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West, Russia call on ‘illegal Ukraine groups’ to disarm

The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks yesterday (17 April) for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

(c) EurActiv | 18.04.2014

Russia and China forge closer ties, as EU explores sanctions

Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea deep water port – with China, as EU countries and the US weigh options on economic sanctions.

(c) EUobserver | 17.04.2014

Ukraine submits proof of Russian covert action

The Mission of Ukraine to the EU made available today (16 April) information supporting what appears to be obvious: that Russian special forces are behind the actions of the paramilitary taking control of several cities in eastern Ukraine, whose uniforms have no national insignia. EurActiv publishes the information obtained, without edits.

(c) EurActiv | 16.04.2014

Ukraine says it launched ‘anti-terrorist’ operation

Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" yesterday (15 April) against separatist militias in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops, the action was limited.

(c) EurActiv | 16.04.2014

EU to expand Russia blacklist

EU countries are to expand their Russia and Ukraine blacklists and to send a small team of security experts to Kiev.

(c) EUobserver | 15.04.2014

EU ministers meet as Russia warns of civil war in Ukraine

Russia said it was “the west's responsibility to prevent civil war in Ukraine," while NATO described the appearance in eastern Ukraine of troops with Russian weapons, and identical uniforms without insignia, as "a concerted campaign of violence by pro-Russian separatists, aiming to destabilise Ukraine as a sovereign state".

(c) EurActiv | 14.04.2014

Three EU countries back Ukraine's use of force

Lithuania, Luxembourg and Sweden have explicitly backed Ukraine’s right to use force against pro-Russian separatists.

(c) EUobserver | 14.04.2014

Why we should stop talking about ‘European’ development aid

The EU commission is keen to mention that the EU "is to be the world’s largest donor" of development aid. But a recent study indicates that it makes little sense to talk about 'European' development financing, its researchers write.

(c) EurActiv | 14.04.2014

Neutral Finland debates NATO membership option

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said that his country, which is not a member of any military pact, should consider NATO membership along with Sweden, “when the time is right”. He added that there was no acute security risk for Finland due to the Ukraine crisis.

(c) EurActiv | 14.04.2014

Opinion: Building a true partnership between Africa and Europe

When EU and African Heads of State met in Brussels at the start of April they were presented with the opportunity to begin to forge a new partnership between two continents that have had a long and sometimes troubled relationship. (Sam Kutesa - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uganda)

(c) EUobserver  | 11.04.2014

Controversy over citizens' initiative on abortion funding ban

A second citizens' initiative demanding a change in EU law courted controversy on Thursday (10 April) over its proposals to ban funding for abortion and reproductive health services in developing countries.

(c) EurActiv | 11.04.2014

Russia wants seat in a ‘Troika’ to manage Ukraine

Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told US Secretary Jack Lew yesterday (10 April) that Moscow was concerned about Ukraine's unpaid debt for supplies of natural gas, but was ready to work with international partners on financial aid for Kyiv.

(c) EurActiv | 11.04.2014

Council of Europe assembly suspends Russia’s voting rights

Russia was suspended from the parliamentary assembly of European human rights watchdog the Council of Europe on Thursday in protest at Moscow's behaviour towards Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

(c) EurActiv | 11.04.2014

Putin threatens to cut gas to Ukraine, EU countries

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine unless it starts repaying a huge debt and unless the EU agrees to joint talks on its economic future.

(c) EUobserver | 10.04.2014

UK, Poland and Sweden propose EU police mission for Ukraine

The UK, Poland, and Sweden have proposed sending an EU police mission to Ukraine to build up its law enforcement bodies in the wake of February’s revolution.

(c) EUobserver | 10.04.2014

Russia, EU, Ukraine, U.S. to meet in Geneva next week for talks

Russia, the United States, Ukraine and the European Union will hold talks next Thursday in Geneva to try to negotiate an end to the crisis in Ukraine, EU diplomats said.

(c) Reuters | 10.04.2014

EU sets up ‘Support Group’ for Ukraine

Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced today (9 April) the setting up of a ‘Support Group’ which will help support Ukraine and coordinate work with member states, other donors and the International Financing Institutions.

(c) EurActiv | 09.04.2014

US and EU prepare to strike Russian banks, energy firms

The US and EU are preparing to strike at Russian banks, and energy and minerals firms if Russia invades eastern Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 09.04.2014

US warns Russia against covert action in Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces yesterday (8 April) of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

(c) EurActiv | 09.04.2014

Overseas aid ‘rebounds’ to record high, says OECD

Overseas development aid (ODA) jumped 6.1% last year to reach a record $134.8 (€97.8) billion, according to new figures from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), marking a “rebound” after two years of falling donations.

(c) EurActiv | 09.04.2014

EU and US agree Ukraine talks with Russia

The EU, Russia, Ukraine and the US are to hold joint talks in the next 10 days, amid fresh EU division on how to handle the crisis.

(c) EUobserver | 08.04.2014

Eastern Ukraine turmoil seen as prelude to Russian invasion

Separatist action in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russia demonstrators have occupied public buildings shows a "second stage" of special operations by Russia is under way aimed at breaking up Ukraine, its interim president said today (7 April).

(c) EurActiv | 07.04.2014

Donetsk seizure raises concern of Ukraine escalation

A Crimea-type operation in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday (6 April) has raised concerns Russia is about to escalate the crisis.

(c) EUobserver | 07.04.2014

MEPs adopt ‘Magnitsky’ list visa ban

The European Parliament passed a resolution yesterday (2 April) establishing a list of Russian officials responsible for the death of a Russian attorney in prison. The ‘Magnitsky List” proposes an EU-wide visa ban and a freeze of EU assets of 32 Russian citizens.

(c) EurActiv | 03.04.2014

EU lifts visa restrictions on Moldova

The EU on Thursday (3 April) formally agreed to lift visa restrictions on Moldova, allowing its citizens to travel throughout the Schengen passport-free area.

(c) EUobserver | 03.04.2014

Nato to keep expanding, suspends Russia ties

Nato states have said the alliance will keep on expanding despite Russia’s protests, while freezing most co-operation with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

(c) EUobserver | 01.04.2014

Illicit capital flows are the elephant in the EU-Africa summit room

The EU-Africa summit says that it wants to promote sustainable and inclusive growth, but as long as the EU and financial institutions allow transfers of illicit funds, this goal will not be met, argues Christian Freymeyer.

(c) EurActiv | 03.04.2014

Merkel and Hollande pledge help for central Africa

France and Germany have made a show of EU solidarity on Africa, as European soldiers prepare to leave for Bangui.

(c) EUobserver | 02.04.2014

Opinion: Why the EU should invest in the Central African Republic

At today's (2 April) mini-summit on the Central African Republic (CAR) in the margins of the EU-Africa summit, the EU must seize the opportunity to develop a strong, comprehensive approach to address a crisis at grave risk of exponential deterioration.

(c) EurActiv | 02.04.2014

EU help planned for Central African Republic

After several weeks delay, the European Council has finally unveiled plans to launch the EUFOR mission to the Central African Republic (CAR). 1000 troops would be deployed, in support of French and African forces already on the ground.

(c) EurActiv | 02.04.2014

Schulz: Cut aid to African countries with anti-gay laws

Imprisoning gays and lesbians for their sexuality is a “disgrace” that should disqualify offending countries from EU aid, the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, told a joint summit with MPs from the Pan-African Parliament yesterday (31 March), sparking a row.

(c) EurActiv | 01.04.2014

No development funds for interventions, says minister

"No." There are no military options for Europe in Africa, stated Germany's Development Minister, rebuffing French calls for greater Bundeswehr involvement. Instead, Gerd Müller believes development policy should be the top priority. EurActiv Germany reports.

(c) EurActiv | 01.04.2014

Opinion: Time to take Sino-EU relations to a new level

As the first Chinese leader to visit the EU headquarters, President Xi Jinping is seeking a new trade opening with Brussels, which needs deeper economic relations for its recovery agenda.

(c) EUobserver | 31.03.2014

US asks Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine’s borders

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks yesterday (30 March) about ways to defuse the crisis over Ukraine, with Kerry telling Moscow that progress depended on a Russian troop pullback from Ukraine's borders.

(c) EurActiv | 31.03.2014

Chinese President in first-ever EU visit this week

Hot on the heels of Barack Obama’s visit to the EU capital, Chinese President Xi Jinping will spend three days in Belgium this week.

(c) EUobserver | 30.03.2014

West African states close to trade deal with EU

West African nations held last-minute talks yesterday (27 March) to address lingering doubts over an agreement with the European Union that would open up the region's economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials said.

(c) EurActiv | 28.03.2014

Tax evasion fight may help finance education in the Global South

A new report by UNESCO suggests that financing for education in developing countries can be found through reforming taxation and combating tax evasion.

(c) EurActiv | 28.03.2014

Norway’s Stoltenberg confirmed for NATO top job

NATO ambassadors chose former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as the next leader of the Western military alliance, NATO said today (28 March).

(c) EurActiv | 28.03.2014

US companies fret over selling TTIP

Europeans may be the loudest critics, but Americans have their concerns too over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), experts said yesterday (27 March) during a conference in Brussels.

(c) EurActiv | 28.03.2014

EU neighbours: Instability, corruption, authoritarianism

Most countries round the EU’s southern and eastern rim are seeing an increase of instability, authoritarianism, and corruption, according to European Commission reports published on Thursday (27 March).

(c) EUobserver | 27.03.2014

Obama says Putin won’t divide the West

Delivering what seemed like an agenda-setting speech in Brussels on Wednesday (26 March), US President Barack Obama said that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, had miscalculated if he thought he could divide the West over his annexation of Crimea. Obama said it had rather achieved the opposite, further uniting Europe, the United States and partners.

(c) EurActiv | 27.03.2014

On being 'Obama-ed'

Well, he finally made it to the EU capital. There was much anticipation. And quite considerable upheaval. US president Barack Obama does not travel lightly: almost 900 people accompanied him. It was pageantry of a ridiculous order.

(c) EUobserver | 27.03.2014

Obama speaks to star-struck audience in Brussels

Obama, following his pledge of solidarity with the EU on Ukraine on Wednesday (26 March), delivered a 40-minute speech to an audience of some 2,000 at the Palais des Beaux Arts centre in Brussels.

(c) EUobserver | 27.03.2014

EU seeks explanation for Twitter blackout

The European Union officially sought from the Turkish government an explanation of the legal basis for shutting down Twitter, but has received no prompt responses, the Hürriyet Daily News has learned. 

(c) Hürriyet Daily News | 27.03.2014

Erdogan's 'Independence War' and Turkey's future

Since 17 December when a corruption scandal erupted in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled his struggle against graft charges as a new ‘Independence War’.

(c) EUobserver | 27.03.2014

EU and US pledge solidarity in face of Russia

Barack Obama and top EU officials have described America and Europe as a fortress of justice against Russia, but indicated that Ukraine is on the other side of the wall.

(c) EUobserver | 27.03.2014

Energy security towers over EU-US summit

In the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, leaders meeting in Brussels for an EU-US summit today (26 March) decided to reduce Europe’s dependency on Russian gas, and deliver a sound basis for a transatlantic trade deal.

(c) EurActiv | 26.03.2014

Ukraine crisis expected to dominate EU-US summit

US leader Barack Obama has come to the EU capital for the first time since he took office in 2009.

(c) EUobserver | 26.03.2014

Europe Begins to Rethink Cuts to Military Spending

President Obama spent Wednesday in Brussels talking up the importance of the security relationship between Europe and the United States, but it is considered unlikely that Russia’s seizure of Crimea will prompt increased European military spending at a time of economic anemia and budget cuts.

(c) New York Times | 27.03.2014

New Zealand Guns for 'Breakthrough' European Union Free Trade Deal

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has announced that the European Union has agreed to consider a free trade deal with New Zealand.  Mr Key said that if the deal will push through, it would be a breakthrough for the country.

(c) International Business Times | 26.03.2014

Norwegian ex-PM Stoltenberg tipped as next NATO chief

In the margins of the EU-US summit, British Prime Minister David Cameron has given his support to Jens Stoltenberg as next secretary general of the NATO defence alliance, securing the Norwegian’s lead to get the position.

(c) EurActiv | 27.03.2014

Syrians and Russians top asylum demands to EU

Syrians fleeing war and Russians topped the list of those asking for asylum in the EU last year.

(c) EUobserver | 25.03.2014

Opinion: Power play over Ukraine: ‘hard power’ versus ‘soft power’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is gambling that his short-term hard power will prevail in Ukraine, while the West is hoping that its superior long-term soft power will succeed. The stakes couldn’t be higher, writes Elizabeth Pond.

(c) EurActiv | 25.03.2014

G7 leaders to hold summit in Brussels, instead of Sochi

Leaders of the Group of Seven nations, who met on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague yesterday (24 March), said they would convene again in Brussels in early June, instead of Sochi, in Russia, as planned.

