Tag: European Union


8 EU members say conditions in Syria should be reassessed to allow voluntary refugee returns – Times of India

NICOSIA: The governments of eight European Union member states said Friday the situation in Syria should be re-evaluated to allow for the voluntary return of Syrian refugees back to their homeland. In a joint declaration, officials from Austria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Malta and Poland said they agree on a re-assessment that would lead to "more effective ways of handling" Syrian refugees trying to reach European Union countries. The eight countries, which held talks during a summit meeting in the Cypriot capital, said the situation in Syria has "considerably evolved", even though complete political stability hasn't been achieved. Cyprus has in recent months seen an upsurge of Syrian refugees reaching the island nation primarily from Lebanon aboard rickety bo...

Slovak politicians call for calming of political tensions after shooting of prime minister – Times of India

BANSKA BYSTRICA: Slovak politicians have called for calm in the Central European country after Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot multiple times by a would-be assassin on Wednesday, a rare instance of political violence that came as a shock despite deep political polarisation. Fico was in serious but stable condition on Thursday, a hospital official said, after the populist leader was hit multiple times in an attempt on his life that shook the small country and reverberated across the continent weeks before European elections.A suspect was in custody, and Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok said on Wednesday that an initial investigation found "a clear political motivation" behind the attack on Fico while he was attending a government meeting in a former coal mining town.The minister d...

US ‘alarmed,’ 50,000 protest Georgia’s foreign agent bill – Times of India

About 50,000 opponents of a 'foreign agents' bill marched peacefully in heavy rain through the Georgian capital on Saturday, after the United States said the country had to choose between the 'Kremlin-style' law and the people's Euro-Atlantic aspirations.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function loadFBEvents(isFBCampaignActive) { if (!isFBCampaignActive) { return; } (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { n.callMethod ? n.callMethod(...arguments) : n.queue.push(arguments); }; if (!f._fbq) f._fbq = n; n.push = n; n.loaded = !0; n.version = '2.0'; n.queue = []; t = b.createElement(e); t.async = !0; t.defer = !0; t.src...

US deeply alarmed by Georgia’s foreign agent bill, Sullivan says – Times of India

TBILISI: The United States said on Saturday it was deeply alarmed by democratic backsliding in Georgia which Washington said had a choice to support either a "Kremlin-style" foreign agent bill or the people's Euro-Atlantic aspirations. "We are deeply alarmed about democratic backsliding in Georgia," US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan wrote on X. "Georgian Parliamentarians face a critical choice - whether to support the Georgian people's EuroAtlantic aspirations or pass a Kremlin-style foreign agents' law that runs counter to democratic values," he said. "We stand with the Georgian people." The bill, which would require organisations receiving more than 20% of their funding from abroad to register as "agents of foreign influence", has touched off a rolling political crisis in Ge...