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Putin cancels Paris visit in Syria row

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Trade & Society 24-10-2016

Belgium cannot sign CETA, PM Michel admits

Belgium is not able to sign off on a landmark EU-Canada free trade deal after Wallonia and other regional administrations refused to give the federal government the go-ahead, PrimeMinister Charles Michel said today (24 October).
Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU may be going to the dogs, Steinmeier warns

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Sunday (23 October) that the European Union faced an existential risks.

Plane thought to carry EU officials crashes in Malta, five dead

Five people died this morning in a plane crash shortly after take-off in Luqa at around 7.20 am today (24 October).

CETA collapse scuppers Bulgaria and Romania visa deal

Bulgaria and Romania agreed today (21 October) that their deal to obtain visa-free travel would be part of the CETA agreement, answering the concerns of the Belgian region of Wallonia. A couple of hours later they realised that they made the wrong decision.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Netherland's Rutte still mired in Ukraine referendum aftermath

At the EU summit overnight (20-21 October) Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte obtained little support for his proposals for a way forward following the referendum in which his compatriots rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Global Europe 21-10-2016

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, declares Tusk at summit

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, Council President Donald Tusk said following a five-hour summit discussion on the Union’s relations with Moscow, described as “tough” by diplomats.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

Belgian professor: What’s wrong if CETA is signed in December?

Belgian Professor Jean-Michel de Waele slammed the European Commission for twisting the arm of Wallonia over CETA, the  Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.
Enlargement 20-10-2016

Navracsics voted against the Commission, but his EU commitment remains 'unshaken’

The Commission told EurActiv today (20 October) that Hungarian Commissioner Tibor Navracsics had clarified with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker that his commitment to the EU remains “unshaken”, despite the fact that he voted against the Commission’s policies in the Hungarian referendum.
Elections 19-10-2016

Bulgarian presidential elections explained… by one of the candidates

Former MEP Ivailo Kalfin, a familiar face in Brussels where he comes regularly as member of the Monti group of the future EU budget, told EurActiv about the upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria on 6 November, where he is one of the 21 candidates.
Europe's East 19-10-2016

Ukrainian First Deputy PM: The Dutch cannot block the whole EU

The Netherlands cannot block the European Union over the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, Ukraine’s First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv told in an exclusive interview.
Trade & Society 19-10-2016

Bulgaria and Romania maintain reservations on CETA

Bulgaria and Romania have asked for written assurances by Ottawa yesterday (18 October) before removing their veto on the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
Energy 18-10-2016

Poland puts hopes in ‘Northern Gate’ gas pipeline

Poland made the case today (19 October) for the “Northern Gate” gas pipeline project, designed to bring gas from the Norwegian shelf across Denmark to Poland.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU ministers redefine policy with Russia, Eastern neighbours

The foreign ministers of the 28 EU countries have redefined yesterday (17 October) the Union foreign policy priorities for 2016 and the basis of its relations with Russia and the countries of the Eastern neighbourhood.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

Bulgaria returns alleged Gülenists to Turkey

Bulgaria has recently extradited to Turkey at least six people who allegedly are related to the network of preacher Fetullah Gülen, considered by Ankara a terrorist organisation.
Public Affairs 18-10-2016

Journalistic investigation digs into Commissioner Georgieva’s past

A journalistic investigation alleges Commission Vice President Kristalina Georgieva, who was a candidate for UN Secretary General, has skeletons in her closet. The study also suggests that the EU keeps appointing leadership figures without vetting them.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Council of Europe tells Turkey to restore MP’s inviolability

In its first opinion on Turkey after the failed coup d’état on 15 July 2016, the Council of Europe called today (17 October) on restoring the inviolability of members of parliament, which was infringed by an amendment of the constitution introduced last April.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

Montenegro hit by cyber-attacks on election day

The Ministry for Information Society and Telecommunications of Montenegro has announced that several important websites were targeted by cyber-attacks on Sunday (16 October), the day of the country's parliamentary elections.
Europe's East 14-10-2016

France urges elections in Eastern Ukraine

French President François Hollande called on all parties in the Ukraine conflict to draw up a roadmap to end the crisis, after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart yesterday (13 October) in which he urged early elections to be held in rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

Tusk: Europe’s anti-liberals look up to Putin and support Trump

European Council President Donald Tusk defended the “liberal democracy” on which the present EU has been built and warned against the anti-liberal “virus” which plays into the hands of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Global Europe 14-10-2016

MEP refers Georgieva to Court of Auditors over UN campaign expenses

EXCLUSIVE / MEP David Campbell Bannerman has asked the European Court of Auditors to look into the travel expenses of Vice President Kristalina Georgieva over the last two years, a period in which – according to him – she has been campaigning for the post of UN Secretary-General.
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Foreign ministers to flesh out Global Strategy roadmap

Foreign ministers will on Monday (17 October) flesh out a roadmap for the European Union's Global Strategy, adopted last June against the background of big tensions over the Syrian war.

Leggeri: Revamped Frontex will be ‘game changer’

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the EU had learned its lessons from last year’s refugee crisis and that the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency would be a “game changer” in securing the Union’s external borders.
UK & Europe 13-10-2016

Gibraltar wants special arrangement in Brexit treaty

Although Article 50, launching the Brexit procedure, is yet to be triggered, Gibraltar has already embarked on an effort to convince the EU that the territory needs a special arrangement in the EU-UK divorce deal.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Putin cancels Paris visit in Syria row

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (11 October) cancelled a visit to France in a furious row over Moscow's role in the Syrian conflict.