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Global Europe 21-02-2022

EU foreign ministers to discuss Russia crisis amid fears of ‘false-flag’ operations

EU foreign ministers meet with their Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba in Brussels on Monday (21 February) amid growing fears that Russia could take a 'false flag' provocation as an excuse to take military action against Ukraine.
Global Europe 19-05-2021

Hungary blocks EU declaration on Israel-Palestine ceasefire

EU foreign ministers called on Tuesday (18 May) for a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and boosted humanitarian aid for Gaza, but failed to reach the unanimity that might give the EU leverage in peacemaking.
Enlargement 10-05-2021

EU faced with ‘deep disappointment’ in Western Balkans

EU foreign minister will discuss the Western Balkans on Monday (10 May) to determine how to improve cooperation with the region, burdened by lingering nationalism, a weak economy and widespread disappointment with its fading EU membership prospects.

EU seeks rapid response military force, two decades after first try

Fourteen EU countries, including Germany and France, have proposed a rapid military response force that could intervene early in international crises, a senior EU official said on Wednesday, two decades after a previous attempt. The countries say the EU should...
Climate change 25-01-2021

EU foreign ministers to push for global fossil fuel phase-out

European Union foreign ministers will promote a global phase out of fossil fuels and reaffirm commitments to funding climate adaptation at a meeting on Monday (25 January).
Global Europe 17-02-2020

EU to deploy new military mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday (17 February), after Austria lifted its veto, to deploy a combined aerial and naval mission, with a terrestrial component, and enforce a porous UN arms embargo in and around war-torn Libya.
Global Europe 06-01-2020

EU foreign ministers to hold emergency Iran talks on Friday

EU foreign ministers will hold emergency talks on the Iran crisis later this week on Friday as tensions rise after US forces killed an Iranian general in a drone strike, diplomats said on Monday (6 January).

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.