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Jan 22, 2014

Gazprom to hold new talks with EU on antitrust probe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russian natural gas export monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) will hold more talks with the European Commission on Thursday aimed at settling a European Union antitrust investigation, Russia’s ambassador to the EU said on Wednesday.

The Brussels meeting between Russia’s Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky, a Gazprom representative and EU antitrust officials will be the first since Gazprom offered last month to settle an EU investigation into its business practices, a person familiar with the matter said.

Jan 21, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan, on Brussels visit, criticized over crackdown

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, making his first visit to Brussels in five years, faced sharp criticism from European Union leaders on Tuesday over a crackdown on the judiciary and police that has rattled investors.

Erdogan has purged hundreds of police and moved to impose tighter control on the courts in response to a corruption inquiry that has rocked his centre-right AK Party, which has Islamist roots and has been in power for more than a decade.

Jan 20, 2014

Central African Republic names new leader, EU to send troops

BANGUI/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Central African Republic lawmakers chose their capital’s mayor to become interim president on Monday and lead the country out of months of sectarian killings, as the European Union agreed to send in 500 troops to help restore order.

The change in leadership and deepening international involvement in the former French colony follow waves of killing and looting that have forced 1 million people – nearly a quarter of the population – to flee.

Jan 20, 2014

EU to send 500 troops to Central African Republic, fewer than expected

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union decided on Monday to send troops to help stabilize Central African Republic, deploying its first major army operation in six years, but the force will be smaller than originally expected at around 500-strong.

The EU has been spurred into action by communal bloodshed in Central African Republic that led a senior U.N. official to warn last week of a risk of genocide there without a more decisive international response.

Jan 20, 2014

Turkish scandal highlights distance with EU as Erdogan visits

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Rocked by a corruption scandal, Turkey looks further than ever from its goal of European Union membership as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Brussels this week in the midst of a crackdown on the judiciary and police.

Erdogan has purged hundreds of police and sought tighter control of the courts since a corruption inquiry burst into the open last month, a scandal he has cast as an attempted “judicial coup” meant to undermine him ahead of elections.

Jan 20, 2014

EU to send military force to Central African Republic

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize Central African Republic, deploying its first major army operation in six years, EU foreign ministers decided on Monday.

The EU has been spurred into action by communal bloodshed in Central African Republic that led a senior U.N. official to warn last week of a risk of genocide there without a more decisive international response.

Jan 17, 2014

EU ministers to back sending force to Central African Republic

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers are expected to agree on Monday to send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize Central African Republic, the EU’s first major army operation in six years, EU officials said on Friday.

The intervention by the 28-nation bloc comes after a senior U.N. official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a more robust international response to communal bloodshed.

Jan 16, 2014

EU drops dinner with Putin to show “not business as usual”

BRUSSELS, Jan 16 (Reuters) – The European Union has
cancelled a traditional dinner with President Vladimir Putin at
an EU-Russia summit in Brussels later this month to show there
is no “business as usual” after a tug-of-war with Moscow over
Ukraine.

Putin will visit Brussels on Jan. 28 for his twice-yearly
summit with the EU’s top officials, despite relations being
under strain. The summit is usually over two days but will be
over in one this time, without the dinner on the night before.

Jan 13, 2014

EU probes licensing pacts between US film studios, pay-TV firms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union opened an investigation into licensing agreements between major U.S. film studios and European pay-TV broadcasters on Monday, saying they may break EU anti-trust rules.

The probe by the European Commission, the EU’s anti-trust watchdog, will focus on agreements requiring films licensed by U.S. studios to be shown exclusively in the EU member state where each broadcaster operates via satellite and the Internet.

Jan 8, 2014

EU proposes sending military force to Central African Republic

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union officials proposed on Wednesday that the EU move quickly send troops to Central African Republic, either to the capital Bangui or the west of the country, diplomatic sources said.

The proposals for an EU force of at least battalion-strength, roughly 700 to 1,000 soldiers, will please France, which has urged allies to do more to bolster the 1,600 troops it sent to its former colony last month to stop massacres between Muslim and Christian militias triggered by a March coup.

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