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Moldova's Gagauz region faces tough choice between Russia, EU 16 April 2014, 05:17 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.

Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign 16 April 2014, 04:42 CET
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.

Ahead of Ukraine talks, what options to end crisis? 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.

Moscow says new Western sanctions would be 'counterproductive' 15 April 2014, 17:40 CET
Russia insisted Tuesday that any sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis would be "counter-productive" after the European Union expanded the list of those facing asset freezes and visa bans.

Ahead of Ukraine talks, what options to end crisis? 15 April 2014, 14:47 CET
Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and European Union are to meet in Geneva Thursday to try to defuse what has become one of the worst European security crisis in decades.

Putin denies interfering in Ukraine as insurgents gain ground 15 April 2014, 01:22 CET
Russian President Vladimir Putin denied involvement Monday with pro-Russian insurgents gaining ground in eastern Ukraine, but an unconvinced European Union expanded its sanctions on officials accused of trying to break up the ex-Soviet country.

EU to expand Ukraine sanctions list 15 April 2014, 01:18 CET
EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to expand the list of those hit with sanctions for their role in the Ukraine crisis but stopped short of harsher measures ahead of a Geneva meeting of top EU, US, Russian and Ukrainian officials this week.

Canada sees Russia's hand in Ukraine, vows response 15 April 2014, 01:13 CET
Canada vowed Monday to impose fresh sanctions on Russia in concert with its NATO allies and blamed Moscow "thugs" for fomenting trouble in eastern Ukraine.

EU ready to call summit next week to toughen Russia sanctions: France 15 April 2014, 01:13 CET
The European Union is prepared if needed to call a Ukraine crisis summit next week to toughen sanctions against Russia, France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.

EU sees Russia's hand in Ukraine and threatens sanctions 15 April 2014, 01:15 CET
The European Union discussed fresh sanctions against Russia on Monday as foreign ministers angrily blamed Moscow for fomenting trouble in restive eastern Ukraine while holding out hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.

German scheme to recruit young European job-seekers on ice 15 April 2014, 01:21 CET
Germany said Monday it was no longer accepting applications for a programme to attract young Europeans to its job market due to overwhelming demand from crisis-ravaged countries.

Ukraine: current sanctions on Russia and options 15 April 2014, 01:13 CET
The United States and European Union have warned Moscow it faces more sanctions if Russian troops intervene further in Ukraine.

EU okays 1-bn euro aid to Ukraine 15 April 2014, 01:21 CET
The European Union on Monday formally approved a one-billion-euro assistance package to help Ukraine's interim authorities overcome the country's deep financial problems.

Britain urges 'further sanctions' on Russia over Ukraine 14 April 2014, 15:40 CET
Britain called Monday for "further" European Union sanctions against Russia in response to its "dangerous" escalation of the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Italian PM slams austerity in EU election campaign 12 April 2014, 16:27 CET
Italy's new prime minister on Saturday blasted what he called a European Union of austerity and bankers, as he kicked off his party's campaign for next month's European elections.

Merkel sees 'renewed confidence' in Greece after bond issue 12 April 2014, 19:45 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said Greece's buoyant return to the bond markets showed investors' "renewed confidence" in the crisis-hit country, and pledged to back Athens on its path of reforms.

EU looking to help Ukraine pay Russia gas bill: commissioner 11 April 2014, 18:12 CET
The European Union's energy commissioner said Friday the EU was working on a solution to help Ukraine pay back its gas bills and called for calm after Russia threatened to turn off the gas tap.

Putin pledges to fulfil Europe gas obligations 11 April 2014, 16:37 CET
President Vladimir Putin on Friday said Moscow would fulfil its obligations to send natural gas to Europe but also said the United States had no business interfering in Russia's talks with Europe over Kiev's debt.

Merkel a 'believer' in Greece after tough reforms 11 April 2014, 16:17 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said she "firmly believed" there was untapped potential in Greece after years of tough austerity reforms that culminated in a bond comeback this week.

EU demands Russia honour its gas commitments 11 April 2014, 23:41 CET
The EU urged Russia on Friday to honour its gas contracts after President Vladimir Putin warned Europe its supplies were in peril unless it helped pay Ukraine's gas debt.

Merkel in Athens after Greek bond coup 11 April 2014, 15:28 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was to visit Greece on Friday to applaud reform efforts, a day after the eurozone laggard made a triumphant return to bond markets.

Slovakia wants EU guarantee for any gas supply to Ukraine 10 April 2014, 17:07 CET
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said Thursday he wants the European Union to guarantee that Ukraine will pay should Slovakia facilitate reverse gas flow from Europe.

EU mulls civilian law and order mission for Ukraine 10 April 2014, 22:50 CET
The European Union is considering the dispatch of a civilian expert mission to Ukraine to assist with judicial and policing matters, EU diplomats said on Thursday.

No more Russia sanctions for now, urges EU Parliament head 08 April 2014, 22:52 CET
The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, advocated caution over the crisis in Ukraine on Tuesday, saying that "for the moment" he is opposed to new sanctions against Russia.

PM says French exports hit by high euro 08 April 2014, 17:07 CET
Efforts by France to improve competitiveness and reduce labour costs should not be undermined by a high euro, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday.