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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.

Oct 10, 2013

EU to cut funding to Bosnia as constitutional row blocks EU path

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is to halve funding to Bosnia after its leaders failed to reach a deal to amend the constitution, dealing another setback to the country’s hopes of EU membership.

Talks between EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele and Bosnian leaders last week raised hopes they were near an agreement to remove discriminatory provisions from the constitution that have blocked the country’s bid to join the EU.

Oct 9, 2013

EU struggles to find united response to Lampedusa tragedy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The death of hundreds of African migrants in a shipwreck off Sicily has led to anguished calls for Europe-wide action to tackle mass migration, but divisions among EU states mean the bloc’s response is likely to fall short of expectations.

The European Union, under pressure to show it is responding to the disaster off Lampedusa that killed 297 people, many of them women and children, has promised 30 million euros in emergency cash for Italy and proposed expanding search and rescue patrols across the vast southern Mediterranean.

Oct 3, 2013

Insight: Turkey questions its EU future as Brussels looks to Balkans

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey has been trying for years to join the European Union, presenting itself as a growing economic and political power and a bridge to Asian and Middle Eastern markets.

But the next country to join the EU’s existing 28 members is more likely to be one of six small Balkan countries, five of which still formed part of Yugoslavia when Turkey made its first membership bid.

Oct 3, 2013

Turkey questions its EU future as Brussels looks to Balkans

BRUSSELS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Turkey has been trying for years
to join the European Union, presenting itself as a growing
economic and political power and a bridge to Asian and Middle
Eastern markets.

But the next country to join the EU’s existing 28 members is
more likely to be one of six small Balkan countries, five of
which still formed part of Yugoslavia when Turkey made its first
membership bid.

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