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Global Europe 20-02-2018

Turkey renames US embassy street amid row over Syria operation

The street in Ankara where the US embassy is located was renamed after Turkey's offensive against a Kurdish militia yesterday (19 February), just days after the two sides agreed on the need to normalise relations.
Global Europe 19-02-2018

‘Bad guy’ Russia emerges as central player in Western diplomacy

European and US officials divided over US President Donald Trump's foreign policy found common cause this weekend in decrying what they say is Russia's covert campaign to undermine Western democracies.
Defence policy 15-02-2018

US tells NATO allies spending plans still falling short

US President Donald Trump's defence secretary told European allies on Wednesday to step up efforts to increase military budgets and warned that troop contributions to missions did not exempt them from broader spending goals, officials said.
Global Europe 12-02-2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Syria's US-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.
Global Europe 08-02-2018

EU, NATO face growing threat of inadvertent military clash, report says

The erosion of arms control agreements, deployment of additional weapons and tensions over military exercises have increased the risk of an inadvertent armed clash between Europe and Russia, according to the 2018 Munich Security Report published today (8 February). 
Global Europe 02-02-2018

Europe ponders the US Iran nuclear deal threats over its companies

Europe has to decide what to do in case the US makes good on its threat to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran. The alternative is to agree to tighter terms proposed by Washington that could hit European companies.
Energy 29-01-2018

US insists Russia using energy as ‘political tool’ in Europe

The United States sees the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany as a threat to Europe's energy security, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Saturday (27 January).
Economy & Jobs 24-01-2018

Trump angers European solar installers with solar panel tariff

US President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.
Global Europe 23-01-2018

International concern grows over Turkey’s military incursion in Syria

Turkey yesterday (22 January) intensified its offensive against Kurdish militia targets in Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed there would be no stepping back in a campaign that has stoked concern among Ankara's allies and neighbours.
Global Europe 23-01-2018

Palestinian leader gets little out of EU as row with US persists

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Monday (22 January) urged the EU to "swiftly" grant official recognition to the state of Palestine as he sought support in Brussels amid a bitter row with Washington over the US plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Global Europe 22-01-2018

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

A day before Donald Trump’s 12 January ultimatum to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran’s foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump’s aversion to the accord, US and European officials said.
Global Europe 22-01-2018

Reasons, risks and consequences of Turkey’s Syria operation

The Turkish military has started an air and ground operation against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia whom Ankara views as "terrorists" linked to outlawed militants.