United States

Trump fires foreign policy hawk Bolton, citing strong disagreements

Global Europe 11-09-2019

US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton amid disagreements with his hard-line aide over how to handle foreign policy challenges such as North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Russia.

Global Europe 16-09-2019

Trump says US ‘locked and loaded’ for potential response to Saudi oil attack

US President Donald Trump said on Sunday (15 September) that the United States was "locked and loaded" for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, after a senior official in his administration said Iran was to blame.
Global Europe 13-09-2019

Cubans fear return to 90s austerity amid cuts

Havana awoke Thursday (12 September) to long lines at gas stations and public transportation stops after President Miguel Díaz-Canel warned fellow Cubans to expect fuel shortages and blackouts that he blamed on US sanctions.
Economy & Jobs 11-09-2019

Commissioner Malmström: My successor will have a lot of work to do

"My successor will have a lot of work to do," the current EU trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told Efe during her visit to Madrid on Tuesday (10 September). She pointed to relations with the US and China as being among the "very long list" of challenges facing her successor. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.
Energy 09-09-2019

US will sanction whoever purchases Iran’s oil, official says

The United States will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iran's oil or conducts business with Iran's Revolutionary Guards and no oil waivers will be re-issued, a US official said on Sunday (8 September).
Global Europe 04-09-2019

With Trump’s blessing, Pompeo sought ‘reset’ with new EU leaders

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought on Tuesday (3 September) to re-establish friendlier ties with the incoming leaders of the European Union and mark an end to troubled relations since President Donald Trump took office, a senior US diplomat said.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

Pompeo’s visit to Brussels is an opportunity for a unified Iran strategy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s two-day visit to Brussels (2 and 3 September) is an excellent opportunity to address several important issues for the cross-Atlantic relations and have a unified strategy in addressing them as Europe is going to have a new leadership, Giulio Terzi writes.
Global Europe 03-09-2019

US to withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan, close 5 bases

The United States would withdraw almost 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and close five bases within 135 days under a draft peace accord agreed with the Taliban, the chief US negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Monday (2 September).
Global Europe 02-09-2019

Pence in Warsaw: US still strongly supports Ukraine’s Crimea claim

US Vice President Mike Pence reassured Ukraine on Sunday (1 September) that Washington continues to back its claim for Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, even as US President Donald Trump mulls cutting aid to the European nation.
Energy 02-09-2019

Zelenskiy slams Nord Stream 2 as Ukraine seeks LNG gas from the US

Ukraine's president on Saturday (31 August) slammed the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline set to send Russian gas to Germany as a "threat" to Europe and welcomed moves by Kyiv to tap into US gas supplies.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

Russia says US strikes in Syria’s Idlib put ceasefire at risk

Russia's military said the United States had mounted air strikes in Syria's Idlib without forewarning Moscow or Ankara, endangering a ceasefire there, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday (1 September).
Global Europe 30-08-2019

Trump skips trip to Poland as hurricane approaches Florida

US President Donald Trump abruptly called off a weekend trip to Poland on Thursday (29 August), saying he wanted to stay home and make sure the federal government is prepared for a looming hurricane headed for Florida.
Climate change 28-08-2019

G7 summit did little to solve global environmental crisis

Environment, biodiversity and the climate were all on the agenda during the three days of the G7 summit held on 24-26 August in Biarritz, France. However, few concrete decisions were taken. EURACTIV's partner Le Journal de l'environnement reports.
Global Europe 28-08-2019

Trump goes to Warsaw for sombre commemoration

US President Donald Trump, fresh from hob-nobbing with his G7 partners at a glitzy French resort town, will on Sunday (1 September) attend sombre commemorations in Warsaw of the outbreak of World War II 80 years ago.
Global Europe 27-08-2019

Trump ready to meet Iranian president in potential breakthrough

US President Donald Trump said Monday (26 August) at the G7 summit that he is prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart within weeks in what would amount to a stunning change of direction in the two countries' smouldering standoff.
Economy & Jobs 23-08-2019

G7 leaders to rethink capitalism as risk of recession looms

The leaders of the G7 nations will not sign a final comuniqué when they gather in Biarritz (France) this weekend, and will instead discuss how to rethink capitalism and multilateralism amid the persistent inequalities and the risk of a new recession. 
Arctic Agenda 21-08-2019

Trump cancels Denmark visit after PM refuses to sell Greenland to US

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (20 August) called off a visit to Denmark scheduled for early September after the country’s prime minister rebuffed his idea of purchasing Greenland.

Gulf crisis is testing a new generation of European leaders

A new generation of EU leaders is grappling with the shipping crisis in the Arabian Gulf in a way that could determine the future military posture of individual countries, and perhaps even of the European Union, writes Faisal Al Yafai.
China 12-08-2019

Trump security adviser to urge tougher UK stance on Iran and China

John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, arrived in London on the weekend for talks at which he is expected to urge Britain to toughen its stance on Iran and Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei.
Global Europe 09-08-2019

Trump accuses France’s Macron of sending ‘mixed signals’ to Iran

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (8 August) said no one is authorized to speak to Iran on behalf of the United States, and he accused French President Emmanuel Macron of sending "mixed signals" to Tehran over possible talks.
Global Europe 08-08-2019

Turkey, US agree to form joint operation centre for Syria safe zone

Turkey and the United States agreed on Wednesday (7 August) to establish a joint operation centre in Turkey to coordinate and manage a planned safe zone in northeast Syria, a move that appeared to reduce the chance of imminent Turkish military action.
Economy & Jobs 31-07-2019

France sees red over Trump wine tax threat, cheaper vintages seen worst hit

American lovers of fine French wine are likely to keep stocking their cellars and uncorking bottles despite US President Donald Trump's threat to impose a tax in a potential new trade war. But makers of cheaper French vintages are concerned.

F-35 or SU-35? Erdogan says Turkey to turn elsewhere

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday (26 July) Turkey would turn elsewhere for fighter jets if the United States will not sell it the F-35 jets, adding that a US decision to cut Ankara from the program would not deter it from meeting its needs.
CETA 26-07-2019

EU, Canada agree first workaround to avoid US block on WTO judges

Canada and the European Union announced a deal on Thursday (25 July) to stop their trade disputes falling into limbo at the World Trade Organization, where a US block on appointments of judges will paralyse the world's top trade court from December.
Economy & Jobs 23-07-2019

EU redoubles threat to retaliate if US raises auto tariffs

The European Union is keen to work with Washington to reform the World Trade Organization and cooperate on common challenges to global trade, but will retaliate if Washington makes good on its threat to raise car tariffs, a top EU official said on Monday (22 July).

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.