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

Report: EU countries divert overseas aid to cover refugee bills

A report published on Tuesday (24 November) by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, documents an emerging trend amongst member states to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

(c) EurActiv | 24.11.2015

Tusk calls EU-Turkey summit on 29 November

European Union leaders and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will meet in Brussels on Sunday (29 November) to discuss refugee issues and improving relations between the EU and Ankara, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Monday (23 November).

(c) EurActiv | 24.11.2015

EU, Russia, Ukraine to hold joint trade talks on December 1

The European Union, Russia and Ukraine will hold three-way trade talks in Brussels on Dec. 1, the EU said on Monday, in the latest effort to overcome Moscow's opposition to an EU-Ukraine trade pact that is due to take effect in January.
(c) Reuters | 23.11.2015