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German, French defence ministers to discuss joint combat jet

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will next week discuss with her French counterpart Florence Parly the behind-schedule Franco-German combat jet project as well as tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
Europe's East 15-04-2021

Germany, US call on Russia to pull back troops from Ukrainian border

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden called on Russia to pull back troops from the Ukrainian border to de-escalate the situation in the region, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday (14 April).
Global Europe 09-04-2021

Italy’s Draghi accuses ‘dictator’ Erdogan, Turkey condemns the ‘ugly’ remarks

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (8 April) accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of humiliating European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen this week and said it is important to be frank with "dictators", drawing condemnation from Ankara.
Europe's East 06-04-2021

Ukraine calls for path into NATO after Russia masses troops

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on NATO on Tuesday to lay out a path for Ukraine to join the Western military alliance, after days in which Russia has massed troops near the conflict-hit Donbas region.
Global Europe 02-04-2021

Russia warns new Donbas conflict could ‘destroy’ Ukraine, NATO rebukes Moscow

Russia warned on Thursday (1 April) that a serious escalation in the conflict in Donbas could "destroy" Ukraine as NATO voiced concern over what it said was a big Russian military build-up near eastern Ukraine.
Global Europe 26-03-2021

EU says after Biden meeting: Let’s safeguard global security together

The European Union and the United States must together safeguard global security, democracy and stability, European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday (25 March) after chairing an EU summit that US President Joe Biden joined briefly. Michel said the...
Brexit 22-03-2021

UK warns EU vaccine export ban would be ‘counter-productive’

Britain on Sunday (21 March) warned the European Union against halting exports of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccines if the bloc does not receive promised deliveries, saying such a move would be "counter-productive".
Global Europe 11-02-2021

Myanmar faces European push at UN to condemn coup

The United Nations' top human rights body is to consider a resolution on Friday (12 February) drafted by Britain and the European Union that would condemn Myanmar's military coup and demand urgent access for monitors.
Global Europe 05-02-2021

Russia to try Navalny for slander amid EU talks

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is due back in court on Friday (5 February) for a slander trial on the same day as the European Union's top diplomat is in Moscow for talks with Russia's foreign minister.
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).