EU Affairs

EU’s Foreign Policy chief wants to visit Donbas, Ukraine’s war zone.

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Josep Borrell, EU's High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy said on Tuesday during a press conference held in Brussels with Oleksiy Honcharuk, Ukraine's Prime Minister, that he wants to visit Donbas, Eastern Ukraine's...

EU adds 7 to sanctions list for Russia holding elections in Crimea

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The Council of the EU decided on Tuesday to add 7 individuals of former USSR descent, to the bloc's sanctions list over undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine. As of Tuesday, the list published in...

World prepares as deadly coronavirus likely to spread

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China’s death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 132, including the first death in the country’s capital, Beijing. The deadly flu-like virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with roughly...

MEPs set to approve Brexit deal in historic vote

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The European Parliament is set to approve the terms of UK's official departure from the bloc, in a historic vote on Wednesday. MEPs will debate on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, while the Commission President Ursula...

Commission and IMF ink deal to support sustainable development

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European Commission President Ursula von den Leyen and Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), signed on Tuesday a new Financial Framework Partnership Agreement to boost bilateral cooperation and help countries...

Asian stocks fall as China virus rattles markets

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Global stocks and oil dropped on 27 January after China warned that the new coronavirus was spreading fast. The country extended its Lunar New Year holidays to gain time to fight the epidemic. Analysts say...

Jourová says door for dialogue with Poland is open

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The Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vĕra Jourová said on Tuesday that the EU seeks a long-term solution to escalated tensions between the EU and the Polish government over judicial reforms. "The door...

Merkel says Albania, North Macedonia should get green light for EU accession talks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would push for a start to EU accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia. "Above all, we want to reach an agreement at the next EU Council in March...

Poland hits back at Commission’s statements on judicial independence

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Brussels - Warsaw tensions have escalated dramatically, after Poland accused the European Union on Saturday of "double standards" when questioning the independency of the country's Constitutional Tribunal. The move came after the EU's Executive body's...

First case of coronavirus in Germany confirmed

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Germany has confirmed its first case of the deadly flu-like coronavirus that broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the death toll in China climbed to 106. Bavaria's health ministry said that a...

EU Council President calls for special summit on the bloc’s budget

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In a letter sent to EU leaders on Saturday, European Council President Charles Michel has called for an emergency EU summit to be held on 20 February, in an effort to resolve the bloc’s...

Only 189 migrants returned to Turkey despite refugee deal with the EU

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According to a new EU Commission report, despite the 2016 refugee deal between the EU and Turkey, only 189 irregular migrants who crossed the Aegean Sea to Greece were returned to Turkey in 2019. Under...

Chief Brexit negotiator Barnier meets Ireland’s PM Varadkar

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EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier met on Monday with Leo Varadkar, Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) in Government Buildings in Dublin, to discuss the next phase of Brexit ahead of UK's scheduled departure from...

France rejects suggestions that Eastern Partnership could lead to EU membership

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France has rejected suggestions that the Eastern Partnership could lead to EU membership for countries included in the program. The partnership consists of the EU countries and the Union’s six eastern neighbours - Armenia, Azerbaijan,...

Portugal’s de Almeida to be Brussels’ ambassador to the UK post-Brexit

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João Vale de Almeida, the Portuguese diplomat was tapped on Friday by EU's Foreign Policy chief, Josep Borrell to serve as the first-ever head of EU's delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain...

EU and 16 WTO members agree on temporary body to settle disputes

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The EU Commission announced that the European Union, together with 16 other countries, including China, agreed to establish a body to bypass the United States' blockage of the appeals body of the World Trade...

Europe’s demographic crisis needs to be addressed

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The major demographic change that plagues Eastern and Southern European is one of the EU's biggest challenges in the new decade. Brussels now has to effectively respond to the realities of this multifaceted and...

EU and EBRD to boost renewable energy in Ukraine, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union have agreed a new €50 million programme of financial guarantees aimed at scaling up investment in renewable energy in Ukraine and in...

EIB to help Greece enhance energy efficiency and tackle climate change

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The European Investment Bank on 23 January agreed to continue support for new priority investment across Greece intended to enhance energy efficiency and tackle climate change, improve small business competitiveness, accelerate research and innovation,...

