BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The French commander of a European Union mission to train Mali’s army, routed by rebels last year, said on Wednesday he believed the mission should be expanded and go on for at least a year longer than planned.
The EU trainers, dispatched to Mali in the wake of a French-led military intervention in January that drove al Qaeda-allied Islamist insurgents out of the main northern towns, face a big challenge in turning Mali’s rag-tag army into a capable force.
BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The European Union said on Tuesday it will bar financial assistance to Israeli organisations operating in the occupied territories, a move Israel’s prime minister denounced as meddling in bilateral relations with the Palestinians.
Guidelines adopted by the EU’s Executive Commission in late June and expected to be published this week make clear that, from next year, Israeli “entities” operating in the territories will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans.
BRUSSELS/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The European Union said on Tuesday it will bar financial assistance to Israeli organizations operating in the occupied territories, underlining its concern that Israeli settlement-building harms prospects for peace with the Palestinians.
Guidelines adopted by the EU’s executive Commission in late June and expected to be published this week make clear that, from next year, Israeli “entities” operating in the territories will not be eligible for EU grants, prizes or loans.
MONS, Belgium (Reuters) – Crouched behind banks of computer screens flashing data, NATO analysts try to stay ahead of millions of suspected attempts to hack the Western alliance’s computer networks, as cyber defense moves to the center of NATO operations.
NATO’s cyber defense nerve center, operating from the alliance’s operational headquarters at Mons in southern Belgium, monitors potential attacks on NATO computer systems installed at 55 locations around the world.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain has asked European Union foreign ministers to discuss putting Hezbollah’s armed wing on the EU terror list amid signs that opposition to the move is weakening, diplomats said on Friday.
A British drive to blacklist the militant Lebanese movement’s armed wing was discussed twice by a special EU group last month, but British diplomats failed to win over a number of skeptical governments which fear the step would fuel instability in the Middle East.
BRUSSELS, July 5 (Reuters) – The European Union is
threatening to suspend two agreements granting the United States
access to European financial and travel data unless Washington
shows it is respecting EU rules on data privacy, EU officials
said on Friday.
The threat reflects European disquiet about allegations that
the United States has engaged in widespread eavesdropping on
European internet users as well as spying on the EU.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia won the green light on Friday to start negotiations by January on joining the European Union, capping a remarkable transformation in the prospects of the former Yugoslavia since the wars of the 1990s.
The decision, taken at an EU summit, rewards Belgrade for an April deal to improve relations with its former province of Kosovo, which broke away from Serbia in a 1998-99 guerrilla war.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Serbia could start negotiations on joining the European Union by January next year, EU ministers agreed on Tuesday, rewarding Belgrade for improving relations with its ex-province Kosovo.
Ministers also agreed the EU should launch preparations with Kosovo on a so-called association agreement, a step on the path to eventual EU membership that can carry economic benefits.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union rebuked Turkey on Tuesday for its crackdown on anti-government protesters, postponing a new round of membership talks for at least four months, but said the path to the EU remained open.
The EU move, discussed in advance with Turkey, drew a mild response from Ankara and avoided a crisis in their relations.
LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union ministers said they were hopeful of reaching an agreement on Tuesday that would delay reviving membership talks with Turkey to signal European concerns over Ankara’s handling of weeks of protests.
Germany, backed by several other states, has blocked an EU proposal to open a new chapter, or policy area, in slow-moving membership talks with Turkey on Wednesday because it believes it would send the wrong signal so soon after the crackdown.