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- Ashton in Iran amid nuclear talks thaw: media — 08 March 2014, 18:11 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who coordinates nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, arrived in Tehran on Saturday, media reported.
- Obama, Merkel crank up pressure on Russia — 08 March 2014, 18:09 CET
President Barack Obama hailed the "unified position" of the European
Union and the United States against Russia's incursion into Ukraine
during a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.
- Spain PM plane returns to Dublin due to warning light — 07 March 2014, 23:44 CET
A plane carrying Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from Dublin to Madrid returned to the Irish capital on Friday shortly after takeoff because a warning light came on, officials said.
- EU regions seek greater role in bloc's recovery — 07 March 2014, 18:33 CET
EU regional and local administrations on Friday called for boosting investment and jobs in Europe at a summit in Athens, as they seek a greater say in the bloc's recovery.
- Conservatives pick Juncker as European Commission candidate — 07 March 2014, 18:27 CET
European conservatives on Friday picked former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as their candidate to be the next European Commission president, igniting the centre-right grouping's campaign for European elections in May.
- EU to send observers for Afghan elections — 07 March 2014, 15:53 CET
The European Union said Friday it will send observers to monitor
presidential and local elections in Afghanistan next month, as US-led
NATO forces prepare to withdraw by the end of the year.
- EU observers needed in Ukraine: ministers — 07 March 2014, 15:53 CET
The European Union needs to send observers to Ukraine as soon as possible, foreign ministers from the bloc's 10 eastern European and Nordic members plus Iceland and Norway said Friday.
- Influx of asylum-seekers strains German shelters — 08 March 2014, 18:10 CET
Germany has attracted more political asylum seekers than any other EU nation, but now the massive influx is straining the system, with crowded Berlin shelters sounding the alarm.
- Crimea moves to join Russia, US and EU sanction Moscow — 06 March 2014, 22:16 CET
Ukraine stood in danger of breaking apart Thursday after Crimea's
parliament voted to join Russia, triggering Kiev's fury and firming the
threat of harsh sanctions on Moscow by the European Union.
- Europe tells Russia to reverse course or face consequences — 06 March 2014, 20:31 CET
Europe's leaders on Thursday sharply condemned Russia's stand on Ukraine and warned it was readying targeted sanctions within days if Moscow failed to back off and join peace efforts.
- EU says to sign Ukraine association pact before elections — 06 March 2014, 22:05 CET
EU leaders agreed Thursday to sign an association accord with Ukraine before the ex-Soviet state holds elections in May, European Union president Herman Van Rompuy said after an emergency summit on the crisis.
- EU, Iceland and Nordic mackerel quota talks break down — 06 March 2014, 18:54 CET
Negotiations over mackerel fishing quotas have fallen apart, Iceland said Thursday, extending a dispute dubbed "the mackerel war" that has been a thorny issue in the country's EU membership bid.
- Cuba agrees to negotiate with EU on normalizing ties — 07 March 2014, 10:42 CET
Cuba said Thursday it had agreed to begin negotiations with the European Union on normalizing ties, after a decade of differences and sanctions.
- ECB trims inflation, raises growth forecasts for 2014 — 06 March 2014, 16:20 CET
President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi on Thursday announced the EBC was raising slightly its growth forecast for the euro area this year, but it had trimmed its forecast for inflation.
- Crimea parliament decision 'illegitimate': Ukraine PM — 06 March 2014, 17:08 CET
Ukraine interim premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday dubbed as "illegitimate" a request by the local parliament in Crimea to become part of Russia.
- Last surviving signatory of Treaty of Rome dies — 06 March 2014, 14:49 CET
Former French minister Maurice Faure, the last surviving signatory of
the Treaty of Rome which paved the way for European integration, died
Thursday aged 92.
- West warns Libya instability hampering aid efforts — 06 March 2014, 21:47 CET
The West warned Libya on Thursday that political instability is
hampering international efforts to provide assistance to the
- Europe's leaders call for dialogue at Ukraine summit — 06 March 2014, 13:34 CET
Europe's leaders gathered for crisis talks on Ukraine Thursday, pressing Russia to opt for dialogue and de-escalation while warning sanctions were in the offing should Moscow refuse a diplomatic solution.
- Bouygues plans French phone giant with EUR 14.5 bn bid for SFR — 06 March 2014, 12:25 CET
Bouygues Telecom Thursday made a 14.5 billion euro offer
for Vivendi's SFR unit in a deal that could create a new French telecoms powerhouse amid a wave of consolidation in the sector.
- Russia trying to redraw Europe borders, Lithuania warns — 06 March 2014, 12:26 CET
A "dangerous" Russia is trying to redraw Europe's borders with its actions in Ukraine, but the continent's leaders still don't understand this, the president of ex-Soviet Lithuania said upon arrival for an EU summit on Thursday.
- Kerry to meet European foreign ministers in Rome on Ukraine — 06 March 2014, 11:17 CET
US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his counterparts from
Italy, France and Germany in Rome on Thursday to discuss the crisis in
- Ukraine premier says Russia increasing tensions — 06 March 2014, 11:17 CET
Russia is increasing tensions and provocations in Crimea, Ukraine's
interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Thursday as he prepared to
meet EU leaders holding an emergency summit on the crisis.
- EU freezes assets of ousted Ukraine leader, 17 others — 07 March 2014, 10:47 CET
The European Union on Thursday froze the assets of ousted Ukraine leader Viktor Yanukovych, ex-premier Mykola Azarov and 16 former ministers, businessmen and security chiefs, all on grounds of fraud.
- Obama calls Cameron on Ukraine — 05 March 2014, 23:01 CET
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke
by telephone Wednesday, the eve of a meeting of European Union leaders
on how to respond to Russia's incursion into Ukraine.
- Activists criticise EU 'blood metals' initiative — 05 March 2014, 20:11 CET
Human rights activists on Wednesday said European efforts to stop the trade in so-called "blood metals" were a "step backwards" that would not prevent profits from minerals being used to fund conflicts.