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Global Europe 12-05-2022

Russia ‘most direct threat to world order’, von der Leyen says at EU-Japan summit

Russia is the "most direct threat" to the international order because of its invasion of Ukraine, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday (12 May) in Tokyo.
Media 11-05-2022

EU urges independent probe into Al Jazeera reporter’s West Bank killing

The European Union on Wednesday (11 May) condemned the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, and demanded an independent investigation into the circumstances of her death.
Energy 09-05-2022

G7 countries pledge to stop Russia oil imports

The G7 club of wealthy nations committed Sunday (8 May) to phasing out its dependency on Russian oil and issued a scathing statement accusing President Vladimir Putin of bringing "shame" on Russia with his invasion of Ukraine.

EU’s von der Leyen to present Russia oil ban in Parliament today

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is expected on Wednesday (4 May) to outline new sanctions against Moscow, including a ban on imports of Russian oil by the end of this year.
Energy 28-04-2022

Von der Leyen defies Russia’s gas ‘blackmail’, vows EU unity with Poland and Bulgaria

The European Union has warned Russia it will not bend to "blackmail" over its support for Kyiv after the Kremlin cut off gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland. The two countries are now supplied from their EU neighbours.
Global Europe 26-04-2022

EU says Russia’s war risks nuclear disaster on Chernobyl anniversary

The European Union warned Tuesday (26 April) that Russia's invasion of Ukraine risks setting off a fresh nuclear disaster in Europe, 36 years after the accident at the Chernobyl plant.
Global Europe 21-04-2022

Russia claims Mariupol ‘liberated’ but West hails Ukraine’s resistance

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (21 April) claimed the "liberation" of the flattened city of Mariupol after nearly two months of fighting, but signalled he would forgo a final bloody offensive against beleaguered Ukrainian defenders there.
Europe's East 20-04-2022

‘History will not forget war crimes’ in Ukraine: EU chief

EU chief Charles Michel said Wednesday (20 April) that there must be justice for war crimes committed in Ukraine as he toured the devastated town of Borodianka on a visit to the country.
Elections 19-04-2022

EU Parliament to recover funds from French election candidate Le Pen

The European Parliament said Sunday (17 April) it will try to recover money owed by Marine Le Pen over fraud allegations as the far-right leader prepares to face President Emmanuel Macron in France's unpredictably close election run-off.
Global Europe 12-04-2022

EU ends part of Mali training mission, fearing Russian interference, Borrell says

The EU on Monday (11 April) decided to halt its military training missions in Mali but will keep a presence in the Sahel, the bloc's top diplomat said.
Global Europe 22-03-2022

Biden calls India ‘shaky’ in Russia confrontation

US President Joe Biden said Monday (21 March) that India was an exception among Washington's allies with its "shaky" response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Europe's East 27-02-2022

EU extends Russia sanctions to airspace, media, Belarus

The European Union announced more sanctions against Russia on Sunday (27 February), including the closure of EU airspace, banning two news outlets, and more sanctions in the pipeline for Belarus after they assisted with the invasion of Ukraine. 

France, allies announce Mali withdrawal, plan relocation

France and its European partners involved in the fight against Islamist militants in Mali have decided to start the coordinated withdrawal of their military resources in the country, a joint statement said on Thursday (17 February).
Global Europe 09-02-2022

‘Element of détente’ after French president’s Russia visit

French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Russia brought "an element of détente" to the crisis between the West and Moscow over Ukraine, but did not amount to a "miracle," the EU's diplomatic chief said Tuesday (8 February).
Global Europe 24-01-2022

NATO bolsters eastern flank as fears mount over Ukraine crisis

NATO said Monday (24 January) it was sending jets and ships to bolster its eastern European flank, as the US and EU looked to coordinate a tough response to Russia if it invades Ukraine.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

EU says not following US diplomat families’ withdrawals from Ukraine

The EU is not following the US in withdrawing its diplomats' families from Ukraine, top European diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (24 January), adding that there was no need to "dramatise" the situation while talks with Russia continue.
Global Europe 12-01-2022

EU condemns North Korean missile tests

The European Union on Tuesday (11 January) condemned the latest North Korean missile launch, a spokesman for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Relations said in a statement, urging the country to "respond constructively" to US readiness for diplomacy.
Global Europe 24-12-2021

Germany, France urge ‘all sides’ to respect eastern Ukraine ceasefire

Germany and France called on both the Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to respect the restoration of a full ceasefire, their foreign ministries said in a joint statement on Thursday (23 December).
Global Europe 23-12-2021

West accuses Moscow of ‘escalation’ at Ukraine border ahead of talks

Several western countries on Wednesday (22 December) accused Russia of "escalating" the tense situation at the border with Ukraine, and promised to present a united front when talks with Moscow begin in January.
Global Europe 07-12-2021

US to boost military presence in Eastern Europe if Russia attacks Ukraine

The United States will boost its military presence in Eastern Europe should Moscow invade Ukraine, the White House warned Monday (6 December), laying out the high stakes on the eve of talks on Tuesday between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin.
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Ahead of Biden-Putin talks, Ukraine warns against Yalta-type agreement

Ukraine rejects any efforts to get it to scrap its plans to join NATO as well as any "guarantee" sought by Russia to ease tensions on the border, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday (3 December).
EU-China 04-11-2021

‘You are not alone,’ EU Parliament delegation tells Taiwan on first official visit

Taiwan's democracy is "a treasure" to be protected, the head of a visiting European Parliament delegation said on Thursday, promising to stand with the island as tensions between Beijing and Taipei spiral to their highest level in years.
Climate change 01-11-2021

G20 leaders wrangle over climate ahead of COP26 summit

Leaders of the G20 world's major economies approved a global minimum tax on the largest companies on Saturday (30 October), but were still haggling over the pressing issue of climate change.
Global Europe 29-10-2021

Biden seeks to prove his political clout at G20, COP26 summits

As world leaders flock to Rome for the G20 summit, President Joe Biden kicks off a trip aimed at reasserting US international credentials, starting at a meeting Friday (29 October) with Catholic ally Pope Francis.