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Azerbaijan and the EU: Bogged Down in Acrimony

Can Azerbaijan and the EU find common language? (Photo: Azerbaijani Presidential Press Service)

Relations between the European Union and Azerbaijan are taking a nose-dive, highlighting a gap in expectations.
 
Long-simmering tension boiled over in late November when Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, lauded Leyla Yunus, an Azerbaijani rights activist. Speaking at a November 26 award ceremony in which the annual Sakharov Prize was given to a Congolese gynaecologist, Schulz characterized Yunus, a finalist for the prize, as a political prisoner and praised her “struggle for dignity and justice.”
 

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Eldar Mamedov is a political adviser to the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament. He writes in his personal capacity.

Azerbaijan and the EU: Bogged Down in Acrimony

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