Latest news about European Union politics.
- Romania forecasts steady 3.0% growth through 2016 — 11 March 2014, 17:01 CET
Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta called on lawmakers on Tuesday to
back his new left-wing government's programme, promising three-percent
yearly growth until 2016, and improved use of EU funds.
- EU leaders to meet in Flanders to commemorate WWI — 11 March 2014, 12:39 CET
European Union leaders will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
outbreak of World War I on June 26, as they open a European Council
meeting in Flanders, officials said.
- Fifteen years on, Ukraine neighbours glad to be in NATO — 11 March 2014, 11:01 CET
Fifteen years have passed since the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
joined the NATO military alliance, a decision the ex-Soviet satellites
now see as fortuitous given today's Ukraine standoff between Russia and
- Western dilemma: giving Putin Crimea to save Ukraine — 11 March 2014, 10:59 CET
It is the ugly solution to the Ukrainian crisis world leaders will never acknowledge but grudgingly may have to accept. Give Russian President Vladimir Putin Crimea -- and hope this sates his ambition of being remembered as the omnipotent leader who restored Moscow's post-Soviet might enough to leave the rest of Ukraine alone.
- Iran raps Ashton for 'unsanctioned' meet with activists — 10 March 2014, 13:57 CET
Iran on Monday criticised European Union foreign policy chief Catherine
Ashton over an "unsanctioned" meeting she held with rights activists,
although newspapers hailed her weekend visit to Tehran.
- Ashton wins praise and criticism in Iran press — 10 March 2014, 12:53 CET
Iranian newspapers on Monday welcomed European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton's weekend visit to Tehran although her focus on human rights came under criticism.
- Ukraine could sign EU agreement this month — 10 March 2014, 10:21 CET
Ukraine said Sunday it could sign later this month part of a crucial EU agreement for greater integration, even as the former Soviet state remains in a state of upheaval.
- In Iran, Ashton says no guarantee on nuclear deal — 09 March 2014, 22:34 CET
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran's nuclear programme cannot be guaranteed, during a landmark visit underscoring a thaw in Tehran's ties with the West.
- Baltic states jittery over 'unpredictable' Russia — 09 March 2014, 22:32 CET
As Lithuania marks 24 years since it broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union and a decade since it joined NATO, people there and in fellow Baltic states Estonia and Latvia are jittery over Russian moves in Crimea.
- 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 — 09 March 2014, 12:23 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 — 09 March 2014, 12:39 CET
European conservatives have picked former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as their candidate for Commission president, igniting the centre-right campaign for May's European elections.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.