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Mar 6, 2015

EU may send team to Libya if peace talks succeed

RIGA (Reuters) – The European Union might send a team to Libya to monitor a ceasefire or to protect infrastructure if United Nations-backed peace talks lead to a settlement between contending factions, the EU’s head of foreign policy said on Friday.

“We have started discussing possible EU contributions …

to supporting any possible agreement,” Federica Mogherini told a news conference in the Latvian capital of Riga after talks among EU foreign ministers.

Mar 6, 2015

Iran nuclear commitments do not go far enough: France

RIGA (Reuters) – Commitments offered by Iran in talks with six world powers on its nuclear program do not go far enough and more work needs to be done, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.

Fabius said he had invited U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of Germany and Britain to Paris on Saturday to review the state of the Iran nuclear negotiations.

Mar 6, 2015

EU sees ceasefire progress, but ready for more sanctions: Mogherini

RIGA (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to step up sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, but the priority is to bolster a fragile ceasefire agreed in Minsk, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday.

Mogherini, attending a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Latvia, said the need now was to strengthen ceasefire monitors from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a European rights and security watchdog.

Mar 5, 2015

EU extends Yanukovich asset freeze, drops sanctions on some allies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Thursday it had extended a freeze on the assets of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and 17 others suspected of stealing from the Ukrainian state.

It will also will lift current sanctions on four people. Diplomats said legal proceedings in Ukraine had not produced enough evidence of their role in misappropriating funds which Kiev’s new leaders allege ran into tens of billions of dollars.

Mar 5, 2015

Europe’s top court rejects Iranian trade bank’s sanctions challenge

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s highest court threw out a challenge by a Hamburg-based Iranian trade bank to its inclusion on the European Union’s sanctions list on Thursday, a victory for the EU after a number of its Iran sanctions rulings were overturned by courts.

The EU had imposed an asset freeze on Europaeisch-Iranische Handelsbank (EIH) in 2011 as part of sanctions aimed at forcing Iran to address concerns over its nuclear program.

Mar 4, 2015

EU defence industry seen threatened by fall in research spending

BRUSSELS, March 4 (Reuters) – Europe’s defence industry is
under threat unless the continent tackles a worrying drop in
spending on research and technology, the new chief executive of
the European Defence Agency said on Wednesday.

Many European governments have cut spending on defence and
related research and development since the 2008 financial
crisis, squeezing defence contractors. Only now, with the
Ukraine conflict stoking tensions, are some governments pledging
to spend more on defence.

Mar 4, 2015

Ukraine crisis prompts EU to shake up stance on neighbors

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union launched a review of the way it handles neighboring nations on Wednesday after its policy of offering closer ties to former Soviet republics led it unwittingly into confrontation with Russia.

The EU’s executive Commission also began work on a new immigration policy, which will offer expanded opportunities for legal migration as a way of reducing a wave of illegal migrants that has led to thousands of deaths in the Mediterranean sea.

Mar 3, 2015

Ebola-hit countries seek help to repair their economies

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The three West African states hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak asked for help from donors on Tuesday to repair the damage to their economies now that the epidemic seems to be waning.

Leaders of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone voiced confidence at a major international conference on the Ebola outbreak in Brussels that they were winning the battle but said they must remain focused on stamping out new infections.

Mar 2, 2015

EU seeks to bolster Middle East Quartet via Arab involvement

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – High-level discussions are underway on increasing involvement of Arab powers to reinvigorate a four-member group overseen by Britain’s Tony Blair that has been seeking to mediate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2002.

Rather than formally expanding the Middle East Quartet’s membership, the idea is to have more frequent top-level meetings with at least Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt to ensure the region is more closely engaged at a time of tumultuous change, senior diplomats based in the Middle East and Europe said.

Feb 26, 2015

Georgia says Russia bent on ‘creeping annexation’ of breakaway regions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia is moving ahead with the “creeping annexation” of two breakaway Georgian regions as part of an aggressive strategy to broaden its influence in the region, Georgia’s foreign minister said on Thursday.

In talks with EU and NATO officials in Brussels this week, Tamar Beruchashvili said she had underlined Georgia’s concern about agreements Moscow has signed deepening integration with the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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