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EU's Crimea sanctions to give Putin new headache

Today @ 13:33

The EU will, from Saturday (20 December), ban almost all forms of business co-operation with Crimea despite doubt on the future of its sanctions regime. The new law - agreed on Thursday and seen by EUobserver - is ...

Hamas calls for EU talks after court ruling

17.12.14 @ 14:44

Hamas wants the EU foreign relations chief, Federica Mogherini, to come to Gaza to start a new dialogue after the EU court said it should be taken off the terrorist register. Its deputy foreign minister, Ghazi Hamad, ...

Montenegro-EU talks advance in Russia's shadow

17.12.14 @ 09:27

The EU has opened four new chapters in accession talks with Montenegro, while continuing to criticise lack of rule of law in Turkey and the wider Balkans region. The Montenegro decision was taken at an intergovernmental ...

EU parliament set to endorse Palestine recognition

16.12.14 @ 18:12

The European Parliament is poised to vote Yes on a non-binding motion on Palestine recognition after three of its top groups agreed a draft text. The draft, seen by EUobserver, says the EU assembly “supports in ...

Erdogan speech indicates deep rift with EU

16.12.14 @ 08:43

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the EU to “mind its own business” on free press, marking an ever-deeper rift in relations. He made the comments at a speech in the Tupras oil refinery outside Istanbul on ...

EU says Turkish media crackdown will harm relations

15.12.14 @ 09:28

The EU and US have warned Turkey that its latest crackdown on free press will harm relations. The EU’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, and its enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, said on Sunday (14 December) the ...

Russia targets Cyprus, Hungary, and Italy for sanctions veto

11.12.14 @ 21:57

Moscow has begun lobbying what it sees as sympathetic EU capitals - Budapest, Nicosia, and Rome - to veto next year's renewal of Russia sanctions. The first batch of EU measures - an asset freeze on Ukraine’s former ...

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

10.12.14 @ 18:41

Ilkka Salmi, the head of the EU’s intelligence-sharing bureau, IntCen, has said he has no way of checking if its information was obtained using torture. Speaking on Wednesday (10 December) in light of the US Senate ...

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. The provisional text - agreed by EU states ambassadors’ on Monday (8 December) and ...

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. The eight countries’ energy ministers held talks in Brussels on Tuesday (9 December) ...

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

09.12.14 @ 09:33

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s top aide on Russia has said she is “frustrated” by Moscow’s broken promises, while raising the alarm on Russian air manoeuvres. Gernot Erler spoke to Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza on ...

Belgium in talks on joint EU recognition of Palestine

05.12.14 @ 08:51

Belgium is on course to join a new group of EU countries calling for Palestine recognition. Its federal parliament is expected to vote next week on a draft motion asking the Belgian government to do it at a future point ...

Far-right party helps to bring down Swedish government

04.12.14 @ 09:26

Sweden’s left-green coalition has called elections on 22 March after an anti-immigrant party helped defeat its draft budget. Stefan Lofven, the Socialist Democrat PM, announced the move on Wednesday (3 December) ...

EU digests Russia's South Stream announcement

03.12.14 @ 09:56

EU diplomats predict Turkey will use Russia’s South Stream decision as leverage in accession talks, as the European Commission handles the financial implications for member states. The deliberations come after Russian ...

French MPs back Palestine recognition, get 2016 deadline

03.12.14 @ 09:04

The French parliament has voted in favour of a non-binding motion on recognising Palestine, with the French FM saying he’ll do it if there’s no peace by the end of 2016. The resolution passed by 339 votes against 151 ...

Putin says will not build South Stream gas pipeline

02.12.14 @ 09:28

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said he will no longer build the South Stream gas pipeline due to EU opposition. He made the announcement in Ankara on Monday (1 December) at a press briefing with Turkish leader Recep ...

Tusk takes up EU post, tells Russia to get out of Ukraine

02.12.14 @ 08:42

The EU’s new Polish chairman has urged Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine in his first official statement. Donald Tusk said in a communique on Monday (1 December) after speaking by phone with US leader Barack ...

AnalysisFrom Solana to Mogherini: What did Ashton really do?

01.12.14 @ 12:15

When world powers and Iran clinched a deal in nuclear talks in Geneva in the small hours of 23 November 2013, US secretary of state John Kerry gave the credit to the EU’s first-ever high representative for foreign ...

Mediapart: Former Russian spy lent €2mn to Le Pen senior

01.12.14 @ 09:24

A former KGB officer lent €2 million to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the president of the National Front, on top of other Russian loans to the French far-right party, Mediapart reports. The Paris-based online news agency said on ...

