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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.
Global Europe 28-10-2021

EU gives Moldova €60 million euros over Russia gas row

The European Union on Wednesday (27 October) said it was giving Moldova €60 million to help cope with a gas crisis after Russia's Gazprom hiked prices.
Climate change 22-10-2021

Eastern countries win carbon market ‘study’ at EU summit

The European Commission was instructed to “study” trading behaviour on the EU carbon market and crack down on potential abuse on energy markets after hours of tense debate at a summit on Thursday (21 October) where EU leaders haggled over rising energy prices.
Europe's East 20-10-2021

Hit by migrant flow from Belarus, Germany seeks Polish help

Germany has suggested increasing joint patrols along its border with Poland in response to increasing numbers of migrants arriving via Belarus, according to a letter seen by AFP on Tuesday (19 October).
Global Europe 19-10-2021

EU says no Iran nuclear deal talks in Brussels Thursday

The EU will not hold talks in Brussels on Thursday (21 October) with Iran on restarting negotiations over the country's nuclear deal, the bloc's foreign policy chief said, contradicting a declaration by Tehran.

Poland passes law allowing migrants to be pushed back at border

Poland's parliament on Thursday (14 October) passed a legal amendment allowing migrants to be pushed back at the border and for asylum claims made by those who entered illegally to be ignored.
Global Europe 14-10-2021

Europe airlines call for US date for flight resumption

Europe’s airlines on Wednesday (13 October) urged the US authorities to provide a date for the reopening of its borders to vaccinated passengers and for an agreed list of recognised vaccines. US President Joe Biden announced last month that the...
Energy 22-09-2021

US blame Russia for manipulating Europe gas prices, Moscow retorts the EU messed it up

A US official warned against "manipulation" of gas prices in Europe, as a group of European MEPs accused Russia of being behind price rises. In return, Russia said the disbalance was a result of mistaken EU policy making.
Climate change 20-09-2021

EU, US urge others to join methane reduction pledge

The European Union and the United States on Saturday (18 September) called on more nations to join a pledge to slash methane gas emissions and cut warming by at least 0.2 degrees Celsius by 2050.
Global Europe 16-08-2021

European powers scramble to evacuate from Afghanistan as Taliban take over the country

The Taliban declared the war in Afghanistan was over after insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul on Sunday (15 August), while European nations and the EU scrambled to evacuate their citizens and local staff from Kabul, as...
Arab Spring 27-07-2021

EU calls on Lebanon to form government quickly

The European Union on Monday (26 July) urged Lebanon's political elite to form a government without delay, following the nomination of Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati to be designated as prime minister.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Delta variant spread upsets EU plans for return to relative normality

Moscow and Indonesia recorded their worst daily coronavirus death toll due to the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, while various EU countries envisaged new restrictions, likely to upset their plans for a return to relative normality this summer.
Europe's East 22-06-2021

West piles coordinated sanctions on Belarus after plane diversion

The EU, US, Britain and Canada ratcheted up pressure on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko Monday (21 June) by imposing coordinated sanctions after the forced landing of a Ryanair airliner to arrest a regime critic.
Global Europe 17-06-2021

Biden, Putin hail positive talks, but bad blood stays on

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin sought to cool tensions in the dangerously spiraling US-Russian relationship at their first summit in Geneva on Wednesday (16 June), with the US president saying his Kremlin counterpart doesn't want a new Cold War.
Brexit 09-06-2021

UK skirts ‘special relationship’ talk for Biden meet

The UK-US "special relationship" has been an article of faith for generations of British leaders. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson is rejecting old pieties as he heads into his first face-to-face talks with President Joe Biden.
Global Europe 08-06-2021

Summit choreography: Biden to meet Putin ‘with the wind at his back’

Joe Biden will fight what he calls a “defining” battle for democracy on his first foreign presidential trip, meeting top US allies in Europe ahead of a tricky summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The busy agenda — with G7, NATO...
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Germany urges end to Middle East violence as EU calls talks

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday (16 May) it is "imperative" for Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting and resume talks ahead of an emergency meeting this week with his EU counterparts.