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Kremlin critic Navalny says he may have been poisoned

Global Europe 30-07-2019

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was discharged on Monday (29 July) from a hospital where he was treated for symptoms of an acute allergy, said he may have been poisoned, a suspicion shared by his lawyer and personal doctor.

Global Europe 24-08-2019

EU to retaliate if Trump slaps tariffs on French wine

The EU will react with new tariffs against US products if Donald Trump decides to impose duties on French wine, European Council President Donald Tusk said hours before the opening of what is likely to be a heated G7 summit on Saturday (24 August).
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. 
Global Europe 23-08-2019

Biarritz resembles post-apocalyptic ‘warzone’ as G7 leaders arrive

The G7 summit in Biarritz this weekend has put the entire French Basque coast under lockdown and unprecedented security measures. Locals are losing business and tourists are no longer able to enjoy a relaxing summer vacation. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 23-08-2019

Ukraine, EU oppose Trump’s suggestion of readmitting Russia to G7

Ukraine's president backed leading European powers on Thursday (22 August) in opposing the readmission of Russia to the Group of Seven advanced economies, saying Moscow still occupied Crimea and was frustrating peace in eastern Ukraine.
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.
Global Europe 21-08-2019

Trump unsettles G7 with support for Russia return

President Donald Trump on Tuesday (20 August) gave a foretaste of his convention-wrecking diplomacy at next weekend's G7 by calling for Russia - expelled from the group of democracies - to be readmitted.

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.
Global Europe 20-08-2019

Macron, Putin see chance on Ukraine but clash on Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday (19 August) agreed changes in Ukraine had bolstered the chances of peace in its east but clashed on Syria, as the Russian leader made a rare bilateral visit to a key EU power.
Global Europe 19-08-2019

Macron extends helping hand to Putin in run-up to G7 summit

By holding a meeting ahead of the G7 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron are attempting to extend a dialogue rendered difficult by the continued dismantling of multilateralism. EURACTIV France reports.

Humanity is increasingly living above its means

On Monday (29 July), which is three days earlier than last year, humanity had consumed more resources than the planet is capable of offering within a year. This is according to a report by the environmental NGO Global Footprint Network. EURACTIV's partner le Journal de l'Environnement reports.
China 14-08-2019

Hong Kong airport reopens after overnight clashes, mass protests

Hong Kong's airport resumed operations on Wednesday (14 August), rescheduling hundreds of flights that had been disrupted over the past two days as protesters clashed with riot police in a deepening crisis in the Chinese-controlled city.
China 13-08-2019

Chinese intervention in Hong Kong would be a ‘catastrophe’, Patten says

Hong Kong’s last British governor Chris Patten on Tuesday (13 August) cautioned that if China intervened in Hong Kong it would be a catastrophe and that Chinese President Xi Jinping should see the wisdom of trying to bring people together.
Global Europe 13-08-2019

UN expert chides France over jihadist captives in Iraq

A UN investigator rebuked France on Monday (12 August) for its possible role in the transfer of seven suspected jihadists from Syria to Iraq, but Paris dismissed her concerns as speculation.
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.
Global Europe 07-08-2019

US warns off Venezuela allies at Lima Group meeting

Washington warned China and Russia on Tuesday (6 August) to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in the South American nation.
China 05-08-2019

EU criticises ‘militarisation’ of South China Sea

The "militarisation" of the South China Sea is threatening peace in the contested waterway, the EU's top diplomat said Monday (5 August) in Hanoi, echoing warnings from the US as pressure mounts against Beijing's ambitions in the region.
Global Europe 05-08-2019

France, Germany condemn protest crackdown in Moscow

France and Germany on Sunday (4 July) condemned a Russian police crackdown on a banned opposition rally that saw hundreds detained, with Paris criticising an "excessive use of force" after a second weekend of protests over the exclusion of opposition candidates from local Moscow polls next month.

Europe weighs consequences as nuclear missiles treaty expires

A landmark agreement of Cold War-era arms control signed by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US President Ronald Reagan in 1987, the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) banned a whole class of medium-range ground-launched nuclear-capable missiles of 500 to 5,500 kilometres.
Global Europe 02-08-2019

Iran says ready for worst in battle to save nuclear deal amid standoff with US

President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday (1 August) that Iran was ready for the worst in an uphill struggle to salvage its nuclear deal with world powers abandoned by the United States, but that he was sure Tehran would eventually prevail.
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.
EU-China 30-07-2019

Have Russia and China gone too far with harvesting personal data for visa applications?

If you plan to travel to Russia or China for the holidays, you may be surprised by the countries' visa application processes, both of which request a substantial quantity of personal data.
Global Europe 29-07-2019

At Vienna crisis meeting, Iran links tanker row to ailing nuclear deal

Envoys from Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia and Iran gathered for talks in the Austrian capital on Sunday (28 July), a month after a similar meeting failed to achieve a breakthrough to salvage the fragile nuclear accord.

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