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European Commission says independent authorities must regulate utilities sector

While the EU is negotiating with a number of countries about certain association agreements, New Europe discussed with the European Commission whether it envisions creating an independent authority to regulate the utilities sectors in countries where private economic operators already function to guarantee their rights.A European Commission spokesperson answered...

Ukraine’s “Greatest Generation”

Nearly two months after Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s armed forces won the Battle of Kyiv and are in the process of carrying out counter-offensive and cleanup operations in the suburbs outside of the nation’s capital. Such military prowess was not conceived of either before or when the war began. Moscow assumed...

The Pandora Papers: Exposing Iran’s clandestine financial system

As the international community continues to coordinate a response to the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, longstanding debates surrounding sanction efficacy and compliance have been thrust back into the public spotlight. There is no better example than Iran to encapsulate the complex, dichotomous reality of international sanction regimes. Long tarnished...

European National Conservatism Conference taking place March 23-24 in Brussels

Whilst the media world is rightly focussed on the situation in Ukraine,  An impressive array of public figures from around the world are planning to meet at the European National Conservatism Conference, to be held from March 23-24 in Brussels.The conference theme for the inaugural edition is ‘The Future...

Urgent UN action is required for Ukraine

Many struggle to understand world powers’ refusal to enforce a No-Fly-Zone (NFZ), at least on the western rest of Ukraine not (yet) occupied by Russia. It has been repeatedly requested by its democratically-elected President Volodymyr Zelensky for the whole of his country. Ukraine is a founder member of the...

Counterfeit and pirated goods get new boost from pandemic, new report confirms

The latest Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment , produced jointly by Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), reveals that the distribution of counterfeit goods has been thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health crisis has presented new opportunities for trade in counterfeit and pirated products, and...

EU says no to Western Sahara separatists; non-recognition policy remains unchanged

With top officials and heads of state gathering in Brussels for the opening of Thursday's EU-African Union Summit, the European Union released a key statement in which it officially said that its position remains unchanged regarding the long-standing status of Western Sahara - a vast region in southern Morocco...

Why it’s time to take the Russian-led military alliance seriously

The Russian-led military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), created headlines in January 2022 after 2,500 of its troops entered Kazakhstan to assist in restoring order during anti-government protests in the country. The troops, sent in to secure Kazakhstan’s vital infrastructure, “helped stabilize” the government enough to allow them to...

European Council’s decision to back single electronic charger plan is absurd and unwanted

The world is at a crossroads. Economies are struggling to recover from the pandemic. Inflation is spiralling. Russia is amassing troops on the Ukrainian border. In these uncertain times, we can rest assured that the European Union is there, tackling the important issue: chargers for electronic devices.The European Council has...

Historical differences will not erode an advantageous 21st-Century Chinese-Russian partnership

The 21st century has seen the forging of “cooperative” relations between China and Russia, with the benefits of this new partnership outweighing the historical differences between these two countries that share a mutual goal to diminish the dominance of the United States in world affairs.China and Russia have historically shared a...