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Sep 4, 2014

EU’s Juncker reaches target for woman commissioners

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Two nominations on Thursday for seats on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, should allow its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, to appoint as many women as in the outgoing team, meeting a demand from legislators.

Juncker’s office confirmed that Belgium and Romania had put forward Marianne Thyssen and Corina Cretu respectively for their countries’ places on the 28-strong Commission, bringing the total of women nominated to nine, the same number as in the present team headed by outgoing president, Jose Manuel Barroso.

Aug 31, 2014
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Aug 31, 2014

Grappling with history, EU tests unity, new faces

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders meeting in Brussels this weekend, amid world war anniversaries, did not want for reminders of the continental conflicts that the bloc’s founders meant to consign to history.

They took another symbolic step away from the Cold War division of Europe, in choosing a Pole from the ex-communist east to run their Council. But disarray on how to respond to Russia’s moves in Ukraine, added to differences over reviving the euro zone economy, left them struggling to match fine words with the decisive action many want their new executive team to deliver.

Aug 31, 2014
Aug 31, 2014
Aug 31, 2014

EU wields Russia sanctions threat but timing vague

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union threatened Russia with new trade sanctions if Moscow fails to start reversing its action in Ukraine, but sharp divisions among leaders at a summit in Brussels left the timing of any measures uncertain.

After a lengthy briefing by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who warned “full-scale war” was imminent if Russian troops continued an advance in support of pro-Moscow rebels, the EU leaders agreed on Sunday to have officials draw up within a week a list of new measures that could hit a range of sectors.

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