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Global Europe 16-05-2022

EU ministers urge Hungary to sign up to planned Russian oil embargo

EU foreign ministers sought to publicly pressure Hungary on Monday (16 May) to lift its veto on a proposed oil embargo on Russia, with Lithuania saying the bloc was being "held hostage by one member state".
Global Europe 23-03-2022

Zelenskyy sees hope in ‘confrontational’ Russia talks

Talks between Ukraine and Russia are confrontational but moving forward, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Wednesday (23 March), as the West plans to announce more sanctions against the Kremlin amid a worsening humanitarian crisis.
China 22-03-2022

Biden and allies to coordinate on China at triple Brussels summits

US President Joe Biden's bid to drive a wedge between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine war will be a key topic of discussion this week when Biden travels to Brussels.
Global Europe 22-03-2022

Zelenskyy says everything on table if Putin meets

Ukrainian leader Volodymr Zelenskyy said all issues would be on the table if Russia's Vladimir Putin agreed to direct talks to end the war, including contested Crimea and Donbas, but he warned his country would be "destroyed" before it surrenders.
Europe's East 21-03-2022

Ukraine refuses to surrender Mariupol after Russian ultimatum

Ukraine rejected Russian calls to surrender the port city of Mariupol, where residents are besieged with little food, water and power in a humanitarian crisis that is increasing pressure on European leaders to toughen sanctions on Moscow.
Global Europe 16-03-2022

Biden to attend Brussels NATO and EU summits on 24 March

US President Joe Biden will make his first visit to Europe since the invasion of Ukraine to discuss the crisis with NATO allies next week, the White House said as the refugee tally hit 3 million amid Russian air strikes.
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2022

Macron cautious about joint EU debt plan

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (10 March) the war in Ukraine will require joint EU investments which may lead to a new bout of joint debt, but added he would prefer to talk about the goals first rather...
Europe's East 11-03-2022

EU leaders tone down Ukraine’s membership plan

After hours of debate, EU leaders on Thursday (10 March) stopped short of concrete commitments on Ukraine's appeal for rapid accession to the bloc and differed over the reach of sanctions against Moscow.
Economy & Jobs 24-12-2021

Macron, Draghi call for reform of EU fiscal rules

French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Thursday (23 December) on Brussels to reform its fiscal rules to allow greater investment spending while acknowledging the necessity to reduce debt. “Just as the rules could not be...
Europe's East 17-12-2021

EU leaders warn Russia of ‘massive consequences’ in case of aggression against Ukraine

EU leaders on Thursday (16 December) agreed to coordinate with allies over potential sanctions against Russia in the event of further military aggression on Ukraine. The problem remains to define what level of escalation would trigger what sort of response.
Banking union 17-12-2021

EU leaders set no date for banking union, ask for plan to get there

European Union leaders reiterated on Thursday (16 December) their political commitment to finishing the bloc's banking union, but set no date for it, underlining the deep disagreements between governments on what needs to be done to get there.
Politics 16-12-2021

AS IT HAPPENED: Leaders discuss Russia, vaccination, migration

EU leaders come together for the last summit of the year on Thursday (16 December) to discuss external challenges (migration, Russia), agree on ways to boost vaccination and contain the coronavirus pandemic and try to breathe life into a joint security and defence vision for the bloc.
Future EU 21-10-2021

AS IT HAPPENED: EU leaders make meagre progress on energy, migration, Poland

Leaders of the EU-27 came together on 21-22 October for a summit dominated by a debate about Poland, whose increasingly defiant stance on rule of law and the role of Brussels has challenged the fundamentals of EU order and put the bloc to a serious test.

EU leaders caught in either-or argument over European defence strategy

Amid disunity over the way forward on European defence, EU leaders discussed on Tuesday night (5 October) whether the bloc should enhance its capacity to act independently while strengthening its partnership with NATO.
EU-China 05-10-2021

Global player? Brdo EU summit to seek answers on China, US strategy

The European Union's 27 leaders will seek a new approach to China on Tuesday (5 October) in their first summit on Sino-European strategy since the bloc imposed sanctions on Beijing in March and faced retaliation, jeopardising a new investment pact.

EU leaders to discuss soaring energy prices

Leaders of European Union countries will discuss surging energy prices when they meet next month, as governments scramble to cushion households from the soaring cost of gas and power.
Global Europe 20-09-2021

Australia defends scrapping of French submarine deal, Macron and Biden to talk

Australia on Sunday (19 September) defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago.
Global Europe 28-06-2021

Delta variant spread upsets EU plans for return to relative normality

Moscow and Indonesia recorded their worst daily coronavirus death toll due to the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, while various EU countries envisaged new restrictions, likely to upset their plans for a return to relative normality this summer.
Global Europe 25-06-2021

Merkel says ‘sovereign’ EU should be able to talk to Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (25 June) insisted that the EU should be able to talk to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, after other leaders from the bloc thwarted her push for a summit.
Global Europe 25-06-2021

Bulgarian president: A summit with Putin is a matter of realism

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told reporters after an EU summit on Friday (25 June) that he had strongly supported the proposal of French and German leaders to hold an EU summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying it would help the bloc's ambition to become a global player.
Global Europe 25-06-2021

France, Germany drop plans for Russia summit after EU outcry

European Union leaders failed to agree on a proposal by France and Germany to hold a summit soon with Russian President Vladimir Putin after Poland and Baltic countries said it would send the wrong message as East-West ties deteriorate. After...
Non-discrimination 25-06-2021

EU leaders confront Hungary PM over LGBTQ law

EU leaders holding a summit Thursday (24 June) attacked Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over a new law in his country banning LGBTQ content in schools, which they view as homophobic and contrary to EU values.
Global Europe 24-06-2021

After ‘negative spiral’, EU summit seeks the Russian algorithm

European Union leaders will on Thursday (24 June) consider whether to seek a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of a new strategy to manage relations with Moscow that the EU says are in a "negative spiral".
Coronavirus 26-05-2021

Von der Leyen: Great progress in fight against COVID-19 must be consolidated

Europe has made great progress in vaccination since the start of May and this is paving the way for societies to reopen safely, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday (25 May), but warned that progress must be consolidated so that we "stay one step ahead of the virus".