Independence Day in Belarus?

Two days ago, on 3 July, Belarusians celebrated that is was 65 years since the liberation of Minsk from the Nazis. However, as the Charter ´97 Press Center states, there is a dispute around the calling of the 3 July the Independence Day for Belarus, which is something proclaimed by Lukashenka.  There was still fighting going on after the 3 July, and on 27 July 1944 the Declaration on...

Urban Ahlin on European Partnership and ...

Swedish politican Urban Ahlin considers the European Partnership as a good opportunity for Minsk to prove themselves and their will to democratize – to the European community. According to Ahlin Belarusian officials have a lot to gain from learning and interacting with EU officials that have a different political culture and “could not have negative impact on democratic...

EU positive to trade with Lukashenka

RIA Novosti reports that the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos has been on a visit to Minsk, where he said that the geographical situation of Belarus gives Europe an incentive to work more closely with Belarus in the future and that it is time to fully restore all relations between EU and Belarus. Lukashenka commented that half of Belarus’ trade turnover was with the EU,...

Is Lukashenka going to Prague or not?

It is still not decided, the Charter ’97 Press Centre let it be known, whether or not Lukashenka will be invited to the Eastern Partnership that will be held in Prague.  There have been reports that he would be invited, discreetly, but this is now denied and clarified with that an invitation to the Belarusian dictator is still not decided upon. Oppostion and political...

What’s Eating Europe?

How come Europe has not taken further and/or stronger steps toward taking a stand against Lukashenka’s regime in Belarus? According to Stanislau Shushkevich, in an interview for Radio Racjya (as reported in the Charter ’97 Press Centre) it is ambivalence and fear of a new situation like the one in Georgia last summer. Shushkevich is a former head of the Supreme Council in...