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Enlargement 14-12-2018

Kosovo asserts independence with vote to build an army

Kosovo lawmakers vote Friday (14 December) on whether to give the small Balkan country its own army, a US-backed symbolic show of independence that has inflamed tensions with former wartime foe Serbia.
Future EU 13-12-2018

Chaos as Hungarian MPs pass ‘slave law’ and government-controlled court

Rare scenes of chaos gripped the Hungarian parliament Wednesday (12 December) as it passed a controversial judicial reform, as well as labour legislation that critics call a "slave law".
Economy & Jobs 13-12-2018

End of an era as ECB shelves quantitative easing program

A chapter of eurozone history will come to a close Thursday (13 December), with the European Central Bank widely expected to withdraw a key element of support for the economy while reassuring observers fearful of the growing risks.
Global Europe 11-12-2018

Julian King: Russian info war preceded Ukrainian ship seizures

Russia launched a year-long fake news campaign about Kiev's and NATO's plans for the Azov Sea before seizing three Ukrainian ships and their crew there, EU security commissioner Julian King alleged Monday (10 December).
Brexit 11-12-2018

May heads to Netherlands, Germany in bid to save Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit Germany's Angela Merkel Tuesday (11 December) as she works to salvage her Brexit deal, the day after delaying a parliamentary vote on it to avoid a crushing defeat.

Marrakesh UN forum adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from over 160 countries in Morocco on Monday (10 December), despite a string of withdrawals, including several EU countries, driven by anti-immigrant populism.
Economy & Jobs 11-12-2018

Macron announces financial concessions in bid to end ‘yellow vest’ revolt

Embattled French President Emmanuel Macron Monday (10 December) announced a series of financial measures seeking to defuse the "yellow vest" revolt that has triggered violent protests in cities across the country.
EU Elections 2019 10-12-2018

Socialists entrust Timmermans to replace Juncker at EU helm

Europe’s socialist parties on Saturday (8 December) chose Dutch politician Frans Timmermans to lead them in May elections and to succeed his boss Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission. Delegates voted in Timmermans, currently first vice president of the EU’s powerful...
Armenia 07-12-2018

Armenia to hold snap polls to cement reform drive

Armenia on Sunday (9 December) holds early parliamentary polls triggered by reformist leader Nikol Pashinyan who seeks to cement his political authority in the post-Soviet country.

Save US-Russia nuclear treaty, EU urges

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday (5 December) urged Russia and the US to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.

Dozens of mafia suspects held in international sting

Police arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in Europe and South America on Wednesday (5 December) in a huge international swoop targeting Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia clan, officials said.
Global Europe 05-12-2018

Turkey court upholds conviction of prominent jailed Kurdish leader

A Turkish court on Tuesday (4 December) rejected an appeal by jailed pro-Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtaş against his conviction for “terrorist propaganda”, his lawyer said, in a fresh blow to the prominent politician considered a potential rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Demirtaş,...
Elections 05-12-2018

CDU elections smack of matricide

A knife-edge vote Friday (7 December) will determine Angela Merkel's successor as head of her party after 18 years at the helm, with the German chancellor's own political fate and legacy on the line.
Future EU 04-12-2018

EU finance ministers struggle for eurozone reform deal

EU finance ministers struggled to agree reforms to better fight against a financial crisis early Tuesday (4 December), with negotiators still at the table after more than 12 hours of talks.
Brexit 04-12-2018

British MPs begin 5-day historic Brexit deal debate before vote

British MPs on Tuesday (4 December) begin five days of debate on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, ahead of a vote that will determine the future of Britain and her leadership.
EU-China 04-12-2018

Xi Jinping heads to Portugal as China’s influence worries EU partners

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Portugal Tuesday (4 December) for a two-day visit to strengthen ties, amid concern in some EU capitals over China's growing influence on the continent.

UN Security Council to meet on Iran missile test

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday (4 December) at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend, diplomats said.
Enlargement 03-12-2018

Macedonia moves closer towards name change

Macedonia's lawmakers moved closer on Sunday (2 December) to rename the country and remove a key hurdle on the road to breaking a decades-long stalemate with Greece.
Future EU 03-12-2018

Macron surveys damage after Paris riots, calls for talks

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday (2 December) surveyed the damage from a day of riots across Paris and led a crisis meeting that ended with a call for further talks with anti-government activists who have staged two weeks of protests.
Europe's East 03-12-2018

Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’, urge snap polls

Around 25,000 Georgians protested Sunday (2 December) against the election of a ruling party-backed candidate to the presidency and demanded snap parliamentary polls in a move that threatens to complicate the transition of power in the Western-backed nation.

Putin defends seizure of Ukrainian ships, Poroshenko invites NATO in Azov Sea

President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday (28 November) that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, while his Ukrainian colleague Petro Poroshenko invited NATO ships in the Azov Sea.
Future EU 29-11-2018

Hungary persists in row with Soros-founded university

Just days from a deadline to settle a legal dispute with a university founded by US billionaire George Soros, Hungary's foreign minister indicated Wednesday (28 November) his government will not back down.
Global Europe 29-11-2018

Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks, EU to act as ‘guarantor’

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday (28 November) announced in Geneva a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed.
Global Europe 28-11-2018

Germany urges France to turn its UN seat into EU one

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday (29 November) proposed that France give up its permanent seat on the UN Security Council and turn it into an EU seat to allow the bloc to speak with one voice on the global stage.