EU blacklists 13 Ukrainians over Russia war

27.11.14 @ 18:10

EU countries have blacklisted 13 Ukrainian “separatists” and five entities, amid uncertainty on what to do if the conflict escalates. Ambassadors agreed the list in what one EU source described as “quick” and “easy” ...

Mediapart: National Front's Kremlin loan is worth €40mn

27.11.14 @ 09:28

The far-right French party, the National Front, is in talks with a Kremlin-linked bank to borrow €40 million to win power in France, Mediapart reports. The Paris-based online investigative journal last weekend said ...

Reports multiply of Kremlin links to anti-EU parties

26.11.14 @ 09:29

Austria’s far-right FPO party has defended its relations with the Kremlin, amid signs of a wider Russian strategy to build ties with anti-EU parties. The FPO leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, in a statement published on ...

FeatureInvitations sent out for next EU-Russia 'summit'

25.11.14 @ 21:01

Russia’s Vladimir Putin became persona non grata in EU capitals when he annexed Crimea. They didn’t blacklist him. But, in March, EU leaders decided to “cancel the next EU-Russia summit” and to “not hold bilateral ...

World powers extend Iran deadline, as EU mulls Ashton's future

25.11.14 @ 09:28

Talks on Iran’s nuclear programme have been extended until July, with the EU wondering whether to keep Catherine Ashton in the process. International powers and Iran, at the Colburg Palace in Vienna on Monday (24 ...

Danish parliament to vote on Palestine recognition

24.11.14 @ 20:03

Danish MPs are to vote on a resolution instructing the government to recognise Palestine, but Denmark's foreign minister says the time is not right. The motion was introduced by deputies from three small left-wing ...

Le Pen borrowed €9mn from Kremlin-linked bank

24.11.14 @ 09:28

The far-right French party, Front National (FN), borrowed €9 million from a Russian bank, posing questions over its relationship with the Kremlin. The loan, by the First Czech Russian Bank (FCRB), was granted in late ...

EU parliament to vote on Palestine statehood

21.11.14 @ 18:12

The European Parliament will in Strasbourg on Thursday (27 November) add its voice to the debate on whether EU states should recognise Palestine. The motion was initiated at the 11th hour by the left-wing Gue and S&D ...

One year after Euromaidan: 13 people dying every day

21.11.14 @ 09:29

One year after the start of Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution - the Euromaidan - people are dying every day in east Ukraine despite the 5 September “ceasefire” pact with Russia, a UN report says. The survey, by the UN’s ...

Ombudsman to investigate EU mission in Kosovo

19.11.14 @ 09:30

Europe’s Ombudsman has opened a fresh enquiry into the EU's handling of corruption allegations at Eulex, its rule of law mission in Kosovo. Emily O’Reilly, who heads the watchdog, notified Patrick Child, the top ...

Spanish MPs build EU support for Palestine recognition

18.11.14 @ 22:04

The Spanish Congress has backed a non-binding motion to recognise Palestine, as France prepares for a similar move next week. The non-binding resolution passed by 319 votes against two, with one abstention on Tuesday ( ...

Nato warns of Russian military build-up, amid EU peace talks

18.11.14 @ 12:09

Nato has again warned of a “build-up” of “Russian forces” in and around Ukraine, one day after EU ministers shied away from Russia criticism. Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg told press in Brussels on Tuesday (18 November): ...

Mogherini makes light of leaked EU paper on Israel sanctions

18.11.14 @ 09:28

Europe’s new foreign relations chief has denied the EU is in talks on Israel sanctions, despite a leaked paper on the issue. Federica Mogherini, who chaired her first foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Monday (17 ...

EU countries keen to rebuild Russia relations

17.11.14 @ 19:34

Forty eight hours after Nato said Russia is pouring fresh troops into Ukraine, EU ministers opted to blacklist some “separatists” while trying to restart talks with Moscow. The foreign ministers, who met in Brussels on ...

Merkel: Russia cannot veto EU expansion

17.11.14 @ 12:36

Germany has warned that Russia might try to spread its “sphere of influence” to the Western Balkans, while seeking new ways to make peace on Ukraine. “Who would have thought it possible that 25 years after the fall of ...

Ukraine warns EU of 'full-scale' Russian attack

14.11.14 @ 09:29

Ukraine’s ambassador to the EU has warned Brussels that Russia is preparing “a new full-scaled offensive operation” in Ukraine. Konstiantyn Yelisieiev wrote in a letter - seen by EUobserver - to EU embassies in Brussels ...

