Ukrainian troops take back territory from separatists

Ukraine's government said it would quickly seize more territory from pro-Russian separatists after re-taking their stronghold of Slaviansk in what President Petro Poroshenko called a turning point in the fight for control of the country's east.

(c) EurActiv | 07.07.2014

German-US relations strained by new spy scandal

Relations between Germany and the US are being strained by a new scandal after the arrest of a German spy who was allegedly also working for the American intelligence services.

(c) EUobserver | 07.07.2014

East Ukraine fighting continues despite ceasefire

Fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, both sides reported Sunday (22 June), further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kyiv to talk to the rebels.

(c) EurActiv | 23.06.2014

Belarus releases top human rights defender

Belarus human rights defender Ales Bialiatski was released from prison on Saturday (21 June) after spending almost three years in a penal colony on charges of tax evasion.

(c) EUobserver | 23.06.2014

Will Sikorski be the next EU foreign policy chief?

With leaders haggling over EU top jobs this week, Polish FM Radek Sikorski is the most talked-about candidate for the next foreign policy chief.

(c) EUobserver | 23.06.2014

Analysts: reformist chaos in Ukraine ‘still manageable’

The push for reforms in Ukraine against the background of a quasi-war with Russia, and a parliament elected under former President Viktor Yanukovich, is experiencing difficulties. However, it is still manageable, analysts and representatives of Ukrainian civil society told a Brussels audience yesterday 

(c) EurActiv | 19.06.2014

EU ministers to discuss Ukraine security mission

Foreign ministers will, in Luxembourg on Monday (23 June), discuss a new EU proposal to send security experts to Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 19.06.2014

Russian parliament rejects Ukraine gas talks

Alexei Pushkov, head of the international department of the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, the Duma, has said Russia must stop its gas talks with Ukraine and adopt sanctions against its neighbour.

(c) EurActiv | 16.06.2014

Merkel wants hurdles removed to EU-Mercosur free trade pact

German Chancellor Angela Merkel assured Brazil on Sunday (15 June) that she will do her utmost to bring to a successful end the 15-year-old negotiation of a free trade deal between the European Union and South America's Mercosur trade bloc.

(c) EurActiv | 16.06.2014

Barroso agrees new Russia talks, as warfare escalates

The EU is to mediate new talks between Moscow and Kiev, as fighting continues to escalate in east Ukraine.

(c) EUobserver | 14.06.2014

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