EU extends sanctions against Belarus, cracks down on North Korea

The EU yesterday (27 February) extended its remaining sanctions on Belarus and warned Minsk it would have to make progress on fundamental freedoms to see them lifted. Brussels also piled more sanctions on North Korea after it carried out more missile tests.

© EurActiv | 28.02.2017

EU approves visa liberalisation for Georgia

The European Council yesterday (27 February) adopted a Commission proposal granting visa liberalisation for Georgia.

© EurActiv | 28.02.2017

Brexit sows seeds of doubt for British farmers

Dependent on foreign workers and subsidies from Brussels, the United Kingdom’s small but important agricultural sector is losing sleep over the possible fallout from Brexit, but hopes a future outside the EU will open up new export opportunities.

© EurActiv | 27.02.2017

EU, NATO urge Macedonian leader to allow new government

The European Commission and NATO urged the president of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Gjorge Ivanov, Sunday to abide by the country’s constitution and allow the formation of an opposition-led government, as the tiny Balkan country faced a crucial test of democratic norms.

 © Politico | 27.02.2017

Top policymakers reassure Europe on Azeri gas deadline

The Southern Gas Corridor will start pumping gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe by 2020, its backers said yesterday (23 February), despite the risk of delays to this option for reducing dependence on Russia.

© Euractiv | 24.02.2017

Referendum to create 'Republic of Artsakh' on Europe's fringe

Some 100,000 ethnic Armenians are voting on a new name for their territory and new powers for their leader on Monday (20 February) in the crosshairs of Azerbaijan’s artillery and missiles.

© EUobserver | 20.02.2017

EU calls for rapid investigation into Montenegro ‘coup’

Montenegro, which broke away from a union with Serbia to become independent in 2006, has been engulfed in a coup drama since the 16 October general election when authorities arrested 20 Serbians accused of planning armed attacks against government institutions.

© EurActiv | 20.02.2017

Juncker: EU must resist US bullying on NATO spending

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called on Europe to resist giving in to U.S. pressure to raise defense spending.

© Politico | 17.02.2017

CETA: MEPs back EU-Canada trade agreement

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017.

© European Parliament News | 15.02.2017

US urges Europe to spend more on Nato

The US has threatened to reduce its commitment to Nato if Europeans did not spend more on their militaries. It also criticised Russia, amid confusion on Trump's foreign policy.

© EUobserver | 16.02.2017