations as long Lukashenka remains in power.
DW "Russian threats block Ukraine-EU trade deal"
Ukrainian government decision derails EU relationship at crucial moment accord decision
This decision by the Ukrainian government risks derailing its relationship with the EU at the most crucial moment. An economically weak Ukraine was not able to resist Russian pressure, threats and economic sanctions any longer. The EU must now support Ukraine and its people in their pursuit for democracy and a functioning rule of law, which has underway since the Orange Revolution in 2004.
Supporting reforms - promoting change: EU cooperation for a successful Eastern Partnership
What is the Eastern Partnership about, what are the key milestones and figures, what has it achieved? What exactly is the 'more for more' principle? And Comprehensive Institution Building? What is the EU doing for civil society? A new leaflet, published by the EU ahead of the Vilnius EaP Summit on 28 - 29 november 2013 answers all these questions on the Eastern Partnership.
Putin eliminates Navalny as a political opponent
"The suspended sentence against Alexei Navalny is an exercise in damage-limitation by the Kremlin. Putin is carefully avoiding making Navalny into a martyr. Nevertheless, Putin has managed to neutralise his fiercest political opponent by preventing him from carrying out any political activities. Due to the completely fallacious nature of the allegations, the appeal should have led only to acquittal or dismissal.
Georgia elections A Model for the Eastern Partnership
"The international and domestic election observers testify that Sunday's elections and the election campaign were free and fair, largely transparent and compliant with international rules. But: Power and influence will be concentrated in the hands of one party and one man. The EU expects a cabinet of ministers able to act freely and not a puppet show.
Jusitfication to the nomination of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
On Monday, 30 september 2013, members of the European Parliament vote on three finalists for EP´s Sakharov Prize 2013. As an unbroken fighter for democracy, the rule of law and the social market economy in Russia Mikhail Khodorkovsky truly deserves the prize.
- 25. September 2013 EU-Russia Pussy Riot detention concerns must be addressed by EU
- 16. September 2013 Sakharov Prize 2013: Russian Civil Society and Opposition Support Nomination of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
- 12. September 2013 Eastern Europe and Russia EU must support European neigbours in face of Russian pressure
- 12. September 2013 Resolution on the pressure exerted by Russia on Eastern Partnership countries
- 28. Juni 2013 Human Rights in Russia Europe must be proactive and support civil society