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Global Europe 29-03-2017

US Senate backs Montenegro’s membership of NATO

The US Senate yesterday (28 March) overwhelmingly backed the expansion of NATO to allow Montenegro to join the alliance, hoping to send a message that the United States will push back against Russian efforts to increase its influence in Europe.

Global Europe 29-03-2017

Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

President Donald Trump yesterday (28 March) signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question US support for an international deal to fight global warming.

Global Europe 28-03-2017

Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank, will testify

A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on yesterday (27 March) that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, in December.

Politics 24-03-2017

Juncker to US: If the EU collapses, there will be war in Balkans

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned US Vice President Mike Spence of another war in the Western Balkans if the EU collapses, including as a result of Donald Trump encouraging member states to leave after Brexit.

Global Europe 23-03-2017

US embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed US diplomatic missions to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny" and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

Politics 23-03-2017

Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the US Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

Global Europe 22-03-2017

Costa Rican diplomat: ‘Window of opportunity can close’ on Latin America-EU relations

The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) has insisted that an alliance between Latin America and Europe is crucial to achieving "ambitious agendas" like the Paris Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Defence policy 22-03-2017

EU defence policy ready for psychiatric treatment

Calls for a more militarised Europe have grown and grown, while the EU Council recently concluded that “Europe must commit additional resources” to defence. But increasing military expenditure is not the way forward, warn Bram Vranken and Laëtitia Sédou.

Politics 21-03-2017

US prioritise Russia, China ties over NATO allies

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip a meeting with NATO foreign ministers next month in order to stay home for a visit by China's president and will go to Russia later in April, US officials said yesterday (20 March), disclosing an itinerary that allies may see as giving Moscow priority over them.

Aviation 21-03-2017

EU hopes to relax rules on transatlantic airline deals

The European Commission wants to scrap restrictions placed on EU airlines leasing planes and crew from US carriers, to resolve a long-standing dispute between the two sides.

G20 20-03-2017

‘Trump First’ triumphs at G20 meeting

G20 finance ministers emerged from a disappointing meeting yesterday (19 March), where no agreement was reached on trade relations after the United States proved to be in no mood to compromise. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Back home after icy Trump meeting, Merkel calls for open markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade yesterday (19 March), as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.

Future EU 20-03-2017

Post-Brexit ‘member states will fall in love with each other again’, insists Juncker

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is not worried about other EU countries following the United Kingdom out of the EU because Brexit will show them "it's not worth leaving". He also warned that a trade war is not in the interests of either Brussels or Washington.

Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Merkel to also meet Trump ‘as envoy of Europe’

Donald Trump hosts Germany's Angela Merkel at the White House today (17 March), a meeting delayed by a snowstorm and still clouded by a storm of words between the two ostensible allies.

Europe's East 17-03-2017

Crimea annexation anniversary triggers reactions in US, EU

The US yesterday (16 March) condemned once again Russia's Crimea annexation, vowing to maintain sanctions until Moscow returns the Black Sea peninsula to Ukraine. The EU prolonged personal sanctions and the European Parliament passed a resolution supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Economy & Jobs 15-03-2017

Germany to press G20 to sign off on free trade amid worries about US stance

Germany will press G20 members to sign off on a set of principles including free trade at this week's meeting of the group's financial leaders, in what the Trump Administration may perceive as a challenge to its more protectionist stance.

Energy 15-03-2017

Chizhov: Don’t ask me if Russia plans to have an ambassador in Edinburgh

In a wide-ranging interview, Vladimir Chizhov, the Russian ambassador to the EU, spoke to EURACTIV.com about energy relations, sanctions and eastern Ukraine, multi-speed Europe, elections, referendums, covert action, and Donald Trump.

Defence policy 13-03-2017

Deeper EU defence cooperation benefits governments and citizens

Long treated as a marginal aspect of the European Union’s wider Common and Security Policy, defence has emerged as a top priority on the European agenda. Successive EU and member state initiatives in 2016 have catapulted defence to centre-stage, writes Jorge Domecq.

Global Europe 09-03-2017

Joseph Quinlan on the 2017 Transatlantic Economy

Joseph Quinlan, a senior fellow for Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins, spoke to EURACTIV.com about the 2017 Transatlantic Economy report Thursday (9 March).

Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

US wants bilateral solution to German trade surplus woes

The United States wants to resolve its $65 billion trade deficit with Germany at a bilateral level, without EU involvement. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 09-03-2017

German prosecutors studying CIA leaks over report of hacking base in Frankfurt

Germany's chief federal prosecutor's office said yesterday (8 March) it would review new documents from anti-secrecy group Wikileaks that suggest the CIA ran a hacking hub from the US consulate in Frankfurt, and launch a formal investigation if warranted.

Global Europe 08-03-2017

Six Eastern European countries appeal for US help against Russia

Diplomats from six Eastern European countries appealed to US senators yesterday (7 March) to help them stand up against interference from Russia, including cyber attacks, and insisted that sanctions imposed on Moscow should not be lifted anytime soon.

Europe's East 03-03-2017

Russia ready to open up Ukraine talks to Trump

Russia has indicated it is ready to open the so-called ‘Normandy’ negotiation format over the crisis in eastern Ukraine to the United States, which appears to be a major shift in relations between Moscow and Washington after the election of Donald Trump.

Central Europe 03-03-2017

Visegrád Group spells out its vision of EU’s future

The leaders of the Visegrád Group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) adopted yesterday (2 March) a joint statement on their input to the Rome Declaration, which will be adopted at the summit in the Italian capital on 25 March.