The news to 7 July 2013
Leading Russian members of Parliament have called for Edward Snowdon to accept asylum in Venezuela, but official Russian policy has remained vague as Mr. Snowdon spent his second week in a Moscow airport.
Source: Washington Post
Poland’s Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, said in an interview with the daily Gazeta Wyborcza that Poland will not adopt the Euro for possibly another decade because the government does not have the support of the two-thirds of the legislature required for Constitutional amendments.
The European Parliament voted in favor of adopting a report which criticises the state of fundamental rights in Hungary. Although non-binding, the report, which was authored by the Parliament’s rapporteur for fundamental rights Rui Tavares, sent a strong message to the Hungarian government.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Amnesty International has criticised members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) for co-operating in the extradition of individuals to Central Asian countries where they are at risk of torture and other forms of abuse. The organisation has pointed to an alarming trend of states such as Russia and Ukraine allowing Central Asian security forces to operate freely within their territories and conduct abductions of suspects.
Source: Amnesty International
Daily protests in Bulgaria have continued for a fourth week in a row as activists demand the resignation of the country’s new Cabinet. Despite an early election this past May, Bulgaria’s President, Rosen Plevneliev, has suggested that another election may be required in order to help the country move past its current political crisis.
Azerbaijan has snubbed the EU-flagship Nabucco pipeline for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline as the primary carrier of its gas supplies to Western Europe. The move is seen as a benefit to Russia’s interests in the region, as Nabucco was designed primarily to undermine Russia’s monopoly on supplies through Ukraine. If Nabucco is cancelled, Russia is expected to drop its South Stream Pipeline project, which is seen as more strategically beneficial than economic.
Source: Carnegie Centre