(c) EurActiv | 25.03.2014

Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub

The G7 club of wealthy nations has cancelled a summit with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, but emerging economies protested against its exclusion from a G20 meeting.

(c) EUobserver | 25.03.2014

G7 leaders to hold talks on Ukraine, isolate Russia

G7 leaders will hold talks on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit in The Hague on Monday (24 March) to consider their response to Russia annexing Crimea, isolating Moscow, which is due to take over the rotating G8 presidency.

(c) EurActiv | 24.03.2014

NATO warns of Russian threat to Moldova

NATO's top military commander said on Sunday (23 March) Russia had built up a "very sizeable" force on its border with Ukraine, and that Moscow may move to annex the breakaway region of Transdniestria.

(c) EurActiv | 24.03.2014 

South Stream victim of Crimea annexation

The South Stream pipeline project, which carries Russian gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine, may be “dead”, following the EU summit in which leaders decided that the Union should increase its energy independence from Russia.

(c) EurActiv | 23.03.2014

Nato general warns about Moldova, Baltics

Nato’s top general, Philip Breedlove, has warned that Russia has amassed enough troops on the eastern Ukrainian border for a new invasion and said Nato will mobilise troops to defend the Baltics if need be.

(c) EUobserver | 23.03.2014

Turkey's Twitter ban meets immediate EU criticism

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attracted fresh criticism in EU circles after banning Twitter.

(c) EUobserver | 21.03.2014

EU leaders agree new Russia sanctions

EU leaders have reacted to Russia's annexation of Crimea by blacklisting 12 new names and by agreeing to send EU peace monitors if need be.

(c) EUobserver | 21.03.2014

EU countries weigh possible losses from Crimea escalation

Although Moscow has not retaliated against Western sanctions yet,  EU countries are weighing the economic consequences, such measures might entail. The EurActiv network reports.

(c) EurActiv | 20.03.2014

EU summit live: de-escalating the Ukraine crisis

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 March) for their last EU Summit before the EU elections in May. Main topics on the negotiation table include a way out of the crisis in Ukraine, and the EU's economic and industrial recovery. EurActiv follows up all developments live, in the feed below.

(c) EurActiv | 20.03.2014

Crimea crisis gives NATO a lifeline

The result of Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, following its 2008 war with Georgia, could be a modest reversal of years of European defence cuts and a bigger US military presence in the NATO members of central and eastern Europe.

(c) EurActiv | 20.03.2014

Iran, 6 powers lock horns over nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium

Iran and world powers locked horns on Wednesday over the future of a planned Iranian nuclear reactor that could yield plutonium for bombs as the United States warned "hard work" will be needed to overcome differences when the sides reconvene in April.

(c) Reuters | 20.03.2014

Germany and UK diverge on Russia sanctions

EU countries are heading into a summit on Thursday (20 March) nowhere near a consensus over what to do about Russia's annexation of Crimea and on how far economic sanctions should go.

(c) EUobserver | 19.03.2014

EU aims to deploy Central Africa mission by end-April

The European Union wants to deploy troops to Central African Republic by the end of April, the general picked to lead the proposed mission said on Wednesday, adding the crisis in Ukraine had delayed its launch.

(c) Reuters | 19.03.2014

French FM to visit Cuba in sign of warming EU ties

France's foreign minister said on Wednesday he would soon travel to Cuba, the first such visit in 30 years and a sign of the quickening pace of improving ties between the European Union and Havana.

(c) Reuters | 19.03.2014

Anxiety grows in Europe as Transnistria asks for Russian annexation

Following the annexation of Crimea, the Russian-controlled province of Transnistria in Moldova has asked to join Russia, triggering concerns over the region's future stability, as experts lay down worst-case scenarios.

(c) EurActiv | 19.03.2014

Putin redraws map of Europe

Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (18 March) signed a treaty annexing the Ukrainian region of Crimea, shortly before the Russia-Ukraine confrontation claimed its first casualty.

(c) EUobserver | 18.03.2014

Crimea: EU poised to respond with 'limited’ Russia sanctions

EU ambassadors late on Sunday (16 March) agreed to impose a “limited” set of visa bans and asset freezes on Russia in reaction to the referendum in Crimea.

(c) EUobserver | 17.03.2014

Opinion: Why does Putin want Crimea anyway?

Opinion: Why is a world leader prepared to risk personal opprobrium, his country’s isolation, and, possibly, crippling economic sanctions for an obscure piece of land?

(c) EUobserver | 17.03.2014

Ukraine : l'UE va lancer sa deuxième salve de sanctions contre la Russie

Gel des avoirs, interdiction de voyager pour certains responsables... L'UE prépare sa riposte après le rattachement de la Crimée à la Russie.

(c) Le Point | 17.03.2014

Obama and EU unite on climate change draft

US President Barack Obama and EU leaders meeting in Brussels this month are set to throw their combined weight behind tackling climate change, in a show of developed world solidarity on the need for a new global deal, leaked documents suggest.

(c) EurActiv | 14.03.2014

EU mission in Central African Republic suffers setback

A European Union plan to deploy peacekeepers in the Central African Republic is in jeopardy because of the failure of European governments to provide soldiers and equipment, EU sources said on Thursday (13 May).

(c) EurActiv | 14.03.2014

EU shunned from US-Russia meeting on Ukraine

A high-ranking European Union diplomat regretted that no EU officials were invited to a London meeting today (14 March) between US State Secretary John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, described as a last-chance opportunity before Russia annexes the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

(c) EurActiv | 14.03.2014

EU diplomats start putting names on Russia blacklist

EU countries have started talks on who to blacklist for Russia’s invasion of Crimea, but few think it will make Russian leader Vladimir Putin retreat.

(c) EUobserver | 13.03.2014

European lawmakers threaten US trade veto unless EU tackles snooping

European lawmakers put pressure on EU countries on Wednesday to shield citizens' privacy, warning that they could block a trade deal with the United States if governments did not take a tougher stance on snooping.

(c) Reuters | 12.03.2014

Germany, Poland warn Russia EU sanctions could start from 17 March

The European Union will start preparing further responses to Russia's actions in Ukraine if Moscow does not show signs of backing down by the weekend, Germany's foreign minister said yesterday (11 March), a warning echoed by the Polish prime minister.

(c) EurActiv | 12.03.2014

Green party leaks confidential TTIP paper

Top European lawmakers from Germany's Green Party leaked a confidential document last Friday (7 March) regarding talks over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), arguing that the disclosure is in the "public interest” and for the "protection of democracy”.

(c) EurActiv | 11.03.2014

First part of EU-Ukraine treaty to enter into life in June

The European Commission has offered to drop import duties for most Ukrainian goods in a move to enter into life in June and to save Ukrainian businesses €500 million a year.

(c) EUobserver | 11.03.2014

Ashton looks to closer EU ties on Iran visit

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has offered to work more closely with Iran on human rights and drugs trafficking on her first visit to the country.

(c) EUobserver | 10.03.2014

EU's Ashton in Iran says final nuclear deal 'challenging'

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday it would be "difficult and challenging" to reach a long-term nuclear deal with Iran, as diplomacy intensifies before talks between Tehran and world powers on March 18.

(c) Reuters | 09.03.2014

Merkel raps Putin as Russian forces tighten grip on Crimea

Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine's constitution.

(c) Reuters | 09.03.2014

Russia says EU unconstructive, will retaliate against sanctions

Russia on Friday accused the European Union of taking an "extremely unconstructive position" by freezing talks on easing visa barriers and on a comprehensive agreement that would govern ties between Moscow and the EU over Ukraine.

(c) Reuters | 07.03.2014

'Putin will go as far as the West allows him to'

Despite their personal differences, Ukrainian opposition leaders Yulia Tymoshenko and Vitali Klitschko put up a united front at a meeting of centre-right EU leaders on Thursday (6 March), warning the West against allowing Russia to invade their country.

(c) EUobserver | 07.03.2014

EU blamed for mishandling Ukraine trade pact agreement

The EU finds itself in the embarrassing situation of having mishandled a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine’s landmark Association Agreement, and the new Kyiv government is furious, EurActiv has found.

(c) EurActiv | 07.03.2014

European centre-right leaders to declare Ukraine right to join EU

Ukraine may apply to become a member of the European Union, the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) is set to declare on Friday (7 March), according to a draft statement underscoring the determination of key European capitals to back the country trying to fend off Russian intervention.

(c) EurActiv | 07.03.2014

Opinion: Russia and the Budapest memorandum

The Budapest Memorandum of 5 December 1994 - officially the Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine's Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons - was signed by the Presidents of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the US, and the Prime Minister of the UK to provide national security assurances to Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 06.03.2014

EU leaders freeze Russia visa talks, threaten trade sanctions

EU leaders have suspended talks on visa-free travel with Russia and threatened asset freezes and economic sanctions if the situation in Ukraine gets worse.

(c) EUobserver | 06.03.2014

Barroso proposes €11bn to 'stabilise' Ukraine

European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso has proposed almost €11 billion in new money to help stabilise post-revolutionary Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 05.03.2014

US and EU line up economic tools to punish Russia

The United States has a number of economic weapons to punish Russia for its military intervention in Ukraine, ranging from asset freezes to kicking Moscow out of the exclusive G8 group of countries, and President Barack Obama is focusing first on measures that would not require congressional action.

(c) EurActiv | 04.03.2014

EU drafts conflict minerals law, with opt-in clause

European firms are set to be offered a voluntary self-certification scheme to prove that their products’ mineral components were not sold by warlords to fuel bloody conflicts, under a draft EU law that falls short of campaigners’ expectations. 

(c) EurActiv | 04.03.2014

Crimea incursion sets dangerous precedent for EU’s Russian-speaking minorities, EU official warns

An escalation of the situation in Ukraine could threaten the security of EU member states with sizeable Russian minorities such as the Baltic States, warned the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Henri Malosse.

(c) EurActiv | 04.03.2014

Opinion: The future of freedom in the post-Soviet world

On a hot summer day in August, now almost six years ago, after having enjoyed a picnic with friends on one of the picturesque lakes which make Berlin suburbs so lovely, my cell phone started ringing off the hook. It was around 2am, we were at war with Russia and I had to report back to Brussels immediately …

(c) EUobserver | 03.03.2014

Emergency EU summit to look into possible sanctions against Russia

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has convened an emergency meeting of EU leaders on Thursday (6 March) to discuss the situation in Ukraine amid growing calls for the European Union to impose sanctions on Russia following its seizure of the Crimean peninsula in Ukraine.

(c) EurActiv | 03.03.2014

Venezuela opposition musters thousands for march despite Carnival holiday

While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital on Sunday, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.

(c) Reuters | 03.03.2014

Ukraine crisis timeline

Tensions in Ukraine have been escalating after the elected President Viktor Yanukovych and his allies were ousted in a popular uprising in February. The new Ukrainian government and Russia are in a standoff. Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending more troops to Ukraine, which has mobilised its armed forces. BBC News looks at key moments in the crisis.

(c) BBC News | 03.03.2014

Europe reconsiders Uganda aid following anti-gay law

Many EU countries have raised their voices against maintaining development aid for Uganda after the government tightened its repressive legislation against homosexuality despite warnings from the international community, EurActiv France reports.

(c) EurActiv | 28.02.2014

Top EU maritime official warns against ocean ‘gold rush’

The European commissioner for maritime affairs, Maria Damanaki, has called at the World Ocean Summit for businesses to see the oceans as an economic resource but has warned against a “frenzied gold rush”.

(c) EurActiv | 28.02.2014

Crimea becomes the hot spot of Russia-Ukraine tensions

The United States told Russia to demonstrate that it was sincere about its promise not to intervene in Ukraine as armed men stormed the regional parliament in Crimea and hours later, in the morning of 28 February, others seized the airport in a mainly ethnic Russian region. 

(c) EurActiv | 28.02.2014

Opinion: The EU must seize the opportunity to keep conflict minerals out of Europe

If the European Commission wants to help cool the 40% of inter-state conflicts linked to natural resources, it needs to propose legislation ensuring that European consumers can buy conflict-free goods, says Patrick Alley. 

(c) EurActiv | 27.02.2014

Ukraine ready to sign association agreement during March EU summit

The signature of the Association Agreement (AA) will bolster Ukraine's strength in the face of Moscow, which is putting greater pressure on Kyiv’s new authorities, the Ukrainian ambassador to the EU Kostiantyn Yelisieiev told EurActiv, just before meeting high EU officials to pass on the same message.

(c) EurActiv | 27.02.2014

Icelanders protest against bill to end EU membership talks

Pro-EU Icelanders demonstrated outside parliament on Tuesday (25 February) to demand a referendum on Icelandic membership of the European Union as lawmakers debated quitting negotiations to join.

(c) EurActiv | 26.02.2014

Will Ukraine aid come quickly enough?

