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Mario Draghi at the ECB Press Conference in Frankfurt am Main, on 4 Sept. 2014 [ECB/Flickr]
Euro & Finance 05-09-2014

ECB rate cut boosts Spanish, Italian yields

Yields on the eurozone's lower rated debt fell on Friday as the European Central Bank's rate cuts and openness to a large scale bond buying programme pushed investors towards riskier assets in their quest to maximise returns.
Technology 05-09-2014

NATO agrees cyber attack could trigger military response

NATO leaders agreed on Friday that a large-scale cyber attack on a member country could be considered an attack on the entire US-led alliance, potentially triggering a military response.
Global Europe 05-09-2014

NATO summit pledges ‘tangible’ support to Ukraine

NATO demanded yesterday (4 September) that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine, as US President Barack Obama and his Western allies vowed to support Kyiv and buttress their own defences against Russia in the biggest strategic shift since the Cold War.
Global Europe 04-09-2014

France suspends Mistral delivery to Russia

France will not deliver the first of two helicopter carriers to Russia for now because of Moscow's actions in eastern Ukraine, the French president's office said yesterday (3 September).
Technology 02-09-2014

Brussels seeks rivals’ feedback on Facebook’s WhatsApp deal

EU antitrust regulators are asking Facebook's rivals and telecoms whether the world's No. 1 social network's $19 billion (€14.5bn) bid for WhatsApp will lead to price hikes and curb innovation.
Vladimir Putin at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 [Flickr/World Economic Forum]
Economy & Jobs 02-09-2014

EU considers ban on Russian bond-buying as part of new sanctions package

Europeans could be barred from buying new Russian government bonds, under a package of extra sanctions that EU ambassadors were to start discussing on Monday, sources said.
Frans Timmermans at the opening night of the Crossing Border Festival 2008 [Flick/Maurice]
EU Priorities 2020 02-09-2014

Dutch name emerges for EU post amid doubt about his chances

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was due to meet the president of the European Commission today (2 September) about a senior role in the European Union's executive body, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported on Monday.
Pro-Russian activists declare 'Donetsk Republic'
Global Europe 01-09-2014

Putin wants ‘statehood’ for Novorossiya

Russian President Vladimir Putin called yesterday (31 August) for immediate talks on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed “the Novorossiya militias” calls for independence for territory they have seized.

Romanian opposition attacks ‘unconstitutional’ ordinance

Romania's government approved a temporary emergency ordinance yesterday (28 August) to let local administrations change political affiliations in a pre-election move it says will unblock policymaking, but which critics say threatens democracy.
EU Elections 2014 29-08-2014

Polish official: Tusk is seriously considering top EU post

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is seriously considering a proposal that he take the post of president of the European Council, a Warsaw government spokeswoman said yesterday (28 August), linking his decision to the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.
Global Europe 28-08-2014

Poroshenko says Russia invaded Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said today (28 August) that Russian forces had entered his country, and the conflict was worsening, after separatists swept into a key town in the east. EU leaders are meeting for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Saturday, but it is unclear if Ukraine will be discussed.

Commission to help Italy cope with immigrants

The European Commission said Wednesday (27 August) that it would launch an EU version of Italy's sea rescue operation to help it deal with the droves of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in crowded boats from North Africa, something Italy has repeatedly requested.
Global Europe 28-08-2014

NATO: Russian incursions into Ukraine take ‘overt and obvious form’

Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border yesterday (27 August), as hopes quickly faded that the Minsk talks held the previous day between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old crisis. The US and NATO said Russian incursions now take place in an overt and obvious form.
Energy 27-08-2014

Yatsenyuk: Russia plans to cut gas to Europe this winter

Europe faces the increasing threat of a disruption to gas supplies from its main provider Russia this winter due to the crisis in Ukraine, through which almost half of supplies flow.
A power line in Bulgaria [Georgi Gotev]
Central Europe 27-08-2014

Bulgaria’s interim government sets up ‘energy board’

Bulgaria's interim government said it had set up an energy board to ensure that badly needed multi-billion energy projects in the poorest EU country are transparent. As Dnevnik, the EURACTIV partner in Bulgaria has reported, the European Commisison supports the idea of a currency in Bulgaria.
Emmanuel Macron. Photo: French government
Elections 27-08-2014

Hollande replaces critic of austerity with Rothschild banker

President François Hollande replaced his maverick leftist economy minister with a former Rothschild partner yesterday (26 August), in a reshuffle intended to reconcile his efforts to revive the stagnant French economy with deficit-cutting orthodoxy.
Europe's East 27-08-2014

Putin and Poroshenko shake hands, but discord prevails

The meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk Tuesday (26 August) will be remembered by their handshake. But there was no sign of progress on the fundamental point of disagreement: Ukraine's charges that Moscow is sending arms and fighters to help Ukrainian rebels, and Russia's adamant denials.
Transport 26-08-2014

German coalition partners clash over motorway toll

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian coalition partner have clashed in an unusually public spat over plans to introduce a motorway toll that critics say is designed to fleece foreigners.
Euro & Finance 26-08-2014

Euro slides on French political woes, weak German data

The euro plumbed a one-year trough against the dollar on Tuesday (25 August) as prospects for further easing by the European Central Bank weighed on the currency along with weak eurozone data and the resignation of the French government.
A view of Minsk. Photo: Minsk travelguide
Europe's East 26-08-2014

Little chance to end fighting, as Putin and Poroshenko prepare for Minsk meeting

Divided by mistrust and mutual recrimination, the Russian and Ukrainian leaders will hold rare talks today (26 August) that offer only a slim hope of progress towards ending five months of separatist war in Ukraine.
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Global Europe 26-08-2014

German lobby group regrets fall of exports to Russia

German exports to Russia could fall as much as 20-25% this year due to the effect of sanctions, a German business lobby group said yesterday (25 August), adding that confusion over the scope of sanctions was driving Russian customers away.
Elections 25-08-2014

New French cabinet expected tomorrow

French President François Hollande asked his prime minister today (25 August) to form a new government, looking to impose his will on the cabinet after rebel leftist ministers called for an economic policy U-turn. A new cabinet is expected to be announced tomorrow.
EU Priorities 2020 25-08-2014

Merkel backs Spain’s de Guindos to lead Eurogroup

Germany will back Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos as the next head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, replacing the Dutch finance minister, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday (25 August).
Trade & Society 25-08-2014

Argentina to appeal WTO ruling on import restrictions

Argentina will appeal a World Trade Organisation ruling against its use of import restrictions, according to a senior Argentine official.