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Azerbaijan 27-09-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh on fire again, EU calls for ‘immediate return to negotiations’

European Council president Charles Michel called Sunday (27 August) for a halt to fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani separatists over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and an “immediate return to negotiations”. “Military action must stop, as a matter of urgency, to prevent...
Global Europe 18-09-2020

Venezuela’s Maduro says election delay to meet EU request ‘impossible’

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said it would be "impossible" to delay parliamentary elections planned for 6 December, after the European Union suggested pushing back the vote to meet conditions for the bloc to send an observer mission.

Germany raises €6.5 bln from first-ever green bond

Germany saw good demand for its first-ever green bond on Wednesday (2 September), in a landmark moment for Europe's climate-focused finance drive.
EU-China 04-06-2020

China-EU summit in Germany postponed due to coronavirus

A summit planned for September in Leipzig, Germany, between China and the European Union has been postponed because of the coronavirus, the German government said on Wednesday (3 June).
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

EU to unveil trillion-euro plan for post-coronavirus recovery

The European Commission will on Wednesday (27 May) unveil a plan to help the EU economy recover from its coronavirus slump with a mix of grants, loans and guarantees exceeding €1 trillion but will have to win over sceptical member states.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2020

EU clears coronavirus state aid schemes ahead of Eurogroup meeting

The European Commission has approved a series of multi-billion-euro state support packages for Greece, Poland and Portugal to help soften the economic impact of the coronavirus through grants and loan guarantees.
Brexit 18-02-2020

Frost: The whole point of Brexit is to break free from EU rules

Britain will develop its own system for regulating state aid and controlling subsidies after its post-Brexit transition period is over, London's negotiator for the long-term relationship with the European Union said on Monday (17 February).
Economy & Jobs 30-01-2020

EU eyes phasing out smallest euro cent coins

The European Commission is considering a proposal to phase out 1-euro cent and 2-euro cent coins, an EU document showed, in what would be a cost-saving move as the coins' production and handling costs often exceed their face value.
Brexit 28-01-2020

EU tells UK it will ‘never, never, never’ compromise on single market

The European Union will "never, never, never" compromise on the integrity of its single market, its chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain on Monday (27 January), saying London must now face reality after underestimating the costs of leaving.
Global Europe 03-01-2020

EU warns against escalation in Iraq after US killed top Iranian commander

The president of the European Council warned on Friday (3 January) against further escalation in Iraq after US forces killed an Iranian general, triggering fears of a wider conflict.

Putin warns Washington that Russia has vessel to build Nord Stream 2

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country has a “pipe-laying vessel” to complete the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, Kommersant daily reported citing unnamed sources on Thursday (26 December), following sanctions imposed by Washington.

EU leaders offer money to reluctant east to push 2050 climate neutrality

European Union leaders on Thursday (12 December) will push an agreement to make their bloc climate neutral by 2050, luring reluctant eastern member states with promises of extra money for their heavily-polluting economies.

EU concerned at migrant wave triggered by Turkey’s planned Syria invasion

Germany warned on Tuesday (8 October) of a repeat of the chaotic influx of migrants that caught the European Union unprepared in 2015, while Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus sounded the alarm over a resurgence of arrivals from neighbouring Turkey.
Global Europe 19-09-2019

Macron and Conte call for overhaul of EU migrant policy

The European Union must introduce a new, automatic system of taking in migrants saved from the Mediterranean, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday (18 September) as as they sought to patch up bruised bilateral relations.

EU grills Hungary over rule of law concerns

EU affairs ministers grilled Hungary on Monday (16 September) over Prime Minister Viktor Orban's tightening of restrictions around free media, judges, academics, minorities and rights groups, which the bloc worries weakens democracy in the ex-communist country.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

At WWII anniversary, Germany asks forgiveness while Poland demands compensations

Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday (1 September) for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human history.
Agrifood 14-08-2019

EU slaps anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel

The European Commission on Tuesday (13 August) imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers.
Global Europe 15-07-2019

Turkish Cypriot leader proposes joint energy committee

Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akıncı on Saturday (13 July) proposed creating a joint committee across the divided Mediterranean island, to address tensions over offshore energy reserves.
Brexit 24-06-2019

Johnson’s domestic dispute fuels debate in Britain over his PM credentials

Reports of a heated late-night row between Boris Johnson and his girlfriend sparked a debate on Sunday (23 June) about his suitability to become Britain's next prime minister, with  opinion polls showing his lead had evaporated amongst all voters and had narrowed among Conservatives.
Global Europe 06-06-2019

China’s panda diplomacy puts a smile on ‘best friend’ Putin’s face

Chinese President Xi Jinping presented two pandas to Moscow’s zoo at a ceremony with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (5 June), in a gesture the Russian president described as a sign of deepening trust and respect between the two powers.
EU Elections 2019 24-05-2019

Ireland votes in EU elections amid Brexit concerns

Phased EU-wide elections take place in Ireland on Friday (24 May) after a campaign dominated by concerns over neighbouring Britain's messy bid to leave the bloc, and as eurosceptic forces elsewhere in Europe hope to create a political earthquake.
Enlargement 23-04-2019

North Macedonia candidates tied in first round of presidential vote

North Macedonia's pro-Western candidate, Stevo Pendarovski, and his main nationalist rival Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova emerged tied in the first round of a presidential vote on Sunfay (21 April) dominated by deep divisions over a change of the country's name under a deal with Greece.
Politics 15-04-2019

Social Democrats clinch narrow victory in Finland’s election

Finland's leftist Social Democrat party (SDP) leader Antti Rinne has declared victory in Sunday's general election. But it was one of the closest wins he could possibly get.
Brexit 09-04-2019

May visits Paris, Berlin ahead of crucial Brexit summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday (8 April) started a last-minute flurry of European diplomacy that includes visits to Paris and Berlin as she prepares for a make-or-break Brexit summit.
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