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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.

Mar 21, 2015

Russia will have to sharply lower gas price, Ukraine says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine is confident Russia will have to sharply lower the price it charges Kiev for gas as increased imports from the European Union have greatly reduced Ukraine’s reliance on supplies from Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Ukraine’s energy minister said on Saturday.

Volodymyr Demchyshyn was speaking after gas supply talks in Brussels on Friday with Russia and the European Commission.

Mar 20, 2015

EU leaders pledge security cooperation, aid for Tunisia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders pledged to step up help for Tunisia on Friday, worried that an attack that killed 20 foreign tourists shows Islamic State militants spreading their influence from Libya and posing a growing threat to Europe.

EU governments are already deeply worried about chaos in Libya which has fueled an exodus of migrants that are putting a heavy strain on southern EU countries such as Italy.

Mar 20, 2015

Cameron sees hope for his EU ‘Mission Impossible’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was ready to discuss the “mission impossible” of changing the European Union’s treaty to accommodate the British prime minister’s calls for radical reform of the 28-country bloc.

Tusk, who chairs EU summits and represents EU governments in managing the bloc, has made plain the difficulty of accommodating David Cameron’s promise to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, saying in a recent interview the demands were akin to the ‘Mission: Impossible’ action movies.

Mar 20, 2015

Britain’s Cameron sees hope for his EU ‘Mission: Impossible’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was ready to discuss the “mission impossible” of changing the European Union’s treaty to accommodate the British prime minister’s calls for radical reform of the 28-country bloc.

Tusk, who chairs EU summits and represents EU governments in managing the bloc, has made plain the difficulty of accommodating David Cameron’s promise to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe, saying in a recent interview the demands were akin to the ‘Mission: Impossible’ action movies.

Mar 19, 2015

EU agrees Russia sanctions to stay until Ukraine peace terms met

BRUSSELS, March 19 (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed
on Thursday that economic sanctions imposed on Russia will stay
in place until a Ukraine peace deal is fully implemented,
effectively extending them to the end of the year if need be.

The compromise reached at an EU summit in Brussels maintains
EU unity on sanctions against Moscow over its role in the
Ukraine conflict.

Mar 19, 2015

EU likely to keep Russia sanctions after Merkel weighs in

BRUSSELS, March 19 (Reuters) – European Union leaders look
likely to keep economic sanctions on Russia in place until a
Ukraine ceasefire deal is fully working, after German Chancellor
Angela Merkel said on Thursday it would be wrong to ease
pressure on Moscow prematurely.

EU governments have until now been divided on whether to act
now to renew those sanctions, which expire in July.

Mar 18, 2015

EU’s Tusk discussing Russia sanctions idea with Merkel, Hollande

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk is discussing a proposal with Germany and France to link European Union sanctions on Russia to full implementation of a Ukraine ceasefire, a senior EU official said on Wednesday.

Tusk is working with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on a compromise proposal on the future of EU sanctions that he believes all 28 EU leaders would support at a summit on Thursday.

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