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28/07/2016

Russia, Brexit loom over Warsaw NATO summit

Items by Georgi Gotev


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.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Russian athletes face ban from Rio Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday (18 July) recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee should consider banning all athletes entered by the Russian Olympic Committee for next month's Rio Olympics.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Germany axe attack points at problem with unaccompanied minors

German police shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee yesterday (18 July) after he attacked train passengers with an axe and a knife, seriously wounding four in what one official said was a "probable" Islamist attack.
Trade & Society 18-07-2016

Kerry to embark on EU roadshow to promote TTIP

US Secretary of State John Kerry said today (18 July) that concluding the TTIP agreement before the end of President Barack Obama's term in office remains his country’s priority, and that he was going to tour EU countries to make this happen.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Greece-Turkey tensions build over the extradition of fugitives

Athens is in a legal, diplomatic – even moral – quandary regarding what to do regarding Ankara’s request that Turkish 8 military who fled by helicopter to Greece on Saturday (16 July) should be extradited.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Erdogan says coup was ‘gift from God’ to reshape country, punish enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Friday’s failed coup (15 July) was a “gift from God”, giving him the chance to re-shape the country, and purge the country’s elite from enemies, who accuse him of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

Debate on religion, immigration, political correctness rages on Twitter

Social media are overflowing with reactions following the Bastille Day attack in Nice (14 July), with some users denouncing Western political correctness and others responding that Islam is not about terrorism. The terrorist proved to be a 31-year old French national of Tunisian origin. But even before this fact became known, the perpetrator was denounced as …

Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Romania, Bulgaria, Canada seek to unlock CETA by solving visa dispute

Meetings in various formats have been held between Canada, the European Commission, Bulgaria and Romania, in an effort to avoid a possible veto from Sofia and Bucharest on the Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

EU unable to adopt statement upholding South China Sea ruling

EU countries are unable to adopt a declaration telling China it should abide by the recent ruling by the South China Sea arbitral tribunal, which said there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within its nine-dash line, covering nearly 90% of the area.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Reshuffle of EU presidencies expected very shortly

The rotating six-month presidencies of the Council of the EU will be reshuffled next week, as a result of Brexit, diplomats told EurActiv.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Talking around the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

Unless diplomacy produces tangible results, an escalation similar or more serious than the four-day war in April cannot be ruled out, writes Stratfor.
UK & Europe 14-07-2016

Boris pick fires up UK press

Britain's newspapers today (14 July) focused on new Prime Minister Theresa May's challenge-laden in-tray, while her appointment of top Brexiteers, led by Boris Johnson, thrilled some, but alarmed others.
Global Europe 14-07-2016

Commission: Russian propaganda has deeply penetrated EU countries

A European Commission official has said that Russian propaganda was now powerful in all EU member states – but in some of them Moscow barely needed to make the effort, as local politicians were delivering its messages.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Boschi: Italian constitutional reform and EU reform are equally needed

On a visit to Brussels, Italy's Maria Elena Boschi received a show of support from the major political groups in the European Parliament and from the Commission, ahead of the do-or-die referendum in October on constitutional reform.

Afghan boys behind huge increase in unaccompanied minor migrants to EU

The large number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Europe can be explained by Afghan families sending their children hoping they will get refugee status easier, and then seek reunification with the rest of the family, according to a new report by the EU asylum office.
Future EU 12-07-2016

Hollande to embark on tour to reinforce EU-27 ties

French President François Hollande will shortly be embarking on a European tour in a bid to reinforce ties between European Union member states following Britain’s referendum to leave the body.

EASO concerned about the slow registration of asylum seekers in Greece

The European asylum support office EASO expressed concern over the slow registration of asylum seekers in Greece, which is a necessary precondition for the refugees relocation to other member states.
Global Europe 11-07-2016

Graph illustrates results of German messages welcoming refugees

A graph from the 2015 annual report of the EU asylum office EASO illustrates the spike in numbers of applicants for international protection in the summer and autumn of 2015, after German authorities issued messages welcoming migrants.
Global Europe 08-07-2016

Russia, Brexit loom over Warsaw NATO summit

NATO leaders meet today (8 July) for a landmark summit in Warsaw to send an uncompromising message to a resurgent Russia while trying to contain the fallout from Britain's dramatic vote to quit the European Union.