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Future EU 01-10-2019

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Urpilainen/Johansson/Kyriakides

The European Parliament will be grilling the proposed members of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission in a series of hearings between 30 September and 8 October.
Global Europe 01-02-2019

EU to establish contact group in Venezuela, Guaidó recognition up to member states

The EU will establish an international contact group to mediate in the crisis but leaves to member states the decision to recognize  Juan Guaidó as the president of Venezuela, EU28 agreed on Thursday (31 January).
Global Europe 31-01-2019

Parliament recognises Guaidó in Venezuela and calls on 28 to follow

The European Parliament recognised on Thursday (31 January) the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of the country and called on the EU and its member states to follow suit.
EU-Africa 07-01-2019

EU alarmed by Internet blackout in Congo after elections

On 31 December, the day after the presidential election, the Congolese government cut off internet access. The European Union has called for the situation to normalise while the preliminary results are still awaited, one week after the poll was held. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 06-06-2018

Qatar turns to Europe to escape Gulf blockade

Isolated among the Gulf States for the past year, Qatar has paradoxically managed to steer a successful course through the economic conflict waged against it, by turning to Europe. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 06-04-2018

EU calls on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian children

Alarmed by the conditions of Palestinian children in the Israeli military judicial system, the EU has called on Israel, through its representatives in Jerusalem and Ramallah, to respect the children's rights. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Politics 27-03-2018

Salisbury attack: new economic sanctions would be counterproductive

Sanctions introduced in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea have had a mixed impact on the country and have come at a cost for the EU. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 12-03-2018

Vladimir Putin: Uncontested ruler of his kingdom

Vladimir Putin’s popularity, 18 years after his accession to power, leaves no doubt about the outcome of the election in Russia taking place on 18 March. His popularity has been built on the systematic erosion of  his opponents' credibility. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Development Policy 23-02-2018

Security and development join forces in the Sahel

Military matters will dominate the agenda of the summit on the Sahel region in Brussels on Friday (23 February), but there will also be talks on strengthening development aid in the region. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Global Europe 04-02-2015

French international influence in decline

French influence in the world declined in 2014, according to the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Once ranked top in Europe for international affairs, France now occupies third place. EURACTIV France reports
Med & South 11-01-2011

EU countries mull sanctions against Belarus

EU diplomats are considering imposing sanctions against the top leaders of Belarus, where President Aleksander Lukashenko, known as 'Europe's last dictator', ordered a violent crackdown on opposition candidates and protesters. EURACTIV Germany contributed to this article.
Development Policy 22-12-2010

Ashton to preside over a ‘man’s world’

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has completed the appointments for 28 top officials at the European External Action Service, with only two women appearing on the list, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.
Development Policy 26-08-2010

Ashton to obtain speaking rights at UN

European Council and Commission representatives yesterday (24 August) confirmed reports that the United Nations is to grant the EU the right to speak at the body's General Assembly ahead of its 64th session, which starts on 15 September in New York.

EU-US to collaborate on ‘rare earths’

The US Congress and the European Parliament could hold parallel hearings and produce a joint communiqué on crucial raw materials as part of efforts to cooperate on areas of strategic interest, according to a senior Washington policymaker.
EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2010

Parliament mellows on EU diplomatic service

The European External Action Service (EEAS) is to become official after the summer recess and start recruiting in autumn, it became clear after a key European Parliament committee gave its green light yesterday (6 July) to the EU's diplomatic service.
Development Policy 26-03-2010

Ashton puts French ‘spider’ at centre of EEAS web

Despite opposition from the European Parliament, EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton unveiled on 25 March a proposal that puts a French-style secretary-general and two deputies at the centre of the EU's future diplomatic service.
Future EU 05-03-2010

‘Difficult birth’ awaits EU diplomatic service

The birth of the European External Action Service, one of the most anticipated innovations of the Lisbon Treaty, will be a difficult one, admitted a top European Commission official yesterday (4 March).
Global Europe 26-02-2010

French minister lashes out at Ashton Ukraine visit

France's defence minister criticised the European Union's foreign policy chief for attending the inauguration of Ukraine's president on 25 February, rather than chairing an EU meeting.
Brexit 24-02-2010

European businesses eyeing India’s green growth

A burgeoning middle class and expanding green industries make India an attractive proposition for expanding European firms. However, understanding local business culture and laws is the difference between success and failure, Poul Jensen, director of the European Business and Technology Centre in India, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 23-02-2010

Barroso sparks row over EU overseas appointments

The discrete appointment of José Manuel Barroso's former chief of cabinet as EU Ambassador to Washington sparked protests and controversy over the way the future European External Action Service will be built.
Global Europe 14-01-2010

Balkenende cleared by Iraq war probe

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende had little to do with initial planning of the Netherlands' participation in the Iraq war, a 550-page report concluded on Tuesday (12 January).
Southeast Asia 21-10-2000

EU-Asia Summit pledges to promote human rights in the region

The two-day ASEM Summit (EU-Asia) ended with a pledge for the promotion of human rights by all 25 participating countries