Fleckenstein MEP: ‘Parliamentarians should be removed from EU-Russia sanctions lists’

It is the duty of parliamentarians to contribute to re-opening the dialogue between the EU and Russia, argues Knut Fleckenstein, saying it was “a serious mistake” to block the Russian State Duma speaker from entering Finland.

(c) EurActiv | 30.07.2015

U.S. says Europeans could help more in South China Sea dispute

In a rare admonishment of a close ally, the United States urged the European Union on Wednesday to speak out more forcefully to support Washington in its dispute with China over building and militarization of man-made outposts in the South China Sea.

(c) Reuters | 29.07.2015

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, EU concerned about Kurds

NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday (28 April) but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force.

(c) EurActiv | 29.07.2015

French MPs provoke anger across Europe with visit to Crimea

A group of pro-Russian French MPs has provoked outcry across Europe on a visit to Crimea.

(c) EurActiv | 29.07.2015

Sudan summons EU diplomat over statement on humanitarian needs

Sudan's foreign ministry summoned the European Union's representative in Khartoum on Tuesday to complain about "false information" it said the EU had disseminated about the number of refugees and displaced people in the country.

(c) Reuters | 28.07.2015

Dutch citizens' group wants to vote on EU-Ukraine treaty

A popular blog and a foundation critical of the EU's 'democratic deficit' and the pace of European integration are rallying Dutch citizens to support a referendum on the EU's association agreement with Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 28.07.2015

EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal

Iran and the European Union have agreed to start talks on issues including confronting terrorism, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a news conference with the EU's chief diplomat in Tehran on Tuesday.

(c) Reuters | 28.07.2015

EU steps up PR campaign to overcome U.S. trade deal hostility

In early 2013, President Barack Obama's call for a U.S.-EU trade deal generated such optimism in Europe that the graffiti "NO TAFTA, NO TTIP" scrawled under a bridge near the EU headquarters in Brussels was an isolated message of dissent. More than two years on, with the graffiti still there, European officials are ruing their failure to spot early signs of opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also known unofficially as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA).

(c) Reuters | 27.07.2015

Italian general: EU anti-migrant operation likely to fail

Italy’s former defence chief has said the EU’s anti-migrant smuggling operation is likely to bring more, rather than fewer, migrants to Europe.

(c) EUobserver | 24.07.2015

Russia prepares to seize Western assets

The Russian government has approved a draft bill that would allow it to seize foreign state assets, without warning. The move is seen as a tit-for-tat gesture, following Western court cases involving Russian firms.

(c) EurActiv | 24.07.2015