Tuesday, July 16, 2024

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Astana SCO Summit reaffirms its growing geopolitical role

The 24th summit of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), chaired by Kazakhstan, took place on July 4...

Uzbekistan: A Key Player in the (Central Asian) Great Game

Uzbekistan has had considerable success in attracting billions of dollars of aid, concessional debt, and co-investment, which has helped transform the economy since 2017....

Trans-Caspian International Transport Route platform launched in Astana

In a major step forward for regional transport coordination, Kazakhstan’s capital Astana hosted the launch June 12 of a new coordination platform for the...

EU-Central Asia discuss security challenges, joint cooperation

The European Union and the five Central Asian Deputy Foreign Ministers discussed common security challenges and joint cooperation to deepen ties between the two...

U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue deepens political and economic ties

The sixth annual United States-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue (ESPD) was held in Washington D.C. on May 31.The U.S.-Kazakhstan Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue was...

Interview: EU and Turkmenistan are getting closer

NE Global sat down exclusively with Sapar Palvanov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium, also accredited as the head of the Mission...

Xi challenges a divided Europe

After the May 5-9 visit of President Xi Jinping to Europe most of the political analysts in Brussels who argued that the Chinese President's...

Outline for Luzon Economic Corridor takes shape

While most headlines from the Indo-Pacific Business Forum held on May 21 in Taguig, just outside Manila, focused on the latest official data concerning...

COP 29: Azerbaijan takes the spotlight

The next global climate conference, COP 29, will occur in November in Baku, Azerbaijan. The gathering is essential to continue discussing and developing strategies...

The Schengen Zone expands conditionally, for air and sea travelers

Europe’s passport-free Schengen Zone took an important step forward on March 31 with the partial inclusion of Romania and Bulgaria. Travelers arriving in the...

U.S. zeroes in on Houthi revenue sources

The U.S. Government made several announcements this month regarding new sanctions on Houthi revenue sources, building on steps taken in coordination with the U.K....

Can Innovation Diplomacy End the Climate Gamble?

With today’s global challenges urging equally global responses, an overlooked subset of diplomacy emerges as potentially pivotal: innovation diplomacy, a discipline related to the...

Washington strongly condemns Houthi attacks on shipping

The U.S. State Department issued a strongly worded condemnation of Houthi attacks on international shipping on February 21st, equating many Houthi attacks with piracy.Washington...

Alexandroupolis LNG Terminal going live after test runs

The Gastrade consortium confirmed on February 18 the long anticipated Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Alexandroupolis in Greece’s province of Thrace has received...

Investors Forum brings the Middle Corridor into EU-wide focus

Huge investment numbers were thrown around in Brussels January 29-30 at the Global Gateway Investors Forum for the European Union – Central Asia Transport...

Record-high American LNG exports reinforce EU energy security drive

US liquefied natural gas, or LNG, exports reportedly hit monthly and annual record highs in December, positioning the United States to potentially become the...

Spare a thought for the environment this Christmas

In the run up to the festive season many people will be travelling by plane to visit family and friends. Spending time with loved...

New DFC commitments to maritime infrastructure projects

The US recently announced two major commitments to funding maritime infrastructure and related commercial projects, one in Sri Lanka and another in Greece through...

Kazakhstan accelerating efforts to expand the strategic Middle Corridor

The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, which is frequently referred to as the Middle Corridor, is a multilateral institutional development project linking the containerized rail...

Central Asia’s leaders get into specifics on trade-boosting initiatives

In the collective daydreams of Central Asian presidents, there is no end to the possibilities for regional integration.The ideas came thick and fast at...

European aviation industry embraces new jet fuel regulation

The European Parliament on September 13 approved a new law to increase the uptake of sustainable fuels, such as advanced biofuels or hydrogen, in...

Nairobi Declaration calls for global tax on fossil fuel trade, maritime transport, aviation

As the curtains came down at the Africa Climate Summit (ACS23), heads of state and government adopted the Nairobi Declaration, calling on world leaders...

