Merkel pledges to end Turkey’s EU talks

Merkel: “Turkey should not become a member of the EU”. (Photo: Karl-Ludwig Poggemann)

 

German chancellor Angela Merkel has promised to shut down Turkey’s EU accession talks and defended her open-door refugee policy.

Merkel made the Turkey pledge in a pre-election TV debate with her main rival, former European Parliament head Martin Schulz, on Sunday (3 September).

“The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU,” she said. Continue reading

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

 

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir.

Leaders of the largely symbolic body — including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping — formally signed off on the sub-continent duo’s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. Continue reading

Egypt Reaches Free Trade Agreement With Eurasian Economic Union

CAIRO (Sputnik) — Egypt has reached a free trade zone agreement with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

There was more than $4.5 billion of trade between Russia and Egypt in 2014, a more than 80 percent increase on the year before, said President Putin. Free trade agreement means that the markets of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Armenia will be more easily accessible for Egyptian products and vice versa. Continue reading

Russia, China welcome India, Pakistan joining Shanghai Cooperation Organization

All decisions necessary for that have been taken at an SCO summit in Dushanbe in September last year, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Chinese state news agency Xinhua

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. India’s and Pakistan’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should help the security grouping comprising Russia, China and four ex-Soviet states in Central Asia to work more efficiently, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov told Chinese state news agency Xinhua. Continue reading