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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).
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.
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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