About: Charles Michel

Azerbaijan 22-10-2020

Flurry of meetings fails to re-assure over Nagorno-Karabakh peace settlement

Armenia’s prime minister said on Wednesday he saw no possibility of a diplomatic solution at this stage in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Global Europe 22-10-2020

45 lawmakers urge US to boycott Saudi-hosted G20

Forty-five American lawmakers have urged the US government to boycott next month's G20 summit in Riyadh unless Saudi authorities address key human rights concerns, according to correspondence released Wednesday (21 October).
Brexit 15-10-2020

Brexit talks’ fate hangs in balance at EU summit

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared himself disappointed in the progress of post-Brexit trade talks Wednesday (14 October), but he will wait for news from an EU summit before deciding whether to pull the plug.
Coronavirus 14-10-2020

Borrell and Lenarcic quarantined after trip to Ethiopia

The EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, and the bloc's commissioner for humanitarian aid, Janez Lenarcic, said that they were quarantining after coming into contact with people who tested positive for coronavirus during a trip to Ethiopia last week.
Brexit 08-10-2020

Time to put ‘cards on the table’, Michel tells UK’s Johnson

It is "time for the UK to put its cards on the table" over a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU,  European Council President Charles Michel said on Wednesday (7 October) after a call with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Europe's East 07-10-2020

EU, Ukraine hold live summit in Brussels to discuss trade ties, reforms and security

During the first live summit with international partners in Brussels following the outbreak of the pandemic on the continent, the EU and Ukraine leaders met on Tueasday (6 October) to take stock of cooperation amid what critics say is a...
Global Europe 01-10-2020

EU leaders meet to break stalemate over Belarus and Turkey

EU leaders meet physically for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Thursday (1 October) in an attempt to break the deadlock over imposing sanctions on Belarus and resolving a standoff with Turkey, both crucial for the EU's credibility on the international scene.

Swiss voters refuse immigration cuts, EU sees ‘great future’ in relationship

Swiss voters on Sunday (27 September) rejected a bid to slash immigration from the EU, leaving free movement in the heart of Europe intact, and embraced offering paid paternity leave for the first time.
Azerbaijan 27-09-2020

Nagorno-Karabakh on fire again, EU calls for ‘immediate return to negotiations’

European Council president Charles Michel called Sunday (27 August) for a halt to fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani separatists over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and an “immediate return to negotiations”. “Military action must stop, as a matter of urgency, to prevent...
Global Europe 22-09-2020

Charles Michel delays summit to 1-2 October after going into quarantine

European Council President Charles Michel postponed a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday and Friday (24-25 October) until the start of October after going into coronavirus quarantine due to contact with an infected security guard, his spokesman said.
Europe's East 18-09-2020

Cyprus blocks EU’s Belarus sanctions plan

Plans by the European Union to slap sanctions on Belarus have fallen into disarray, sources say, a hostage to internal politicking that one EU official described as a threat to the bloc's credibility.
Global Europe 16-09-2020

Charles Michel vows to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff

European Council chief Charles Michel pledged Wednesday (16 September) that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights. Michel’s visit to the island comes a day after Turkey...

Germany to take in 1,500 refugees from Greek islands, Michel urges for more EU solidarity

Germany said it will take in more than 1,500 refugees from Greece from the island of Lesbos as Berlin tried to rally a fresh EU response to a years-long migrant crisis that flared anew.

Greek government accuses migrants of ‘burning’ Moria camp

Greece on Monday (14 September) accused migrants of deliberately burning their overcrowded camp last week on Lesbos island, where hundreds reluctantly moved to a new temporary site with "no showers or mattresses".
EU-China 14-09-2020

EU, China make progress on investment deal despite human rights tensions

The leaders of the EU and China agreed to speed up negotiations to conclude a long-standing investment deal during a virtual summit on Monday (14 September), despite Europe's lingering concerns over Beijing’s human rights record and its treatment of Hong Kong.
EU-China 14-09-2020

EU-China summit to weigh geopolitics and trade as tensions mount

EU leaders are set to hold virtual talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday (14 September), hoping to make progress on trade and investment, even as tensions mount between Beijing and the West over Hong Kong and treatment of the country's Uighur Muslim minority.
Brexit 14-09-2020

EU warns Britain its international credibility is at stake

European Council chief Charles Michel warned Britain Sunday (13 September) its international credibility is at stake, saying it must fulfil its responsibility to implement the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Global Europe 07-09-2020

Turkey sanctions on table for EU meeting, France says

Turkey's escalating conflict with Greece and Cyprus will be the main subject at this month's European Council meeting, when sanctions will be considered against Ankara, France said on Sunday (6 September).
Global Europe 19-08-2020

Crisis in Belarus not geopolitical, EU leaders say after 3-hour summit

EU leaders made it clear following a 3-hour long online summit on the situation in Belarus on Wednesday (19 August) that the crisis following the controversial elections was not a geopolitical one and that it should not antagonise Russia.
Eastern Europe 17-08-2020

EU leaders to hold emergency talks on Belarus crisis

EU leaders will hold an emergency video summit on Wednesday (19 August) to discuss the crisis in Belarus, where protests are swelling against the disputed re-election of longtime President Alexander Lukashenko.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

EU chief Michel heading to Beirut on Saturday

President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut.

MEPs warn of insufficient control over EU climate spending

The European Parliament rejected on Thursday (23 July) the hard-won decisions of the EU Council. MEPs criticised, among other things, cuts to climate programmes and voiced fear that billions of euros could fall into the wrong hands. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 23-07-2020

Parliament insists on revisiting budget cuts despite Michel, von der Leyen charm offensive

European Council and Commission presidents tried to gain the European Parliament support on Thursday (23 July) for the recovery plan backed earlier this week by the EU27 but lawmakers insist on negotiating budget cuts. 
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2020

Leaders edge closer to deal as EU recovery fund talks enter fourth day

EU leaders have edged closer to a compromise on a new long-term budget and a multi-billion euro coronavirus recovery fund and will reconvene on Monday (20 July) afternoon for a fourth day of negotiations. 
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