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EU pressed to up aid to farmers hit by Russia sanctions 04 September 2014, 20:27 CET
The European Parliament ratcheted up the pressure on the European Union Thursday to increase support for farmers hit by a Russian ban on food exports over the Ukraine crisis.

EU considers travel ban on Russian defence minister 04 September 2014, 20:25 CET
The European Union may impose a travel ban on Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as part of a new package of sanctions targeting Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, sources said Thursday.

Juncker meets women target for new team 04 September 2014, 21:48 CET
Incoming EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker met a target for the number of women on his new team on Thursday, avoiding a threat by legislators to block his choice if there were too few female Commissioners.

Greece calls for EU help as 'migrant wave triples' 04 September 2014, 19:02 CET
Greece warned Thursday of a "dramatic" rise in migrants trying to cross its borders, with the number attempting to cross the Aegean Sea set to triple this year.

ECB cuts 2014, 2015 economic growth forecasts 04 September 2014, 16:44 CET
The European Central Bank cut its forecasts for growth in the 18-country euro area this year and next, and also lowered its outlook for area-wide inflation, at a policy meeting on Thursday.

Belgium finally names Commissioner 04 September 2014, 17:15 CET
Belgium finally named its next European Commissioner on Thursday, giving Jean Claude Juncker one of the last members in the new team that will run the 28-nation bloc for five years.

EU court rules against France over nitrates water pollution 05 September 2014, 23:26 CET
The European Union's top court ruled on Thursday that France had failed to adequately prevent water pollution by nitrates and ordered the government to implement regulation or face penalties.

Athens hails 'positive climate' at debt talks 03 September 2014, 21:57 CET
Greece on Wednesday said talks it is holding with its international creditors were looking "positive" as it hopes to gain approval for a set of measures to reduce its massive tax burden.

Iran looks to better EU ties with Italian at helm 03 September 2014, 20:29 CET
Iran is looking forward to improved relations with the European Union following the appointment of an Italian to be the bloc's next foreign policy supremo, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Rome on Wednesday.

EU deploys mission to Ukraine to boost police reform 03 September 2014, 20:09 CET
The European Union is deploying dozens of experts to Ukraine to help reform police forces and bolster the new West-leaning government's commitment to the rule of law.

EU backs global fight against IS after Sotloff 'atrocity' 03 September 2014, 18:27 CET
The European Union said Wednesday it was "more committed than ever" to the international fight against the Islamic State after the murder of US journalist Steven Sotloff by the jihadist group.

Amsterdam to host tomato fight against Russia boycott 03 September 2014, 15:42 CET
Two thousand tomato-wielding protesters are to stage a massive food-fight in Amsterdam to protest Russia's ban on the import of Dutch produce, organisers said Wednesday.

EU weighs up Russia World Cup boycott 04 September 2014, 16:57 CET
European nations have discussed hitting Russia with sporting sanctions including a boycott of Vladimir Putin's showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine, according to reports.

EU fines Samsung, Philips and Infineon over smartcard chip cartel 04 September 2014, 17:15 CET
The European Union fined Infineon, Philips and Samsung a total of 138 million euros (181 million dollars) on Wednesday for fixing the prices of smartcard chips, in its latest anti-trust case against technology firms.

Dutch foreign minister named for EU Commission job 02 September 2014, 20:16 CET
The Netherlands has named Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans as its candidate to be a Commissioner in the new administration of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Ukraine taps into EU gas via Slovakia 02 September 2014, 18:12 CET
Ukraine began receiving gas from the European Union via Slovakia on Tuesday, part of a deal brokered by Brussels to reduce Kiev's energy dependence on Russia amid an escalating armed crisis.

EU decision on Russia sanctions by Friday 02 September 2014, 20:29 CET
European Union nations will decide on new sanctions against Moscow by Friday, with Russian aggression towards Ukraine requiring the strongest possible response, says incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.

Dutch foreign minister tipped for Commission job: reports 02 September 2014, 13:09 CET
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was in Brussels on Tuesday for talks with EU President Jean-Claude Juncker about becoming a Commissioner in his new administration, Dutch media reported.

NATO states near Russia need security boost: Mogherini 02 September 2014, 13:23 CET
NATO countries bordering Russia need reassurance that they will be defended by the alliance in the face of the spiralling Ukraine war, incoming EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday.

Europe farmers 'not to get full Russian sanction compensation' 03 September 2014, 13:43 CET
Germany's agriculture minister warned on Tuesday that European farmers hit by a Russian import ban would not receive full compensation, ahead of talks with his French and Polish counterparts.

Baltics poised for Obama visit amid high anxiety over Russia 02 September 2014, 20:28 CET
From Tallinn to Warsaw, Russian moves in Ukraine are sparking grave concern across a region deeply scarred by war and decades of Soviet occupation on the eve of a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama.

Iran aiming for nuclear accord: foreign minister 02 September 2014, 12:28 CET
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had "good discussions" Monday with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Tehran was committed to an accord over its contested nuclear programme.

Draghi 'supports' France's call to boost European demand 01 September 2014, 21:17 CET
French President Francois Hollande and Mario Draghi the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) have agreed that European demand must be lifted to head off a risk of deflation, French officials said.

EU urged to convert TV frequencies to mobile broadband 04 September 2014, 21:48 CET
The EU should convert a whole spectrum of television and radio frequencies for use by mobile broadband by around 2020 as smartphone use soars, a report said on Monday.

War could spread beyond Ukraine, warns Poland's Tusk 01 September 2014, 19:34 CET
Poland's Prime Minister Donald warned on Monday that the war in eastern Ukraine risks spreading if NATO does not toughen its stance quickly.