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Klaar speaks of substantive talks after brief visit to Armenia, but gives no details

The EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, Toivo Klaar, described his meeting in Armenia on 8 December as substantive, but gave no details. Klaar was in Yerevan for less than twenty-four hours, during which he met prime minister Nikol Pashinyan and other officials.

This morning Klaar tweeted

dennis2020 Fri, 12/09/2022 - 06:43 Border police detain migrants in secret detention centres along EU border

Border police forces along the European Union's external borders in Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia are keeping migrants in secret detention centres without providing access to asylum applications, food, water, or toilets. According to research by the non-profit Dutch-based journalism collective, Lighthouse Reports in collaboration with several European newspapers, these actions are in violation of human rights and constitute torture. The migrants detained are not registered anywhere. They are also not given the opportunity to apply for asylum.

Maximiliaan va… Thu, 12/08/2022 - 16:20

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The August 2008 Georgia-Russia War in ten questions and answers.

The August 2008 Georgia-Russia War in ten questions and answers.

Five years have passed since Georgia and Russia fought a short but costly war that again brought suffering and death on a huge scale to the Caucasus. Lessons need to be learnt and the world and the people of the region together must say "Never again", and must with their actions and their will avoid the spiral that leads to war. summarises the conflict and its background in ten short questions and answers as an introduction to a series of articles, interviews and special reports which we will be publishing over the next few days