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New EU appointees speak out against Russia

Today @ 09:24

Two of the EU’s new top officials - Donald Tusk and Federica Mogherini - have spoken out against Russia’s “war” on Ukraine. Tusk, the Polish PM, who is to take over as EU Council head in December, said at a WWII ...

OpinionWhy America is recovering, but Europe is not - Part II

01.09.14 @ 09:17

It is the differences in the way the United States and Europe tackled the global financial crisis that explain why the US economy is recovering, whereas the eurozone is in a lost decade. Why US crisis policies worked In ...

EU leaders give Putin one-week deadline

31.08.14 @ 02:25

EU leaders have given Russian president Vladimir Putin one week to stop attacking Ukraine or face more sanctions. The latest ultimatum came after Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko personally told the 28 presidents ...

Poroshenko: EU likely to hold off on Russia sanctions

30.08.14 @ 14:41

EU leaders are likely to hold off on extra Russia sanctions until at least next week, Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has indicated. The Ukrainian leader spoke on Saturday (30 August) in Brussels after sounding ...

EU leaders meet on top jobs, Ukraine

29.08.14 @ 21:24

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels on Saturday (30 August) to clinch a deal on two top posts and to discuss further sanctions on Russia over its military intervention in Ukraine. The summit will start at 5pm local time ...

Rasmussen: Ukraine free to seek Nato membership

29.08.14 @ 15:00

Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said Ukraine is free to pursue membership of the Western alliance despite Russian opposition. He told press in Brussels on Friday (29 August): “I’m not going to interfere in ...

Russia's 'invasion' of Ukraine alienates EU friends

29.08.14 @ 09:30

Germany, France, and Italy have indicated they are willing to impose extra sanctions on Russia due to its overt “invasion” of Ukraine. Speaking to press in Berlin on Thursday (28 August), German chancellor Angela Merkel ...

Ukraine says Russian invasion has begun

28.08.14 @ 14:21

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said Russian forces have invaded his country, with Kiev calling for an emergency EU and UN meeting. Ditching a planned trip to Turkey on Thursday (26 August), Poroshenko in a TV ...

Germany and US voice concern on Russian troops in Ukraine

28.08.14 @ 09:16

Germany and the US have lent weight to Ukraine’s claim that Russian troops are directly involved in opening up a new front in the conflict. The fresh Western concern comes after Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrainian army ...

Nato chief unveils new plan for eastern Europe

27.08.14 @ 09:30

A summit in Minsk on Tuesday (26 August) failed to produce a breakthrough on the Ukraine conflict, while Nato announced a bold new plan for eastern Europe. The event saw the leaders of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, ...

Merkel: Ukraine can go to Eurasian Union

25.08.14 @ 13:25

Germany’s Angela Merkel has said Ukraine is free to “go to” Russia’s “Eurasian Union”, amid signs of a new willingness to make peace with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Speaking to German public broadcaster ARD on ...

Lithuanian FM: Ukraine will not attack Russian convoy

22.08.14 @ 19:56

Lithuania’s foreign minister has said Ukraine will not attack Russia’s “aid” convoy, despite its “illegal” and “provocative” nature. Linas Linkevicius spoke to EUobserver by phone from Kiev on Friday (22 August) after ...

Merkel sets limits to Nato solidarity with Baltic states

19.08.14 @ 09:21

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said Nato will defend Baltic states if need be, but will not build permanent military bases in the region. She spoke on Monday (18 August) on a visit to Riga in which she also laid a ...

Uncertainty surrounds Russian 'aid' convoy to Ukraine

12.08.14 @ 09:25

The Red Cross says it has no agreement to govern what will happen when Russian “aid” trucks arrive at Ukraine’s border. Andre Loersch, the Kiev-based spokesman for the Geneva-based relief body, told EUobserver on ...

Russia imposes retaliatory sanctions on EU

07.08.14 @ 09:30

Moscow is slapping a ban on EU-imported fruit and vegetables and food from the US in retaliation for western economic sanctions. A Russian decree published Wednesday (6 August) called upon government officials to put ...

EU blacklists three Putin 'cronies'

30.07.14 @ 21:59

The EU on Wednesday (30 July) for the first time included three of Vladimir Putin's loyal oligarchs and his propaganda chief on an existing blacklist in response to Russia's continued "destabilisation" of Ukraine. The ...

