United States

Giuliani says Trump pursued Moscow tower throughout 2016, raising questions

Global Europe 21-01-2019

US President Donald Trump pursued a business deal to erect a tower bearing his name in Moscow throughout 2016, his attorney said on Sunday (20 January), raising new questions for congressional investigators looking into possible ties between the president and Russia.

Europe's East 21-01-2019

Russian senator says US warship in Black Sea should keep its distance

Visits to the Black Sea by US warships have nothing to do with US security and are motivated by domestic politics, prominent Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said on Sunday (20 January), warning they should stay away from the Russian coast.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2019

EU gets ready to retaliate if US adopts fresh car tariffs

The European Commission adopted on Friday (18 January) negotiating mandates to eliminate tariffs in all industrial goods, including cars, with the US, but also warned that the preparations to retaliate are “very well advanced” if Washington decides to slap fresh duties on European automobiles.
Global Europe 17-01-2019

US discourages foreign companies from doing business in Cuba

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned foreign businesses Wednesday (16 January) to steer clear of formerly private properties seized by Cuba -- and said he was considering allowing lawsuits over such assets in US courts.
Global Europe 15-01-2019

Erdogan, Trump consider creating security zone in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and US counterpart Donald Trump mooted Monday  (14 January) the creation of a "security zone" in northern Syria as tensions rose over the fate of Kurdish fighters in the war-torn country.
Global Europe 15-01-2019

Trump a Russian agent? ‘Never,’ he says

Standing outside the snow-covered White House on Monday (14 January), Donald Trump made an astonishing declaration for a US president: no, he has never been an agent of Russia.
Global Europe 14-01-2019

Trump threatens Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks Syrian Kurd militia

President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening Turkey's currency and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday (13 January).
Global Europe 14-01-2019

US threatens EU companies with sanctions over Nord Steam 2, Turkish Stream

A transatlantic tiff over Europe’s natural gas supply came to the boil on Sunday (13 January), as Donald Trump’s ambassador to Germany threatened firms involved in a pipeline from Russia with sanctions. At stake is a mixture of economic and security interests...

Croatia’s deal to buy F-16 jets from Israel is off

Croatia's attempt to buy F-16 jet fighters from Israel has fallen through after Washington blocked the $500 million plan to have the fighters modernised in Israel, in a major setback for the country's efforts to revamp its armed forces. EURACTIV Croatia reports.
Global Europe 11-01-2019

Trump cancels planned Davos trip as shutdown drags on

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (10 January) canceled a planned visit later this month to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, signaling he was prepared for the political showdown over the partial federal government shutdown to stretch into late January.
Economy & Jobs 11-01-2019

Russia ditches dollar, opts for euro and yuan

A report by the Bank of Russia published late on Wednesday (9 January) reveals that the country dumped $101 in US holdings from its reserves, shifting into euros and yuan last spring amid a new round of US sanctions.
EU Elections 2019 10-01-2019

Trump is ‘not America,’ Weber says after US downgrades EU diplomatic status

One of the frontrunners to take up the next EU Commission Presidency, Manfred Weber, responded to concerns over the US Trump administration on Wednesday (9 January), saying that the President "is not America".
Global Europe 09-01-2019

Erdogan rebukes Trump’s top security adviser over Kurds in Syria

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked Washington's national security adviser on Tuesday (8 January) for demanding that his country not attack Kurdish fighters in Syria, accusing him of complicating President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw US troops.
Global Europe 08-01-2019

EU puzzled by downgrade of its ambassador to Washington

The EU is currently discussing “possible implications” of a change in the diplomatic protocol in the US, which resulted in the Union having been downgraded in the precedence list to the level of an international organisation, together with the African Union.
Global Europe 07-01-2019

US troop departure from Syria can improve Turkish-Kurdish relations

Has America used the Kurds in Syria only now to dump them? Observers who believe in moral debt, rather than the cold logic of realpolitik, understandably are concerned about the implications for the Kurds of an immediate US withdrawal from Syria, writes Ömer Taşpınar.

Putin accuses US of raising risk of nuclear war

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (20 December) accused the United States of raising the risk of nuclear war by threatening to spurn a key arms control treaty and refusing to hold talks about another pact that expires soon.
Global Europe 21-12-2018

Defense Secretary Mattis resigns, Trump ends year in chaos

Trump’s presidency has lurched from crisis to crisis since he took office less than two years ago, but Thursday (20 December) was a landmark day of chaos that appeared to test the resolve of even senior Republican backers in Washington.
Global Europe 20-12-2018

Allies stunned, Russia delighted at Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria

US President Donald Trump overrode his top national security aides, blindsided US ground commanders, and stunned lawmakers and allies with his order for US troops to leave Syria, a decision that upends American policy in the Middle East.

Putin lays out plans to develop missiles if US leaves treaty

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (18 December) laid out plans for Moscow to develop mid-range missiles banned under a Cold War treaty with the United States if Washington abandons the deal.
Enlargement 19-12-2018

EU warns Serbia and Kosovo over flare up in tensions

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (18 December) issued a stern warning to Serbia and Kosovo to put aside recent bickering amid a major flare-up in tensions between Belgrade and Pristina.
Global Europe 18-12-2018

Russia used social media for widespread meddling in US politics, reports say

Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election on social media was more widespread than previously thought and included attempts to divide Americans by race and extreme ideology, said reports by private experts released on Monday (17 December) by US senators from both parties.
Global Europe 18-12-2018

US accepts Assad staying in power but won’t give aid

The United States said Monday (17 December) it was no longer seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but renewed warnings it would not fund reconstruction unless the regime is "fundamentally different."

NATO: Baku is ‘perfect venue’ for talking to Russia

Azerbaijan's capital Baku has once again been the venue for a meeting between the top brass of Russia and US, at a time when relations between the two military superpowers are at a new low.
Enlargement 14-12-2018

Kosovo asserts independence with vote to build an army

Kosovo lawmakers vote Friday (14 December) on whether to give the small Balkan country its own army, a US-backed symbolic show of independence that has inflamed tensions with former wartime foe Serbia.
Global Europe 13-12-2018

Pentagon warns Turkey against unilateral military action in Syria

The Pentagon said on Wednesday (12 December) that unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party would be "unacceptable," after Turkey said it would launch a new military operation in the region within days to target Kurdish militia fighters.