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Zimbabwe on brink of chaos as EU ponders ‘fragile state’ status

People: Federica Mogherini

Global Europe 21-10-2016

EU aid principles will be a ‘thing of the past’ under new African migrant deal

Extending the Turkish "cash for migrants" scheme to five African countries will mark a turning point for European aid policy, which has previously been dependent on the principles of democracy and human rights. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 20-10-2016

EU agrees to boost efforts to tackle illegal migration from Africa

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday (20 October) to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating their success in halting inflows from Turkey over the past year.
Trade & Society 20-10-2016

European socialists want better Cuba relations, US remains problematic

The head of the S&D group has called on the EU to quickly implement its agreement with Cuba and has ramped up the pressure on the US to lift its sanctions against the Caribbean nation. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU condemns Russia over Aleppo, to impose more Syrian sanctions

EU foreign affairs ministers yesterday (17 October) condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Global Europe 17-10-2016

UK, France and Germany seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria

Britain, France and Germany aim to persuade the European Union today (17 October) to condemn Russia's devastating air campaign in Syria and pave the way for imposing more sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU to ready sanctions over postponed DR Congo vote and violence

The European Union will prepare economic sanctions on the Democratic Republic of Congo unless its ruling coalition, which has delayed next month's elections, holds a fresh vote early next year, diplomats say.
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.

Borissov apologises to Mogherini for ‘ultimatum’ over Afghan migrants

On a surprise visit to Brussels yesterday (5 October), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he had apologised for an ultimatum he gave last week – that he would withdraw Bulgarian troops from Afghanistan if he cannot deport Afghan refugees back home.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghanistan seeks aid to rebuild at Brussels talks

World powers meet in Brussels yesterday (4 October) to pledge billions of dollars for Afghanistan until 2020, as fresh Taliban violence underscores the challenges 15 years after the US toppled the Islamist movement.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Colombia peace deal in tatters, EU stance on FARC group unclear

Colombia is struggling to save a peace deal that stumbled at the last hurdle, when the country’s citizens voted to reject an agreement that would have put an end to decades of conflict.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

EU proposes new Aleppo aid plan, seeks safety guarantees

The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday (4 October), but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict.
UK & Europe 30-09-2016

Blair would have been vetoed by Chirac for Commission President, aide admits

EXCLUSIVE/ Tony Blair’s dream of leaving Downing Street in the wake of the Iraq invasion to become EU Commission President would have been vetoed by Jacques Chirac, his top aide told Friday on (30 September).
Global Europe 28-09-2016

EU leaders pay tribute as Shimon Peres dies at 93

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini lead tributes Wednesday (28 September) to Shimon Peres, one of the biggest figures in Israeli history, who died aged 93.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU open to removing FARC from terrorist blacklist

The European Union could remove Colombian guerilla movement FARC from its list of known terrorists, pending the signing of the peace agreement between the group and the country's government. EurActiv Spain reports.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

US, European allies call on Russia to save Syria truce

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini joined the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Germany, the UK and the US on Saturday (24 September) in ordering Russia to take "extraordinary steps" to bring about a truce in its ally Syria. But renewed attacks by Syrian forces on Sunday prompted  stronger criticism by the US.
Global Europe 21-09-2016

EU adds its voice condemning attack on Syria humanitarian convoy

The EU has added its voice to the international row over the deadly attack on a humanitarian convoy near Aleppo on Monday (19 September), but - unlike the USA - it did not point its finger at Russia.
Global Europe 14-09-2016

Juncker: Soft power is not enough for the EU

In the State of the Union speech he delivered today (14 September), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed new powers for the EU foreign affairs chief, and the start of a real defence effort, compatible with NATO.
Security 13-09-2016

Germany and France seek stronger EU defence after Brexit

Germany and France have outlined plans to deepen European military cooperation, a document showed on Monday (12 September), as Britain's exit from the European Union removes one of the biggest obstacles to stronger EU defence in tandem with NATO.
Enlargement 09-09-2016

Turkey, EU agree to ease tensions after failed coup

Turkey and the European Union on Friday (9 September) agreed to douse tensions that had darkened Ankara's prospects for joining the bloc in the wake of the failed 15 July coup.
Global Europe 07-09-2016

EU urges Russia to reconsider listing of Levada pollster as 'foreign agent'

The European Union's foreign policy chief called on Russia to reconsider its decision to designate the major independent pollster the Levada Centre a "foreign agent", a spokeswoman said in a note yesterday (6 September).
Development Policy 06-09-2016

French PM suggests recount of Gabon election results

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday (6 September) a recount should be held of the votes in Gabon's disputed presidential election, which has led to violence in the capital, Libreville.
Development Policy 01-09-2016

Parliament and opposition HQ attacked after disputed Gabon election

Security forces in Gabon stormed the headquarters of the official opposition overnight (1 September), after the parliament building in Libreville was set on fire, following the announcement that incumbent President Ali Bongo had narrowly won the country's disputed election.
Development Policy 23-08-2016

Zimbabwe on brink of chaos as EU ponders 'fragile state' status

While the EU reviews whether Zimbabwe qualifies as a fragile state, there are worrying signs that the political situation is deteriorating on the ground, writes Tom Gillhespy.