EU to hit Russia with economic sanctions next week

25.07.14 @ 17:14

The European Commission is preparing legislative on four types of economic sanctions likely to be imposed on Russia on Tuesday. A meeting of EU ambassadors (Coreper) on Friday concluded that legal texts should be ...

German, Dutch firms ready to take hit from Russia sanctions

25.07.14 @ 09:25

German and Dutch companies, so far among the most reluctant to back EU's planned Russia sanctions, are ready to take a hit from possible retaliatory measures. The "Eastern association of German economy" representing ...

EU blacklists more Russians, prepares economic sanctions

24.07.14 @ 20:55

EU ambassadors in a marathon meeting on Thursday (24 July) added 15 more individuals, nine companies and nine institutions from Russia and east Ukraine to an existing blacklist of 72 individuals and two firms linked to ...

EU readies new sanctions on defiant Russia

24.07.14 @ 09:25

EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels at 9.30 local time on Thursday (24 July) 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. According ...

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. A report by MPs, published Tuesday (23 July), said that 251 licences worth around £ ...

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 Moscow-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine. The plane ...

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 Malaysia Airlines disaster. The calls come ahead of an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (22 ...

Ukraine investigators race to recover flight recorders

18.07.14 @ 16:03

The race to locate the black box, flight deck recorder, and the cockpit recorder is underway as investigators make their way to the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 in eastern Ukraine. Kiev dispatched a team to ...

UN to hold meeting on Ukraine crash, as Europe counts casualties

18.07.14 @ 09:22

The UK has tabled a UN resolution calling for an international enquiry into the Malaysian Airlines crash, as European countries count their casualties. The British proposal is to be discussed at a special meeting of the ...

LetterNato reacted quickly to Ukraine crisis

18.07.14 @ 09:21

In in recent opinion piece, Nato puts brakes on enlargement, the author Matthew Turner's comment that “when Russia annexed Crimea, Nato failed to make itself heard, as heads of state chose either the European Union or ...

EU calls for 'international investigation' into Ukraine air crash

17.07.14 @ 21:11

An airliner carrying 295 people has crashed in a conflict zone in east Ukraine, with all on board presumed dead. The Malaysian Airlines flight, from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, disappeared from radar screens at ...

EU threatens Russian oligarchs, as US hits banks and oil firms

17.07.14 @ 00:46

EU leaders have threatened to go after Russian companies and oligarchs deemed to be helping the Kremlin wage its covert war on Ukraine. They agreed at a summit in Brussels on Wednesday (16 July) to blacklist “entities, ...

Germany backs more EU sanctions on Russia

16.07.14 @ 21:03

German and British leaders have voiced support for tougher EU sanctions on Russia. Chancellor Angela Merkel told press at the start of an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday (16 July) that Russia did not fulfill the four ...

US and Ukraine urge tougher EU sanctions on Russia

15.07.14 @ 09:17

The US and Ukraine are pushing EU leaders to impose economic sanctions on Russia at Wednesday’s (16 July) summit. The US state department on Monday published a “fact sheet” which accuses Russia of sending heavy weapons ...

EU blacklists Ukraine rebels, as fighting escalates

13.07.14 @ 16:30

The EU on Saturday (12 July) named 11 rebel leaders in east Ukraine who are to face a visa ban and asset freeze. Four of them are top people in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). They include: ...

Russia seeks new veto on EU-Ukraine pact

10.07.14 @ 19:12

Russia is hoping to use new talks on the EU-Ukraine trade treaty to alter the pact and to get a say on when it is implemented. Its economic development minister, Alexei Ulukayev, is to hold the first round of the three- ...

EU considers mini-sanctions on Russia

08.07.14 @ 20:34

The EU is considering whether to add some low-level names to the Russia blacklist, as France and Germany lead efforts on Ukraine peace talks. Member states’ ambassadors in Brussels on Monday (7 July) tasked the EU ...

Ukrainians seek EU asylum as conflict goes on

07.07.14 @ 20:40

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has prompted more than 2,000 Ukrainians to apply for asylum in the EU. The usual rate, of 100 a month, did not change during the internal unrest leading to the overthrow of former leader ...

EU countries delay Russia sanctions despite ultimatum

01.07.14 @ 18:13

EU countries have opted not to impose extra sanctions on Russia despite the expiry of an ultimatum, citing “positive developments”. Their ambassadors, meeting in Brussels on Tuesday (1 July), put off the decision until ...

