Articles by Jan Sliva

Alexy II Says Kosovo Sacred for Serbs

  • 03 October 07
  • The Associated Press
he head of the Russian Orthodox Church said Tuesday that Serbs must be able to live peacefully in Kosovo after its final status is determined and decried the destruction of Orthodox churches in the province.

Merkel Makes Constitution a Priority

  • 18 January 07
  • The Associated Press
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday outlined an ambitious program for her country's six-month European Union presidency, saying the bloc must set a timetable for adopting an EU constitution and revive talks on a global trade deal, as Berlin prepares to play its strongest diplomatic role in years.

Russia Urged to Exit Georgia and Moldova

  • 05 December 06
  • The Associated Press
A senior U.S. diplomat on Monday called on Russia to continue the withdrawal of its troops from Georgian and Moldovan territories, warning that the two countries would remain unstable as long as support for separatist regimes continued from outside.

Milinkevich Awarded Human Rights Prize

  • 27 October 06
  • The Associated Press
Opposition leader Alexander Milinkevich was awarded the Sakharov Prize, the EU's top human rights award, on Thursday for his fight for democracy in Belarus, the European Parliament said.

EU Lawmakers Urge Unity on Russia

  • 26 October 06
  • The Associated Press
The European Parliament on Wednesday urged EU member states to give ""serious thought"" to their future relations with Russia in light of the recent murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

EU to Admit Bulgaria and Romania in 2007

  • 27 September 06
  • The Associated Press
Romania and Bulgaria can be admitted as full members in the European Union on Jan. 1, 2007, EU officials said Tuesday of a report recommending the 25 governments already in the bloc to accept the two Balkan nations.

Investigator: U.S. Outsourcing Torture

  • 25 January 06
  • The Associated Press
The head of a European investigation into alleged CIA secret prisons in Europe said Tuesday that evidence pointed to the existence of a system of ""outsourcing"" of torture by the United States, and said it was highly likely that European governments knew of it.

EU Ministers Slam Blair's Budget

  • 07 December 05
  • The Associated Press
European Union finance ministers criticized British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday for his EU budget plan that would slash overall spending by 24 billion pounds ($28 billion) and substantially cut aid to the bloc's newest and poorest members.

Kasparov Files in Strasbourg

  • 28 October 05
  • The Associated Press
Former chess world champion Garry Kasparov on Thursday filed a case against the Russian government at the European Court of Human Rights over alleged irregularities during State Duma elections in 2003.

Russian Quartet Sweeps Gold at Nordic Worlds