About: Catherine Ashton

Brexit 30-09-2016

Blair would have been vetoed by Chirac for Commission President, aide admits

EXCLUSIVE/ Tony Blair’s dream of leaving Downing Street in the wake of the Iraq invasion to become EU Commission President would have been vetoed by Jacques Chirac, his top aide told EURACTIV.com Friday on (30 September).
Brexit 06-07-2016

Cameron faces uphill battle to place new EU Commissioner

Prime Minister David Cameron has suggested naming Britain's Ambassador to France, Julian King, as its new member on the European Commission, EU sources said yesterday (5 July), but faces resistance from EU lawmakers.
Enlargement 12-02-2015

Belgrade-Priština dialogue resumes

After a ten month pause, Serbia and Kosovo resumed their dialogue on the normalisation of relations, in Brussels on 9 February, yielding the first result: the two sides initialised an agreement on the judiciary. This should solve the issue of the judiciary’s functioning in Serb-populated areas. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 16-10-2014

Football violence reveals Serbia-Albania tensions

A Euro 2016 football qualifier match between Serbia and Albania, held this week in Belgrade, ended violently, revealing underlying tensions between the two countries. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) prepare to bring food to patients kept in an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014 [Photo: Reuters]
Development Policy 14-10-2014

EU to discuss ‘innovative’ military coordination against Ebola

On 16 October, European Union diplomats will discuss a plan to give the EU a coordinating role for European military missions countering the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
CREDIT[Martin_Abgglen_Flickr]
Languages & Culture 18-09-2014

The formal cooling of EU-Swiss relations

The EU has this summer refused Switzerland's request to renegotiate a bilateral treaty on free movement after Swiss voters chose to close the country's borders to Croatian workers. As a result, the Erasmus programme will be interrupted, penalising European students, and the proposed interconnection of the electricity market will not get off the ground.
Global Europe 11-09-2014

EU delays new Russia sanctions

European Union envoys failed yesterday (10 September) to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks today, EU diplomats said.
Global Europe 02-09-2014

Mogherini: Russia is no longer the EU’s strategic partner

Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister appointed to become the next EU foreign affairs chief, said in the European Parliament today (2 September) that Russia was no longer the EU’s “strategic partner”, referring to the phrase which describes the relationship between the Union and its largest neighbour in hundreds of official documents.
Federica Mogherini [European Commission]
Global Europe 30-08-2014

Profile: Federica Mogherini, the next EU foreign affairs chief

Federica Mogherini, the 41-year-old Italian minister for foreign affairs, will lead the EU’s foreign policy for the next five years.
Petro Poroshenko at 30 August Council
Global Europe 30-08-2014

Poroshenko: The EU’s agenda now revolves around Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko took centre stage at today’s (30 August) EU summit and said that the Union’s heads of state and government had given his country broad support, since it had faced “open aggression” from Russia, adding that the EU's agenda from now on would largely revolve around Ukraine.
Jean-Claude Juncker with European heads of state [European Council]
EU Elections 2014 29-08-2014

Wrap-up: Leaders choose Tusk, Mogherini at Summit

EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.
A NATO satellite image [NATO]
Global Europe 29-08-2014

Russia advances in Ukraine, EU summit readies new sanctions

Prompted by the news that Russian forces have entered Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU will discuss further sanctions against Russia at the extraordinary summit Saturday (30 August). The perceived ''invasion'' boosted the chances that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the strongest supporter of pro-EU forces in Ukraine, would succeed Herman Van Rompuy as Council President.
EU Elections 2014 28-08-2014

Poland wants economic portfolio, will support Georgieva to replace Ashton

Polish Foreign Minister Rados?aw Sikorski is among the official contenders for the post of High Representative. Yet the reality is more complicated. Poland is in fact interested in obtaining an economic portfolio. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Europe's East 27-08-2014

Putin and Poroshenko shake hands, but discord prevails

The meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Minsk Tuesday (26 August) will be remembered by their handshake. But there was no sign of progress on the fundamental point of disagreement: Ukraine's charges that Moscow is sending arms and fighters to help Ukrainian rebels, and Russia's adamant denials.
A view of Minsk. Photo: Minsk travelguide
Europe's East 26-08-2014

Little chance to end fighting, as Putin and Poroshenko prepare for Minsk meeting

Divided by mistrust and mutual recrimination, the Russian and Ukrainian leaders will hold rare talks today (26 August) that offer only a slim hope of progress towards ending five months of separatist war in Ukraine.
Angela Merkel. Petro Poroshenko, Vladimir Putin at Normandy
Europe's East 20-08-2014

Putin and Poroshenko to meet in Minsk on 26 August

Russia and Ukraine said yesterday (19 August) that their presidents would meet together with top European Union officials in Belarus's capital of Minsk on 26 August to discuss their conflict over Ukraine, which has plunged relations to an all-time low.
Global Europe 23-07-2014

EU ministers threaten Russia with harsher sanctions

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia yesterday (22 July) with harsher sanctions over Ukraine that could inflict wider damage on its economy following the downing of a Malaysian airliner, but delayed action for a few days.
Federica Mogherini (right), Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, speaks with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Brussels, 3 March 2014 [Photo: The Council of the European Union]
EU Elections 2014 15-07-2014

Poland, Baltic states hesitant over Mogherini

Poland and the Baltic states are uneasy about Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini's bid to be European Union foreign policy chief, concerned that she may be soft on Russia, but look unlikely to block her, diplomats said on Monday (14 July).
Kristalina Georgieva [European Commission]
EU Elections 2014 04-07-2014

Green leader calls for Georgieva to succeed Ashton

The Green European Parliament Vice President Ulrike Lunacek has called on EU leaders to elect Kristalina Georgieva, the Bulgarian commissioner for humanitarian aid, as the successor of Catherine Ashton as EU foreign Affairs chief.
Future EU 01-07-2014

EU auditors slam Ashton’s office for lack of efficiency

A new report by the European Court of Auditors examining the European External Action Service has found that the institution has been “inadequately prepared”, lacks resources and its tasks are “vaguely defined”.
Vladimir Putin in Vienna on 24 June, photo the Kremlin
Europe's East 25-06-2014

Putin revokes ‘right of intervention’ in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin asked Russia's upper house yesterday (24 June) to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine in defence of Russian-speakers there.
Catherine Ashton and Carld Bildt at Luxembourg ministerial
Europe's East 24-06-2014

EU throws its weight behind Ukraine peace plan

The EU urged Russia Monday (23 June) to back President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for Ukraine. But its threat of tougher sanctions, if Moscow failed to do so, appeared to only have partial support.
EU Elections 2014 30-05-2014

Poland nominates Sikorski to replace Ashton

Poland has confirmed that it will nominate its Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to replace Catherine Ashton as EU foreign policy chief.
EU Priorities 2020 21-05-2014

Dutch foreign minister: ‘I won’t succeed Ashton’

Despite being one of the presumed contenders, the Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans on Tuesday (20 May) denounced rumours that he was in the race to succeed Catherine Ashton as EU foreign policy chief.

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