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While it aspires to play the role of “honest mediator” between Serbia and Kosovo, Athens reiterated that it would not recognise Kosovo as an independent state despite the suggestion by the US to do so, according to the Kathimerini newspaper.

Greek position on Kosovo’s independence unchanged

Greece’s position of not recognising Kosovo’s independence has not changed

Shulginov reiterated that Russian oil and gas production was expected to decline in 2023, as Moscow comes under pressure from Western restrictions and a lack of European buyers.

Russia says it has rerouted all oil exports, India the biggest buyer

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Russia has successfully redirected all its crude oil exports affected by Western sanctions over Ukraine to “friendly” countries, Energy Minister Nikolai Shulginov said

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed on Monday in Brussels to support Athens’ candidacy for the position of non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2025-26 and Ankara’s bid for the General Secretariat of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Greece, Turkey back each other in international fora

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Greece and Turkey have decided to support each other in the UN’s Security Council and the International Maritime Organisation

Serbia is one of Russia’s traditional allies and has refused to join international sanctions against Moscow, although it backed two UN resolutions condemning Russia in 2022.

Ambassador: Serbia can count on ‘any support’ from Russia

By: EBR | Friday, March 17, 2023

The Russian ambassador to Belgrade said on Thursday Serbia can count on “any support from Russia” but refused to explicitly confirm or deny whether this could also entail military aid

The ambassador also called for speedy agreement on the stalled Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) which would grant EU investors a greater level of access to China’s market.

China’s new man in Brussels says business community can help prevent conflict

By: EBR | Friday, March 17, 2023

China’s new ambassador to the EU says Europe’s business community has a “big role” to play in bridging any gaps between the two sides

 After Covid-19 had made 2020 "the worst year in tourism history", international tourist arrivals increased by just 11 percent in 2021, as travel restrictions remained in place for protracted periods in many parts of the world.

Charted: How international travel bounced back strongly in 2022

By: EBR | Thursday, March 16, 2023

While few industries have been spared by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic over the past three years, even fewer have been hit as hard as the tourism sector


To avoid this situation with funding spent on green hydrogen development, it will be critical for regulators and funding recipients to have transparent measures of success and accountability throughout the process of developing this new technology.

Why we can’t ignore green hydrogen in the clean energy mix

By: EBR | Thursday, March 16, 2023

Historically a dark horse, green hydrogen energy has received renewed attention among global policy-makers and energy experts as a potential driver of net zero emissions

An estimated $34 billion was caused in direct physical damage to homes, schools, health care facilities and other public infrastructure but total reconstruction and recovery costs could be twice as high.

Earthquake recovery in Turkiye and Syria costs €100bn

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 15, 2023

A major conference in Brussels on the recent tragic earthquakes in Turkiye and Syria heard that it will be many months before thousands can leave tents or container housing, and daily queues for food, and move into permanent housing

All the topics normally dealt with at the G20 were put aside for the theme of the war in Ukraine.

War in Ukraine unites China and Russia and divides the G20

By: N. Peter Kramer | Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Last week, the war in Ukraine dominated the G20 meeting

Negotiators from more than 100 countries completed a UN treaty to protect the high seas on Saturday, a long-awaited step that environmental groups say will help reverse marine biodiversity losses and ensure sustainable development.

‘Ηistoric moment’ as UN seals treaty to protect high seas

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The European Commission hailed a first international treaty to protect the high seas agreed by UN member states as a “historic moment”

Current trends and recent strategic documents point toward a further ramping up of geopolitical competition, increasing economic protectionism and fragmentation, and a loosening of the structures of the international order.

After Russia’s war against Ukraine: what kind of world order?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 28, 2023

The Russian war against Ukraine and the growing U.S.-China rivalry will have a profound effect on the future of the world’s political organization

It again demands Moscow withdraw its troops and calls for a halt to hostilities. The 193-member General Assembly is likely to vote next Thursday after two days of speeches by dozens of states to mark the 24 February anniversary of the start of the war.

UN to mark Russia invasion of Ukraine anniversary by urging ‘just peace’

By: EBR | Thursday, February 16, 2023

Marking one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, the UN General Assembly will vote next week on a draft resolution stressing “the need to reach, as soon as possible, a comprehensive, just and lasting peace” in line with the founding United Nations Charter

A non-Western-aligned shadow fleet (or “dark fleet”) is largely made up of ageing ships that maintain a low profile by sailing without insurance, turning off transmitters, falsifying documents, or simply painting over a name.

What are ‘shadow fleets’ and how do they hinder efforts to help Ukraine?

By: EBR | Thursday, February 16, 2023

In December, the European Union banned imports of Russian crude oil by sea, and the EU and other major economies imposed a price cap – designed to keep essential exports flowing from one of the world’s biggest oil producers while still penalizing it

Despite these facts, the IOC in January 2023 changed tack. It is now examining a “pathway” to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to take part in the 2024 Olympics, with some restrictions.

Politics and sports collide in the 2024 Olympics

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 14, 2023

The International Olympic Committee is seeking ways to allow Russian athletes to compete in the Paris Games

"Europeans have never been in the driver’s seat when it comes to Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking."

Has the EU any influence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The EU has enough leverage to play a positive role in the Middle East

In several European countries, such as France, Albania and Germany, public opinion is in favour of repatriating women and children. Family associations and civil society regularly appeal to governments to speed up the process.

EU states reluctant to repatriate women, children still in Syria

By: EBR | Monday, February 6, 2023

European countries, such as France and Spain, have recently upped repatriation efforts to bring back their citizens held in jihadist camps in Syria, but as the process remains slow, the women and children living in the camps in poor conditions risk being radicalised, sexually abused, forced to work or to get married

“The continent of Africa is probably going to be the most important partner for Europe in terms of developing the renewable energy sector,” said Timmermans during an interview at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) assembly in Abu Dhabi.

Timmermans: Africa likely to be EU’s most important renewable energy partner

By: EBR | Monday, February 6, 2023

Africa is likely to be Europe’s most important partner as it looks to increase its renewable energy supply and switch to green hydrogen, EU climate chief Frans Timmermans

The Czech Republic officially follows a one-China policy and officially recognises only mainland China. However, the Czech government as well as the new president-elect declare its interest in cooperating with Taiwan due to its democratic setup.

China fumes at new Czech President over Taiwan

By: EBR | Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Newly elected Czech president Petr Pavel’s phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Jing-wen on Monday has caused anger in Beijing

In the political arena, Turkey might find itself estranged from the democratic world if it continues to follow—and internalize—the Russian brand of governance. This would be bad news for European countries, as they would have to cope with a permanently disruptive neighbor.

Turkey’s Profound Transformation Matters to Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in November 2002, Turkey has gone through its first decade of positive economic and normative transformation, in tune with European countries and institutions

From the global economic slowdown and climate change to the cost-of-living crisis and high debt levels: there is no easy way to cut through it. Added to this are geopolitical tensions that have made it even more difficult to address vital global issues.

3 ways we can tackle fragmentation where it matters most, according to the IMF

By: EBR | Monday, January 30, 2023

As policymakers and business leaders gather at the World Economic Forum in Davos, they are facing a Gordian knot of challenges

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