Almost all major economic powers were out on Monday saying that any aid package would have to wait for a full International Monetary Fund programme. But such “stand-by arrangements” can take months to negotiate – and IMF officials have made clear they want a new government firmly in place before those negotiations can begin, so that may mean we’re waiting until after May’s presidential elections.

(c) Financial Times | 25.02.2014

EU examining immediate and long-term aid for Ukraine

Europe is discussing a range of options for short- and longer-term financial assistance to Ukraine, but any comprehensive package is only likely to take shape after elections in May and in coordination with the International Monetary Fund.

(c) Reuters | 24.02.2014

L'UE craint l'éclatement de l'Ukraine et repropose son accord commercial

L'UE a appelé dimanche les responsables politiques ukrainiens à agir « de manière responsable » pour maintenir l'« intégrité territoriale » et l'« unité » du pays.

(c) Le Figaro | 24.02.2014

Pride, uncertainty greet fall of Yanukovych

“Yanukovych kaput! Wow,” Ola, 18, shouted when her friend ran over to show the news on his phone that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had fled Kiev.

(c) EUobserver | 23.02.2014

Insight: Have a cigar: Cuba and Europe to write a business plan

Eleven months before Barack Obama's historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. While little noticed, this gesture may end up doing far more to end the communist island's isolation.

(c) Reuters | 20.02.2014

EU, Georgia launch talks on energy ties

The European Commission launched negotiations on Thursday to strengthen energy links with Georgia as part of efforts to bind the former Soviet state closer to the European Union and weaken its bonds with Russia.

(c) Reuters | 20.02.2014

World powers and Iran make 'good start' towards nuclear accord

Six world powers and Iran made a "good start" in talks in Vienna towards reaching a final settlement in the decade-old stand-off over Tehran's nuclear program, but conceded their plan to get a deal in the coming months was very ambitious.

(c) Reuters | 20.02.2014

U.N. chief wants 3,000 more troops for Central African Republic

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday appealed to the international community to send an additional 3,000 troops and police to Central African Republic to combat worsening sectarian violence until a likely U.N. peacekeeping force is established.

(c) Reuters | 20.02.2014

EU and US co-ordinating Ukraine sanctions list

US and EU officials are working together to decide which Ukrainian officials to blacklist when EU foreign ministers meet on Thursday.

(c) EUobserver | 20.02.2014

EU to seek targeted sanctions

The European Union moved quickly on Wednesday towards agreeing sanctions on officials who used excessive force during Ukraine protests that killed at least 25 people.

(c) Reuters | 19.02.2014

Yanukovich’s attempt to quell protests meets fierce resistance

Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kyiv square early today (19 February) after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. At least 22 people have lost their lives in less than 24 hours. 

(c) EurActiv | 19.02.2014

Merkel advises against hasty EU penalties to Switzerland

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned today (18 February) against rushing to retaliate against Switzerland for its vote to curb immigration, saying Europe's own interests were best served by waiting to see how the Swiss implement the referendum result.

(c) EurActiv | 19.02.2014

Analysis: Germany and others are doubtful about NATO

When opening this year’s Munich security conference, Germany’s President Joachim Gauck called for his countrymen to take more responsibility for international security and participate more fully in military operations when these are called for. He also pleaded for greater European defence integration, making reference to NATO and the alliance’s uncertain future.

(c) Europe's World | 18.02.2014

Opinion: Is the EU ready for a common foreign policy?

The question - whether the EU is mature enough to have a common foreign policy - needs to be asked in the light of recent comments by Gernot Erler and, indeed, Sergei Lavrov.

(c) EUobserver | 18.02.2014

Kremlin comforts battered Yanukovich with cash injection

Russia said yesterday (17 February) it would give Ukraine a fresh cash injection of $2 billion (€1.46 billion) to support its heavily indebted economy, a boost to the embattled president in Kyiv.

(c) EurActiv | 18.02.2014

Ukraine violence catches EU by surprise

A sudden eruption of violence in Kiev, leaving six protesters and one policeman dead, has taken EU diplomats by surprise.

(c) EUobserver | 18.02.2014

«Erasmus» et recherche gelés, la riposte de l'UE à la Suisse

Alors que la Suisse a suspendu l'accord avec la Croatie, la Commission européenne a riposté en suspendant la participation suisse aux programmes «Horizon 2020» et «Erasmus ».

(c) Tribune de Genève | 17.02.2014

Germany and France to hold talks on protecting EU data from NSA

German leader Angela Merkel has said she will hold talks with France on creating “safe communication networks” in the EU in the wake of the US spy scandal.

(c) EUobserver | 17.02.2014

Israeli officials furious with Schulz over water use remark

A dispute broke out in the Israeli legislature yesterday (12 February) when the European Parliament's president, Martin Schulz, suggested that Israelis were using four times more water than Palestinians.

(c) EurActiv | 13.02.2014

MEPs say No to Snowden asylum in Europe

A European Parliament committee on Wednesday (12 February) voted against calling for asylum protection for former US intelligence agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

(c) EUobserver | 12.02.2014

Ukraine & Eastern Europe: leaked ‘non-paper’

A Swedish-led effort to restart that conversation will be discussed at Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers, according to a “restricted distribution” document handed out to all 28 capitals ahead of the gathering.

(c) Financial Times Brussels Blog | 10.02.2014

EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force.

(c) EUobserver | 12.02.2014

EU hails Tunisia political process, expresses concern over Egypt

EU foreign affairs ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday (10 February) congratulated Tunisia for adopting a new democratic constitution. They, however, regretted the absence of an inclusive process over the constitutional referendum in Egypt, held on 14 and 15 January.

(c) EurActiv | 11.02.2014

Hollande to Obama: Let’s agree TTIP fast

French President François Hollande said yesterday (12 February) “speed is of the essence” for a European Union-US trade deal and that the accord would strengthen economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic.

(c) EurActiv | 12.02.2014 

Big expectations as Cyprus peace talks restart

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders held a symbolic meeting on Tuesday (11 February) to launch talks on creating a “united Cyprus federation.”

(c) EUobserver | 11.02.2014

EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord

The European Union agreed on Monday (11 February) to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist-ruled country in 2008.

(c) EurActiv | 11.02.2014

EU gives Ukraine enlargement hint

EU countries have for the first time since the Orange Revolution indicated that Ukraine might one day join the European Union.

(c) EUobserver | 10.02.2014

EU to expand educational links with Latin America

The European Union has announced plans to expand its 'Erasmus' study-abroad programme in Latin America, giving thousands of students and academics an opportunity to trade places for up to three years.

(c) EurActiv | 10.02.2014

EU neighbours regret Swiss vote for immigration quotas

France and Germany have voiced concern about Switzerland's vote to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries.

(c) BBC News | 10.02.2014

EU ministers look to salvage Georgia and Moldova pacts

The EU is considering hiring lobbyists to counter Russian “disinformation” and giving more money to Georgia and Moldova in reaction to the Ukraine crisis.

(c) EUobserver | 07.02.2014

Ukraine leak designed to 'split' EU-US diplomacy

The publication of what seem to be two sensitive US and EU diplomatic conversations on Ukraine is designed to spoil relations between the allies, EU diplomatic sources say.

(c) EUobserver | 06.02.2014

Ashton off to Kiev with new financial offer

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton is going to Kiev to offer money in exchange for a political solution to the crisis, as the number of pro-sanctions EU countries grows.

(c) EUobserver | 04.02.2014

Germany signals new self-confidence on military operations

German President Joachim Gauck has said his country should put aside World War II anxieties and play a bigger military role abroad.

(c) EUobserver | 31.01.2014

Russia, West say new Ukraine government is condition for aid

The United States and the European Union are in preliminary discussions on possible financial assistance for Ukraine once a new government is formed, a State Department spokeswoman said yesterday (3 February). Russian President Vladimir Putin has also said Moscow would wait until a new government was formed before releasing aid to Ukraine. 

(c) EurActiv | 04.02.2014

Lamy: Social model distinguishes Europe from the rest of the world

The core of European integration is what a layman would call a ‘European way of life’, a specific economic and social model that defines European societies and distinguishes them from the rest of the world, former WTO chief Pascal Lamy has said in web chat organised by EurActiv and the Notre Europe think tank.

(c) EurActiv | 04.02.2014

EU plays down reports of large-scale aid for Ukraine

The European Union played down reports on Monday that it was working on a large aid package to help Ukraine through its economic crisis, saying it had no intention of getting into a bidding war with Moscow to buy Ukraine's loyalty.

(c) Reuters | 03.02.2014

EU, U.S. Working on Ukraine Aid Plan: Ashton

The European Union and the United States are working on a plan for significant short-term financial assistance for Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was quoted on Sunday as saying.

(c) New York Times | 02.02.2014

Ukraine unrest: EU and US clash with Russia in Munich

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the "future of Ukraine belongs with the EU" while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine's "fight for democracy".

(c) BBC News | 01.02.2014

Russia ups the economic pressure on Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin raised the pressure on Ukraine yesterday (29 January), saying Russia would wait until the neighbouring country formed a new government, before fully implementing a $15 billion (€11 billion) bailout deal that Kyiv urgently needs. Russia also started extra border checks with Ukraine.

(c) EurActiv | 30.01.2014

NSA said to have spied on leaders during key climate summit

The US intelligence agency is said to have spied on leaders at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate change summit in an effort to gain strategic advantage on the decision-making process.

(c) EUobserver | 30.01.2014

Malta bows to EU 'pressure' on passport sales

The Maltese government has introduced obligatory residence into its passport sale scheme under “tremendous pressure” from the European Commission.

(c) EUobserver | 30.01.2014

Russia's South Stream pipe shores up hefty contracts

Russia's massive South Stream pipeline project for transporting gas to southern Europe took a big step forward today (29 January) as three companies secured €1 billion worth of contracts to supply part of its offshore section.

(c) EurActiv | 29.01.2014

EU envisages minimalist Russia talks on Ukraine trade pact

Low-level EU officials will hold two or three small meetings with Russian counterparts in a bid to convince the Kremlin that the bloc’s free trade pacts with former Soviet countries will not harm Russia's economy.

(c) EUobserver | 29.01.2014

Exclusive: U.S. Readies Financial Sanctions Against Ukraine: Congressional Aides

The Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian officials and protest leaders if violence escalates in the political crisis gripping Ukraine, congressional aides said on Wednesday.

(c) New York Times | 29.01.2014

EU and Russia launch new talks on former Soviet states

The EU and Russia have launched new talks to reassure the Kremlin that free trade pacts with former Soviet countries will not harm Russia’s economy.

(c) EUobserver | 28.01.2014

EU justice chief attacks European 'hypocrisy' on spying

Some EU countries that have criticised U.S. cyber surveillance are "hypocritical" as they themselves are failing to protect citizens' private information, the European Union's top justice official said on Tuesday.

(c) Reuters | 28.01.2014

Poutine : la Russie « n'interférera jamais » en Ukraine

Le président russe, Vladimir Poutine, a condamné implicitement la visite prévue à Kiev de la chef de la diplomatie de l'Union européenne, Catherine Ashton, en rejettant mardi 28 janvier toute « interférence » étrangère en Ukraine.

(c) Le Monde | 28.01.2014

Le commandant d’EUFOR RCA Bangui nommé aujourd’hui

La nomination du commandant de l’opération EUFOR RCA Bangui devrait être avalisée aujourd’hui par les ambassadeurs du COPS (Comité politique et de sécurité). 

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 28.01.2014

Ashton, Balkan officials nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Just after Serbia's EU accession talks began on 21 January, Europe's Socialists and Democrats nominated Catherine Ashton, Serbian Prime Minister Ivaca Dačić and Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi for the Nobel Peace Prize.

(c) EurActiv | 28.01.2014

Serbia to hold early elections to boost ‘legitimacy for reform’

Serbia will hold early parliamentary elections on 16 March, to coincide with local elections in Belgrade. The EU accession talks, which Serbia started last week, are expected to feature high in the campaign, EurActiv Serbia reports.

(c) EurActiv | 28.01.2014

Political suspense grows in Ukraine as protesters radicalise

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich agreed to talks with opposition leaders to the repeal of some anti-protest laws and to discuss the fate of the current government at a crunch session of parliament today (28 January), called to end two months of unrest against his rule. 

(c) EurActiv | 28.01.2014

Opinion: No good news from Moscow

This week’s summit has already been downgraded to a brief encounter between the European Union and Russian leaders and will not be able to overcome the deep rift which is widening between the EU and Moscow.

(c) Guy Verhofstadt, EUobserver | 28.01.2014

Opinion: EU should put Russia visa-free talks on hold

On Tuesday (28 January), EU and Russian leaders will meet in Brussels for the regular, twice-yearly, EU-Russia summit.

