EU's Crimea sanctions to give Putin new headache

18.12.14 @ 13:33

A leaked copy of the EU's new Crimea sanctions indicate a near-total ban on business co-operation starting Saturday morning.

Highlights

EU welcomes thaw in US-Cuba relations

18.12.14 @ 09:14

The European Union has welcomed the agreement between US and Cuba to re-establish diplomatic relations, a move which matches with its own approach to Cuba.

Hamas calls for EU talks after court ruling

17.12.14 @ 14:44

Hamas wants the EU to start new talks after a court ruling annulling its 'terrorist' status, but there is no prospect of high-level meetings for now.

EU parliament set to endorse Palestine recognition

16.12.14 @ 18:12

MEPs are poised to vote Yes on a non-binding motion on Palestine recognition after three of its top groups agreed a text.

EU leaders hold 'Coke Light' summit on investments, Russia

17.12.14 @ 17:34

New EU council chief Donald Tusk wants to keep EU summits focused and short. His first attempt starts Thursday and might be wrapped up by midnight.

Montenegro-EU talks advance in Russia's shadow

17.12.14 @ 09:27

The EU has opened new chapters in Montenegro accession talks, while continuing to criticise lack of rule of law in Turkey and the wider Balkans region.

Russian rouble in free fall over oil price, EU sanctions

16.12.14 @ 09:29

Russia's central bank has shored up the rouble by raising the key interest rate from 10 to 17 percent, its biggest move since 1998.

Erdogan speech indicates deep rift with EU

16.12.14 @ 08:43

Erdogan has told the EU to "mind its own business" in remarks which signal a deepening rift in relations.

EU intelligence chief: No way of knowing if information came from torture

10.12.14 @ 18:41

The EU’s intelligence-sharing bureau, IntCen, has no way of checking if its information was obtained using torture, its chief has said in light of the US Senate report.

EU meeting turns into South Stream funeral

09.12.14 @ 20:46

EU states who were to have hosted Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline have begun looking for other ways to improve energy security.

China does not need human rights lesson, says top envoy

09.12.14 @ 09:23

A top Chinese official in Brussels told reporters that China doesn’t need lessons on human rights from the EU.

Russia targets Cyprus, Hungary, and Italy for sanctions veto

11.12.14 @ 21:57

Moscow is lobbying what it sees as sympathetic EU capitals - Budapest, Nicosia, and Rome - to veto next year's renewal of Russia sanctions.

EU leaders to pledge more Ukraine money, threaten Russia sanctions

10.12.14 @ 09:29

The EU is prepared to inject more money into Ukraine and to impose further sanctions on Russia if need be, draft summit conclusions say.

Merkel 'frustrated' with Putin, her top Russia aide says

09.12.14 @ 09:33

Merkel has lost trust in Putin, her top advisor on Russia has said, while warning of the danger of Russian air acrobatics in the Baltic region.

EU looks to African dictators for migration solutions

08.12.14 @ 09:29

The EU is turning to African dictators to help counter a multitude of threats as it steps up efforts to tighten border controls and renew counter-terrorism initiatives.