Possible new solutions to Ukraine’s grain export challenge emerge

In view of the collapse of the UN’s Black Sea Grain Initiative in July at Russia’s insistence, work is proceeding in multiple sectors to...

Strange goings on in Northern Greece seem to worry Ankara

Government-linked Turkish media have indicated concern about a series of visits and events in Greece’s Evros prefecture -- the Greek-Turkish border region -- which...

Croatia advances to the EU mainstream

 Croatia took a decisive step January 1 towards the mainstream of the European project by adopting the Euro as its currency while at the...

Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey focus on Trans-Caspian International Transport Route

Strengthening regional connectivity, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey focused on the development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, which is of crucial importance for increasing...

Aktau becomes Kazakhstan’s first port to receives Green Certification from OSCE

Aktau Commercial Sea Port has become the first port in Kazakhstan to receive the Ports Environmental Assessment System (SEEP) certification and EcoPort status from...

EU interested in developing transport and transit cooperation with Kazakhstan

An international forum in Brussels highlighted the role of strengthening of trade and supply chains between Europe and Asia through the expansion and integration...

EU-Kazakhstan to discuss transit strategy and Middle Corridor development

The first major discussion in Brussels on Kazakhstan’s transit strategy and the development of the Middle Corridor will take place in Brussels, Belgium on...

Sofia and Skopje begin joint effort to resolve conflict

Hoping to generate enough material to prevent Sofia’s cadre of Balkan reporters from decamping to nearby ski resorts, the governments of North Macedonia and...

Spanish scheme to support intelligent transportation systems gets EU nod

A €20 million Spanish scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) supporting the deployment of intelligent systems that will provide enhanced...

New railway agreements reveal the contours of Central Asia’s rapid integration

The information war is so intense nowadays that unsung melodies are often more alluring that the sung ones. The lines from English poet Shelley’s...

Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU

Almost 15 months after Europe effectively closed its borders to the outside world in its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, the European...

Uzbekistan’s key priorities for the comprehensive development of transport corridors in Central Asia

Over the past 4 years, Uzbekistan under the leadership of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been carrying out systemic reforms aimed at liberalizing and modernizing...

With Covid-19 travel restrictions, US takes a further step towards isolation

While having not completely terminated international travel, the US took a major step in that direction on March 19 with the issuance of a...

Amidst crises, Greece finds time for renewed Balkan diplomacy

Despite the multiple crises Greece is currently facing – a continuing refugee deluge and massive public reaction on some islands, the spreading coronavirus threat,...

Austria's new night train sets off for Brussels

The first night train to set off for Belgium in 16 years departed from Vienna on 19 January. Austrian and European politicians boarded the “OBB...

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of passenger rights

The European Commission published on Monday the results of an Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union, which found that only 43% of...

Climate Action: EIB finances 40 new electric trains in Italy

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a €68 million loan to Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV), Campania Region's railway management authority, to purchase 40...

Greece, Cyprus, Jordan cement East Med Gas Forum relationship

ATHENS – The leaders of Greece, Cyprus and Jordan will hold a trilateral summit in Amman on 14 April to expand cooperation in the...

New legislation energizes US policy in the Eastern Mediterranean

Important new bipartisan legislation has been introduced by two ranking US Senators to reshape and energize US strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean, taking into...

Tsipras heads to Skopje to salvage his Prespes gambit

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to deliver on his promised trip to North Macedonia’s capital, Skopje, on 2 April, which was announced...

Name Dispute: Coming to terms

The Name Dispute has again fallen from the headlines in Northern Macedonia and Greece, as the public focus in Skopje is on April’s Presidential...

Name Dispute: A time for kudos, awards and arrests

Now that the ratification procedures for June’s Prespes Agreement between Greece and newly-renamed North Macedonia are complete, the focus has shifted to a wide-ranging...

Amidst backtracking, a difficult week in the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Talks

While a few positive steps can be listed, real progress over the last week on the Greece-Macedonia/FYROM Name Dispute is hard to document. To...

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