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Nov 4, 2013

NATO, EU condemn Kosovo poll violence, accord challenged

BRUSSELS/PRISTINA (Reuters) – NATO and the European Union on Monday condemned violence that took place during a weekend election in Kosovo that many had hoped would help end ethnic divisions but ended up underscoring the strength of Serb resistance instead.

Voting on Sunday in a small Serb pocket of the majority-Albanian country was halted after masked men attacked polling stations at three locations on the Serb side of the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica, lobbing tear gas and smashing ballot boxes.

Oct 25, 2013

EU leaders rebuff calls for action on Europe’s migration crisis

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters.

EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed “deep sadness” at the drownings, which have killed up to 550 migrants this month alone, but postponed any new action until December.

Oct 23, 2013

Security pact delay hampers NATO plans for post-2014 Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO has agreed the outline of a military force it intends to keep in Afghanistan after its combat mission there ends next year, but troop numbers remain uncertain due to ongoing talks between Washington and Kabul.

NATO defense ministers endorsed a “strategic planning assessment” on Wednesday, setting out command and control arrangements and the capabilities needed for the mission that the alliance says will have a training and advisory role, U.S. and NATO officials said.

Oct 23, 2013

NATO, Russia could play role in eliminating Syrian chemical arms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO and Russia could play a role in eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles if they were asked to do so by the United Nations, said U.S., NATO and Russian officials on Wednesday.

The destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons was discussed at a meeting of NATO and Russian defense ministers in Brussels, the first such meeting in two years.

Oct 22, 2013

Germany proposes plan to fill NATO’s defense gaps

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany called for closer military integration between groups of NATO countries on Tuesday as the alliance grappled with how to keep its defenses strong at a time of falling military spending.

Germany’s proposal, discussed by NATO defense ministers at a Brussels meeting, is that big NATO nations act as “framework nations” leading a cluster of smaller NATO allies.

Oct 21, 2013

Myanmar must change constitution to stay on reform path: Suu Kyi

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi urged Europe and the United States on Monday to press Myanmar to reform what she said was an undemocratic constitution, partly because it effectively bars women from running for president.

The Myanmar (Burmese) opposition leader, in Luxembourg to meet European Union foreign ministers, said the constitution stipulates that the president must have military experience, thus excluding women.

Oct 21, 2013

France summons U.S. ambassador over spying report

LUXEMBOURG/PARIS, Oct 21 (Reuters) – France summoned the
U.S. ambassador on Monday after a report in Le Monde newspaper
underlined the scale and breadth of alleged spying on French
citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency.

The allegations that the agency collected tens of thousands
of French phone records tested France’s relations with
Washington just as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in
Paris for the start of a European tour over Syria.

Oct 16, 2013

EU accuses Turkey of using excessive force during protests

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union accused Turkish police on Wednesday of using excessive force to quell protests earlier this year, urging the government to strengthen oversight of the police and to press ahead with investigations into their conduct.

The criticism was contained in an annual report by the EU’s executive Commission into Turkey’s progress in meeting the requirements to join the 28-nation bloc.

Oct 15, 2013

EU states urged to cooperate on drones, cyber defense

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union states should work together in four areas of defense technology, including developing drones, the bloc’s foreign policy chief said in a report on Tuesday.

In a report commissioned ahead of an EU summit in December, Catherine Ashton said European governments should commit to cooperative projects in drones, a new satellite communications system, cyber defense and plugging a shortfall in air tankers.

Oct 15, 2013

EU to fault Turkey over protests but urge new talks

BRUSSELS, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A keenly awaited European Union
report will criticise excessive use of force by Turkish police
in tackling protests this year but urge the EU to breathe new
life into Turkey’s faltering bid to join the 28-nation bloc.

The executive European Commission publishes its annual
progress reports on Wednesday assessing how far Ankara and other
countries aspiring to membership have come in bringing their
laws and behaviour into line with EU standards.

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