EU readies new sanctions on defiant Russia

Today @ 09:25

EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels on Thursday are set to discuss a raft of new sanctions on Russia, as Moscow has shown no signs of wanting to meet an EU ultimatum over Ukraine.

Highlights

Scrapped EU surveillance law throws doubt on US data agreements

Today @ 08:47

A decision by the EU court to scrap a controversial data retention directive may have implications for existing international data agreements and EU proposals under review.

Rome continues to push Italian FM to replace Ashton

23.07.14 @ 16:02

Rome is continuing to push Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini to be the next EU foreign policy chief, despite opposition based on her experience and her country's perceived pro-Russia stance.

Analysis

Leaked paper: EU options on 'stage three' Russia sanctions

22.07.14 @ 20:42

Even before the MH17 disaster, EU countries were discussing a potential ban on Russian oil and gas imports if worst comes to worst.

Russia angst sees EU energy efficiency targets watered down

23.07.14 @ 17:26

The EU commission has tabled a plan to increase the bloc's overall energy efficiency, but it watered it down amid fears of Russian gas supplies being cut in the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

EU threatens Russian economy after MH17 disaster

22.07.14 @ 17:47

EU ministers have threatened Russia with full-scale - "stage three" - economic sanctions in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

EU grapples with smugglers as people fleeing conflict face torture

23.07.14 @ 09:28

The EU wants to set up a legal channels to prevent Syrians from turning to smugglers to get to European Union territory - but can it deal with the thousands already trying to reach its shores.

EU defends Israel's Gaza incursion

22.07.14 @ 20:14

EU countries have defended Israel’s use of force in Gaza, but blamed it for harming peace prospects in the longer term.

UK is still sending arms to Russia, say MPs

23.07.14 @ 09:12

The UK is still exporting millions of euros worth of arms to Russia, despite fears that Moscow has been arming separatists in Ukraine.

French ease ban on pro-Gaza demonstrations in Paris

22.07.14 @ 09:28

Paris has reportedly authorised a demonstration in support for Gaza on Wednesday after two government-banned protests over the weekend turned violent.

France and Germany in tussle over EU economics post

21.07.14 @ 09:22

Germany and France are locked in a tussle about who should be the next EU economic affairs commissioner, a decision that will send a key symbolic message.

Deutsche Bank under fire in the US

23.07.14 @ 09:16

Two separate reports by the US central bank and the Senate have criticised Deutsche Bank for having internal irregularities and for helping investment funds to avoid taxes.

EU foreign policy faces test after MH17 shootdown

22.07.14 @ 09:18

EU foreign policy is facing a major test today as ministers gather in Brussels to consider their response to the suspected downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight by Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

EU under pressure to broaden Russia sanctions

21.07.14 @ 10:25

The US and the UK are putting pressure on the EU to impose tougher sanctions on Russia in the wake of the Malaysian Airlines disaster.

UK foreign minister favours leaving EU if no reforms

21.07.14 @ 09:29

Deep reforms on how the EU operates and is governed are needed if the UK is to remain a member of the Union, Britain's new foreign minister has said.