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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.

Digital 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).

Digital 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.