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Apr 19, 2015

Exclusive: EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU is considering sending warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.

In a frank reference to EU fears that saving more lives could mean trafficking gangs put more people to sea in unsafe craft, the paper drawn up before Sunday’s mass drowning, warned of a “pull-factor risk” from a naval mission — a risk more migrants would head for Europe.

Apr 19, 2015

EU frets naval mission off Libya could draw more migrants to sea

BRUSSELS, April 19 (Reuters) – The EU is considering sending
warships to the Libyan coast to combat oil and arms smugglers
but fears that could encourage more migrants to take to sea in
hopes of being rescued and taken to Europe, according to an EU
document seen by Reuters.

In a frank reference to EU fears that saving more lives
could mean trafficking gangs put more people to sea in unsafe
craft, the paper drawn up before Sunday’s mass drowning
, warned of a “pull-factor risk” from a naval
mission — a risk more migrants would head for Europe.

Apr 15, 2015

European Parliament votes to call 1915 Armenian killings genocide

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The European Parliament backed a motion on Wednesday calling the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians a genocide, days after Pope Francis used the same term.

Although the resolution repeated language previously adopted by the parliament in 1987, it could raise tensions with Turkey, whose President Tayyip Erdogan said even before the vote took place that he would ignore the result.

Apr 14, 2015

Secretive military jets pose threat to civil planes-air safety watchdog

BRUSSELS, April 14 (Reuters) – Military jets which fly over
Europe without identifying themselves pose a high risk to
civilian aircraft, aviation safety officials said in a report
published on Tuesday, after a spate of near-collisions involving
Russian warplanes.

The European Commission asked the European Aviation Safety
Agency (EASA) to investigate after recent reports of the
near-misses between commercial airliners and Russian military
planes flying without electronic identification.

Apr 13, 2015

Spain urges more cooperation with South to tackle attacks, migration

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called on Monday for stepped-up cooperation between Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to confront illegal immigration and what he called “terrorist barbarism”.

Rajoy made the call at a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28 EU countries and eight countries on the southern rim of the Mediterranean. It was the largest gathering of its kind since 2008.

Apr 9, 2015

NATO hones response time of its rapid reaction units

EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands (Reuters) – Dutch troops gathered at an air base on Thursday as part of an 11-nation exercise to test NATO’s new rapid response targets that have been tightened following concern over new Russian assertiveness.

Given just 48 hours to deploy, around 200 soldiers arrived at the air base near Eindhoven with the vehicles, weapons, equipment, food and water they would need if they had to fly abroad at short notice to confront an emergency.

Mar 30, 2015

Defense sector chiefs to advise EU on reversing research decline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Some of the European defense sector’s best-known executives will advise the EU on how to reverse a slide in spending on military research which is seen as threatening its long-term viability.

Many European governments have cut spending on defense and related research and development since the 2008 global financial crisis, squeezing defense contractors.

Mar 25, 2015

EU urges quick restart to Israeli-Palestinian talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union urged Israelis and Palestinians on Wednesday to quickly restart peace talks that collapsed last year, as the bloc’s new foreign policy chief seeks to reinvigorate European involvement in the negotiations.

Israel should make “every effort to ensure an early resumption of the Middle East peace process,” the EU said in a series of annual reports assessing progress on democracy and human rights in countries close to the 28-nation bloc.

Mar 23, 2015

Libya could agree on unity government leaders this week: U.N. envoy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Libya’s warring groups could agree this week on the leaders of a national unity government to try to overcome the conflict in the North African country, but it will not be easy, a U.N. envoy said on Monday.

The talks, originally due to end on Sunday, have been extended for two more days despite renewed fighting in the capital Tripoli, which Libya’s internationally recognized government wants to take back from a rival administration that seized it last summer.

Mar 22, 2015

West should consider all tools, including arms, for Ukraine -NATO general

BRUSSELS, March 22 (Reuters) – The West should consider
using all its tools to help Ukraine, including sending defensive
weapons, NATO’s top military commander said on Sunday.

Officials in Washington have been discussing whether to send
weapons to Ukraine’s military to help them fight pro-Russian
separatists who NATO says are armed and supported by Moscow.

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