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Sat, Feb 15, 2020

US commits $1 billion dollars to develop Central European infrastructure

“Secretary Pompeo's announcement of $1 billion for the Three Seas Initiative is a powerful demonstration of America’s continued commitment to Europe,” stated General James L. Jones Jr. (USMC-ret.), executive chairman emeritus of the Atlantic Council, who attended the Munich Security Conference. “It reflects America’s recognition of the strategic significance of Central Europe as well Washington’s high confidence in the economic vitality and economic prospects of the Three Seas region.”

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Central Europe Economy & Business

Mon, Feb 10, 2020

Will the Commission’s new EU proposal revive Western Balkans enlargement?

“For a region whose politics, both domestic and foreign, have been shaped by the promise of EU membership in almost every way since the 1990s, the coming months and years will prove trying," Damir Marusic says. "But the reality is that this is probably for the best: Macron was right to point out the naked emperor. Meaningful progress can only happen when you face the world as it is.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

Albania still committed to EU membership, PM says

Despite continued delays in the opening of accession negotiations with the European Union, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said that his country remains committed to pursuing EU membership because “there is no alternative.” Speaking at the Atlantic Council on February 5, Rama reported that Albania is continuing with its planned reforms as European leaders debate the proper time to begin the membership process for Albania and its neighbor North Macedonia. “We are not sitting and crying,” Rama said. Albania is “not waiting for some miracle to happen.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Democratic Transitions European Union

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

Bechev published in Al Jazeera: Russia’s spy war in the Balkans

For years now, the Kremlin has been conducting a spy war in the Balkans. But Bulgarian authorities surprised the world when they recently charged three Russians in the attempted murder of an arms manufacturer. Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Dimitar Bechev digs into the complicated operations under way. Related reading More about our expert

In the News by Dimitar Bechev

Intelligence The Balkans

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Ellinas quoted in Qantara.de (German) on gas production in the Eastern Mediterranean

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Stefanini interviewed by Formiche (Italian) on visit of Italian Defense Minister Guerini to Washington, D.C.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Policy Italian

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Spain’s new government a welcome sign, but Madrid must navigate several fault lines

After two general elections in nine months, Spain finally has a government. But the new coalition is a fragile one that will have to deploy creative solutions to address fragmentation along three dimensions: political, territorial, and social. It will be challenging, but it may work.

New Atlanticist by Antonio de Lecea

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

Thu, Jan 9, 2020

Bechev speaks with The Times of London on Russia and the opening of Turkstream

In the News by Atlantic Council

Geopolitics & Energy Security Oil and Gas

Tue, Jan 7, 2020

With crisis over, Greek PM says Athens is ready “to punch above our weight”

With its new robust regional and international role, Mitsotakis argued that Greece is a “very reliable and dependable partner” for the United States at a time of incredible global instability. With the dark days of economic crisis behind them, it is now time for Athens and Washington, he said “to set a new, more ambitious target in terms of what we can achieve.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Greece Macroeconomics

Mon, Jan 6, 2020

Ellinas on CyprusMail: Changing priorities threatens viability of EastMed gas pipeline

In the News by Atlantic Council

Energy & Environment Greece