Ukraine and the EU
Latest business news about Ukraine and the European Union.
- Moscow hopes ties with EU have not crossed 'point of no return': Lavrov — 18 November 2014, 20:07 CET
Russia said on Tuesday it hopes its ties with the EU had not yet crossed the point of no return over the Ukraine crisis after Brussels slapped more sanctions against Kremlin-backed separatists fighting Kiev.
- EU sanctions separatists as Ukraine crisis deepens — 17 November 2014, 20:39 CET
The EU agreed to blacklist more Ukrainian separatists Monday but stopped short of fresh sanctions against Russia, saying there was hope of restarting dialogue with Moscow to end the worst stand-off since the Cold War.
- Ukraine minister urges EU to send 'clear message' to Russia — 17 November 2014, 16:24 CET
The EU must speak with one voice to Russia over Ukraine and be ready to send a "clear message" it will impose more sanctions if necessary, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told AFP in an interview on Monday.
- Russia expels diplomats as EU set for new Ukraine sanctions — 17 November 2014, 12:25 CET
Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying on Monday, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.
- EU poised for fresh Russia sanctions over Ukraine — 17 November 2014, 11:23 CET
European Union foreign ministers will discuss Monday hitting Russia with fresh sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, but they must keep the door open to Moscow, new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.
- Russia balks at UN support for Bosnia amid Ukraine rift — 11 November 2014, 23:07 CET
Russia on Tuesday refused to endorse a UN resolution on Bosnia that
Moscow said would push the Balkan country towards NATO and the European
Union -- a scenario that led to the conflict in Ukraine.
- Merkel says EU not planning new sanctions against Russia — 11 November 2014, 15:22 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that the European Union was
not planning new sanctions against Russia over a fresh spike in violence
- Merkel mulls sanctions against Ukraine rebel leaders — 05 November 2014, 16:03 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that the West should consider following disputed elections adding pro-Russian separatists to sanction lists imposed on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine.
- Juncker says will visit Ukraine on first foreign trip — 05 November 2014, 15:50 CET
New European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday he
would visit Kiev on his first trip outside the European Union, as the
peace plan in Ukraine hung by a thread.
- EU says Ukraine rebel vote risks 'closing' window for peace — 04 November 2014, 19:05 CET
Elections held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine threaten to close the "window of opportunity" for a peaceful solution to the bloody crisis, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Tuesday.
- Polish apple growers demand funds to offset Russian embargo — 04 November 2014, 19:11 CET
Some 300 Polish apple growers demonstrated outside the prime minister's office in Warsaw on Tuesday, demanding national and EU funds to offset losses due to the Russian import ban.
- EU says Ukraine rebel vote 'new obstacle' to peace — 03 November 2014, 00:30 CET
The European Union said elections held Sunday by pro-Russian rebels in
eastern Ukraine were illegal, would not be recognised and created a new
hurdle to a resolution of the conflict.
- Ukraine - Russia gas deal — 31 October 2014, 11:14 CET
A 4.6 billion dollar winter package was agreed at a Ukraine - Russia meeting brokered by the EU on 30 October, which secures gas for Ukraine - and ultimately also for Europe.
- EU will 'play its role' to support Ukraine-Russia gas deal — 31 October 2014, 11:15 CET
The European Union will "fully play its role" to implement the gas deal signed by Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, the French and German leaders said in a joint statement.
- Ukraine, Russia, EU agree gas supply deal: EU source — 30 October 2014, 22:02 CET
Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine through the winter in
an EU-brokered deal reached by the three parties in Brussels on
Thursday, an EU source said.
- Barroso says Ukraine-Russia gas deal 'within reach' — 30 October 2014, 10:59 CET
European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday a deal to
resolve a bitter Russia-Ukraine supply dispute was "within reach" as he
urged the two sides to settle their differences.
- Ukraine-Russia gas talks stall — 30 October 2014, 10:54 CET
EU-brokered talks to resolve a bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine on Thursday appeared stalled as Moscow demanded that Brussels and Kiev first agree on how Ukraine will pay its huge bill to Moscow.
- Thriving in Poland, Hucul ponies yet to gallop in native Ukraine — 30 October 2014, 13:20 CET
At the foot of the wild Carpathian mountains in Poland near the Ukraine border, both countries are working to protect the Hucul pony, a small native horse breed that was on the brink of extinction just 70 years ago.
- EU deplores planned Russian recognition of Ukraine rebel polls — 29 October 2014, 22:34 CET
The European Union on Wednesday condemned Russia's expressed intention to recognise elections organised by pro-Moscow rebels in areas they control in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine, Russia begin fresh talks aimed at ending gas row — 29 October 2014, 16:27 CET
Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday resumed EU-brokered talks in Brussels
aimed at ending a months-long supply cut that also threatens to hit
parts of Europe this winter.
- Jewish life in Ukraine: Achievements, challenges and priorities since the collapse of communism — 28 October 2014, 11:01 CET
Part of a four-part series funded by the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe that looks at Jewish life in east-central Europe since the collapse of communism, the Ukraine report calls for the development of a common organisational framework to bring together the various Jewish communities throughout the country; support from international foundations to enable the Jewish community to become less dependent on external sources of financial support; and a more inclusive policy on Jewish status issues given the high levels of intermarriage in the country.
In addition, the report stresses the need for enhancements in the field of Jewish education, with a particular emphasis on increasing the number of trained teachers and educators, and access to better quality Russian and Ukrainian-language educational materials. Given the extraordinary history of Jewish life in the country, the recommendations also push for the preservation of this heritage and the utilisation of it for community development purposes.
The report also explores the issue of antisemitism in Ukraine, and calls for the establishment of a centre to monitor antisemitic incidents, and to liaise with government, the police and security services to counter it.
The research was conducted by community activist and doctoral student Darina Privalko under the advice of Dr Betsy Gidwitz, a former Soviet-area specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Versions of the report are also available in Ukrainian and Russian.
- Ukraine's pro-West parties negotiate coalition — 27 October 2014, 18:44 CET
The pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll entered coalition talks Monday, but attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlighted the obstacles to their ambitious promises of peace and deepening ties with the European Union.
- EU, NATO hail Ukraine vote as mandate for reform — 27 October 2014, 17:04 CET
EU and NATO leaders on Monday hailed parliamentary elections held in Ukraine on the weekend as a victory for democracy and a mandate for reform in the ex-Soviet state struggling to shake off Russia's influence.
- Merkel urges Putin to support solution to Ukraine gas dispute — 24 October 2014, 15:52 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to throw his weight behind a quick resolution of an ongoing gas dispute with Ukraine as winter looms.
- Russia seizes banned EU meat disguised as chewing gum — 24 October 2014, 16:35 CET
Russian customs officers are struggling to digest a new smuggling scam after some 600 tonnes of banned meat from Europe were discovered disguised as other items such as chewing gum.