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This is how the EU foreign policy based on 'European values' in the #EasternPartnership region looks like. 🤦

Recently, a 🇪🇺 delegation visited Baku in order to facilitate (energy) trade between the EU and 🇦🇿.

I am furious. A thread and comparison between 🇦🇿&🇧🇾. 1/21
So, why to take Belarus and Azerbaijan for a comparison?

--> Because they are similar regarding their level of authoritarianism, but still - they are treated quite differently. Not only by policy makers but also by many political analysts. 2/21
Let's start with the well-known rankings of Reporters Without Borders, Freedom House and Amnesty International.

In @RSF_en 's World Press Freedom Index, 🇦🇿 takes spot 167/180. 🇧🇾 is No. 158.

Conclusion: There is almost no free and independent press in both countries 🤐 3/21
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1, #Germany's new government's #coalitionagreement of the @SPDbt, @Die_Gruenen and @FDP, on the #EuropeanEunion's #EasternNeighborhood: "We are working together with the #EU and its member states on the further development of the #EasternPartnership.
2. States such as #Ukraine, #Moldova & #Georgia, which are striving to join the EU, should be able to move closer through consistent rule-of-law and market-economy reforms. We will react decisively and reliably to democratic upheavals and be a partner to the democracy movements.
3. We want to facilitate civil society exchanges through targeted visa facilitation. We will continue to support Ukraine in restoring full territorial integrity and sovereignty. @UkrVerstehen @H__Ukraine @PromoteUkraine @NEC_Ukraine @intercourier_ua @UaPosition @CPD_UA @gazeta_ua
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1/ It’s a start but, as the speed with which it was unanimously agreed shows, it’s not strong enough #belarus #eu nytimes.com/2021/05/24/wor…
2/ @MarkGaleotti has some more creative ideas here - and for being more imaginative and flexible when engaging with actors that violate #EU norms telegraph.co.uk/authors/m/ma-m…
3/ as well as
- clamping down on #belarus KGB activity in #EU states (kick ‘em out)
- providing more meaningful support (financial, technical, practical, organisational) to opposition incl. @Tsihanouskaya
- EU should temporarily suspend #EasternPartnership- less for (much) less
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Some organizations may not survive new #Karabakh conflict: CSTO (Russia does not assist Armenia). EU’s #EasternPartnership (2/6 members at war) Also tough for #OSCE, already in crisis. Baku and Yerevan already used veto powers to block decisions, could now make OSCE unworkable.
And just to clarify: I DO know that Russia’s commitments to Armenia only extend to the territory of ROA. My point is that Putin’s absolute neutrality to a supposed CSTO ally undermines the rationale of the organisation.
Also worth clarifying that Eastern Partnership is an initiative, not an organisation. It will persist in some form but not in current format I’d say.
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🚨@vonderleyen's 1st #SOTEU
Stay tuned:
"For me it is crystal clear–we need to build a stronger European Health Union
& to start making this a reality we must now draw the 1st lessons from the health crisis
We need to make our new #EU4Health programme future proof"@SKyriakidesEU
"...this was a global crisis we need to learn the global lessons. This is why, along with Prime Minister @GiuseppeConteIT and the Italian #G20 Presidency, I will convene a Global Health Summit next year in #Italy.
This will show Europeans that our Union is there to protect all."
"...the Commission created the #SURE programme(...)This is real European solidarity in action. And it reflects the fact that in our Union the dignity of work must be sacred."💪🇪🇺🤲"will put forward a legal proposal to support Member States to set up a framework for #MinimumWages"
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#Moldova’s pro-reformist @sandumaiamd gov collapsed last week. A new phase of political instability. How it happened, what comes next for #Moldova & impact on #EasternPartnership in this thread 1/7

@dgapev @GERonOstpolitik @D_Schwarzer @MilanN_inBerlin @CHRussiaEurasia
No-confidence vote against #Sandu gov passed by coalition partners Socialists #PSRM + highly corrupt ex-#Plahotniuc's Democrats #PD. This new covert PSRM-PD coalition in the making since summer but had no justification until last week 2/7
Trigger came in early Nov when #Sandu clashed w President #Dodon over selection process of Prosecutor General. Costs of having an independent ProsGen too high for old elites (#Dodon, #PSRM, #PD) 3/7
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I'm at #Eap10. Some thoughts on conflicts
1. Release of joint statement on 10th anniversary of #EasternPartnership unfortunately blocked by Baku as no reference to “territorial integrity.” Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine would also have liked this but were prepared to live without it.
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2. As ever, NK conflict is spoiler. Omit reference to “territorial integrity” and you offend Az, mention it, you offend Armenia. This has been going at least since 1996 OSCE Lisbon Summit. Old protracted conflict not only hurts locals, it's a poison seeping far beyond.
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