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30/05/2016

EU-Turkey deal in doubt despite Tusk’s Cyprus visit

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UK & Europe 26-05-2016

How to leave the European Union properly

After a raucous post-Brexit weekend, one assumes that the prime minister will make an apologetic statement to the House of Commons. Then, as bags are packed at Number 10, David will make his last appearance at the Council, writes Andrew Duff.
UK & Europe 26-05-2016

European Commission declares war on Brexiteer Johnson

Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, and his head of cabinet, Martin Selmayr, attacked Boris Johnson on Thursday (26 May), a leader of the campaign to convince UK referendum voters to leave the EU.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

At G7 summit, Tusk pleads for global burden-sharing on refugees

The world needs to act together on the refugee crisis gripping Europe, and not leave the continent to battle the problem alone, European Council President Donald Tusk said yesterday (25 May).
UK & Europe 17-05-2016

Tusk blasts 'absurd' Boris Johnson after Brexiteer's Hitler comments

European Council President Donald Tusk today (17 May) launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson, a leading figure in the campaign to take the UK out of the EU, after the former London mayor compared the EU to Adolf Hitler.
Elections 06-05-2016

Merkel warns of return to nationalism unless EU protects borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (5 May) urged European leaders to protect EU borders or risk a "return to nationalism" as the continent battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.
Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.
Euro & Finance 04-05-2016

Tusk urges Greek debt deal 'very soon'

Council President Donald Tusk urged the eurozone yesterday (3 May) to swiftly close talks on fresh reform measures for debt-hit Greece, saying it would help global economic stability.
Europe's East 28-04-2016

EU and Ukraine postpone summit

The EU and Ukraine have postponed a summit scheduled for next month until September to give the pro-Western government in Kyiv more time for political and financial reforms, the EU said yesterday (27 April).
Euro & Finance 28-04-2016

Tsipras requests extraordinary EU summit to break debt talks deadlock

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras yesterday (27 April) sought help from the European Union to break a deadlock in critical debt talks as his spokeswoman accused the IMF of "undermining" the process.
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

No Eurogroup meeting before Greek Orthodox Easter

Eurozone finance ministers will not meet on Thursday and need more time to discuss Greek reforms that would unlock new loans, signaling significant differences remain between Athens and its lenders on bailout targets.
Enlargement 27-04-2016

Geneva refuses to remove exhibition photo attacking Erdogan

The authorities of the Swiss city of Geneva have refused to remove a photograph from an exhibition in the city, which blames the death of a Turkish teenager on Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Global Europe 25-04-2016

Merkel warms up to ‘safe zones’ in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (24 April) that she did not favour classical "safe zones" in Syria which would need to be protected by foreign forces but believed that peace talks in Geneva could agree areas where fleeing Syrians could feel safe from bombardment.
Enlargement 15-04-2016

Tusk says Macedonia’s EU and NATO future ‘at risk’

EU Council President Donald Tusk warned Macedonia today (15 April) not to let its political crisis risk its ties with the European Union and NATO.
Europe's East 11-04-2016

Kaczynski blames Tusk for Smolensk crash

Responsibility for the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński along with 95 other people lay with the then government of Donald Tusk, the late president's twin brother and leader of the current ruling party said yesterday (10 April) at an event to commemorate the disaster.
Global Europe 31-03-2016

India, EU vow to boost anti-terror ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a summit with EU leaders yesterday (30 March) to strengthen ties with bloc, vowing to boost counter-terrorism cooperation as he paid tribute to the victims of the Brussels attacks.
Global Europe 22-03-2016

Europe vows to defend democracy on 'black day'

European governments vowed today (22 March) to defend democracy against terrorism after blasts at Brussels airport and in the EU's institutional heart left at least 26 dead and dozens injured.
Global Europe 18-03-2016

Migrant returns start Sunday, after EU and Turkey strike refugee swap deal

All migrants and refugees arriving in Greece from this Sunday (20 March) will be returned to Turkey, under a controversial agreement hammered out over two days between the EU and Ankara at a summit in Brussels.

Juncker defends Belgium from Erdogan accusation of supporting terror groups

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker criticised the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in front of his Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and a packed pressroom today (18 March), at the end of a two-day summit which adopted join EU-Turkish decisions to stem the migrant crisis.
Europe's East 18-03-2016

Poroshenko vows to end political crisis, wins promise of visa-free travel

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to reassure the EU on Thursday (17 March) that his country would soon overcome a political crisis that has rattled Western lenders, and he won support for Kyiv's cherished goal of visa-free travel in Europe for its citizens.
Global Europe 18-03-2016

EU agrees 'joint position' to put to Turkey on Friday

EU leaders agreed in the early hours of Friday morning on a “common position” to put to Turkey on a controversial asylum seeker for returned migrant swap deal, but with enough disagreement among the 28 leaders to prevent publication of an agreed text.

Bulgaria fears becoming alternative route for refugees

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has asked that the plan to return migrants arriving in Greece to Turkey, also applies to his country, the press in Sofia reports ahead of the EU summit beginning today (17 March).
Global Europe 17-03-2016

Leaders make second attempt to hammer out Turkey refugee deal

European Union leaders begin a difficult summit today (17 March) to push for a crucial agreement with Turkey to curb the continent's massive migration crisis despite threats by Cyprus to sink the deal.
Global Europe 16-03-2016

EU vows 'no blanket returns' of refugees to Turkey under deal

The EU denied Wednesday (16 March) that its planned deal to return all migrants who land in Greece to Turkey would break international law, saying there would be no mass expulsions.
Global Europe 15-03-2016

EU-Turkey deal in doubt despite Tusk’s Cyprus visit

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday (15 March) that his country will not accept the European Union's migration deal with Turkey without concessions from Ankara in the dispute over the Mediterranean island.