(c) EUobserver | 27.01.2014

Accord UE-USA : Bruxelles précise ses intentions sur les services financiers

La Commission européenne a précisé lundi son approche concernant le dossier des services financiers dans le cadre des négociations relatives au partenariat transatlantique. Un dossier que la partie américaine a refusé jusqu’ici d’inclure dans les discussions.

(c) Les Echos | 27.01.2014

Adhésion de la Turquie à l'UE: Hollande soumet un référendum aux Français

Le président français François Hollande s'est efforcé lundi de désamorcer les craintes que pourrait susciter l'éventualité d'une adhésion de la Turquie à l'Union européenne (UE), en assurant que les Français seraient consultés par référendum sur la question.

(c) La Libre | 27.01.2014

EU chairman blames Yanukovych for 'destabilising' Ukraine

EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy has blamed Ukrainian authorities for “destabilisng” Ukraine, as protests fan out to the east and west of Kiev.

(c) EUobserver | 27.01.2014

Viviane Reding: Long road to EU-US data deal

The EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, has told the BBC's Nik Gowing how the revelations that America's National Security Agency had been spying on the European Union was a "wake-up call".

(c) BBC News | 27.01.2014

Russia, EU set to clash on causes of Ukraine turmoil

EU leaders will tell Vladimir Putin when they meet for a summit in Brussels tomorrow (28 January) that the present Ukrainian crisis was prompted by Russian pressure on Kyiv. The Russian president is expected to counter by saying that the EU made the first move by offering Ukraine a free trade agreement and for meddling in its internal affairs.

(c) EurActiv | 27.01.2014

Aviation emissions law 'puts Europe’s global power to the test', MEPs say

The emissions trading system (ETS) for aviation is rapidly turning into a “political question of the EU’s influence on the world stage”, members of the European Parliament and industry representatives said on Thursday (23 January), ahead of a key vote in the Parliament's environment committee on 30 January.

(c) EurActiv | 27.01.2014

'Overwhelming majority' of EU countries against Ukraine sanctions

An “overwhelming majority” of EU countries believe the time is not right to talk of sanctions on Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 25.01.2014

Russia repeats criticism on EU attitude to gay rights

The Russian foreign ministry has hit back at EU criticism on gay rights in Russia ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Brussels and the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

(c) EUobserver | 24.01.2014

Political impasse in Kyiv as Füle comes to mediate

Ukrainian anti-government protesters erected more street barricades in the capital Kyiv early today (24 January) after opposition leaders emerged empty-handed from talks with President Viktor Yanukovich that were aimed at defusing two months of unrest. EU Commissioner Štefan Füle is expected in Kyiv today in an attempt to help dialogue and calm tensions.

(c) EurActiv | 24.01.2014

EU sends mixed message on Ukraine, as death toll mounts

The EU is sending mixed messages to Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych, amid a growing death toll and fear of mass disorder in one the EU's biggest neighbours.

(c) EUobserver | 23.01.2014

Greece tells Macedonia it must 'accept European values'

Evangelos Venizelos, the foreign minister of Greece, which holds the Council of the EU's rotating presidency, said on Tuesday (21 January) that the main obstacle to Macedonia’s EU membership was the country’s lack of respect for European values.

(c) EurActiv | 23.01.2014

Brussels unimpressed with Turkey's internal struggles, sticks to principles

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan explained to the European Union’s top officials yesterday (21 January) why he hastily tried to push through sweeping changes in the Turkish judicial system, something which raised alarms in Brussels. But he seemed unable to convince EU officials, who seemed more concerned about the bill's compliance with EU principles than the motives behind them. 

(c) EurActiv | 22-23.01.2014

Chizhov: EU-Russia summit will not be about Ukraine

The Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said yesterday (22 January) that Moscow expected the European Union to agree to three-way talks with Kiev on the future of Ukraine.

(c) EurActiv | 23.01.2014

Traité de libre échange transatlantique: la Commission prend acte de la méfiance des opinions publiques

La Commission européenne prend acte des craintes de plus en plus fortes que suscite le très controversé traité de libre échange transatlantique (TTIP) qu’elle négocie avec les Etats-Unis depuis juin 2013. Mardi, le commissaire chargé du commerce, Karel De Gucht, a annoncé qu’il suspendait les pourparlers avec les Américains jusqu’en juin.

(c) Libération Blog | 23.01.2014

What does Erdoğan’s ‘reassurance’ to the EU mean?

The first thing to be said about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s talks in Brussels on Tuesday is that it was good to see no tension emerge from the meetings. Given Erdoğan’s extreme touchiness since the Gezi Park protests toward any criticism from the West, there was the possibility that he would react angrily to any criticisms coming from the EU side. 

(c) Hurriye Daily News | 23.01.2014

EU Warns Israel, Palestinians of the Cost of Peace Failure

Both sides of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks risk paying a high price in losing European Union trade and aid if negotiations collapse, the EU ambassador to Israel said on Wednesday.

(c) New York Times | 22.01.2014

US imposes Ukraine sanctions, EU voices 'worry'

The US has imposed sanctions on Ukrainian officials deemed guilty of ordering violence against pro-EU protesters.

(c) EUobserver | 22.01.2014

Barroso threatens Ukraine rulers with sanctions

Concerned about the alarming, violent crackdown on the pro-European protests in Kyiv, Commission President José Manuel Barroso said today (22 January) said the EU would consider possible “actions," which diplomats explained was an euphemism for sanctions.

(c) EurActiv | 22.01.2014

China, EU talking investment

China and the European Union on Tuesday started the first round of negotiations to forge an investment pact as both sides expect to open a new decade of ties between the two economies, officials said.

(c) China Daily | 22.01.2014

Free trade: EU halts investment talks with US

The European Commission has suspended talks on part of a far-reaching EU-US free trade deal amid concern that hard-won social protections in Europe might be undermined.

(c) BBC | 21.01.2014

Turkey PM tells EU he won't budge on controversial reform

Turkey's embattled prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, refused to budge on a much-criticised reform of the country's top judicial body on his first EU visit in five years Tuesday.

(c) EUbusiness | 21.01.2014

L'UE divisée par d'éventuelles sanctions contre les dirigeants ukrainiens

Faut-il brandir l'arme des sanctions contre les dirigeants ukrainiens ? L'Union européenne se trouve à nouveau embarrassée par la crise qui secoue ce voisin oriental. 

(c) Le Monde | 21.01.2014

Donors pledge $496 million for Central African Republic

The European Union and the United Nations are looking to balance short-term security and "stabilisation" measures with immediate humanitarian aid, pledging along with other donors half a billion dollars to the conflict-stricken Central African Republic.

(c) EurActiv | 21.01.2014

Corruption hampers EU aid in Central Asia: Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has flagged local corruption and a lack of co-operation from governments as the main driving factors behind the EU's development aid failures in Central Asia, EurActiv.fr reports.

(c) EurActiv | 21.01.2014

Turkey’s Erdoğan visits Brussels amid corruption scandal

Rocked by a corruption scandal, Turkey looks further than ever from its goal of European Union membership as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meets with EU officials today (21 January) in Brussels amid a crackdown on the judiciary and police.

(c) EurActiv | 21.01.2014

Ukraine's Yanukovich enacts 'dictatorship' laws

Tough anti-protest laws hastily passed by the Ukrainian parliament last week were enacted today (21 January) with their publication in the official journal, despite protestors and the EU calling for Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to drop the legislation.

(c) EurActiv | 21.01.2014

Serbia starts EU membership talks

It was on the UN sanctions list and bombed by Nato in the 1990s Balkan wars, but Serbia on Tuesday (21 January) officially started EU membership talks at a ceremony in Brussels.

(c) EUobserver | 21.01.2014

Opinion: EU-Afghanistan: Mission accomplished, women abandoned?

UK Prime Minister David Cameron may feel that his country’s Afghanistan mission is “accomplished,” but Afghan women paint a much bleaker picture.

(c) EUobserver | 20.01.2014

EU ministers to back sending forces to Central African Republic

European Union foreign ministers are expected to agree on Monday to send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilise Central African Republic, the EU's first major army operation in six years, EU officials said on Friday (17 January).

(c) EurActiv | 20.01.2014

Brussels welcomes Obama’s review of US spying programs

The European Commission has welcomed President Barack Obama's remarks and presidential directive on the review of US intelligence programmes. Obama banned US eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies on Thursday (16 January).

(c) EurActiv | 20.01.2014

Ukrainian protests turn violent as EU ministers meet

Ukraine’s pro-EU protests turned violent on Sunday (19 January) amid anger over new laws and EU inaction.

(c) EUobserver | 20.01.2014

Espionnage: l'Europe bat froid les promesses d'Obama et attend des actes

Les Européens ont salué assez fraichement les engagements de Barack Obama de rogner les pouvoirs de la NSA, l'agence qui a mis sur écoutes leurs dirigeants, et exigent des actes du président américain pour le sommet UE-Etats-Unis prévu le 26 mars à Bruxelles.

(c) La Montagne | 19.01.2014

«La Suisse ne peut pas choisir ce qui lui plaît»

La vice-présidente luxembourgeoise de la Commission européenne a dit, dimanche, son opposition à la prochaine votation helvète qui demande une réduction de la libre-circulation dans la Confédération.

(c) L'éssentiel | 19.01.2014

Corruption scandal takes Turkey-EU ties to worst point in 9 years

Brussels visit by Erdogan, originally intended to highlight new era in EU-Turkey ties, may instead wind up underscoring mutual tension.

(c) Middle East Online | 19.01.2014

EU Links Easing of Visas to Russia's Rights Record

An official from the European Union spoke out about several concerns over Russia during a visit to Moscow on Friday, warning that plans for a visa-free regime would be put on hold until issues of corruption and human rights are addressed.

(c) The Moscow Times | 19.01.2014

Two members of EU mission killed in Afghanistan

Two members of the European Union's police-training mission in Afghanistan were among the 21 people believed to have been killed yesterday (17 January) by a suicide attack in Kabul, the EU has announced.

(c) European Voice | 18.01.2014

"L'Europe ne peut pas laisser la France seule" en Centrafrique

Le ministre allemand des Affaires étrangères Frank-Walter Steinmeier estime que l'Europe "ne peut pas laisser la France seule" en Centrafrique, dans un entretien à paraître dimanche dans un journal allemand.

(c) La Libre Belgique | 18.01.2014

Obama promises not to spy on EU leaders

US President Barack Obama has said he will not spy on EU leaders or conduct economic espionage, but will continue snooping on ordinary US and EU citizens.

(c) EUobserver | 18.01.2014 

EU and Russia fail to bridge Gazprom gap

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger reported no progress yesterday at tense talks over state-run Gazprom’s stranglehold on the European natural gas market.

(c) The Gulf Times | 17.01.2014

Tricky EU visit for Erdogan this week

Turkey, Ukraine, Serbia, and global warming will dominate this week’s agenda in Brussels.

(c) EUobserver | 17.01.2014

Germany warns Ukraine on anti-protest law

The German government on Friday (17 January) said controversial Ukrainian laws banning pro-EU protests would have "consequences" for its EU relations.

(c) EUobserver | 17.01.2014

Ukraine criminalises pro-EU protests

EU and US diplomats have voiced dismay after Ukraine on Thursday (16 January) criminalised almost every aspect of the pro-EU protest movement.

(c) EUobserver | 17.01.2014

EU criticised for foot dragging on Kosovo

As tensions rise again in Kosovo after the killing of a Serbian politician in the North, the country's minister in charge of EU affairs, Vlora Çitaku, called on the EU to be more “responsive” towards her newly-formed state.

(c) EurActiv | 17.01.2014

EU, Russia to discuss concerns over South Stream pipeline

Objections to Russia's agreements with countries hosting the South Stream gas pipeline were expected to be on the agenda during a Friday meeting in Moscow.

(c) UPI | 17.01.2014

EU Poised to Suspend Some Sanctions on Iran

Sometime between breakfast and lunchtime Monday, a message will arrive in Belgium's capital that should set in motion an international diplomatic machine, affect billions of dollars blocked in banks and have repercussions from U.S. college campuses to oil tankers on the seas.

(c) New York Times | 16.01.2014

Spying plunges U.S.-German ties lower than Iraq war: Merkel ally

Relations between Germany and the United States are worse now than during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a decade ago, a leading ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, in a sign of mounting anger in Berlin over American spying tactics.

(c) Reuters | 16.01.2014

L'Estonie confirme une participation notable à EUFOR Rca Bangui

Le Premier ministre estonien, Andrus Ansip, a confirmé officiellement aujourd’hui dans une conférence de presse organisée à Tallin, la participation de l’armée estonienne à la future opération militaire en République centrafricaine (EUFOR Rca Bangui).

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 16.01.2014

Why the Sahel urgently needs an EU backed security framework

The Sahel region of the Sahara faces an array of threats and regional security institutions are weak. The former UN Special Representative to West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, explains why a strong European commitment will be key to the region's security and stability.