Soros to EU: Help 'new Ukraine' against 'new Russia'

01.07.14 @ 09:12

US investor and philanthropist George Soros on Monday (30 June) told an audience in Brussels' Fine Arts Museum that the EU is a model of international governance which needs to support "new Ukraine" in its struggle ...

Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine cement EU ties

27.06.14 @ 16:09

Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine have said their signature of EU free trade treaties is a first step to accession. Leaders of the former Soviet republics and the 28 EU states signed the accords in Brussels on Friday (27 ...

EU threatens more Russia sanctions, prepares to sign Ukraine pact

23.06.14 @ 18:00

EU countries have threatened to impose more sanctions on Russia if it does not help to stop violence in the run-up to the Ukraine treaty signature on Friday (27 June). Foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday endorsed ...

EU ministers to discuss Ukraine security mission

18.06.14 @ 22:21

Foreign ministers will, in Luxembourg on Monday (23 June), discuss a new EU proposal to send security experts to Ukraine. A diplomatic source said the EU foreign service has elaborated a so-called Crisis Management ...

EU gas flows 'normal' despite Ukraine pipeline explosion

18.06.14 @ 09:59

A pipeline explosion caused by a suspected “terrorist” attack has not disrupted gas flows to the EU. The European Commission told EUobserver on Wednesday (18 June) morning that "according to its information" Ukraine ...

Russia to stop gas to Ukraine, rejects EU proposal

16.06.14 @ 09:28

Russian firm Gazprom is stopping gas supplies to Ukraine after talks on a new price broke down in the small hours of Monday (16 June). It said in a statement published at 10am Moscow time – its deadline for Ukraine to ...

Barroso agrees new Russia talks, as warfare escalates

14.06.14 @ 16:36

The EU is to mediate new talks between Moscow and Kiev, as fighting continues to escalate in east Ukraine. The talks were agreed on Friday (13 June) in a phonecall between European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso ...

EU and US voice concern on reports of Russian tanks in Ukraine

13.06.14 @ 09:24

The EU and US have urged Russia to stop arming Ukraine rebels after Ukraine said Russian tanks and artillery crossed the border on Thursday (12 June). European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Ukraine’s new ...

Legal quibble delays preparations for EU-Ukraine pact

11.06.14 @ 21:56

The EU has put off an internal decision on the Ukraine trade treaty over a technicality, amid a “nervous” atmosphere on the fate of the accord. EU ambassadors meeting in Brussels on Wednesday (11 June) had planned to ...

Poroshenko: 'My pen is in my hands' to sign EU pact

08.06.14 @ 14:33

Ukraine’s new President, Petro Poroshenko, at his "modest" inauguration said he wants to sign an EU trade treaty as soon as possible. “My pen is in my hands and as soon as the EU approves the respective decision, the ...

EU and US see ‘opportunity’ on Ukraine crisis

05.06.14 @ 17:49

European and US leaders have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to seize “a moment of opportunity” to end the Ukraine crisis. US President Barack Obama said after a G7 meeting in Brussels on Thursday (5 June) that ...

Uncertainty on date of EU-Ukraine treaty signature

04.06.14 @ 09:11

Ukraine has asked to sign a landmark EU treaty this weekend, but EU countries expect to do it at the end of the month. The “deep and comprehensive free trade agreement” - a 5kg box of technical documents - is at the ...

EU commission scales up rhetoric against Russian gas pipeline

03.06.14 @ 10:05

The European Commission has indicated it will obstruct the building of a new Russia-EU gas pipeline to bypass Ukraine. Its energy chief, German Gunther Oettinger, told the Frankfurt Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung over the ...

Former Ukraine leader files court case against EU blacklist

02.06.14 @ 18:10

Ukraine's former leader, Viktor Yanukovych, his sons, and six other people on an EU blacklist have launched court proceedings to get their assets unfrozen. Andriy Portnov, a former aide to Yanukovych, got the ball ...

Ukraine to sign EU trade treaty in June

29.05.14 @ 19:41

Ukraine’s new leader has told Lithuania that he plans to sign the EU free trade treaty in Kiev in early June. “He [Ukrainian president-elect Petro Porosehnko] is keen to continue what he promised in his election ...

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