MEPs to Mogherini: Stop ignoring us on Russia sanctions

14.11.14 @ 09:28

A cross-party group of MEPs has urged the EU foreign service to stop ignoring the European Parliament on Magnitsky sanctions. Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian anti-corruption activist, died in jail in 2009 in what EU Council ...

InvestigationEU and Kosovo corruption: Scratching the surface?

11.11.14 @ 15:57

The EU has asked a 72-year old French academic to look at the recent corruption allegations against Eulex, its rule of law mission in Kosovo. But former EU officials are asking bigger questions, like: How come Eulex ...

Russian military trying to intimidate Nato, report says

10.11.14 @ 09:27

Russia has, in parallel with its war on Ukraine, instigated almost 40 “highly disturbing” anti-Nato incidents, a new British report says. The survey - Dangerous Brinkmanship, by the London-based think-tank ELN, out on ...

InterviewKasparov: Stop Putin now or pay the price later

09.11.14 @ 17:03

Chess legend Garry Kasparov was once the pride of the Soviet Union. But 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall he lives in exile, accusing Russian leader Vladimir Putin of “strategic failure” and the EU ...

Merkel: ‘Grave concern’ on new Russian tanks in Ukraine

07.11.14 @ 17:57

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday (7 November) voiced “grave concern” over reports of a new Russian military incursion in east Ukraine. Her office said in a communique after Merkel spoke with Ukrainian president ...

MEPs ask tough questions on EU mission in Kosovo

06.11.14 @ 11:38

Two senior MEPs have, in a letter to the EU foreign service, asked tough questions on corruption allegations against Eulex, the European rule of law mission in Kosovo. The letter - sent to foreign service chief Federica ...

New EU foreign chief takes firm stand on Israeli settlements

06.11.14 @ 09:24

The EU’s new foreign policy chief has urged Israel to “reverse” its latest settlement expansion in her first statement on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Federica Mogherini, who is to visit Israel and the West Bank on Friday ...

Spanish MPs to vote on Palestine recognition

04.11.14 @ 09:08

Spanish MPs will, on Tuesday (4 November), vote on a non-binding motion urging Madrid to recognise Palestinian statehood, following similar moves in Britain, Ireland, and Sweden. The motion was tabled by Antonio ...

EU and UN reject 'farcical' east Ukraine votes

03.11.14 @ 10:02

The EU, the UN, and Nato have rejected the outcome of “so-called elections” in Ukraine rebel zones, but Russia and a handful of fringe MEPs gave their stamp of approval. In her first official statement as the EU’s ...

Whistleblower urges external probe into EU mission in Kosovo

31.10.14 @ 19:13

Only an external investigation can restore faith in Eulex, the EU rule of law mission in Kosovo, Maria Bamieh, the British prosecutor at the heart of corruption revelations has told EUobserver. The revelations, first ...

'No one to stay cold', as Russia and Ukraine clinch winter gas deal

31.10.14 @ 09:29

Ukraine and Russia have agreed terms on winter gas supplies in a deal the EU says will contribute to “de-escalation” of the military conflict. The breakthrough was sealed at a signing ceremony and press conference in ...

EU mission in Kosovo rocked by corruption allegations

30.10.14 @ 19:27

The EU’s rule of law mission in Kosovo, Eulex, is fighting to maintain credibility after allegations of bribe-taking and attempts to gag press. Eulex’ head, Gabriele Meucci, told reporters in Pristina on Thursday (30 ...

EU-brokered gas talks bedevilled by ‘lack of trust’

30.10.14 @ 09:29

Negotiators are struggling to secure EU winter gas supplies, with Ukraine saying chances of a deal are “pretty high”, but complaining of “lack of trust”. EU-brokered talks between Russia and Ukraine’s energy ministers ...

Pro-Western bloc wins Ukraine elections

27.10.14 @ 09:29

Ukraine exit polls show a strong win by pro-Western parties, a snub to the far-right, and a surprisingly good result for elements of the former regime. President Petro Poroshenko’s eponymous Poroshenko bloc (23%), ...

Merkel criticises Putin for broken promise on Ukraine

24.10.14 @ 03:59

Most EU leaders on Thursday (23 October) criticised Russia’s non-compliance with peace accords on Ukraine, but Italy urged re-engagement with Moscow. German chancellor Angela Merkel told press after the summit in ...