(c) Europe's World | 15.01.2014

EU drops dinner with Putin to show 'not business as usual'

The European Union has canceled a traditional dinner with President Vladimir Putin at an EU-Russia summit in Brussels later this month to show there is no "business as usual" after a tug-of-war with Moscow over Ukraine.

(c) Reuters | 16.01.2014

Moldova: EU Commission clarifies intentions about Transnistria

The European Commission has fleshed out its plans for Moldova following acid comments from the Russian ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, on Monday (13 January), deriding Europe’s capacity to deal with Moldova's break-away province of Transnistria, which has close ties with Moscow.

(c) EurActiv | 16.01.2014

EPP leader calls for ‘political boycott’ of the Sochi games

Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, a vice-president of the European People's Party and president of the EPP group in the European Parliament, has called for a “political boycott” of the Sochi Olympics.

(c) EurActiv | 16.01.2014

Opinion: EU should confront Russia on Ukraine

Much has been said about the sins of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.  Even before the Vilnius debacle, where he refused to sign an EU treaty, and before his bailout deal with Russia, his authoritarian ways at home and his erratic foreign policy were the subject of hundreds of studies, op-eds and columns.

(c) EUobserver | 15.01.2014

L’agence humanitaire de l’UE en difficulté financière

L'office humanitaire de la Commission européenne (ECHO, European Commission Humanitarian Office) est-il menacé ? La multiplication ou l'amplification, en 2013, des crises a eu des conséquences très directes pour son équilibre financier.

(c) Le Monde | 15.01.2014

Questions emerge on Germany's new Russia policy

The prospect of German support for holding joint EU-Russia-Ukraine talks on Ukraine’s future is causing consternation in some EU circles.

(c) EUobserver | 15.01.2014

EU's top diplomat agrees to landmark Iran visit

EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton has agreed to visit Iran amid wider efforts to improve relations between the Islamic republic and the West.

(c) EUobserver | 14.01.2014

EU set to extend Somalian anti-piracy force until 2016

The EU is poised to prolong the life of Operation Atalanta, a multi-million euro counter-piracy naval force off the coast of Somalia, as part of the bloc’s comprehensive approach to state-building and peace-making in the Horn of Africa.

(c) EurActiv | 13.01.2014

French senators strongly attack EU-US trade deal

During a debate in the French Senate, all political parties harshly criticised the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but the French government defended the potential deal.

(c) EurActiv | 13.01.2014

French bash EU for failed Ukraine deal

Since negotiations between the EU and Ukraine collapsed in November, criticism in France about the way the talks were handled is starting to get louder.

(c) EurActiv | 13.01.2014

Après l’Otan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen se cherche un mandat européen

Même si sa fonction a été prolongée jusqu’à l’automne, histoire – selon la version officielle – de lui permettre de mener à bien le prochain sommet de l’Otan, qui aura lieu en septembre, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, le secrétaire général danois de l’Alliance atlantique, jouera lui aussi un rôle dans la future course aux mandats européens.

(c) Le Monde Blogs | 11.01.2014

'Very good progress' at Iran nuclear talks - EU

The EU has reported "very good progress" at talks with Iran on the implementation of a deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

(c) BBC News | 10.01.2014

Who won the EU game on Kosovo and Serbia?

EU ministers at the last General Affairs Council of 2013 agreed that Serbia should start accession talks and that Kosovo should be thanked for being constructive and loyal to EU.

(c) EUobserver | 10.01.2014

US drafts Ukraine sanctions, as EU mulls new talks

The US has put Ukraine's interior minister and a dozen or so officials on a draft sanctions list, but the EU is still willing to hold talks.

(c) EUObserver | 10.01.2014

Opinion: EU summit did little to spur defence and security momentum

EU leaders have missed a key opportunity to bring new momentum to common security and defence policy (CSDP) at their December EU summit. National prerogatives still prevail in key areas, preventing the EU from making bold strides forward, writes Lisa Watanabe. 

(c) EurActiv | 10.01.2014

EU countries provisionally agree African mission

EU countries have provisionally agreed to send troops to Bangui airport to protect civilians and distribute aid.

(c) EUObserver | 10.01.2014

Ukraine no longer wants reverse gas flows from EU

Ukraine has ceased buying gas from Europe and will instead purchase the fuel solely from Russia, as it offers the lowest prices, Ukraine’s energy minister Eduard Stavitsky said yesterday.

(c) EurActiv | 10.01.2014

EU report reveals massive scope of secret NSA surveillance

The European Parliament has wrapped up its inquiry into mass surveillance. In a draft report, politicians are being hard on all sides - the US government, the NSA, but also on hesitant EU governments and companies.

(c) Deutsche Welle | 06.01.2014

Dutch Foreign Minister calls for new EU policy on Cuba

Mr Timmermans, who is on a visit to Cuba, said the best way to promote change on the Communist-run island was through dialogue, not isolation.

(c) BBC News | 07.01.2014

En Centrafrique, les Français doivent rapidement trouver du renfort. Un défi pour l’Europe

De toutes les informations qui remontent du terrain, il apparait les forces françaises se trouvent effectivement placées face à un sérieux dilemme. Trop peu de forces, face à une situation complexe et mouvante.

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 07.01.2014

EU, Iran to talk this week about implementing nuclear deal

Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi will meet a senior European Union official at the end of the week in Geneva to discuss implementing a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the EU said on Monday.

(c) Reuters | 06.01.2014

Russia's first WTO trade dispute targets EU duties

Russia has taken aim at the EU, filing its first trade dispute to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in protest against anti-dumping duties imposed by Brussels.

(c) EUobserver | 07.01.2014

935,000 displaced in Central African Republic amid ‘unprecedented’ violence

Targeted attacks against children, looting and burning of houses have been reported in the ongoing sectarian violence in Central African Republic by the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR. Hundreds of thousands have fled to refugee camps or hidden in the bush.

(c) European Union Times | 04.01.2014

Azeri gas to reach Bulgaria through interconnector

The Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) and the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (ICGB) have signed an agreement laying the foundations for linking the two projects and thus bringing gas from Azerbaijan to Bulgaria, a country that depends on Russia for almost 100% of its gas imports.

(c) EurActiv | 07.01.2014

Big EU guns fire for ‘crucial’ 2030 renewable targets

Ministers from eight EU states - including Germany and France - have called on the European Commission to set “robust” renewable energy targets for 2030, in a break with an emerging consensus for one emissions-cutting goal alone. 

(c) EurActiv | 07.01.2014

Dernières nouvelles de la piraterie

Toujours près de 50 marins otages des pirates somaliens ! • Visite du Premier ministre espagnol à Djibouti • Procès reporté à l’ile Maurice • Formation pour la marine tanzanienne • Drone britannique à l’assaut des pirates • Un plan d’action pour le Somaliland

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 29.12.2013

Turkish government in crisis over corruption scandal

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reshuffled almost half of the entire cabinet - 10 ministers - in a bid to stave off calls that he should resign over a corruption scandal.

(c) EUobserver | 27.12.2013

UK no longer advocates for EU enlargement

The UK used to be the greatest advocate of EU enlargement. But now its prime minister David Cameron wants to introduce new control mechanisms ​vis-à-vis future EU member countries. EurActiv Serbia contributed to this article. 

(c) EurActiv | 21.12.2013

Ukraine opposition urges more protests, forms political bloc

Ukrainian opposition leaders urged supporters at a rally on Sunday to stay on Kiev's main square through New Year and Christmas, as street protests appeared to be losing momentum.

(c) Reuters | 22.12.2013

Defiant Ukraine opposition continues pro-EU rallies

Ukraine's opposition has vowed to continue pro-EU protests over the holiday period, despite an economic deal signed with Russia this week.

(c) BBC News | 22.12.13

EU puts Georgia, Moldova on fast track to association

Having learned the bitter lesson of procrastinating with Ukraine, which has put its EU association agreement (AA) on ice, EU leaders decided today (20 December) to put Georgia and Moldova on a fast track to sign theirs by August 2014. 

(c) EurActiv | 20.12.13

Staving off an EU army

Why does the EU torture Britain so? Ten pages of EU Council conclusions on defence! Prime Minister David Cameron was forced into a preemptive strike to defuse a potentially mighty tabloid attack.

(c) EUobserver | 20.12.13

L’espionnage économique derrière la NSA

Les nouvelles révélations du Guardian, basées sur les listes d’Edward Snowden, démontrent que la NSA américaine et le GCHQ britannique n’étaient pas tournée seulement vers l’anti-terrorisme – comme les responsables américains s’évertuent à le montrer – mais bel et bien vers l’espionnage économique classique. A commencer par les plus proches.

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 21.12.2013

EU may send mission to central Africa

France wants small EU protection force to show that France is not alone in trying to halt the conflict in the Central African Republic.

(c) European Voice | 20.12.2013

EU leaders close the door on Yanukovych

EU leaders ended the year with a show of support for Ukrainian "people," but indicated that they will wait for President Viktor Yanukovych to go before trying to revive an EU pact.

(c) EUobserver | 20.12.2013

France, Germany and UK show discord on EU defence

EU countries have agreed to "deepen defence co-operation," but France, Germany and the UK disagreed how to do it at a summit in Brussels on Thursday (19 December).

(c) EUobserver | 20.12.2013

Cameron waters down EU defence ambitions at summit

For the first time in five years, EU leaders dedicated a European Council summit to defence policy, which had been kept under the rug during the economic crisis. The outcome was far less ambitious than some member states may have expected, and leaders said in their final conclusions that they would bring up the issue again in the coming year.

(c) EurActiv | 20.12.2013

EU summit live feed: defence, growth and jobs

Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda. Follow all the developments from the summit in EurActiv's live feed.

(c) EurActiv | 19.12.2013

No 'giant leap' on EU defence at summit

Britain and Germany are aiming to downgrade plans for deeper EU military co-operation.

(c) EUobserver | 18.12.2013

Will France squander its lead on European defence?

For the first time in five years, EU leaders will this week discuss defence co-operation. And, this time round, the summit will have a distinctly Gallic flavour. With Britain’s future in the bloc unclear and its active participation in international operations even more so, Paris is finally in the lead.

(c) EUobserver | 18.12.2013

The three outcomes that the European Council on defence should deliver

To be a credible security provider and to protect its interests, the EU needs a full suite of diplomatic, economic, development and military tools. But as recent operations have shown, Europeans still face critical gaps in their military capabilities and fragmentation of supply and demand.

(c) Europe's World | 16.12.2013

UN heads, EU call for humanitarian ceasefire in Syria

The heads of the UN and European Union aid agencies called on Wednesday (18 December) for a "humanitarian ceasefire" in Syria to allow convoys to deliver help to areas that aid workers cannot reach.

(c) EurActiv | 19.12.2013

Macedonia’s ethnic Albanians lose patience over EU accession talks

Ethnic Albanian citizens in Macedonia are calling on foreign leaders to help the country sort out the name dispute with Greece and start accession negotiations with the EU, but the bloc is showing increased disappointment with the lack of progress in Skopje on democratic standards.

(c) EurActiv | 19.12.2013

GM corn, feta cheese: hurdles for EU-U.S. trade talks

Genetically modified crops, chlorine-washed chicken, beef quotas and a fight over who can call Greek-style cheese 'feta' all block the way towards the world's largest free-trade deal.

(c) Reuters | 17.12.2013

Ukrainian president under pressure over Russian bailout

Ukraine's president faced calls to resign on Wednesday over a $15-billion bailout from Russia which the opposition and protesters said had sold the country out to its former Soviet masters in Moscow.

(c) Reuters | 18.12.2013

The elusive European army

In both militarily intervention and investment in the defense industry, Europeans lack coordination and have lost credibility. Yet, after the French intervention in the Central African Republic, the issue has returned to the spotlight and will be discussed at the summit on December 19 and 20.

(c) Presseurop/De Volkskrant | 1712.2013

Ukraine opposition demands Russia agreement details

Opposition leaders in Ukraine have demanded to know what President Viktor Yanukovych has offered Russia in return for a major economic lifeline.

(c) BBC News | 18.12.2013

France pushing EU to fund military interventions

France is pushing its European partners this week to create a fund to pay for overseas military interventions, like the operation France is leading in the Central African Republic. Other European governments aren’t too excited about the idea.

(c) Washington Post | 16.12.2013

En Centrafrique, la France fait « quelque chose de grand »

Le ministre luxembourgeois des Affaires étrangères Jean Asselborn a tenu, lundi, à saluer l’intervention française en Centrafrique et le courage de François Hollande. « Je dois tirer ma révérence pour ce que la France a fait » a-t-il déclaré devant la presse.

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 17.12.2013

Aide humanitaire européenne doublée pour la Rép. centrafricaine

La Commission européenne a débloqué aujourd’hui (16 décembre), 18,5 millions d’euros supplémentaires pour la République centrafricaine, afin de « fournir une assistance vitale immédiate à la souffrance des plus vulnérables ». C’est presque un doublement de l’aide humanitaire, qui était de 20 millions d’euros pour l’année.

