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Global Europe 13-01-2021

Pompeo cancels his last trip to Europe after unprecedented snub

Outgoing US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute on Tuesday (12 January) after top EU officials and Luxembourg’s foreign minister declined to meet him, according to European diplomats and other people familiar with...
EU-China 30-12-2020

EU seeks to rebalance China ties with controversial investment agreement

The EU and China agreed ‘in principle’ on Wednesday (30 December) to an investment deal that will give European companies greater access to Chinese markets and help redress what Europe sees as unbalanced economic ties. EU leaders and China’s President...
Coronavirus 17-12-2020

Sanchez, Michel isolate following Macron’s COVID diagnosis

Council President Charles Michel and Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez entered self-isolation after the announcement on Thursday (17 December) that French President Emmanuel Macron had tested positive for the Covid-19 virus.
Health 15-12-2020

Pressure mounts on EU drug regulator to speed-up approval of COVID-19 vaccine

Europe's drug regulator is under increasing pressure to quickly approve the COVID-19 vaccine developed by US giant Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech, officials said, as inoculations get started in Britain and the United States.
Global Europe 15-12-2020

Turkey ‘upset’, but undeterred by US sanctions and EU threats

Turkey will not abandon its rights and interests in the eastern Mediterranean because of possible European Union sanctions or criticism, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Monday (14 December), the day when the US effectively sanctioned Ankara.

EU eyes body to train imams against ‘ideology of hatred’

The European Union should quickly set up a new body to oversee the training of imams and make sure their messages to Muslim followers do not contribute to spreading an "ideology of hatred", a top European Union official said on Monday (9 November).
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2020

EU budget chief sees deal on bloc’s long-term finances on Monday

The European Parliament and the bloc's national governments are likely to reach a deal on the EU's €1.1 trillion long-term budget for 2021-2027 on Monday (9 November), the European Commission's Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said.
Politics 22-10-2020

Coronavirus second wave prompts virtual EU summit

European Union leaders will hold a video-conference next week to discuss how to better cooperate against the COVID-19 pandemic as infections rise, European Council President Charles Michel said on Wednesday (21 October).
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.
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