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29 January 2013, 18:10 CET

Expert analysis, features and profiles of key topical issues in the European Union.

Russia, West still far from breakthrough in Ukraine crisis: analysts

Posted by EUbusiness at 18 April 2014, 16:30 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, Putin, US, ANALYSIS, politics, Russia

The four-way agreement on Ukraine thrashed out in Geneva is the first sign of progress between Russia and the West in a months-long standoff, but a litany of problems remain unresolved, analysts said.

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Transdniestr leader calls on EU to recognise breakaway region

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 April 2014, 18:10 CET |

The leader of Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday called on the European Union to recognise the statelet as independent to ensure stability in the region amid the standoff between Ukraine and Russia.

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Juncker wants politicians not bureaucrats in new Commission

Juncker wants politicians not bureaucrats in new Commission

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 April 2014, 15:50 CET |

Jean-Claude Juncker, a front-runner in the race to become president of the European Commission, told AFP he was ready to fight to have politicians rather than bureaucrats on his team.

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Moldova's Gagauz region faces tough choice between Russia, EU

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 April 2014, 05:20 CET |

With its green hills and sunny vineyards, Gagauzia looks like a haven of peace, but this Russian-speaking region in Moldova finds itself bitterly torn between East and West in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

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Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 April 2014, 04:45 CET |
Filed under: Ukraine, parliament, Poland, FOCUS, Russia

The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing centre-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.

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Ahead of Ukraine talks, what options to end crisis?

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 April 2014, 16:32 CET |

Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union plan to meet in Geneva Thursday to try to defuse what has become one of the worst European security crises in decades.

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German MEP switches sights to wooing Greece

Posted by EUbusiness at 15 April 2014, 05:20 CET |

German MEP Jorgo Chatzimarkakis says he's so frustrated watching Greece struggle under austerity measures championed by Chancellor Angela Merkel that he's turning his back on his home country.

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Ukraine: current sanctions on Russia and options

Posted by EUbusiness at 14 April 2014, 19:15 CET |

The United States and European Union have warned Moscow it faces more sanctions if Russian troops intervene further in Ukraine.

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Comments to European Commission on Hinkley and state aid

Posted by Stephen Tindale at 11 April 2014, 11:00 CET |
Filed under: UK, Energy, FOCUS, Competition

Re: State Aid SA 34947 (2013/C) (ex 2013/N) – United Kingdom Investment Contract (early Contract for Difference) for the Hinkley Point C New Nuclear Power Station - A submission to the European Commission Competition Directorate by Stephen Tindale, Associate Fellow, Centre for European Reform

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Europe needs a 'New Deal': Tsipras

Posted by EUbusiness at 03 April 2014, 05:25 CET |
Filed under: INTERVIEW, politics, economy, Greece

Europe needs a "New Deal" to rise above the economic crisis and austerity policies, the European Left Party's Greek candidate for EU commission chairman, Alexis Tsipras, says in an interview.

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US-EU energy strategy targets Russia and the long-term

Posted by EUbusiness at 02 April 2014, 15:40 CET |
Filed under: energy, gas, FOCUS, US, Headline1

The United States stepped up its war of words over Russian gas on Wednesday, while warning its European allies not to count on American gas supplies in the short-term.

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EU-Africa: What's in the relationship?

Posted by EUbusiness at 02 April 2014, 14:50 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, summit, Africa

Some 80 nations gathered in Brussels on Wednesday for an EU-Africa summit dominated by conflict, trade and illegal migration.

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Hollande puts growth before EU rigour, Italian style

Hollande puts growth before EU rigour, Italian style

Posted by EUbusiness at 01 April 2014, 16:00 CET |

French President Francois Hollande is going for growth rather than focusing fully on meeting EU deficit rules, in line with a precedent set by the new government in Italy, but his options are narrow.

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Swiss immigration vote ticks off watchmakers

Posted by EUbusiness at 30 March 2014, 04:25 CET |

Switzerland's recent vote to curtail immigration from the European Union could seriously impact the Alpine country's booming watch trade, industry insiders warned this week.

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Ex foes Serbia, Kosovo 15 years after NATO air war on EU path

Posted by EUbusiness at 23 March 2014, 02:55 CET |

When NATO launched its first air campaign on European soil in 1999 to force Serbia to halt crackdown on independence-seeking Kosovo, the European Union was far from minds of both Belgrade and Pristina.

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Europe's response to Crimea falls short of Washington

Posted by EUbusiness at 22 March 2014, 16:05 CET |

Europe has ramped up its response to Russia's annexation of Crimea with a new round of sanctions that still fall short of Washington's moves and will have little bite, experts say.

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Ukraine crisis shakes up geopolitical ties

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 March 2014, 17:30 CET |

The deepening crisis in Ukraine is likely to have a lasting impact on international relations, with a newly-assertive Russia forcing the United States and the EU to take a hard look at where they stand.

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What's in the EU-Ukraine agreement?

Posted by EUbusiness at 21 March 2014, 11:15 CET |
Filed under: FACTS, Ukraine, Russia, politics

The European Union and Ukraine took a symbolically-charged first step towards closer economic and political ties on Friday, with the signing of a key part of a wide-ranging historic partnership deal.

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EU soul-searching over Russian gas vulnerability

EU soul-searching over Russian gas vulnerability

Posted by EUbusiness at 20 March 2014, 14:00 CET |

Europe's dependency on Russian gas will be at the heart of summit talks starting Thursday as EU leaders weigh up action to match their outrage over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

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Serbia: from pariah state to EU path

Posted by EUbusiness at 16 March 2014, 16:27 CET |
Filed under: Serbia, vote, country, FACTS

Serbia, which was holding early parliamentary elections on Sunday, is an ex-Yugoslav republic once seen as a pariah state that has now set out on the road to European Union membership.

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