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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.