EIB backs innovative electric power company in Spain

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing Arteche Group with a €27 million loan to finance its Research and Innovation strategy, the European Commission said on 22 November. “The electric power industry has a crucial...

EU eyes hydrogen for zero emissions energy

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ATHENS – The Commitment of the new European Commission to a clean energy transition that includes an important role for hydrogen is very clear, a former German MEP and now Hydrogen Europe Secretary General...

Poland to buy F-35 stealth fighters from the US

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Poland's defense minister Mariusz Błaszczak announced that Warsaw’s deal to buy dozens of fifth-generation F-35 stealth aircrafts from the US will be signed next week. “We've basically finalized the negotiations, with only minor procedural issues...

Two very different Presidents, an activist, and power in the European Commission

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For those who didn’t already realise, the new European Commission chief, Ursula von der Leyen, is nothing like her predecessor, Jean-Claude Juncker. Jean-Claude Juncker nearly went to Davos in 2018 after over 21 years of...

Finding Europe’s way in the world

The European Union, and particularly Germany, have yet to rise to the challenge posed by the United States’ retreat from global leadership. But, given the new competition from China, together with Russia’s renewed great-power...

Von der Leyen, Michel, Sassoli pledge to fight anti-Semitism in Europe

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The European Commission's chief, Ursula von der Leyen, along with EU Council President Charles Michel and EP President David Sassoli, travelled for the first time to Israel since they took office, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of...

Greece looking for a seat at the Libya table

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When the Berlin Summit on Libya was first announced, Greece was not a part of the process. The fact that the country was not invited created a palpable amount of dissatisfaction within Greek Prime...

Brexit bill passes first EP test, gets signed by von der Leyen, Michel

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Ursula von der Leyen, EU Commission's chief and Charles Michel, EU Council President formally signed on Friday the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) that paves the way for UK’s divorce from the EU on 31 January. “Things...

Polish parliament approves law aimed at punishing judges

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Poland's parliament approved a controversial draft law aimed at disciplining judges who question the government's judicial reforms. The new rules would allow judges to be fired if they question the government’s judicial reforms. Poland’s Supreme...

China continues to destroy Muslim cemeteries

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The Chinese government appears to have systematically destroyed several cemeteries belonging to its Muslim minority, the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, for years. Cooperating with the Uyghur community and analysing hundreds of satellite images, an investigation by American...

Zelensky says antisemitism in Ukraine is the lowest in Europe

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The history of the Jews in Ukraine is one that stretches back over a thousand years to the days before the Slavs of Kievan Rus were converted to Orthodox Christianity by Byzantine missionaries in...

Trump reiterates threat to impose tariffs on European cars

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US president Donald Trump said he is serious about imposing tariffs on European cars unless the European Union agrees on a transatlantic deal. Trump is currently attending the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland....

Several European nations will introduce a digital tax if no OECD deal is reached

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France, Italy, and Spain have said they would move ahead with their national digital tax if no international deal on digital taxation is reached within the OECD by the end of this year. The...

EU urged by US to declare Hezbollah a terror group

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Two MEPs said they would support the United States in their effort to persuade the European Union to declare Lebanon’s radical Shia Islamist group, Hezbollah, a terrorist group. The move comes a day after Lebanon...

Moscow’s top university to ban political speech for students and staff

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One of Russia’s elite universities, Moscow’s Institute of Higher Economics, is considering banning its students and staff from performing political speech. “The new version of internal regulations clarifies the obligation not to make political statements...

UN says climate change can be cause for asylum

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A United Nations’ human rights Committee has ruled that people fleeing the effects of climate change can claim asylum. The panel published its ruling in the case of a man from Kiribati who was sent...

Brussels steps up disinformation fight, Facebook warns of free expression

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Facebook has warned over freedom of expression as the European Union considers measures to stop disinformation campaigns across online platforms. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP for Global Affairs warned that in the online world, “the scope...

Spain declares climate emergency

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Spain’s government issued a statement, declaring a “climate emergency” and committed to bringing a draft bill aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The new government of prime minister Pedro Sánchez has committed to...