There will be no joint EU force and no EU military HQ for a long time to come, defence ministers’ talks in Bratislava on Tuesday indicated.
EU and US sanctions are draining money from Russian companies and from its state aid fund, US research shows.
The European Commission’s plan for a multi-billion African investment vehicle is mainly another incentive for African leaders to give higher priority to border management.
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The EU should not dismiss institutional cooperation with the Russia-led economic association. But Moscow's previous behaviour with Ukraine and Moldova shows it won't let its neighbours turn too much to the West.
Finland’s plan for EU defence integration, presented to ministers today, goes less far than Italian or French “visions”, while quietly designating Russia as a threat.
Environment ministers will try to agree this week to speed up the process to sign up to the Paris agreement. Otherwise it would not be present at the table of the signatories at a conference in November.
Italy has laid out plans for the creation of a “European force” that goes beyond Franco-German proposals on defence integration.
EU trade ministers said it was not realistic to finalise talks on the TTIP trade treaty before the end of the year. But they agreed to a similar deal with Canada and will take steps to have it ratified.
The Georgian Dream party says it is pro-EU, but its demonisation of LGBT people for the sake of a few votes is a retrograde move on Georgia's European path.
Lukashenko will never become Gorbachov. If Belarusian people do not stop acquiescing on fake elections and other abuses, change won't come.
US vice-president Joe Biden said even Merkel is not as "stalwart" as she used to be, while urging Ukraine to accelerate reforms.
Western powers have urged Bosnian Serbs to abandon a referendum that threatens to destabilise the country and to undo its EU application, filed Tuesday.
The EU has unveiled an anti-corruption scheme for Ukraine, amid concerns that its officials and lawmakers are undermining a key reform in the fight against villainy.
Reacting to Bratislava talks, Britain has said it would veto the creation of EU military capabilities so long as it remained a member of Europe.
As leaders meet in Bratislava to try to stop EU fragmentation, Ukraine has highlighted Russia’s role in trying to “shatter” the bloc.
The EU's trade deal with Canada is coming under pressure from critics and member states, but the EP rapporteur argues supporters of protectionism are picking the wrong enemy.
The IMF has shown faith in Ukraine’s reform efforts by disbursing more money. A new ceasefire deal has also given fresh hope of peace.
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The Greek and Turkish leaders of the divided island hope to reach a peace settlement by the end of the year.
The surprise elevation of two opposition candidates to parliament is designed to win friends in the West, but if the EU and US reciprocate, they'll be playing into Lukashenko's hands.
Thaci government faces revolt over Montenegro deal - the straw that broke the camel's back after years of misrule and economic stagnation.
France and Germany propose leap forward on EU defence, but ideas are far from being an "EU army", and target African crises instead of Russia.
Germany and France have drawn up plans for closer EU defence cooperation, including a new military HQ and swifter deployment of overseas missions.
International football authority Fifa should exclude Israeli teams that come from occupied Palestinian land, according to an MEPs’ petition.
Some minors fleeing violence are kept in "filthy" and prison-like conditions in Greece, with no access to help, according to Human Rights Watch.
The manufactured cold war between Croatia and Serbia has been a convenient distraction from some of Serbia's domestic problems.
Oligarchs, Kremlin aides, and security chiefs remain banned from EU until at least March next year, but Brexit could help Russia to get off the hook on economic sanctions.
The European Parliament hosted a support event for Morocco’s government days before a legal opinion is issued on a controversial EU-Moroccan trade deal.
The EU foreign service has urged Moscow to reconsider its listing of Levada as an “agent” of foreign powers.
The small Caucasian republic could get an EU visa waiver before its parliamentary elections in October. Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine are also on the list, but may have to wait longer.
Delaying visa liberalisation for Georgians, after the country has met all the EU benchmarks, would harm our credibility as a soft power.
Top EU officials posed for friendly photos with Turkish president Erdogan in China, but the Turkish leader accused the West of "racist" attitudes toward refugees.