Meet the climate frenemies

Washington and Brussels both want a deal in Paris, but clash on the fundamentals.

(c) Politico | 27.11.2015

Putin and Hollande step up common efforts against Islamic State

No broad coalition to fight Islamic State has emerged after talks in the Kremlin between Russian President Putin and his French counterpart François Hollande, but the two countries agreed to step up their bilateral cooperation as the basis for a possible future alliance, including the United States.

(c) EurActiv | 27.11.2015

Turkey expected to open new EU accession chapter next month: minister

Turkey's EU minister said on Thursday the latest chapter in his country's long-stalled EU membership bid would be opened in mid-December, following a summit this weekend at which Europe aims to finalize a deal with Turkey on migration.
(c) Reuters | 26.11.2015

Turkish intelligence chief: Islamic State is popular, West should accept it

In the light of the tensions around the downing by a Russian warplane by Turkey, recent comments by the chief of Turkish intelligence, who criticised the Russian intervention in Syria, and said that the West should accept Islamic State, have surfaced.

(c) EurActiv | 26.11.2015

EU countries still bickering over Turkey

The EU-Turkey summit set for Sunday in Brussels was never going to be easy, but Tuesday’s news that Turkish forces had shot down a Russian jet on the Syrian border has raised the political stakes even more in what will be an unusual effort to find solutions to Europe’s mig

Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.
(c) Reuters | 25.11.2015

Hollande’s ‘grand coalition’ bends to Syrian realpolitik

François Hollande is realizing this week that his plans to build a “grand and unique” international coalition to fight ISIL may have to be pared down.

(c) Politico | 25.11.2015

France halts push for Syria coalition with Russia

During a visit to the US yesterday (24 November), French President François Hollande abandoned plans to include Russia in an international coalition against Islamic State, following the Paris attacks, in which 130 people lost their lives.

(c) EurActiv | 25.11.2015

Row over Russian jet clouds EU-Turkey summit

The EU and NATO urged Ankara and Moscow to avoid escalation in the row over Turkey’s shooting down of a Russian fighter, which risks jeopardizing Brussels’ hopes that both countries can help ease the refugee crisis and combat ISIL.

(c) Politico | 24.11.2015

Shinawatra letter is genuine, and invite still stands, say MEPs

MEPs have confirmed that a letter sent to the deposed former Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, is genuine and that their invitation to speak in Brussels, or Strasbourg, about the country’s military junta, still stands.

(c) EurActiv | 24.11.2015