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 16.12.2013

Moscow confirms deployment of Iskander missiles on NATO borders

The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed media reports on the deployment of short-range Iskander missiles in the country’s west, near its borders with the Baltic states and NATO members, saying that it does not violate international agreements.

(c) European Union Times | 16.12.2013

US warns Russia over deploying missiles in Kaliningrad

Washington has warned Moscow not to destabilize the region after Russia announced the deployment of missiles on its western borders with some Baltic countries.

(c) European Union Times | 16.12.2013

EU embarks on long-haul effort to lift visa for Turks

Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström signed today (16 December) in Ankara a landmark agreement opening the way for lifting visa requirements within three years for Turks travelling to the EU.

(c) EurActiv | 17.12.2013

US trade talks could deliver cheaper energy for Europe

European negotiators, hoping to cut fuel bills, will press their US counterparts in Washington this week on including energy exports in a transatlantic trade pact that aims to integrate two markets accounting for half the world’s economy.

(c) Daily Times | 17.12.2013

Ukraine leader 'seeks loans' in Russia, amid pro-EU rallies

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is to discuss closer co-operation with Russia, as protests continue in Ukraine over his move not to sign an EU deal.

(c) BBC News | 17.12.2013

EU and Turkey agreement on deporting migrants and visas

Turkey and the EU have signed a deal enabling EU countries to send back illegal migrants who entered the 28-nation bloc via Turkey.

(c) BBC News | 16.12.2013

EU-Russia relations at low ebb, despite 'humour'

EU foreign ministers and Russia's Sergei Lavrov failed to find common ground on Ukraine at a meeting in Brussels on Monday (16 December).

(c) EUobserver | 16.12.2013

EU, US trade talks could usher in cheaper energy imports

European negotiators, hoping to cut fuel bills, will press their US counterparts in Washington this week to include energy exports in a transatlantic trade pact that aims to integrate the two markets, which account for half of the world's economy.

(c) EurActiv | 16.12.2013

EU stops work on Ukraine pact, Washington pushes for sanctions

The European Commission announced yesterday (15 December) it was halting work on a landmark trade and political pact with Ukraine, meanwhile details emerged of the sanctions the United States and the EU would impose on President Viktor Yanukovich and oligarchs if there was a crackdown on demonstrators. 

(c) EurActiv | 16.12.2013

Lamassoure: 'Europe needs a doctrine towards Russia'

The European Union should make its relationship with Russia a priority, MEP Alain Lamassoure told EurActiv in an interview.

(c) EurActiv | 13.12.2013

The Netherlands vetoes Albania’s EU candidate status

The Dutch parliament has voted against a government proposal to grant Albania the status of EU candidate, preventing EU leaders from rubberstamping the proposal during a summit in Brussels on 19-20 December.

(c) EurActiv | 13.12.2013

EU and Ukraine drift further apart despite new talks

The EU has said it will give Ukraine more money if it signs a trade pact, but its list of political conditions is getting longer.

(c) EUobserver | 13.12.2013

EU says suspends work with Ukraine on trade agreement

The European Union said on Sunday it was putting on hold work with Ukraine on a trade and cooperation agreement, saying the arguments being made by the Kiev government had "no grounds in reality".

(c) Reuters | 15.12.2013

Huge rally in Kiev in support of closer ties with EU

Some 200,000 people have rallied in the Ukrainian capital Kiev to protest against President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign a landmark EU deal.

(c) BBC News | 15.12.2013

Hollande wants 'permanent European fund' for emergency interventions

At next week's EU summit French President Francois Hollande wants a "permanent European fund" set up to finance emergency interventions such as in the Central African Republic, reports AFP.
(c) EUobserver | 13.12.2013

EU and Ukraine drift further apart despite new talks

The EU has said it will give Ukraine more money if it signs a trade pact, but its list of political conditions is getting longer.

(c) EUobserver | 13.12.2013

The Netherlands vetoes Albania’s EU candidate status

The Dutch parliament has voted against a government proposal to grant Albania the status of EU candidate, preventing EU leaders from rubberstamping the proposal during a summit in Brussels on 19-20 December.

(c) EurActiv | 13.12.2013

EU failing Syria refugees, says Amnesty International report

European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.

(c) BBC News | 13.12.2013

EU asks Ukraine to clarify its intentions

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in central Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police yesterday (12 December) as the European Union held out a promise of increased aid for Ukraine if it signed an Association Agreement (AA). 

(c) EurActiv | 13.12.2013

Moscow placing pieces on Moldova chess board, analysts say

The European Parliament voted this week to lift import duties on Moldovan wine, responding to the "unjustified and arbitrary pressures exerted by Russia", which banned the product as of 1 January next year. But Russia has not had its last word yet, analysts warn, urging the European Union to speed up its association process with Chisinau in order to avoid a Ukraine-like scenario.

(c) EurActiv | 13.12.2013

Oettinger takes lead in legal spat with Russia over South Stream

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said yesterday (12 December) that the EU executive had accepted to represent the seven countries embroiled in a legal dispute with Russia over the South Stream gas pipeline, stressing that bilateral agreements with Moscow must respect EU law.
(c) EurActiv | 13.12.2013

Ukraine leader 'wants to sign' deal

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych intends to sign a deal on closer EU ties after all, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has told reporters.

(c) BBC News | 12.12.2013

EU-Africa trade partnership negotiations stalled

The upcoming deadline imposed by the European Commission to revise the EU's preferential trade agreements with former colonies in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region is raising concern among African countries.

(c) EurActiv | 12.12.2013

EU pays salaries of phantom workers in Palestine

The EU is knowingly paying Palestinian civil servants who have not worked in years, its spending watchdog says.
(c) EUobserver | 12.12.2013

Ashton casts doubt on Yanukovych's promises

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has voiced doubt on the integrity of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych following their second meeting in Ukraine.
(c) EUobserver | 12.12.2013

Al-Shabaab in Somalia exploited aid agencies during 2011 famine: report

Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia established a highly sophisticated system to monitor and squeeze money out of aid agencies before and during the 2011 famine that killed almost 260,000 people, according to a new report.
(c) EurActiv | 11.12.2013

Riot police storm Kyiv protestors’ camp during Ashton visit

Ukrainian anti-riot forces took the central square of Kyiv by storm last night, clashing with protestors just hours after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to repeat that the door remained open for him to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.
(c) EurActiv | 11.12.2013

Ashton in two-day visit to Ukraine

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will travel to Kiev Tuesday (10 December) to bring "clear EU messages" as thousands of Ukrainians continue to protest President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of closer ties with Europe.

(c) EUobserver | 09.12.2013

France goes to war in Africa to 'save lives'

French President Francois Hollande has announced another military intervention in Africa, but plans to deploy an EU battle group are unlikely to go ahead.

(c) EUobserver | 06.12.2013

Opinion: EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement: an important step forward for both regions

The new fisheries protocol between Morocco and the European Union, to which the European Parliament is due to give its consent on 10 December, will enable the resumption of sustainable, win-win fishing relations, argues Guido Milana.

(c) EurActiv | 09.12.13

World trade deal expected to boost EU nations

Hailed as "historic" by British Prime Minister David Cameron, the surprise world trade deal agreed over the weekend in Bali aims to lower the cost of exports by simplifying customs procedures and reducing import duties.

(c) EUobserver | 09.12.2013

WTO reaches trade reform deal in Bali

The World Trade Organization reached its first trade reform deal on 7 December to a roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers on the Indonesian island of Bali who had decided on the agreement, which could add $1 trillion (€730 billion) to the global economy. 

(c) EurActiv | 09.12.2013

Ukraine's capital Kiev gripped by huge pro-EU demonstration

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital Kiev seeking the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union.

(c) BBC News | 08.12.2013

EU foreign policy chief Ashton to come to Kyiv

European Commission President Juan Barroso has spoken with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on the phone to reiterate the need for a political solution to the current tensions, through dialogue with the opposition and civil society, the EC said in a press release on Sunday.

(c) KyivPost | 08.12.2013

EU countries downplay 'humanitarian visas' for migrants

In the aftermath of the Lampedusa tragedy, in which hundreds of African migrants lost their lives, the EU's 28 home affairs ministers met in Brussels on Thursday (5 December) to come up with a set of measures to tackle massive migration, but seemed more focused on border security rather than refugees' protection.

(c) EurActiv | 05.12.2013

EU says No to Russian pipeline, as Ukraine talks resume

The EU has given Ukraine a gift on Russian gas, amid fresh talks on an EU-Ukraine treaty.

(c) EUobserver | 06.12.2013

Turkey returns to EU as foreign policy fails

Turkey has steered West with a strong recent focus on European Union agenda due to the failed policies that did not garner desired results in the Middle East, according to foreign diplomats

(c) Hurriyet Daily News | 09.12.2013

WTO agrees global trade deal worth $1tn

Ministers from 159 countries have reached a deal intended to boost global trade at a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.
(c) BBC News | 07.12.13

Ukraine's capital Kiev gripped by huge pro-EU demonstration

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital Kiev seeking the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union.
(c) BBC News | 08.12.13

France goes to war in central Africa to 'save lives'

French President Francois Hollande has announced another military intervention in Africa, but plans to deploy an EU battle group are unlikely to go ahead.
(c) EUobserver | 06.12.2013

Turkey starts visa-free talks with EU

Turkey is starting visa liberalisation talks with the EU, a first step in a process that could last years.

(c) EUobserver | 04.12.2013

South Stream bilateral deals breach EU law, Commission says

The bilateral agreements for the construction of the Gazprom-favoured South Stream gas pipeline – concluded between Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria – are all in breach of EU law and need to be renegotiated from scratch, the European Commission said today (4 December).

(c) EurActiv | 04.12.2013

Ukrainian President, in China, Monitors Unrest Back Home

The bulletins started arriving from President Viktor F. Yanukovich’s news service at 6 a.m. Ukraine time on Wednesday — not with updates about the besieged public buildings or the occupation of Independence Square here by thousands of protesters — but with news of his visit to the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, China.

(c) New York Times | 04.12.2013

EU countries offered €6,000 per head to take in refugees

The European Commission is proposing to pay EU countries €6,000 for each UN-registered refugee which they agree to resettle.

(c) EUobserver | 04.12.2013

EU diplomats fear imminent crackdown in Ukraine

The EU has agreed to hold new trade talks with Ukraine, but some diplomats fear the Ukrainian leader is preparing to use violence to end protests.

(c) EUobserver | 03.12.13

Russia leverages its gas, cash supremacy in Ukraine

Ukraine’s struggling gas company Naftogaz said yesterday (3 December) that it had agreed with Russia’s Gazprom to defer payments for gas deliveries to spring next year, the Russian agency RIA Novosti reported. Ukraine, a country on the brink of default, remains highly dependent on Russian gas, experts told EurActiv.

(c) EurActiv | 04.12.13

Yanukovich flies to China, Russia as Ukraine crisis deepens

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is set to head to China today (3 December), leaving a country plunged into crisis by his decision to forego a free trade deal with the EU under pressure from Russia. After China, Yanukovich will travel to Russia, his prime minister confirmed.

(c) EurActiv | 03.12.13

Ashton and EU ministers to skip Kiev meeting

The EU foreign service, most of the Union's big member states and the US are not sending top people to an OSCE meeting in Kiev on Thursday (5 December) and Friday.
(c) EUobserver | 04.12.2013

Cameron irritates Brussels by pushing EU-China trade deal

British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in China saying he would advocate a multi-billion-dollar free trade deal between Beijing and the European Union, stoking tensions with the EU executive which condemned the move as premature.
(c) EurActiv | 03.12.2013

EU to complain to Russia on Ukraine

EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy has said he will urge Russian leader Vladimir Putin to stop bullying former Soviet countries at the next EU-Russia summit.
(c) EUobserver | 29.11.2013

Opinion: EU should not relax Eastern Partnership standards

Vilnius' beautiful old town is alive with flags and symbols of the European Union ahead of the "Eastern Partnership" summit starting on Thursday (28 November), but the real drama has been played out far from the Lithuanian capital.

(c) EUobserver | 28.11.2013

EU commissioner under fire over response to US spy allegations

EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom Wednesday (27 November) faced accusations that she has been too soft in her response to the US spying programme.

(c) EUobserver | 27.11.2013

EU leaders set for frosty dinner with Ukraine's Yanukovich

European leaders will come face-to-face with Viktor Yanukovich on Thursday for the first time since the Ukrainian president spurned their offer of a free-trade deal and decided to seek closer ties with Russia instead.

(c) Reuters | 27.11.2013

EU to partially lift Iran sanctions in December

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says the European Union will likely lift some of the sanctions imposed against Iran in December following a deal between Tehran and the west.

(c) European Union Times | 26.11.2013

EU-Russia rivalry looms over Vilnius summit

EU influence in the former Soviet Union is a sensitive issue and will be put to the test at an EU "Eastern Partnership" summit opening in Vilnius, Lithuania.

