About: Barack Obama

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Europe's East 10-03-2015

Russia wants to divide the west, Tusk tells Obama

European Council President Donald Tusk visited the White House on Monday, where he met US President Barack Obama to discuss the Ukrainian crisis, the situation in Greece and negotiations on the transatlantic trade agreement.

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Europe's East 05-06-2014

Obama gives ‘2,3,4 weeks’ to Putin before imposing further sanctions

Speaking to journalists after the G7 Summit in Brussels on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said that world leaders “will have the chance to see what Mr. Putin does over the next 2,3.4 weeks and if he remains on the current course, we have already indicated the kinds of actions that we are prepared to take.”

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Europe's East 05-06-2014

Obama ‘concerned’ over France’s war ship sale to Russia

Speaking to journalists after the G7 Summit in Brussels on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said that he 'has express some concerns' over France's selling of warships to Russia.

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Europe's East 05-06-2014

G7 leaders threaten Russia with tougher sanctions over Ukraine

In their first meeting without Russia in 17 years, G7 leaders threatened Moscow with further sanctions if it does not help restore stability in eastern Ukraine.

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Global Europe 04-06-2014

G7 to urge Russia to ‘lay down’ energy as political weapon

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday that the G7 will urge Russia to 'lay down' energy as a political weapon.

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Global Europe 04-06-2014

Obama arrives in Brussels for G7 meeting

US President Barack Obama arrived in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon for a meeting with the 7 world's leading industrialised nations. For the first time in 17 years, the G7 will meet without Russia, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia's role in destabilising eastern Ukraine.

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Europe's East 28-04-2014

EU set to expand sanctions against Russia, grants visa-free travel to Moldova

EU ambassadors are meeting in Brussels on Monday to agree on further sanctions against Russia, as tensions continue to grow in Eastern Ukraine.

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27-03-2014

Obama: Ukrainian crisis “is not another Cold War”

In a 35 minutes speech at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama lashed out at Russia over the Crimea invasion, calling on western powers to stand united over Russia's “brutal force” in Ukraine.

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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Obama says Russia ‘miscalculated’ EU, US reaction over Ukraine

In his first visit to Brussels since he took office in 2009, US President Barack Obama repeatedly stressed that the US and the EU remain 'united' against Russia, after Moscow took over the Crimean peninsula earlier this month.

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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Herman Van Rompuy: “Crimea’s illegal annexation is a disgrace in the 21st century and we will not recognise it”

Speaking at the end of the US.-EU summit on Wednesday, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said that both the EU and the US are 'ready to intensify sanctions” against Russia if Moscow does not change course over his actions in Ukraine.

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Europe's East 26-03-2014

Obama: EU-US united in isolating Russia

In his first visit to Brussels since he took office in 2009, US President Barack Obama spoke about the Ukrainian crisis and warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of “growing consequences for the Russian economy” over its annexation of the Crimean peninsula earlier this month.

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Europe's East 25-03-2014

World leaders cancel G8 Sochi summit, warn Russia of tougher sanctions

It's the first time since Russia joined the G8 in 1998 that it will have been shut out of the annual summit of industrialised countries.

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Europe's East 03-03-2014

EU leaders condemn Russia’s invasion of Crimea, suspend G8 Sochi summit preparations

EU leaders and the international community have strongly condemned Russia's invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea, after thousands of Russian troops seized control of the area over the weekend. Ukraine already mobilised for war on Sunday.
EU foreign affairs ministers are meeting on Monday in Brussels to seek for a common response to the crisis, which has already been dubbed the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the fall of the Soviet Union in the late '90.

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G20 06-09-2013

EU leaders tell Obama there is no military solution in Syria

Top EU officials warned on Thursday against a military strike in Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government inAugust.

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Global Europe 29-08-2013

European Commission on UK’s decision to delay strike against Syria

Prime Minister David Cameron was forced yesterday (28 August) to push back his plans for an imminent military strike against Syria in a humiliating climb-down for Britain's leader after coming under fierce domestic and international pressure.
Just a day after recalling Britain's parliament to vote on how to respond to Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons, Cameron was ambushed when the opposition Labour party said it wanted greater parliamentary scrutiny and rebel lawmakers in his own ruling Conservative party said they would oppose him.

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Global Europe 28-08-2013

European Commission on the latest developments in Syria

Paris and London are gearing up with the United States for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within days and would be the most aggressive action by Western powers in the Middle Eastern nation's two-and-a-half-year civil war.
Western envoys have told the Syrian opposition to expect a military response soon against President Bashar al-Assad's forces as punishment for a chemical weapons attack last week, according to sources who attended a meeting with the rebel Syrian National Coalition in Istanbul.

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Global Europe 27-08-2013

US ‘ready’ to launch military attack against Syria, says Hagel

US forces are 'ready' to launch an attack on Syria at President Barack Obama's command. That's what US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the BBC on Tuesday adding to mounting speculation of a possible imminent military intervention by Western countries.
The comments came after US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that it is 'undeniable' that the Syrian government used chemical weapons against civilians last week, even though Bashar Al-assad strongly denies it.

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Global Europe 23-08-2013

Russia backs EU call for UN probe on Syria chemical attack

Russia has joined the EU in its call for an independent UN investigation of the deadly chemical attack that the Syrian government allegedly carried out against civilians on Wednesday.
Unverified footage on Youtube released by Syrian rebel groups on Wednesday has shocked the international community. The videos show dead children    and civilians suffering from convulsions after the gas shell.

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Global Europe 02-07-2013

EU-US trade talks at risk after spying allegations

EU policymakers said on Monday that talks for a free trade agreement between the US and the EU might be at risk. The threat comes after reports revealed over the weekend that American spies had allegedly been wiretapping EU buildings in Brussels and Washington.
Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have demanded quick clarification.

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Economy & Jobs 18-06-2013

EU, US leaders launch free trade talks at G8 summit

This is  the "biggest bilateral trade deal in history". With these words, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday the beginning of negotiations of a free trade agreement between the EU and the US.
Speaking in a joint news conference at the G8 Summit in Ireland, world leaders agreed that forging a trade deal will boost growth and create jobs across the Atlantic. According to the Commission,  an EU-US agreement could increase Europe's GDP by 0.5% annually and help create around 400,000 jobs.

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Global Europe 13-02-2013

Obama calls for US-EU free trade agreement

US President Barack Obama has called for talks on a far-reaching free trade deal with the European Union.
Delivering his annual 'State of the Union' speech in the US Congress on Tuesday, Obama supported a bilateral agreement that would encompass half the world's economic output.

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Global Europe 07-11-2012

EU leaders welcome Obama’s re-election

  EU leaders on Wednesday welcomed US president Barack Obama's re-election to a second term in office. With results in from most states, Obama claimed a close victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Tuesday's election. "On behalf of the European Parliament, I congratulate President Barack Obama on being re-elected today as President of the United States of …