European Council

Bulgaria re-opens Kozloduy nuclear plant in absentia of the EU after Russia stops supply

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Earlier today (January 6, 2009) following the total natural gas cut of supplies from Russia through Ukraine, Bulgarian president Georgi Parvanov, announced that Bulgaria will reopen one of the  power plants closed several years...

Israel launches ground offensive as EU troika visits

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The European Union leaders were hot in pursuit of the elusive cease-fire in the Middle East as Israeli ground forces moved in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, the eighth day of a massive...

Czech Republic takes over EU chair amid crisis

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The Czech Republic assumed the sixmonth rotating presidency of the European Union on January 1, nearly two decades after communism collapsed in the central European country of 10 million. The second formerly communist nation...

Expanded Eurozone set for more hiccups in 2009

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The expanded 16-member Eurozone with the addition of Slovakia in January 2009, is set to face an uncertain year as concerns mount that a protracted recession has been taking hold amid sharply rising layoffs,...

After busy 2008, EU schedules await 2009

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The European Union acts with compromise and because of its inherent need for compromise, the 27- member bloc is ill-suited for rapid action, and works best as a good-weather organisation. And yet, while certainly...

Portugal to throw 2 billion Euro at slowdown

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Just a day after European Union (EU) leaders in Brussels agreed to a 200 billion Euro package to revive the bloc's moribund economy, the Portuguese government unveiled a two billion Euro stimulus plan, targeting...

European Council decries corruption in Austria

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The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) said December 19 that corruption was common in Austria and legal measures against it were still in the early stages, according to a spokesman...

UNHCR warns Czech Presidency on international protection

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The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a document entitled “A Europe without Barriers,” on December 16 containing its recommendations to the Czech Republic, which will take up the rotating Presidency of...

Czechs warned not to abuse presidency

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After the secret tape recordings at the meeting of EP group presidents with Czech president Vaclav Klaus and the European Parliament, a further publication of a non-public European meeting became known.  On November 6 the Committee...

MEPs, EU Presidency reach deal on climate package

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Members of the European Parliament and the French Council Presidency reached an informal agreement on December 13 on the last details of the climate change package. This comes after the summit on December 11...

Irish to vote again as Sarkozy presents united EU front

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The European Summit last week will be remembered for the fastest agreements on three major issues ever announced on time as the EU leaders called it an “historic summit.” There were congratulations galore as...

Czech president battles EU lawmakers

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Just weeks before his country takes over the rotating European Union presidency, notorious Eurosceptic Czech President Vaclav Klaus’ meeting with leaders of the European Parliament Friday ended in a rift, a transcript of the...

The Dalai Lama blames “greed” for financial crisis

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A fter addressing an overflowing house of European Parliament December 4, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, appeared at a joint press conference with Hans-Gert Poettering, the President of the only directly elected...

More EU money for credit-crunched countries

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European Union governments have approved plans to raise the total amount of money available to Member States which run into trouble as a result of the global credit crisis- from 12 billion Euro to...

Sarkozy Rising, but his critics wish he’d set

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Even his detractors must that admit Nicolas Sarkozy is unique in the uncompromising manner in which he has directed France’s EU presidency from the front. But the implications of Sarkozy’s leadership go far beyond...

Kosovo sets conditions for EU

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Kosovo has again dismissed a revised plan for a European Union mission proposed by Brussels and the United Nations, worrying that it would threaten its sovereignty over the restive Serb territory. Prime Minister Hashim...

Irish lawmaker blasts Czech leader during state visit

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Ciaran Cuffe of Ireland’s Green Party denounced visiting Czech President Vaclav Klaus as ultra-conservative and anti- European and asked the Irish government to express some concern over his views, national broadcaster RTE reported. The...

EU leaders agree in principle for financial reforms

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European Union leaders said they were successful in their attempt “to defend a common idea of European beliefs before Washington Summit,” on November 15 on the financial crisis, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the current...

ASEM Summit closes with focus on financial recovery

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Visiting European Union leaders along with Asian leaders making the 45-member Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) at its 7th biannual summit on October 24-25 in Beijing issued a statement committing to global financial reform. The...

EU, US, will lead global financial summit in Washington

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Led by a push from the European Union for a coordinated response to the world’s banking and economic crisis, an emergency summit of leaders from the world’s 20 leading economies will be held November...

Sarkozy wants to keep EU industries European

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has been busy proposing everything from a Mediterranean Union to a worldwide plan to rescue collapsing banks, told the European Parliament that EU governments should take over strategic industries...

EU’s Blue Card visa scheme gets green light

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The European Union Council of Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs slated to meet on November 27-28 in Bru ssels is expected to rubber stamp the Blue Card, a fast-track work visa, a decision...

EU to meet before global financial summit

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The European leaders, from an ASEM Summit in Beijing, China last week, said they were ready to meet in Brussels on Nov. 7 to get ready for a worldwide economic crisis meeting in the...

EU delays climate change fight, more vetoes loom

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After a battle and threats of vetoes from Poland and Italy, the European Union said it is still going ahead with its long-awaited plans to fight climate change and come up with some kind...

Canada, EU seek new trade pact amid global financial crisis

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“Among other things, this means rejecting the frequent tendency in difficult times to turn inward and erect barriers between our economies and our citizens,” Harper said. “Indeed, we must stand against protectionism and work...

EU gears up for global financial overhaul at Brussels Summit

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European Union leaders last week stayed on track of the expected policy of agreeing to nod the financial package through but postponed the final agreement on climate change policy to the December Summit. With...

Polish President Kaczynski gate-crashes at Brussels EU Summit

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Poland made the news at the Brussels European Union Summit on Wednesday-Thursday (October 15-16) for all the wrong reasons however as the journalists waiting for press conferences (which were delayed as usual) were amused...

EU, CoE join hands against death penalty

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The European continent got together on October 10 to reiterate its commitment to work towards the universal abolition of the “Death Penalty” punishment. On the occasion of the World and European day against the...

Sarkozy cuddles up to Big Bear Hug in Evian

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Russian counterpart, Dimitri Medvedev, on Wednesday (Oct 8) called for a new pan-European security structure. Addressing an international conference in the south-eastern French resort of Evian, Sarkozy called for...

Council of Europe shows clemency toward Russia

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The Council of Europe has rejected punitive action against the Russian deputies in the international body despite “severe human rights violations” in the war between Russia and Georgia. The council’s parliamentarians rejected by a...

France to call global financial-crisis summit

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France, which holds the rotating European Union Presidency, intends to call an emergency summit of the world’s leading economic powers before the end of the year, when its term runs out, to respond to...

The EU just doesn’t count at the UN any more

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The European Union’s leverage to promote hu man rights values and its vision of a rules-based world order has dramatically declined over the last decade in the United Nations, the European Council on Foreign...

Georgia talks postponed, and EU observers are too

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After an embarrassing moment in which it said a planned October 15 peace conference on the Geo - rgian crisis would have to be rescheduled because it clashed with a longplanned Summit in Brussels,...

No Lisbon Treaty by June 2009, Juncker says

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The European Union’s Lisbon Treaty is not likely to be in place before European Parliament elections in June 2009, postponing some of its key reforms for at least five years, Luxembourg’s influential prime minister...