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Jan 19, 2015

European Union looks to respond to threat of radical Islam

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers pledged on Monday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled out sweeping new laws in the wake of the Jan. 7 Paris attacks.

Following the deadliest assault by militant Islamists on a European city since suicide bombers targeted London’s transport system in 2005, Europe is seeking a united response without new legislation or a prolonged military presence on its streets.

Jan 16, 2015

Russia could soon run multiple Ukraine-sized operations -U.S. general

WIESBADEN, Germany, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Russia is working to
develop within a few years the capability to threaten several
neighbours at once on the scale of its present operation in
Ukraine, a senior American general said.

Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army forces
in Europe, told Reuters an attack on another neighbour does not
seem like an immediate threat because Moscow appears to have its
hands full in Ukraine for now.

Dec 30, 2014

U.S. commander worried by falling UK defense spending

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A top U.S. commander voiced concern on Tuesday that Britain’s military spending could fall below a NATO target and said the country’s army did not have enough money for its needs.

The comments by Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe, reflect U.S. concern over the declining military capabilities of Britain, one of America’s staunchest allies, at a time when Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and a pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine have caused Europe’s worst crisis since the Cold War.

Dec 30, 2014

U.S. to station 150 armored vehicles in Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States plans by the end of next year to station around 150 tanks and armored vehicles in Europe for use by U.S. forces training in Europe as part of the U.S. response to the Ukraine crisis, according to a U.S. military commander.

Some of the tanks and vehicles – enough to equip an armored brigade – could be “pre-positioned” in Poland, Romania or the Baltic states, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges, commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, said in a telephone interview with Reuters from Wiesbaden, Germany.

Dec 19, 2014

European nations to talk to Airbus about buying air tankers

BRUSSELS, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The Netherlands, Poland and
Norway are to negotiate with Airbus to buy four
military in-flight refuelling planes, European defence officials
said on Friday.

The three countries are interested in buying a variant of
the Airbus A330 that can be used for aerial refuelling, as well
as for passenger transport, strategic airlift and medical
evacuation operations, the European Defence Agency (EDA), the
European Union’s defence arm, said.

Dec 18, 2014

Luxembourg accedes to EU antitrust demand to divulge tax data

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Luxembourg acceded on Thursday to the
demand of the European Commission to release data to further EU
antitrust regulators’ investigation into whether it allowed
multinationals to pay excessively low taxes.

The European Commission launched investigations this year
into whether U.S. retailer Amazon and a unit of Italian
carmaker Fiat benefited from unfair state aid to the
detriment of competitors as a result of Luxembourg’s tax

Dec 18, 2014

EU to Putin: ‘Change attitude’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s foreign policy chief urged President Vladimir Putin to adopt a “radical change in attitude” and begin cooperating as EU leaders gathered to map out a long-term strategy for dealing with an economically wounded Russia.

Federica Mogherini said the financial crisis hitting Moscow as a result of falling oil prices and Western sanctions was “not good news” and was adding to dangerous global instability. She spoke as she arrived on Thursday at an EU summit in Brussels.

Dec 18, 2014

Georgian economy buffeted by Russia, Ukraine crises: president

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Georgia’s economy has been buffeted by the Russian currency crisis and the Ukrainian conflict but it is still growing strongly, President Georgy Margvelashvili said on Thursday.

Margvelashvili spoke to Reuters from Strasbourg, where he watched the European Parliament ratify an EU-Georgia trade and cooperation accord, describing this as an important step toward Georgia’s eventual goal of EU membership.

Dec 18, 2014

EU bans investment in Crimea, targets oil sector, cruises

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union banned investment in Crimea on Thursday, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and outlawing European cruise ships from calling at Crimean ports.

The new measures, which EU governments have signed off on and will take effect on Saturday, reinforce the EU’s policy of not recognizing Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region in March.

Dec 17, 2014

EU will keep up pressure on Russia despite concerns over economy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will discuss Russia’s currency crisis on Thursday amid worries it could impact their own economies, but they will not relax sanctions imposed against Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats said.

On the contrary, the EU plans this week to widen a ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and the tourism sector. Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in March.

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      "I am part of Reuters UK reporting team, writing mainly about UK politics and foreign policy. My previous postings with Reuters were in Spain, Belgium, the United States, Colombia, Nicaragua and South Africa."
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