Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tag: Balkans

Over the Line: Bulgaria Welcomes Refugees With Attack Dogs and Beatings

Abdul Bashir was resting when the police dogs came. He and 11 others were in the dense mountainous forest that joins Turkey and Bulgaria. They had just crossed to the Bulgarian side, for the second time in a month, stepping over the low-hanging wire that divides the two countries. The dogs came out of the woods behind them. Abdul Bashir saw one attack a man in his group, biting his shoulder and dragging him across the ground. The man was bleeding.

Will Russia and Turkey Change the Energy Map of Europe?

The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou has given fresh impetus to bilateral relations and joint projects. This primarily relates to the construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline, which may become one of the key elements of...

Prisoners of Europe: the everyday humiliation of refugees stuck in Greece

Europe's migration policies are turning the country into a giant holding pen, with the people trapped in it close to breaking point. At the Softex refugee camp in northern Greece, it is lighter by night than it is by day. Inside this windowless former warehouse, the lamps only work in...

The Case for Offshore Balancing – A Superior U.S. Grand Strategy

For the first time in recent memory, large numbers of Americans are openly questioning their country’s grand strategy. An April 2016 Pew poll found that 57 percent of Americans agree that the United States should “deal with its own problems and let others deal with theirs the best they...

Revealed: the £1bn of weapons flowing from Europe to Middle East

AK-47s, machine guns, explosives and more travel along new arms pipeline from Balkans to countries known to supply Syria. Eastern European countries have approved the discreet sale of more than €1bn of weapons in the past four years to Middle Eastern countries that are known to ship arms to Syria,...

Making a Killing: The 1.2 Billion Euro Arms Pipeline to Middle East

An unprecedented flow of weapons from Central and Eastern Europe is flooding the battlefields of the Middle East. As Belgrade slept on the night of November 28, 2015, the giant turbofan engines of a Belarusian Ruby Star Ilyushin II-76 cargo plane roared into life, its hull laden with arms destined...

The unknown German branch of Nord Stream 2 will make Germany the key gas...

Despite causing great controversy in the EU, plans to build the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline are steadily being implemented, write Agata Loskot-Strachota and Konrad Poplawski of the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Poland. What is more, in May preparations were started for a German land leg of...

Europe’s Loss Is NATO’s Gain

Britain is about to have more money and manpower to pour into the West’s military alliance -- and more motivation to do so. The people have spoken, and United Kingdom will leave the European Union. The United States and Europe will be confronted with a raft of bad news that...

The Budding Autocrats of the Balkans

From Montenegro to Macedonia, a new generation of leaders has learned to tell the West what it wants to hear while crushing democracy back home. At first glance, especially compared to other parts of the world, the Balkans seem to be in great shape. The last few years, in particular, appear...

What happened on 6 March when Davutoglu met Merkel?

There has been a lot of speculation about the (allegedly) surprising, for some even shocking, proposal Turkey made on 6 March in Brussels at a meeting in the evening at the Turkish embassy between Ahmet Davutoglu, Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte, on the eve of the European leaders discussing...

EU Messes up in Balkan Gas Geopolitics

In their determination to bypass their dependency on Russian natural gas, the bureaucrats of Brussels have approved construction of a trans-Adriatic gas pipeline from Azerbaijan to Greece. It looks workable on paper. There’s only one problem. It isn’t. It’s the latest move in the self-defeating EU pipeline war with...

Steamrolled

A special investigation into the diplomacy of doing business abroad. One of Europe’s poorest countries wanted a road, so U.S. mega-contractor Bechtel sold it a $1.3 billion highway, with the backing of a powerful American ambassador. Funny thing is, the highway is barely being used—and the ambassador is now working...

Trans Adriatic Pipeline: Socar preparing a feasibility studies for Montenegro

After the recent visit of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic to Azerbaijan, the construction of the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline and gasification of Montenegro is again in focus. The novelty, compared to previous conversations conducted on this subject, writes Dnevne Novine daily, is that Azerbaijan's state-owned energy company Socar plans to conduct...

European pipeline politics need US support

The EU’s external energy security is in Washington’s longterm interest, especially at the time of renewed rivalry between the West and Moscow, writes Jarosław Wiśniewski . Jarosław Wiśniewski is an academic and political analyst who specialises in energy security, international security and European politics. Pipeline politics are back. They were never really...

Serbian PM Expresses Readiness to Reduce Country’s Dependence on Russian Gas

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic expressed readiness to reduce his country's dependence on Russian gas. Vucic said this in an interview during the first day of his visit to Albania on Wednesday and Thursday, B92 reports. Accoridng to media reports, under pressure from Washington the Serbian PM was ready to support...

SOCAR to Work on Feasibility Study for Albania’s Gasification Master Plan

Azerbaijan and Albania will set up a special working group for preparation of the feasibility study for the master plan for developing Albania’s gas market, SOCAR said in a statement. Two sides discussed the future development of Albania’s gas market and distribution system at the recent meeting in the capital...

Nabucco against the minnows

Nabucco, the strategic project for transportation of Caspian gas to Europe, seems threatened by the non-strategic pipeline projects, ITGI (Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy) and TAP (Trans-Adriatic Pipeline). These are less advanced, compared with Nabucco, but are also less ambitious in scope, and consequently easier to source with gas. At stake is the...

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