(c) BBC News | 28.11.2013

The Eastern Partnership: The EU must not lay down its arms

Following the Ukraine’s refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, Europe cannot afford to lose the confidence of other Eastern Partnership countries. At the upcoming Vilnius summit, it must send a clear political message to Moldova and Georgia, writes Die Welt.

(c) PressEurop | 27.11.2013

Merkel criticises Russia on eve of Vilnius summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has criticised Russia's "Cold War" mentality and said Ukraine can still sign an EU pact, as EU leaders flock east for the Vilnius summit.

(c) EUobserver | 27.11.2013

Opinion: What next after the EU's Vilnius summit?

 A decade has passed since the colour revolutions ushered in a new wave of democratisation into some countries of the former USSR.

(c) EUobserver | 27.11.2013

EU punishes Israel on settlements, rewards it on UN club

Poor Israeli PR has seen the EU enforce new rules on science funding, but EU states compensated Israel with a UN gift.

(c) EUobserver | 27.11.2013

German coalition draft: More powers to EU foreign service

Germany's upcoming government will not change its eurozone policy, but wants more powers for the bloc's foreign service and a "special relationship" with Russia, according to a draft coalition agreement to be signed off on Wednesday (27 November).

(c) EUobserver | 26.11.2013

Brussels nervous about public reaction to EU-US trade talks

The European Commission last week discussed with member states how best to go about communicating a EU-US trade deal to the public and national media.

(c) EUobserver | 27.11.2013

Yanukovych Says Kyiv Will Wait For Better EU Deal

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said financial terms offered by the European Union to convince him to close a key political and trade deal with the bloc had been humiliating and that he would wait for improved conditions before agreeing on anything.

(c) RFE/RL | 26.11.2013

Further Protests Expected In Ukraine

Further mass pro-EU protests against the government are expected on November 27 in Ukraine, with student organizations calling for an educational strike.

(c) RFE/RL | 27.11.2013

Ukraine-EU trade deal 'big threat' to Russia's economy

A Ukraine-EU free trade deal would pose a "big threat" to Russia's economy, President Vladimir Putin has said.

(c) BBC News | 26.11.2013

EU must reflect on Russian checkmate

The upcoming Eastern partnership summit in Vilnius will have to settle for a much less ambitious agenda than initially anticipated after Ukraine turned its back on an association agreement and free trade pact with the EU, writes Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, editor of Bruxelles2.eu blog.

(c) EurActiv | 26.11.2013

Canada, Norway fail to overturn EU ban on seal furs

Canada and Norway failed to overturn a European Union ban on their seal products on Monday  (25 November) when the World Trade Organization ruled the bloc had a right to outlaw imports of the furs on moral grounds.

(c) EurActiv | 27.11.2013

Leaked EU report on US spying: the excerpts

In today’s dead-tree edition of the FT, we report on a draft of a stinging report the European Commission will issue Wednesday which could send shock waves through the US tech industry: unless the Obama administration changes the way it handles online data of European citizens, American companies like Google and Facebook will have to find another way to do business in the EU.

(c) Financial Times Brussels Blog | 26.11.2013

Protestors in Kyiv urge Yanukovich to sign EU pact

Protests in Kyiv continued yesterday (25 November) putting pressure on the country’s President Viktor Yanukovich to sign a landmark EU-Ukraine association agreement at the Vilnius summit on Friday.

(c) EurActiv | 26.11.2013

Leaked document shows EU fear of inferiority in US trade talks

The European Commission fears Europe's relative economic weakness and division caused by the upcoming European Parliament elections could spark an ACTA-style popular rejection of a trade agreement with the US, according to a leaked internal EU document.

(c) EurActiv | 26.11.2013

Europe seeks to avoid fiasco in Vilnius this week

EU leaders on Thursday and Friday (28-29 November) will try to avoid a fiasco at a summit in Vilnius with eastern neighbours after Ukraine last week opted for closer ties with Russia rather than the European Union.

(c) EUobserver | 25.11.2013

EU and Ukraine: What went wrong?

When Oleh Rybachuk, a senior Ukrainian envoy, came to Brussels in early 2005, he wanted one thing: a public statement that Ukraine can one day join the EU.

(c) EUobserver | 26.11.2013

Moldova should initial EU pact

Moldova has made important progress in its development in the past 10 years.

(c) EUobserver | 26.11.2013

Warsaw climate talks end in new timetable plan

Climate delegates from around 200 governments in Warsaw pieced together a last minute deal on a timetable to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

(c) EUobserver | 25.11.2013

EU announces Iran nuclear deal

The world's most powerful countries and Iran have agreed a six-month deal on its nuclear programme, prompting outrage in Israel.

(c) EUobserver | 24.11.2013

Huge Ukraine rally over EU agreement delay

More than 100,000 people in the Ukrainian capital Kiev are protesting against the government's move to delay an association deal with the EU under pressure from Russia.

(c) BBC News | 24.11.2013

‘Europe loses the battle for the Ukraine’

By turning down the chance on November 21 to sign the association agreement proposed by the EU at next week’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Kiev is turning its back on Europe and succumbing to the political and economic pressure of Russia, believes the European press.

(c) Presseurop | 22.11.2013

Kiev abandons EU course

The Ukrainian government broke off the preparations for signing an association agreement with the EU on Thursday. 
(c) Eurotopics | 22.11.2013

Ukraine and the EU: Politics of brutal pressure

One can always count on Ukrainian governments to renege and surprise.  And so it did this time. On November 21st, one week before the European Union summit in Vilnius during which Ukraine was supposed to sign an association agreement, its government suspended talks with the EU.

(c) The Economist | 22.11.2013

Huge rally against EU integration in Moldova

‘No’ to closer ties with the European Union. That was the message from at least 15,000 Moldovans answering the call of the country’s opposition Communists to protest in the capital Chisinau.

(c) Euronews | 23.11.2013

EU and US warn Ukraine it risks going bust

Brussels and Washington have told Ukraine it is unlikely to get International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid after it binned plans to sign an EU treaty.

(c) EUobserver | 22.11.2013

Ukraine pulls the plug on EU treaty

Ukraine has said it will not sign a strategic EU treaty next week, blaming its move on Russian pressure.

(c) EUobserver | 21.11.2013

Ukraine stuns EU by putting association deal on ice

Kyiv has decided to put its move for closer integration with the EU on hold in favour of talks to revive economic relations with Russia, one week before the country was expected to sign a landmark association agreement with the 28-country bloc in Vilnius.

(c) EurActiv | 21.11.2013

China, EU agree to start talks on investment treaty

China and the European Union will begin talks on a landmark treaty aimed at boosting investment that lags behind burgeoning trade and at tackling thorny market access issues, the two sides announced at a summit on Thursday (21 November).

(c) EurActiv | 22.11.2013

EU-US trade deal offers hope on reporting convergence

EU trade negotiators are optimistic that they can secure a place for financial services regulation within key trade talks next week (27 November), offering some hope that this will help spur the US towards more convergence in international corporate reporting.

(c) EurActiv | 22.11.2013

EU leaders urged to push China on IT trade

European digital industry representatives have called on EU leaders to pressure China into lifting trade tariffs on IT products, during the EU-China summit in Beijing today (21 November).

(c) EurActiv | 21.11.2013

France says EU-Russia-Ukraine relations are no ‘zero sum game’

EU neighbourhood policy should not become a zero sum game in which the EU and Russia play tug-of-war over the former Soviet states, French officials say, expressing hope for the upcoming Eastern partnership summit. They stopped short of advocating the signature of the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. 

(c) EurActiv | 21.11.2013

Opinion: Will Europe benefit from China's grand new strategy?

Opinion Article

(c) EUobserver | 21.11.2013

UK allowed US to trawl data of Britons

The former UK government under Tony Blair granted the US intelligence service, the National Security Agency (NSA), permission to spy on millions of Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing.

(c) EUobserver | 21.11.2013

Moldova and the EU: On a long road to nowhere?

EU diplomats like to speak of Moldova as a success story in terms of reform, but deep-rooted corruption and Russian influence pose questions over its European future.

(c) EUobserver | 21.11.2013 

European Union keen on concluding FTA talks with India by 2014

The European Union is keen on concluding the long-pending negotiations for the Free Trade Pact with India by next year, Ireland Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton said today.

(c) The Economic Times | 19.11.2013

EU demands more reforms from Ukraine to lift visa barrier

While the lead-up to the Vilnius Eastern partnership summit has focused on a mooted EU-Ukraine association agreement, another subject that is dear to Ukrainians will be discussed, free movement across the European Union.

(c) EurActiv | 20.11.2013

Europe tries new recipe to combat hunger in Ethiopia

Learning from past mistakes, the European Commission has changed tack on its approach to food security in the Horn of Africa, focusing on resilience to droughts and supporting diversification in local farming production.

(c) EurActiv | 20.11.2013

Sept pays s'associent pour développer un drone européen

Sept pays européens - France, Allemagne, Grèce, Espagne, Italie, Pays-Bas et Pologne - ont lancé à Bruxelles, mardi 19 novembre, un "club des utilisateurs de drones" à l'occasion d'une réunion des ministres de la défense.

(c) Le Monde | 19.11.2013

Georgieva reports back from disaster frontline

After her dramatic visit to the epicenter of the Philippines disaster, On Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, spoke about the emergency and what she had witnessed.

(c) NEOnline | 20.11.2013

Europe 'stigmatising' Canada by labelling tar sands oil highly polluting

Europe 'stigmatising' Canada by labelling tar sands oil highly polluting

(c) The Guardian | 19.11.2013

Japan not ready yet to pass non-tariff barrier test: EU trade chief

Japan still has work to do in tearing down non-tariff barriers faced by European Union companies ahead of a decisive review of EU-Japan trade talks next April, the EU trade chief said on Tuesday.

(c) Japan Today | 20.11.2013

Vladimir Putin Clings to the Past

The former republics of the Soviet Union have been sovereign, independent countries for almost 22 years, free to develop economic and political relations with any foreign nation or trading bloc they choose. 

(c) New York Times | 19.11.2013

Pas d’urgence pour l’UE-Fast européen ?

Faut-il aller plus loin et créer une structure unique de coordination à l’image de B-Fast?

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 19.11.2013

US and EU agree to step up data talks to protect individuals' privacy

Eric Holder and European Commission's Vivienne Reding say they hope to reach 'meaningful' agreement by the spring

(c) The Guardian | 18.11.2013

Ukraine to debate Tymoshenko bill to save EU deal

Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday was set to debate a bill to let jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko go abroad for treatment in a last-ditch attempt to save a crucial deal with the European Union.

(c) Business Recorder | 19.11.2013

EU - AU: six years of partnership, but at what cost?

While Senegalese president Micky Sall has called for renewed efforts to build on the Africa-EU Partnership, many countries remain cautious of its potential effects on African industry

(c) The Guardian | 18.11.2013

Analysts slam Germany’s Ukraine policy shortcomings

Little appears to have changed in Germany's cautious approach to Ukraine's rapprochement to the EU, except that German politicians feel more free to criticise the short-sightedness of Berlin's external relations, both towards Moscow and Kyiv, since Angela Merkel regained power. EurActiv Germany reports.

(c) EurActiv | 18.11.2013

German Chancellor Makes Plea for Ukraine

Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Monday that Russia allow its onetime subjects — particularly in Ukraine — to exercise the sovereign right to make alliances as they choose.

(c) NY Times | 18.11.2013

EU ministers discuss deployment of drones

European foreign and defence ministers will discuss how to deploy drones for civilian operations, ranging from disaster prevention to deterring human traffickers on the EU's borders, in a two-day meeting that opens in Brussels today (18 November) .

(c) Euractiv | 18.11.2013

EU 'civilian' mission training paramilitaries in Libya

The EU's "civilian" border mission in Libya is in fact training paramilitary forces, amid a wider European and US effort to stop Libya becoming a "failed state."

(c) EUobserver | 18.10.2013

EU conflict minerals law hangs in the balance

A planned certification scheme to prevent warlords funding their militias by selling minerals to European firms has been delayed, EurActiv has learned, and fears are growing for its future.

(c) EurActiv | 15.11.2013

EU finalises trade deal with western African states

The European Union could finalise a trade agreement with West Africa's 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) within the next three months, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said yesterday (14 November).

(c) EurActiv | 15.11.2013

Press says Ukraine torn between EU and Russia

Newspapers believe Ukraine is playing for high stakes with Russia and the EU, after MPs failed to agree on a bill that would allow jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country.

(c) BBC | 14.11.2013

Gazprom warns EU of winter 'catastrophe'

Gazprom has warned that Ukraine might not have enough gas to feed EU transit customers in the coming winter.

(c) EUobserver | 15.11.2013

Moldova pins hopes on EU visa pact

A visa-liberalisation decision by the European Commission on Friday is being viewed in Moldova as make-or-break for the country's EU path.

