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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. [The Council of European Union]
Europe's East 22-01-2015

Ukraine agreement opens way to Astana summit

Diplomatic progress was made during four-way talks on the Ukraine crisis, and an agreement was reached on establishing security zones between pro-Russian fighters and Kyiv's forces, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.
Development Policy 19-01-2015

Bid to appoint Andrew Lansley as UN relief head angers aid organisations

Efforts by David Cameron to parachute his former health secretary, Andrew Lansley, into a plum United Nations role have met with furious opposition from numerous of the world’s leading international disaster-relief organisations.
Europe's East 04-03-2014

Russia claims it ‘restores order’ in Ukraine at Yanukovich’s request

Ukraine's ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich has sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin requesting that he use Russia's military to restore law and order in Ukraine, Moscow's UN envoy told a stormy meeting of the Security Council yesterday (3 March).
Global Europe 06-12-2013

France takes the lead to stop Central African Republic genocide

France said it would act immediately in Central African Republic after securing U.N. backing to halt sectarian violence that rocked the capital yesterday (5 December) and risked escalating into widespread civilian massacres.
Global Europe 13-09-2013

MEPs demand UN-backed response to Syria’s chemical weapons

The European Parliament called for a binding international resolution on how to deter the use of chemical weapons in Syria yesterday (12 September), as the US and Russian foreign ministers are due to hold a second round of talks on the crisis in Geneva.
Development Policy 26-06-2013

Africa’s economic outlook brightens amid continued inequalities

Africa is one of the world’s fastest growing regions and should remain so in the coming years. But its progress is hampered by an ever-widening income gap, development experts said at the Brussels launch of the 'African Economic Outlook 2013' report.

EU hails global deal on cutting mercury emissions

The European Commission has hailed a UN agreement that will establish the first global treaty to cut mercury pollution. Specific household items will be blacklisted and new controls on power plants and small-scale mines will be introduced, the United Nations said on Saturday (19 January).
Development Policy 28-09-2012

Spanish hotels to get energy-efficiency revamp

Spanish hoteliers can now give their buildings an energy-efficient revamp with the help of an online tool calculating their needs, costs and investment returns.
Global Europe 10-09-2012

EU ministers seek tougher sanctions on Syrian regime

EU foreign ministers seek to impose tougher sanctions on the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad as soon as next month, acknowledging that the actions taken so far have had little effect on the regime.
Global Europe 30-05-2012

EU steps up response to Syrian massacre

The United States and at least seven other Western countries expelled Syrian diplomats from their capitals yesterday (29 May) in a coordinated action against President Bashar al-Assad's government over the killing of more than 100 civilians in a Syrian town. An EU-wide expulsion, however, has not been decided.
Global Europe 12-04-2012

Turkish leader invites NATO to defend its border with Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an raised today (12 April) the prospect of calling on its NATO allies to protect its border after gunfire hit a Syrian refugee camp on Turkish territory.

UN official calls EU’s asylum system ‘extremely dysfunctional’

António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, told a Brussels audience yesterday (20 April) that the European Union's asylum system was "extremely dysfunctional" and that he didn't believe that reforms could meet a December 2012 target.
Global Europe 02-03-2012

EU, outraged by Syrian ‘barbarity’, prepares new sanctions

EU leaders gathered in Brussels expressed outrage at the 'barbarity' of the repression in Syria, sending a discrete message to Moscow that Europeans were hoping for a gesture from Russia at the UN Security Council after Sunday's presidential election.
Global Europe 06-02-2012

Sarkozy pushes ‘Friends of Syria’ group at UN

Western and Arab states voiced outrage yesterday (5 February) after Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution that would have backed an Arab plan urging Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to give up power. French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed creating a "Friends of Syria" group to advance initiative.
Global Europe 02-11-2011

UN calls for Cyprus ‘peace summit’

The United Nations yesterday (1 November) called for a summit to be held in January between leaders of ethnically split Cyprus aimed at settling a decades-old conflict that has blocked Turkey's bid to join the EU. Cyprus will hold the rotating EU Presidency in the send half of 2012.
Global Europe 06-10-2011

UNESCO to vote on Palestine membership

Palestinians moved a step closer to full membership of UNESCO, the UN cultural agency yesterday (5 October) when its board decided to let 193 member countries vote on admission this month.
Global Europe 19-08-2011

EU, US urge Assad to step down

A chorus of countries led by the EU and the US has called for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying they will impose further sanctions on a regime which is "torturing and slaughtering" its own people in what the UN said could be crimes against humanity.
Elections 23-05-2011

Cyprus election signals reunification talks discontent

The main opposition party won parliamentary elections held in Cyprus yesterday (22 May), amid accusations during the campaign that the leftist ruling coalition of President Dimitris Christofias had been making too many concessions in the divided island's reunification talks.
Global Europe 06-05-2011

Carnival of spin rages as Mideast leaders tour Europe

Israeli officials are warning of a potential return to violence and Palestinian leaders of an end to the Oslo peace process, as the diplomatic battle over a planned UN vote on Palestinian statehood heats up across Europe.
Public Affairs 04-05-2011

EU finds a clearer voice in the UN

Catherine Ashton, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, will at last have the right to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, following a vote held yesterday (3 May).
Global Europe 03-05-2011

Hungary alone in waving EU flag in Tripoli

Of all EU countries' embassies in Libya, only Hungary has a diplomatic presence in Tripoli and provides information to the EU. The European Commission told EURACTIV that the situation on the ground was "very difficult" and that the EU was "paying tribute" to the Hungarian Presidency for the work they are doing.
Med & South 07-04-2011

EU could evacuate Libyan city by sea if UN asks

The EU can send ships to evacuate the civilian population of the rebel coastal city of Misrata, which is under siege from Muammar Gaddafi's forces, if UN humanitarian body OCHA makes such a request, European Commission officials said yesterday (6 April).
Med & South 25-03-2011

European leaders tighten noose on Gaddafi

EU leaders adopted new sanctions yesterday (24 March) against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, urging the international community to ensure that Libya's oil and gas revenues "do not reach" his regime. Meanwhile, NATO said it would enforce a no-fly zone over Libya but stopped short of taking full command of the UN-backed military operations in the country.
Med & South 22-03-2011

Turkey accuses France of overstepping UN Libya mandate

EU hopeful and NATO member Turkey is expected today (22 March) to block a decision by the Alliance to take over leadership in securing the no-fly zone over Libya. In an apparent tit-for-tat response to France's reluctance to back its EU bid, Ankara is questioning the legal base of the coalition's operations in Libya.