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30/08/2016

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

Global Europe


UK & Europe 29-08-2016

Brexit fuels Japanese worries over planned trade deal

The prospect of Brexit is giving Japan serious cause for concern as its government fears dwindling interest in a planned free trade agreement with the EU. EurActiv’s partner Wirtschaftswoche reports.
Global Europe 29-08-2016

German Incirlik visit depends on stance on ‘genocide’ vote, says Ankara

Turkish permission for German lawmakers to visit the Incirlik air base will depend on the German government distancing itself from a resolution branding a 1915 massacre of Armenians as "genocide", Turkey's foreign minister said today (29 August).
Digital 29-08-2016

Brussels pays tribute to veteran Guardian reporter

Politicians and journalists in Brussels joined Monday (29 August) in paying tribute to the Guardian’s veteran correspondent, Ian Traynor, who died of cancer over the weekend.
Elections 29-08-2016

Germany can accomodate 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Germany expects up to 300,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015's record influx, the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) said yesterday (28 August).
Global Europe 29-08-2016

Turkey’s army digs deeper into Syria

Turkey's army and its allies thrust deeper into Syria yesterday (28 August), seizing territory controlled by Kurdish-aligned forces on the fifth day of a cross-border campaign that a monitoring group said had killed at least 35 villagers.
Future EU 29-08-2016

Germany, Poland and France revive ‘Weimar Triangle’ in wake of Brexit vote

The German, French and Polish foreign ministers vowed Sunday (28 August) to increase ties between their countries when Britain leaves the EU to secure a safer and more effective union.
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

French top court suspends burkini ban

A top French court on Friday (26 August) suspended a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits that has angered Muslims, feminists and civil liberties campaigners.
Development Policy 26-08-2016

Africa’s population set to double by 2050, says new report

Africa’s population will double by 2050, according to a new report from the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) in Washington – posing serious questions about the sustainabililty of the world’s poorest continent.
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

Orban: Hungary to build second fence line on Serbian border

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday (26 August) a second fence line will be built on the country's southern border with Serbia, capable of stopping any new wave of migrants toward the EU.


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 26-08-2016

Germany in talks with Turkey over Incirlik airbase

Germany is in discussions with Turkey to ensure that the German military can keep flying reconnaissance missions from Incirlik Air Base in support of a US-led fight against Islamic State, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (25 August).
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Main opposition leader in Turkey unharmed after PKK attack

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s social democratic main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), escaped an assassination attempt yesterday (25 August) in the northeastern province of Artvin, near the border with Georgia.
Future EU 26-08-2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

German minister calls for new arms control agreement with Russia

Germany's foreign minister has called for a new arms control deal with Moscow to avoid an escalation of tensions in Europe, where intensified military exercises by Russia and NATO have raised concerns that a war could inadvertently be triggered.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria refugee disaster

The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.
Development Policy 25-08-2016

EU calls on Gabon to produce ‘speedy and transparent’ election result

EU election observers have called on Gabon’s electoral commission to ensure votes are counted “with transparency and speed” after this weekend’s presidential election, where incumbent Ali Bongo is hoping for a second term.
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.

Commission dodges burkini ban questions but says officials can wear burka at work

The European Commission today (25 August) dodged questions over France’s controversial burkini ban but said there was nothing to stop EU officials wearing a burka to work.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Turkey's careful incursion into Syria

Instead of a daring charge, Turkey is making a carefully calibrated entrance, as it has to balance and maintain relations both with the US and Russia, writes Stratfor.
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.