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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.

Oct 2, 2013

Government shutdown hurting U.S. army: general

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The U.S. Army’s chief of staff said on Wednesday the government shutdown was significantly harming the army’s day-to-day operations and he urged a rapid resolution to the funding row.

General Ray Odierno said the shutdown “impacts significantly day-to-day operations”, forcing the military to cut training and travel and to focus on essential tasks.

Oct 1, 2013

Bosnian deal clears obstacle to EU application

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Bosnian leaders moved to clear the main obstacle to their country applying to join the European Union on Tuesday by agreeing to end a constitutional ban on minorities running for high office.

Bosnia trails its fellow former Yugoslav republics in the quest to become a member of the bloc, for years the main driver of reform and stability in the Balkans by offering the hope of prosperity, investment and freedom of movement.

Sep 26, 2013

EU raises security level for Somalia team after Kenya attack

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has increased security precautions for its military advisers in Somalia after the deadly attack by Somali Islamists on a Kenyan shopping mall, it said on Thursday.

The EU has 120 military experts, split between the Somali capital Mogadishu and Uganda, training and advising Somali security forces battling the al Shabaab group which claimed responsibility for the Nairobi attack.

Sep 18, 2013

NATO chief urges Europe to fill drone, aircraft gaps

BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Anders
Fogh Rasmussen will urge Europe on Thursday to step up its
commitment to defence by buying more surveillance drones,
transport and tanker aircraft and strengthening its fragmented
defence industry.

Senior U.S. officials, and Rasmussen himself, have expressed
growing concern that defence cuts pushed through by
cash-strapped European governments have created a big gulf
between U.S. and European military capabilities and risk
weakening NATO.

Sep 18, 2013

NATO plans major east European exercise, reassures Russia

BRUNSSUM, The Netherlands (Reuters) – After years of fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, NATO plans a major exercise in eastern Europe in November to brush up its conventional warfare skills, but insists it is not practicing with Cold War foe Russia in mind.

Exercise “Steadfast Jazz” in Latvia and Poland from November 2-9 shows the 28-nation alliance refocusing on its core task of defending its own territory as it winds down its long combat mission in Afghanistan.

Sep 18, 2013

Americans, Europeans oppose Syria intervention: poll

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A majority of Europeans and Americans strongly oppose their countries intervening militarily in Syria’s 30-month-old civil war, according to a transatlantic poll published on Wednesday.

“Transatlantic Trends”, an annual survey of public opinion in the United States and Europe, also found that China’s image in both continents was deteriorating and most Europeans did not want to see Beijing take strong leadership in world affairs.

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