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01/09/2016

14 Turkish navy ships ‘missing’ at sea since foiled coup

Items by Georgi Gotev


Enlargement 31-08-2016

Kosovo deplores ‘terrorist’ attacks over Montenegro border deal

Kosovo police said yesterday (30 August) they have detained six opposition supporters on suspicion of involvement in a rocket-propelled grenade attack on parliament.
Energy 31-08-2016

Sefcovic embarks on third trilateral gas talks on Ukraine

Vice-President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said he will visit Kyiv on 2 September to discuss energy reforms and lay the groundwork for trilateral talks with Ukraine and Russia that he hopes will help ensure uninterrupted gas supplies in the winter.
Euro & Finance 31-08-2016

Spain risks third election in one year, endangering eurozone

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday (30 August) urged lawmakers to back him for a second term, arguing ahead of a confidence vote which he appears set to lose that the country "urgently" needs a government.
Global Europe 30-08-2016

EU in pole position in race for UN Secretary General

A secret vote held yesterday (29 August) in the UN Security Council has put three candidates from EU countries in the lead in the race to replace UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December.
Trade & Society 29-08-2016

Germany says TTIP dead in the water

Germany's Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, said yesterday (28 August) that negotiations on the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - or TTIP - between the EU and the US were effectively dead in the water.
Global Europe 29-08-2016

Kosovo warns against Serbia’s candidate for UN Secretary General

Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008, but is still unrecognised by Belgrade, has warned against the candidacy of Vuk Jeremić, a former Serbian foreign minister, for UN Secretary General.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Bokova deplores ‘undignified’ campaign against her UN bid

Irina Bokova, Bulgaria’s candidate for UN Secretary General, has deplored the ‘undignified campaign’ against her, which according to former Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche 'seems to be part of a crude effort to 'strong arm' Bulgaria to replace Bokova with Kristalina Georgieva, the Commission Vice-President, in the race for the UN top job."
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Fico lobbies Putin for Lajcak as UN chief

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who had dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (25 August), has lobbied for Russian support for his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miroslav Lajcak, to become the next UN Secretary-General.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Report: Cyprus reunification deal taking shape

A website in Cyprus has published what looks like the blueprint of an agreement for the reunification of the island, divided since 1974.

Borissov: 'Absolute non-solidarity' reigns in the EU

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov made use of anti-EU rhetoric ahead of a visit to Turkey tomorrow (26 August), describing Ankara as Sofia’s only ally in the context of the refugee crisis.

Orban: It's ‘impossible’ that the EU will allow visa-free travel for Turks

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that he sees it as “impossible” to allow Turkish citizens visa-free travel to Europe, and that European countries will be unable to keep their promise to Turkey.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Fico to act as Putin’s messenger to the EU

Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Fico, who will dine with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today (25 August), will carry Russia’s messages to the EU ahead of crucial meetings concerning the Union’s future, the Russian press reports.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Biden mends fences with Turkey, at the expense of Kurdish forces in Syria

On a visit to Ankara, US Vice President Joe Biden sought yesterday (24 August) to ease tensions with Turkey which have been growing since the 15 July coup attempt.
Future EU 19-08-2016

Tusk on tour to prepare Future of EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over dinner in Berlin yesterday (18 August). This is a first step in a series of trips to EU countries in preparation for the 16 September Bratislava informal summit on the future of the EU, following Brexit.
Europe's East 18-08-2016

Azerbaijan launches criminal investigation against alleged Gülenists

Azerbaijan, a country with strong relations with Turkey, is reportedly cracking down on local supporters of US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded the 15 July failed coup.
Elections 18-08-2016

Bulgarian Socialists nominate air force chief to run for president

Bulgaria's opposition Socialists nominated the former air force chief as their candidate in the presidential election (17 August), at a time of rising tensions between the country's Western allies, and neighbours Turkey and Russia.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

US moves nuclear weapons from Turkey to Romania

EXCLUSIVE/ Two independent sources told EurActiv.com that the US has started transferring nuclear weapons stationed in Turkey to Romania, against the background of worsening relations between Washington and Ankara .
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Bulgarians outraged by deportation of Gülen supporter to Turkey

Bulgarian NGOs, columnists and a junior coalition partner in Boyko Borissov’s government have all expressed outrage at the news of the extradition to Turkey of an alleged supporter of Fetullah Gülen, the US-exiled cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding the 15 July coup.
Global Europe 22-07-2016

Four Europeans lead in race for UN Secretary-General

Portugal’s António Guterres, Slovenia’s Danilo Türk, Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova and Serbia’s Vuk Jeremić have emerged as the frontrunners in a race to replace UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December.
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2016

EU budget for 2017: Cohesion down, security up

Payments for cohesion are down by 23.94% in the 2017 draft budget compared to 2016, but payments for the heading “Security and citizenship” are up by 24.42%. The Parliament is yet to give its opinion on what looks like an unusual budget.
Energy 20-07-2016

Ukraine requests Commission’s help to secure winter gas

In an apparent U-turn, Ukraine has requested the Commission’s mediation for securing its gas purchases from Gazprom, it emerged today (20 July).
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed coup

Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary yesterday (19 July) to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
Enlargement 19-07-2016

EU gives Albania ultimatum over judicial reform

Albania must pass anti-corruption reforms of its judiciary on Thursday (21 July) or sacrifice its hopes of starting negotiations to join the EU, MEPs warned today (19 July).
Global Europe 19-07-2016

14 Turkish navy ships ‘missing' at sea since foiled coup

Some 14 Turkish military ships on active duty in the Aegean and Black Seas are reportedly “missing”, according to reports.