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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'.

Global Europe 03-02-2017

US Vice President to visit Brussels, Munich security conference

US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Brussels and a security conference in Munich this month, the White House said yesterday (2 February), amid jitters about the health of the trans-Atlantic relationship.

Global Europe 02-02-2017

Germany to teach Trump’s inner circle how EU works

The inner circle of US President Donald Trump has little knowledge about the European Union and Germany is having to explain how the world's biggest trading bloc does business, the German government's transatlantic coordinator said today (2 February).

Global Europe 01-02-2017

Commission: Russian propaganda focused on denigrating Merkel

A European Commission official told an audience in the European Parliament on Tuesday (31 January) that in its effort to destabilise the EU, Russian propaganda is focusing on attacking German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

Deutsche Bank fined $630 million for failures over Russian money laundering

Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $630 million in fines to US and UK regulators for failing to prevent an estimated $10 billion in suspicious trades being laundered out of Russia, settling a second major legal case this month.

Europe's East 31-01-2017

Military situation in eastern Ukraine worsens

The foreign ministry of Ukraine expressed deep concern Monday night (30 January) over the “intensification of the Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas”. Other reports, however, speak of a “creeping offensive” of Ukrainian forces in an attempt to create “new facts on the ground”.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Global backlash grows against Trump’s immigration order

The global backlash against US President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered strength yesterday (29 January) as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

Global Europe 28-01-2017

Putin and Trump agree to try to rebuild US-Russia ties, cooperate in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild US Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday (28 January), after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump's inauguration.

Global Europe 27-01-2017

Fears grow in EU that Trump is about to lift sanctions against Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to speak with Donald Trump tomorrow (28 January), a source said today (27 January), as rumours grow that the US president will lift the sanctions against Russia imposed over its intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

Development Policy 27-01-2017

EU silent over Trump’s funding ban for family planning abroad

The European Commission made only vague statements yesterday (26 January), suggesting it was not part of a Dutch/Belgian initiative set up to counteract Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for NGOs providing birth control support or abortions in developing countries.

Margaritis Schinas
Global Europe 26-01-2017

Juncker camp unimpressed by euro collapse forecast

The European Commission chief spokesperson used old quotes by his boss Jean-Claude Juncker to respond to a US politician close to President Donald Trump, who made dire predictions about the future of the EU and its common currency.

UK & Europe 19-01-2017

Goldman Sachs to slash London presence due to Brexit

US bank Goldman Sachs will move 1,000 staff from London to Frankfurt as part of a post-Brexit reorganisation that will reduce its City headcount by half, German business daily Handelsblatt reported today (19 January).

Elections 18-01-2017

Outgoing president warns Bulgaria may lose EU Presidency

Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev, whose term expires on Sunday, warned in his last speech in parliament today (18 January) that the country may lose its EU Presidency, "if it contributes to the division of the Union". EURACTIV.com reports, in partnership with Dnevnik.