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Imprisoned Navalny awarded prestigious Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament

Imprisoned Navalny awarded prestigious Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament

The imprisoned Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has won the prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, awarded annually by the European Parliament. The award was announced on Wednesday (20 October). Parliament awards the honorary prize to people and institutions that promote human rights and fundamental freedom of thought.

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Frontex sees increase in number of illegal migrants at EU external borders

Frontex sees increase in number of illegal migrants at EU external borders

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, has seen an increase in the number of people trying to enter the European Union illegally. Furthermore, in a report published on Monday (21 June), the European Court of Auditors said Frontex was not sufficiently helping the bloc to curb illegal migration and cross-border crime.
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EU adopts concept on cultural heritage in conflicts and crises

EU adopts concept on cultural heritage in conflicts and crises

The Council of the European Union on Monday (21 June) approved conclusions welcoming the EU Concept on cultural heritage in conflicts and crises, which enhances the EU's approach to peace, security and development. The conclusions recognise that cultural heritage can play a key role in promoting peace, democracy and sustainable development by fostering tolerance, inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogue and mutual understanding
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Opinion: Indo-European rapprochement and the competing geopolitics of infrastructure

Opinion: Indo-European rapprochement and the competing geopolitics of infrastructure

With the geopolitical focus shifting towards the Indo-Pacific region and China's growing assertiveness, Indo-European relations become increasingly important. In this op-ed for commonspace.eu, Alex Petrosyan looks at how the EU and India are taking their co-operation to a higher level with the Connectivity Partnership launched in May, and why even closer relations are necessary.
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Editorial:	TRACECA poised to play an increasingly important role in the connectivity Europe-Caucasus-Asia

Editorial: TRACECA poised to play an increasingly important role in the connectivity Europe-Caucasus-Asia

TRACECA is a child of the EU’s ambition to be a global player. The EU should not forget, nor ignore, nor sideline, TRACECA’s work. Instead it should recognise that TRACECA has shown it is resilient and adaptable. The next phase of EU-IGC TRACECA co-operation must therefore be more strategic, and more ambitious.