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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

No new sanctions on Russia at EU summit over Azov Sea

European Union leaders will offer Ukraine help for its regions affected by Russia's actions in the Azov Sea when they meet on Thursday (13 December), but no new sanctions on Russia will be imposed.
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.

Russian nuclear-capable bomber aircraft fly to Venezuela, angering US

Two Russian strategic bomber aircraft capable of carrying nuclear weapons have landed in ally Venezuela, a show of support for Venezuela’s socialist government that has infuriated Washington.
Global Europe 11-12-2018

Julian King: Russian info war preceded Ukrainian ship seizures

Russia launched a year-long fake news campaign about Kiev's and NATO's plans for the Azov Sea before seizing three Ukrainian ships and their crew there, EU security commissioner Julian King alleged Monday (10 December).

Marrakesh UN forum adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from over 160 countries in Morocco on Monday (10 December), despite a string of withdrawals, including several EU countries, driven by anti-immigrant populism.
Elections 10-12-2018

Belgian PM relaunches government as minority after ally quits

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel relaunched his government on Sunday (9 December) as a minority administration after the biggest party in his coalition quit in a dispute over signing the UN migration compact.
Global Europe 07-12-2018

Belgian PM to go to Marrakesh migration forum ‘in personal capacity’

To avoid a major crisis in the coalition government, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel announced on Thursday (6 December) that he will go "in personal capacity" to the intergovernmental conference in Marrakesh, focused on the Global Compact on migration.
Central Asia 06-12-2018

A US-Russia-China-EU summit? EU is interested

The EU is taking seriously the idea expressed recently by the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev for holding a four-way summit to defuse global tensions, an EU diplomat told an audience on Tuesday (4 December).

Save US-Russia nuclear treaty, EU urges

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday (5 December) urged Russia and the US to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.
China 06-12-2018

China hails ‘mutual respect’ as loops Portugal into Belt and Road

China will always stick to "mutual respect" in its efforts to deal with global challenges, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday (5 December) in Lisbon, where he signed agreements to link Portugal to Beijing's One Belt - One Road initiative.
Economy & Jobs 05-12-2018

White House presses German automakers to expand US investments

President Donald Trump pressed senior executives of leading German automakers to expand their investments in the United States as the White House considers imposing new tariffs on European-made vehicles.

US gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday (4 December) to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe, saying only Moscow could save the pact.

EU should sanction Iran over missile tests, US says

The United States is pressing the European Union to consider economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, a senior US official said on Tuesday (4 December), warning of a wider regional conflict if Tehran's ambitions remain unchecked.
Energy 04-12-2018

Germany to back Nord Stream 2 despite Ukraine tensions

Germany will not withdraw its political support for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia, its foreign minister said on Monday (3 December), as some lawmakers suggested curtailing the project to punish Moscow for its seizure of Ukrainian ships and their crew.
EU-China 04-12-2018

Xi Jinping heads to Portugal as China’s influence worries EU partners

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Portugal Tuesday (4 December) for a two-day visit to strengthen ties, amid concern in some EU capitals over China's growing influence on the continent.

UN Security Council to meet on Iran missile test

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday (4 December) at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend, diplomats said.
Economy & Jobs 03-12-2018

Trump and Xi’s truce upholds watered down G20 communiqué

A trade ceasefire agreed between the US and Chinese presidents, Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, helped to sustain the defence of multilateralism included in the final G20 declaration in Buenos Aires. 
Economy & Jobs 01-12-2018

G20 struggles to agree on watered down declaration

The Group of Twenty most powerful nations were nearing an agreement late on Friday (30 November), in which a reference to a rules-based multilateral trade system was expected to be included. But ambition was lowered in the climate field to overcome the US opposition to the Paris Agreement.
Economy & Jobs 30-11-2018

Trump shakes up G20 before landing in Buenos Aires

US President Donald Trump cancelled on Thursday (29 November) his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 and bragged about the tariffs imposed on China, before a key meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Saturday. 

Putin defends seizure of Ukrainian ships, Poroshenko invites NATO in Azov Sea

President Vladimir Putin insisted on Wednesday (28 November) that Russian forces were in the right to seize three Ukrainian ships last weekend, while his Ukrainian colleague Petro Poroshenko invited NATO ships in the Azov Sea.
Global Europe 29-11-2018

Afghan president names team for Taliban peace talks, EU to act as ‘guarantor’

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday (28 November) announced in Geneva a 12-person team for prospective peace talks with the Taliban, as his government pledged unwavering commitment to resolve the conflict despite persistent bloodshed.

Russia to deploy new missiles to Crimea as Ukraine tensions rise

Russia said on Wednesday (29 November) it planned to deploy more of its advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea as tensions rose with Ukraine over Moscow's seizure of three Ukrainian navy ships and their crews.
Global Europe 28-11-2018

Germany urges France to turn its UN seat into EU one

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Wednesday (29 November) proposed that France give up its permanent seat on the UN Security Council and turn it into an EU seat to allow the bloc to speak with one voice on the global stage.