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EU urges Ukraine to investigate 2014 Odessa deaths

Ukraine’s tense Odessa marked yesterday (2 May) two years since clashes killed 48 anti-Maidan protesters during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions House in central Odessa. The EU urged Kyiv to investigate the tragedy.

(c) EurActiv | 03.05.2016

Brussels embraces open borders for Turks

The European Commission will recommend visa-free travel for Turkish citizens in Europe Wednesday, setting the stage for an acrimonious debate over whether the EU has traded principle for expediency to salvage its refugee deal with Turkey.

(c) Politico.eu | 03.05.2016

In Kosovo, if debating doesn’t work throw tear gas

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Albin Kurti has long been a thorn in the side of authorities in Kosovo. A vocal critic of Serbian rule, he is now a member of parliament not averse to using tear gas on rival MPs to drive his message home.

(c) Politico.eu | 03.05.2016

Germany to push for fresh Russia-Ukraine talks

The German government wants to “give new momentum” to peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Sunday.

(c) Politico.eu | 02.05.2016

TTIP leaks show EU-US struggles over cars and food

European Commission rejects warnings from Greenpeace over leaked documents as ‘flatly wrong.’

(c) Politico.eu | 02.05.2016

Brussels embraces open borders for Turks

‘Qualified’ recommendation for visa liberalization expected Wednesday.

(c) Politico.eu | 02.05.2016

Commission set to propose lifting of visa requirement for Turkey

Despite deep public misgivings in some countries, the European Union will this week drive
forward a plan to grant Turks visa-free travel to Europe as a reward for having reduced a flood of refugees and migrants into Europe to a trickle.

(c) EurActiv | 02.05.2016

Russia wary as Nordic states mull closer Nato ties

Finland and Sweden are strengthening their ties with Nato, in developments prompting Russian criticism and scrutiny.

(c) EUobserver | 02.05.2016

Opinion: Empty Gazpromises

Much of the debate concerning the Nord Stream II pipeline centres on whether the project should be seen as a commercial undertaking, or as an effort to lock in Gazprom’s dominance in Europe and deal a blow to Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 02.05.2016

TTIP leaks: US undermining EU standards, says Greenpeace

The US is pressuring the EU to roll back environmental and health standards as part of a free trade deal, according to confidential documents obtained by Greenpeace.

(c) EUobserver | 02.05.2016