About: foreign affairs council

EU urges Iran’s full compliance with nuclear deal

EU ministers called for Iran to fully comply with its embattled nuclear deal, and reiterated their regret at the US’ withdrawal, at a foreign affairs ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday (15 July). EU ministers discussed how to preserve the...
Global Europe 09-04-2019

Spain calls on EU partners to step up diplomacy on Venezuela crisis

EU and Latin American efforts to resolve the Venezuela crisis peacefully are too slow and must be accelerated, Spain's foreign minister Josep Borrell said Monday (8 April).
Global Europe 26-02-2018

How to get Europe back into the Middle East

The Foreign Affairs Council is right to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process when it meets Arab leaders on Monday, but it’s on Iran that the EU is needed the most, writes Franco Frattini, the former Italian foreign minister.
Development Policy 29-10-2015

Malta holds back the EU on sexual rights in development policy

EU foreign affairs ministers have strengthened their stance on gender equality in development policy. But progress on sexual and reproductive rights, particularly abortion, has been hampered by Maltese opposition. EURACTIV France reports
Global Europe 22-06-2015

EU foreign ministers to agree on Mediterranean intelligence operations

EU foreign affairs ministers will today (22 June) agree on an intelligence gathering operation, the first phase of the bloc’s response to the burgeoning migration crisis in the Mediterranean, but military action against people smugglers will depend on the support of Libya’s National Unity Government and the United Nations.
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Europe's East 21-02-2014

Ashton: Targeted sanctions against Ukraine

EU foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Brussels decided on measures against Kyiv including visa bans, asset freezes and a suspension of the export of riot control equipment like water cannon, body armour and helmets.
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Europe's East 21-10-2013

Brussels tells Russia to stop pressuring Ukraine over closer EU ties

European foreign ministers have warned Russia to stop putting pressure on Ukraine, as the former Soviet country seeks closer ties with the EU. Gathering in Luxembourg on Monday, the EU's  foreign ministers are discussing Ukraine’s progress towards the signing of a free trade deal with the EU during the Eastern Partnership summit next November. But Moscow has been pressuring the ex-soviet member to join the Moscow-led customs union instead, reminding Ukraine of its heavy dependance on Russian gas.
Europe's East 21-10-2013

Ukraine dominates EU’s foreign ministers discussions in Luxemburg

The EU's 28 foreign ministers will discuss Ukraine’s progress towards closer association with the EU during a Luxembourg summit, as talks on the release from prison of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko gather steam. Arab Spring countries and the EU's southern neighbourhood are also on the agenda.
Central Europe 24-01-2012

Romanian minister sacked over blog comments

  Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi was sacked yesterday (23 January), a week after describing crowds protesting against austerity measures and the government as “slum dwellers”. Baconschi reportedly learned of his dismissal during a meeting of fellow EU ministers in Brussels.  

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