(c) EUobserver | 14.11.2013 

EU gives up hope on Ukraine deal at Vilnius summit

EU diplomats have given up hope Ukraine will sign an association and free trade treaty at the Vilnius summit later this month.

(c) EUobserver | 13.11.13 

Tymoshenko says EU-Ukraine deal under threat

Imprisoned Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has accused President Viktor Yanukovych of seeking to undermine the country's EU aspirations.

(c) BBC News | 12.11.2013

Ukraine and the EU: Sending the wrong signal

For Ukrainians a Schengen visa is a golden ticket because it allows them to travel to the European Union. Many hope that an association agreement with the EU, if it is signed later this month, will make it easier for Ukrainians to travel westward. But at a time when Brussels should be reaching out to ordinary Ukrainians, visa-related incidents are damaging the EU's image.

(c) The Economist | 11.11.2013

EU, US return to major trade negotiations

The EU and the US today announced they will hold a second round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks in Brussels next week (11-15 November), but the Commission insisted that data protection and secrecy will not be on the agenda.

(c) Euractiv | 10.11.2013

Un service de renseignement d’ici 2020 : utopie réaliste?

Viviane Reding a remis sur la table une vieille idée : mieux faire travailler ensemble les services de renseignement européens. 

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 07.11.2013

Still no solution to nuclear dispute with Iran

The nuclear talks in Geneva between Iran and the five UN veto powers as well as Germany were postponed on Sunday. The three days of negotiations failed to produce the hoped-for agreement on a temporary freeze to Iran's nuclear programme.

(c) Eurotopics | 11.11.2013

Ukraine parliament deputies squabble over Tymoshenko's release

Deputies in Ukraine's parliament squabbled on Thursday about the release of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, but there were no signs of a breakthrough on an issue that is threatening landmark agreements with the European Union.

(c) Reuters | 07.11.2013

EU to provide €1 bn development aid to Chad and Burkina Faso

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs has announced the allocation of development aid amounting to €442 million to Chad and €623 million to Burkina Faso for the period 2014-20 during his visit in the Sahel region. The funds will be used for reforms concerning food and nutritional security, sustainable agriculture, health, the rule of law and sustainable management of resources.

(c) New Europe | 07.11.2013

Moldova: Europe is the solution

Just days before the Vilnius summit, in the course of which Moldova is to sign an Association Agreement with the EU, tensions between pro-European and pro-Russian parties in the country are riding high. For a Romanian columnist, it is a deadlock that can only be broken by the prospect of accession.

(c) Presseurop | 06.11.2013

Serbia: Fording the river

At the start of next year, Belgrade will begin negotiations to join the EU. While Serbian authorities are intent on achieving this objective, it is not yet the subject of a consensus in Serbian society. However, it does stand to benefit from a strong economic argument.

(c) Presseurop | 07.11.2013

Turkey, EU revive membership talks after three-year freeze

Turkey and the European Union began a new round of membership talks on Tuesday (5 November), months after EU member states delayed them in protest over a Turkish crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

(c) Euractiv | 06.11.2013

Opinion: Now is the time: The EU should support a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Last week, the UN's independent expert on democracy, Alfred de Zayas, told the organistion's General Assembly that the UN should convene an international conference to debate the establishment of a World Parliamentary Assembly. Now it's the time for the EU to take a stand and support the proposal, write Jo Leinen and Andreas Bummel.

(c) Euractiv | 06.11.2013

EU border control policies negatively affect human rights

Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner says EU approach to border controls and immigration may lead to human rights violations.

(c) Malta Today | 06.11.2013

Agreement talks give Kosovo a clear European perspective

The launch of negotiations between Kosovo and the European Commission on a Stabilisation and Association Agreement is a significant step for the country, establishing direct relations with the EU, analysts said.

(c) SETimes.com | 07.11.2013

Lithuania warns Russia over cheese ban and KGB smears

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė yesterday (5 November) warned Russia to stop its ban on Lithuanian dairy products or face EU action in the World Trade Organization (WTO) amidst media smears and fears of gas supply interruption against the small Baltic state.

(c) EurActiv | 06.11.2013

Turquie: l'UE ouvre un nouveau chapitre des négociations d'adhésion

L'Union européenne et la Turquie ont ouvert mardi à Bruxelles un nouveau chapitre des négociations d'adhésion de ce pays, affirmant leur volonté d'accélérer le processus, mais dans un contexte d'atteintes aux droits de l'homme et de la liberté de la presse.

(c) Le Point | 05.11.0213

Security glitch risks delaying EU border mission

The EU has relaunched a tender for security guards for its border mission in Libya, but says the move will not delay the project.

(c) EUobserver | 05.11.2013

EU should create own spy agency, Reding says

EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding has said the Union should create its own intelligence service by 2020.

(c) EUobserver | 05.11.2013

France to cancel more debt for the world’s poorest countries

Foreign debt cancellations are expected to reach new highs in France's 2014 development aid budget, with Somalia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Ivory Coast and Sudan in line for a complete deletion of their national debt.

(c) Euractiv | 05.11.2013 

Commission pledges €5 billion aid for Sahel

In the wake of the brutal murder of two French journalists in Northern Mali, the European Commission, UN and World Bank pledged on Monday (4 November) to increase its financial assistance for the Sahel.

(c) Euractiv | 05.11.2013

Cyprus: Isle of spies

Due to its strategic location, Cyprus has long been a hotspot for spies. The British secret service has located one of its main listening posts on the island: complete with a staff of agents disguised as tourists, who, in partnership with their American colleagues, intercept optic fibre cables that channel communications between the Middle East and Europe.

(c) Presseurop | 05.11.2013

Turkey, EU will open Chapter 22

Turkey and the European Union will open Chapter 22, which concerns regional policy and the coordination of structural instruments, on Tuesday at the Intergovernmental Accession Conference, thus ending a three-year hiatus in Turkey’s accession talks.

(c) Eurasia News | 05.11.2013

Füle to hold talks in Turkey

Stefan Fule, the EU commissioner for enlargement and neighborhood policy, will pay a visit to Turkey this week, in the wake of the annual progress report released by the European Commission on Oct. 16. Fule will participate in a conference in Istanbul and hold official talks in Ankara on Nov. 8.

(c) Hurriyet Daily News | 04.11.2013

EUPOL Copps (2) Formation européenne au collège de police

Inauguré officiellement en 2012 par José-Manuel Barroso, le président de la Commission européenne, le Collège de la police palestinienne ressemble aujourd’hui un véritable centre de formation.

Bruxelles 2 | 04.11.2013

Russian PM plays down talk of gas wars, warns Ukraine on EU

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he saw no reason for Moscow to cut gas supplies to Ukraine over an unpaid bill for now, playing down talk of an imminent "gas war" that might disrupt gas flows to Europe.

(c) Reuters | 01.11.2013

China revives steel bolts and screws trade dispute with EU

China on Wednesday (30 October) has relaunched a long-running dispute with the European Union over steel bolts and screws, complaining that Brussels has not brought anti-dumping measures on the product into line with a trade panel ruling.

(c) EurActiv | 31.10.2013

Stop the 2030 climate targets retreat - or face the consequences

If EU countries continue racing to the bottom in search of the lowest common denominator on 2030 climate and energy goals, it will be game over for EU climate action, writes Brook Riley.

(c) EurActiv | 31.10.2013

Polio outbreak in Syria fuels calls for ‘vaccination ceasefire’

European Commission officials have lent weight to calls for a "vaccination ceasefire" in Syria, after the first recorded outbreak of polio in the country for 14 years. 

(c) EurActiv | 31.10.2013

Europeans spy just as much, US intelligence chiefs say

US intelligence chiefs told Congress on Tuesday (29 October) that European allies gather data for them and that they also try to spy on top leaders.

(c) EUobserver | 30.10.2013

'EU's support for Morocco not conditional on human rights', ambassador says

The European Union does not negotiate in the area of ​​human rights, which is a sovereign issue dealt with by the Moroccan government, the former EU ambassador to Morocco, Eneko Landaburu, told EurActiv in an interview.

(c) EurActiv | 30.10.2013

EU makes new bid for deal on Ukraine's jailed Tymoshenko

European Union mediators resumed a push on Tuesday to secure the release of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, with EU politicians warning time was running out before the signing of a landmark trade agreement next month.

(c) EurActiv | 30.10.2013

EU sanctions against Belarus extended

Following an annual review, the Council today extended EU restrictive measures against Belarus until 31 October 2014.

(c) Council of the European Union | 29.10.2013

La Russie présente à l’Ukraine la facture

Après trois années inactives, l’arme énergétique russe reprend ainsi du service à quelques jours de la signature de l’accord d’association de l’Ukraine avec l’Union européenne, attendue au sommet de Vilnius le 28 et 29 novembre. Un hasard. Face aux pressions russes, le soutien européen se fait pourtant attendre…

(c) Bruxelles 2 | 30.10.2013

US Trojan horse: NSA scandal shows Europe would be better off without Britain

Opinion Article - Like the curious incident of the dog that didn’t bark in the nighttime in the classic Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze, the most revealing thing about the latest NSA spying revelations which made world headlines last week was the non-barking of the UK.

(c) Russia Today | 28.10.2013

EU: Elections in Georgia 'well managed'

EU election observers said on Monday that Georgia's presidential poll was "transparent", confirming democracy is becoming stronger in the former Soviet republic.

(c) EurActiv | 28.10.2013

EU warns Georgia against 'selective justice' as Saakashvili bows out

The EU has cautioned Georgia against applying selective justice during a visit to Brussels by President Mikheil Saakashvili. Speculation has arisen that Tbilisi may bring charges against the leader when he leaves office.

(c) Deutsche Welle | 29.10.2013 

Reding warns data protection could derail US trade talks

Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding yesterday (29 October) issued a stark warning that data protection should be kept off the agenda of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). But EurActiv understands that US pressure is mounting to keep the debate open on data issues.

(c) EurActiv | 30.10.2013

Lavrov and Oettinger to visit Athens to discuss energy

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Commissioner for energy scheduled to visit Athens

(c) TO BHMA | 29.10.2013

US to 'review' spying activities amid European outrage

US President Barack Obama is calling for a review of his intelligence services, with their spying activities having caused an unprecedented rift with EU allies.

(c) EUobserver | 29.10.2013

ICRC and European Union strengthen dialogue

Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) met today with José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, to discuss strategic partnership between the two institutions, the humanitarian situation in Syria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Afghanistan, and other issues of mutual concern.

(c) reliefweb | 28.10.2013

Alfred Guzenbauer: Serbia to fight against prejudices with truth

In Europe there are still prejudices about Serbia. That can be changed if you speak the truth’, Alfred Guzenbauer, Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says in his interview with Blic. Guzenbauer is in charge of improvement of Serbia’s image.

(c) Blic Online | 29.10.2013

EU weighs Israeli proposals to resolve settlement guidelines dispute

The European Union is weighing Israeli proposals for compromise language with regard to its guidelines against West Bank settlements that would allow the two entities to continue to sign cooperative agreements.

(c) The Jerusalem Post | 29.10.2013

Le Japon et l'UE s'engagent à promouvoir leurs relations dans divers domaines

Le Japon et l'Union européenne (UE) ont confirmé lundi que les deux parties devraient promouvoir la coopération bilatérale dans les domaines de l'économie et des affaires régionales, ainsi que sur les questions de sécurité, a rapporté la presse locale.

(c) xinhuanet.com | 28.10.2013

EU May Help Mineral Exporters from Eastern Congo

Companies exporting from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could soon be offered advantages in Europe under a law being drafted by the European Commission.

(c) Voice of America | 28.10.2013

European Union provides another $55 million in aid to Syrians

Another $55 million in European Union aid for people affected by the war in Syria shows Europe is serious about its commitments, an official said Monday.

(c) UPI | 28.10.2013 

The real transatlantic confidence crisis

Viewed from Europe, the NSA spying scandal is eroding US credibility and standing. But from the other side of the Atlantic, it is the EU’s continuing inability to solve the economic crisis that is worrying American decision-makers.

(c) Presseurope | 28.10.2013

Georgian voters cement ruling coalition's grip on power

A little-known ally of billionaire Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili won a landslide victory in Georgia's presidential election yesterday (27 October), cementing the ruling coalition's grip on power after Mikheil Saakashvili's ten-year rule.

(c) EurActiv | 28.10.2013 

Russia Putting a Strong Arm on Neighbors

It was not enough for Dmitri O. Rogozin, a deputy prime minister of Russia, to warn darkly that it would be “a grave mistake” for Moldova to seek closer ties with Europe.

(c) New York Times | 22.10.2013

EU to relaunch membership talks with Turkey

The stalled EU membership talks with Turkey are set for relaunch after member states agreed accession negotiations would recommence on 5 November.

(c) EUobserver | 23.10.2013