BRUSSELS, March 6 (Reuters) – Greece asked euro zone
countries on Friday for an immediate start of technical talks
with international creditors on the first batch of reforms that
would help conclude its current bailout programme and allow the
disbursement of more loans.
The request marks a softening of Greece’s stance. Until now,
it has rejected talks with the three institutions that have
supervised it so far — the European Central Bank, European
Commission and the International Monetary Fund — on
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union has dropped sanctions imposed last year on the head of ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s security service, according to a legal notice published on Friday.
Oleksandr Yakimenko, who ran Ukraine’s SBU security service until the bloody street protests that forced Yanukovich from power, was one of four people whose assets were frozen a year ago but whose names were absent from an EU list of those on whom sanctions were renewed for a further period.
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.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker poked fun at talk of friction between himself and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he held his second meeting this week with Europe’s most powerful government leader.
“My friend Angela”, as she was described by the European Commission president at a Brussels news conference on Wednesday, also went out of her way to talk of “friendship” and praise the EU executive’s work since Juncker took over five months ago.
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia barred entry to two European Union politicians who had planned to attend a funeral on Tuesday of murdered opposition figure Boris Nemtsov, prompting accusations the Kremlin was using the killing to score petty political points.
Moscow did not give explanations for refusing entry into Russia to the two officials, but said some Europeans were on a blacklist drawn up in retaliation for Western travel restrictions imposed on Russians close to the Kremlin.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on Tuesday its shareholders had voted unanimously to start providing investment and funding support to Greece for the next five years.
Bank President Suma Chakrabarti said there would be no defined upper limit to its spending in Greece and that it would depend instead upon the projects proposed.
BRUSSELS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and Ukraine have agreed to discuss a “summer package” of gas supplies late this month, with Kiev winning an assurance at Monday’s EU-mediated talks in Brussels that it would not pay for energy delivered to rebel-held areas.
A “winter package” of Russian gas for Ukraine, brokered and part-financed by the European Union, runs out at the end of the month. EU officials are mediating after mutual allegations of reneging on the deal and want to arrange summer supplies despite the conflict over the pro-Russian revolt in eastern Ukraine.
BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s state energy firm Naftogaz said Russia’s Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is violating the terms of an EU-backed winter gas supply agreement, ahead of EU-mediated talks on Monday in Brussels on the issue.
Russia did not comment but its energy minister said after an initial bilateral meeting with EU officials that Moscow and Kiev could begin discussions on a “summer package” for gas supply.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The “rock star” took on the rock. And the rock won.
Germany’s Wolfgang Schaeuble, the “immovable object” in the words of one economist, stopped Greece’s charismatic new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis in his tracks, forcing Athens to extend a bailout programme on Friday on terms its government was just elected to get out of.
BRUSSELS, Feb 22 (Reuters) – The “rock star” took on the
rock. And the rock won.
Germany’s Wolfgang Schaeuble, the “immovable object” in the
words of one economist, stopped Greece’s charismatic new finance
minister Yanis Varoufakis in his tracks, forcing Athens to
extend a bailout programme on Friday on terms its government was
just elected to get out of.