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Digital & Media 04-09-2014

EU fines SIM card chip cartel €138 million

European Union antitrust regulators fined Philips, Samsung Electronics and Infineon Technologies a total of €138 million on Wednesday (3 September) for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards.
A Ukrainian border post is seen through bullet holes in a truck's windscreen on the outskirts of the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk, 3 June. Photo: Reuters
Global Europe 03-09-2014

Commission cautiously welcomes news of Ukraine ‘ceasefire’

On Wednesday (3 September) the European Commission Wednesday welcomed news that a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine has been agreed on between Kyiv and Moscow, but added that those needed to be verified, and that decisions on sanctions would be taken in view of those developments.
Putin on 29 August
Global Europe 02-09-2014

Putin: ‘I can take Kiev in two weeks if I want’

The Italian daily La Reppublica has published what appears to be the account of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, of an exchange held at the 30-31 August EU summit. Commission President José Manuel Barroso is reported to have told EU leaders that Vladimir Putin had informed him that he could take Kyiv in two weeks if he wanted.
Central Europe 23-07-2014

Controversial monument divides Hungarians, angers Jewish community

Protests in central Budapest remain ongoing since Sunday (20 July), after a controversial monument dedicated to “all the victims” of Hungary’s German occupation was erected during the night of 20 to 21 July, the Hungarian press reports.
Europe's East 20-06-2014

NATO warns of Russian military build-up on Ukraine border

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday (19 June) that at least a few thousand more Russian troops were now at Ukraine's eastern border, a build-up he called a regrettable step backwards. The Russian press wrote that Moscow could send troops to Ukraine to “encourage” government forces and separatists toward peace.
Alexei Pushkov [Wikimedia]
Energy 16-06-2014

Russian parliament rejects Ukraine gas talks

Alexei Pushkov, head of the international department of the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, the Duma, has said Russia must stop its gas talks with Ukraine and adopt sanctions against its neighbour.
EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

Socialists win in Portugal, stay second in Spain

Portugal's main opposition Socialists won elections for the European Parliament yesterday (25 May) in an austerity-weary country which earlier this month exited an international bailout. In Spain, the opposition Socialists came second, but both centre-left and centre-right lost support compared to 2009.
Petro Poroshenko
Elections 26-05-2014

Poroshenko wins Ukraine election, vows to end war

Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire chocolate manufacturer, claimed the Ukrainian presidency yesterday (25 May) with an emphatic election victory by 55.7% according to exit polls, taking on a fraught mission to end an undeclared war by Russia and steer his fragile nation closer to the West.
Future EU 10-05-2012

Hollande, German opposition turn up the heat on Merkel

French president-elect François Hollande met yesterday in Paris (9 May) with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to discuss the eurozone crisis. Meanwhile, the German opposition has set its conditions: it wants the fiscal treaty, coupled with measures for growth, to be ratified on the same day in France, Germany and Italy.