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Europe's East 18-08-2017

Three risks and three scenarios for Ukraine

Between 2014 and 2017, Ukraine's leadership failed to transform the country's old post-Soviet Russia oligarchic system into a European and Western-style democracy. The transformation is inefficient and slow, and this entails risk, writes Roman Rukomeda.

Politics 17-07-2017

Romania says Patriot missile buy meant to boost defence

Romanian military purchases are not intended to put strain on relations with nearby Russia but to strengthen the country's defences, President Klaus Iohannis said on Saturday (15 July).

Starbucks set to hire 2,500 refugees in Europe

US coffee chain Starbucks Corp said yesterday (20 June) it will hire 2,500 refugees in Europe as part of a wider worldwide hiring plan, months after the policy prompted a backlash from some customers.

Global Europe 16-06-2017

New US sanctions threaten EU firms involved in Nord Stream 2

The US Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday (15 June) for legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to get Congress' approval before easing any existing sanctions on Russia.

Central Europe 15-06-2017

Germany voices ‘great concern’ over Hungarian NGO law

Germany voiced "great concern" yesterday (14 June) over Hungary's crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups approved by parliament the previous day. In the meantime the Commission said it will “carefully analyse it”.

Global Europe 24-05-2017

Republicans push back against Trump plan to cut foreign aid

US President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress on Tuesday (23 May) assailed his proposed cuts in the diplomatic and foreign aid budget, making it unlikely the cutbacks in global health, peacekeeping and other programs will take effect.

Politics 24-05-2017

Europe braces for laptop ban on US-bound flights

US and EU officials meet in Washington this week for further talks on aviation security, as the European Union braces for an extension of a cabin ban on large electronic devices to US-bound flights from Europe.

Global Europe 15-05-2017

Saudi Arabia, Russia agree oil output cuts to push up prices

Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's two top oil producers, agreed today (15 May) to extend oil output cuts for a further nine months until March 2018 to rein in a global crude glut, pushing up prices.

Global Europe 11-05-2017

US Defence Secretary criticises Russian build-up near Baltic states

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday (10 May) that a Russian missile deployment near the Baltic states was "destabilising", and officials suggested the United States could deploy a Patriot missile battery in the region for NATO exercises in the summer.

Global Europe 24-04-2017

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday (23 April).

Global Europe 11-04-2017

Western pressure builds on Russia to break ties with Assad

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke yesterday (10 April) to US President Donald Trump and agreed that "a window of opportunity" exists to persuade Russia to break ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, her office said.

Global Europe 07-04-2017

Trump orders toughest US military action in six-year Syria war

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday (6 April) that he ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airfield from which a deadly chemical weapons attack was launched, declaring he acted in America's "national security interest" against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Politics 23-03-2017

Tillerson urges Senate ratification of Montenegro’s NATO membership

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has written to the leaders of the US Senate urging the ratification of Montenegro as the newest member of the NATO alliance, saying it is "strongly in the interests of the United States."

Suspend visa-free EU travel for US citizens, MEPs say

United States citizens should be denied visa-free access to the European Union before summer because Washington does not allow some EU nationals to enter there without visa, EU lawmakers said in a vote today (2 March).

Defence policy 24-02-2017

Trump suddenly likes the EU?

Donald Trump expressed support for the European Union on Thursday (23 February), which is surprising against the background previous remarks.

Global Europe 23-02-2017

NATO, the Middle East and Eastern Europe

Interests within NATO diverge, particularly between the United States and many European countries. George Friedman takes a closer look.

Enlargement 23-02-2017

Montenegro seeks assurance Trump won’t derail its NATO accession

Stuck in a geopolitical tug of war over its NATO bid, Montenegro wants the United States to guarantee that it will ratify its accession protocol. American diplomats told EURACTIV that the process will take time but that US policy should not change.

Enlargement 21-02-2017

Montenegro’s parliament ‘will vote for NATO by 59%’

Montenegro will finish the ratification procedure of its NATO accession with a vote in parliament in the coming months. Public opinion is evenly divided for and against NATO membership, but it is unlikely that a referendum will be called over the issue.

Enlargement 20-02-2017

EU calls for rapid investigation into Montenegro ‘coup’

Montenegro, which broke away from a union with Serbia to become independent in 2006, has been engulfed in a coup drama since the 16 October general election when authorities arrested 20 Serbians accused of planning armed attacks against government institutions.

Global Europe 17-02-2017

France and Germany frown at Trump’s Middle East policy

France and Germany consider the US position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict confusing and risking ending the prospect of a two-state solution and fuel conflict in the region, the two leading EU countries said yesterday (16 February).

Global Europe 17-02-2017

Juncker: Europe must not bow to Trump’s demands on NATO

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (16 February) that Europe must not cave in to US demands to raise military spending, arguing that development and humanitarian aid could also count as security. His chief spokesperson however said different things.

Enlargement 16-02-2017

Chief prosecutor overrules jailing of Montenegro opposition leaders

Montenegro's chief prosecutor, Ivica Stanković, issued yesterday (15 February) binding instructions to his special prosecutor not to arrest two opposition MPs, although the parliament stripped them of their immunity on charges of having participated in the plotting of a coup d’état.

Euro & Finance 13-02-2017

Swiss voters soundly reject corporate tax overhaul

Swiss voters clearly rejected plans to overhaul the corporate tax system yesterday (12 February), sending the government back to the drawing board as it tries to abolish ultra-low tax rates for thousands of multinational companies without triggering a mass exodus.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

Trump’s Muslim travel ban inspires EU initiative

Current and former EU government ministers, academics and editors will propose to EU leaders meeting today (3 February) in Malta that the Union set up a “rule of law” mission to assist EU citizens stranded in US ports and airports, following Donald Trump’s 'Muslim ban'.