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At least 16% increase of electricity prices – these news, announced on June 17, caused a wave of street protests in Armenia’s capital Yerevan. Armenia’s electricity network is owned by a Russian company, which says the rise is necessary because the value of the national currency has fallen.
Thousands of young people have been marching to the presidential palace and staging all-night sit-ins around the main square of Yerevan. After the police has fired water cannons to disperse peaceful demonstrators and has detained more than 230 people, even more raised their voice not just against the electricity prices, but also against the rough way protesters were treated. According to different reports, police also has beaten up journalists and destroyed or confiscated their equipment...Read More
AEGEE Eastern Partnership Project contributed to the Network Meeting that took place in Osnabrück between 28 and 31 May 2015. 16 participants joined the discussion workshop led by Esther Hillmer, a member of the Project’s team. The introduction to the EU’s Eastern Partnership has been accompanied by many interesting questions and comments coming from the participants of the workshop. After a short introduction, the group had a vivid and inspiring discussion about the military conflict in Ukraine, the role of Russia and the EU, the future of the Eastern Partnership and much more. The different backgrounds and experiences of the participants added special value to the discussion.
Thereafter, small groups of 4 were formed so that they could have discussed about the impact of EaP in AEGEE...
AEGEE Eastern Partnership Youth Convention Form the 20th to the 24th of May 15 participants from the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries gathered in Kraków to discuss the process of European integration and the relations between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries. The event aimed at discovering how the Eastern Partnership Programme should look like according to youth. Below you can find the final result of the Convention – recommendations for the EU officials regarding desired improvements in the EaP programme. The event was officially endorsed by to Mr Saryusz-Wolski (Member of the European Parliament).
We, the European youth from both the EU Member States and the Eastern Partnership countries, suppor...Read More
Many reports, such as the Eastern Partnership Index 2014, define Moldova as leader among the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Moldova has higher standards in human rights and political freedoms, launched economic reforms and has recently elected a new pro-European government. The visa-free regime and Association Agreement with the EU are important indicators for its development towards the West. On the other hand, public support for European integration is decreasing: the pro-European parties had to form a minority government and the pro-Russian Socialist Party emerged as the winner in November 2014 elections. These facts easily lead to the question: is Moldova really the frontrunner or were the reforms just a good start and now it is slowing down?
Even though the three pro-European p...Read More