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NATO calls on EU to expand joint cooperation but avoid doubling structures

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called on the EU on Friday (22 October) to cooperate more closely with the military alliance after the latest EU defence efforts in recent months raised concerns of a parallel structure that might be competing with NATO. 
China 14-10-2021

Taiwan won’t start a war with China, defence minister says amid tensions

  Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself “full on”, Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday (14 October), amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. Taiwan, a...

EU Commission urges probe after report on migrant pushbacks in Greece, Croatia

The European Union's executive called for an investigation into illegal migrant pushbacks after a report by German media outlets Der Spiegel and ARD documented what they said were Greek, Croatian and Romanian officials carrying out such operations.
Global Europe 04-10-2021

Pandora Papers reveals hidden wealth of world’s most powerful

A massive leak of financial documents on Sunday (3 October) that allegedly ties 27 EU politicians and global figures including King Abdullah of Jordan, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, and associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin to secret stores of wealth.

Between Belarus and Afghanistan, an EU dispute is looming over migration

EU member states, nervous about a replay of Europe's 2015-16 migration crisis and a surge of Afghan migrants, agreed on Wednesday (18 August) they need to strengthen their external borders.
Elections 13-01-2021

Estonian PM Ratas resigns awaiting corruption charges

Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas resigned on Wednesday (13 January) after an enquiry into a property development project in the capital which could see him accused of corruption.
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Borrell buys time for dispute mechanism talks on Iran

The remaining parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet next month to debate the way forward with the accord, EU's diplomatic chief Josep Borrell announced on Friday (24 January), after Britain, France and Germany launched a dispute process against Tehran.
Europe's East 24-10-2019

Zelenskiy embarrassed by corruption scandal

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged on Wednesday (23 October) members of parliament's Finance Committee, including from his own party, to take a polygraph test in the wake of bribery allegations.
Future EU 19-08-2019

EU’s Juncker cuts short holiday for urgent surgery

Outgoing European Commission boss, Jean-Claude Juncker, had to cut short his Austria holiday to undergo an urgent gallbladder operation back home in Luxembourg, his team said in a statement on Saturday (17 August).
Global Europe 08-05-2019

Iran threatens to abandon nuclear deal commitments, putting agreement at risk

Iran will abandon two of its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The announcement on Wednesday (8 May) comes exactly one year after the Trump administration pulled out of the landmark accord and leaves most of the international community worried.
EU-China 26-04-2019

European bloc not considering joining China’s Belt and Road plans

EU officials confirmed that the bloc is not considering joining China’s Belt and Road initiative on Friday (26 April), contrary to what German Economic minister Peter Altmaier has previously said. 
Azerbaijan 27-08-2018

Merkel holds ‘intensive’ discussions in Azerbaijan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held what she called "intensive" discussions with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in talks that addressed energy cooperation, human rights, and the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2018

EU could hit peanut butter, orange juice, whiskey in Trump trade row

The EU warned US President Donald Trump on Wednesday to step back from the brink of a trade war or it would hit flagship US products, such as peanut butter and whiskey.

Poland’s Kaczynski says sticking to judicial reform plans

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party is sticking to its plans to reform the judiciary but will wait for proposals from President Andrzej Duda before taking further action, its head Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Thursday (27 July).
Future EU 24-03-2017

Tsipras asks Juncker if the ‘European acquis’ applies to Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent yesterday (23 March) a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking if the bloc's acquis communautaire applies to all EU countries without exception or it’s applicable to all except Greece.

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday (22 February) approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.
Elections 13-02-2017

Orbán names Soros and EU among those ‘attacking’ Hungary

In the annual State of the Union address on Friday (10 February) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán listed among those who “attacked” his country billionaire George Soros and the European Union.
Global Europe 10-02-2017

EU’s top diplomat discusses Russia, Iran nuclear deal with Tillerson

In their first meeting, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke "at length" about terrorism, Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and Ukraine, the EU said in a statement.
Global Europe 02-01-2017

Guterres takes reins at UN, facing monumental task

Antonio Guterres assumed the reins of the United Nations on Sunday (1 January) hoping to breathe new life into the international organisation, amid bloodshed in Syria and uncertainty following the election of Donald Trump.
Elections 14-12-2016

EPP picks Tajani as candidate for European Parliament chief

The European Union's centre-right grouping yesterday (13 December) elected Antonio Tajani as its candidate to replace Social Democrat Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament, a move that could increase calls for a reshuffle of other top EU jobs.
Future EU 13-12-2016

EU keen to move on with ‘life after Britain’

The EU is keen to move on with life after Britain, and Thursday's summit - which one official described as "very complicated" - will deal with most of the crises affecting the bloc.
Trade & Society 12-12-2016

China starts trade battle over Market Economy Status

Beijing on Monday (12 December) filed a dispute with the World Trade Organisation over the approach used by the European Union and the United States to calculate anti-dumping measures against Chinese exports.
Energy 06-12-2016

Ukraine ready to join trilateral gas talks in Brussels

Ukraine is ready to join trilateral talks to discuss gas issues with Russia on 9 December in Brussels, the country’s state energy company Naftogaz said on its Twitter account yesterday (5 December).
Global Europe 02-12-2016

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address yesterday (1 December), saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies.