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Dec 27, 2013

World powers, Iran to resume expert nuclear talks on December 30

BRUSSELS/ANKARA (Reuters) – Experts from Iran and six world powers will resume talks on Monday on how to roll out last month’s landmark nuclear deal in Geneva, hoping to resolve numerous technical issues before the accord can take effect.

A spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who oversees diplomacy with Iran on behalf of the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, said talks were scheduled to last one day for now.

Dec 22, 2013

World powers and Iran pause nuclear talks for Christmas

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Six world powers and Iran have suspended their expert-level talks on implementing a landmark nuclear deal until after Christmas, a spokeswoman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Sunday.

Experts from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and Iran met in Geneva between Thursday and Sunday to settle the practical details of the accord, which obliges Tehran to suspend its most sensitive nuclear work.

Dec 19, 2013

Serbia, Kosovo to pursue talks to mend ties

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia’s launch of membership talks with the European Union will not spell the end of EU-mediated talks with its former province Kosovo on mending their relations, the EU’s top diplomat said on Thursday.

The EU’s 28 governments rewarded Belgrade this week for improving ties with Pristina by agreeing to start membership talks on January 21, putting Serbia on a path towards joining the EU possibly in the next decade.

Dec 19, 2013

Iran, six world powers resume expert talks on nuclear deal

GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks in Geneva on Thursday to work out how to put into practice a landmark deal obliging Tehran to curb its nuclear program in return for some relief from economic sanctions.

Discussions on the details of last month’s breakthrough accord were interrupted by Tehran diplomats last week, after a decision by the United States to blacklist 19 more Iranian companies and individuals.

Dec 16, 2013

EU says door remains open to Ukraine, reassures Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Monday it remained ready to sign a trade agreement with Ukraine, despite a snub by President Viktor Yanukovich, and it tried to reassure Moscow that closer EU-Ukraine relations posed no threat to Russia.

Brussels also sought to paper over apparent divisions in its approach to Ukraine, as the Dutch foreign minister slapped down a senior EU official for announcing on Twitter that he had suspended work on the trade pact.

Dec 16, 2013

EU to ease sanctions as soon as Iran curbs nuclear work

BRUSSELS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – European Union governments
pledged on Monday to suspend some sanctions against Iran as soon
as the U.N. nuclear watchdog verifies that Tehran has curbed its
atomic work under last month’s landmark agreement.

No date has been set for the deal between six world powers
and Iran to take effect, and talks on implementing it ran into
trouble last week after the United States expanded its sanctions
against the Islamic Republic.

Dec 16, 2013

EU says door remains open to Ukraine as unity cracks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Divisions emerged in the European Union’s policy towards Ukraine on Monday as the Dutch foreign minister slapped down a senior EU official for announcing on Twitter that he had suspended work on a trade agreement with Kiev.

EU foreign ministers arriving for talks on the EU’s relations with Ukraine and Russia said the door remained open for Ukraine to seal a far-reaching trade and political agreement with Brussels despite Kiev’s last-minute decision in November to pull back from signing the deal.

Dec 5, 2013

UK push for curbs on migrant benefits gets mixed EU reception

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron’s push to limit the free movement of people within the European Union won some support among wealthy western governments on Thursday but east European nations accused him of pre-election populism.

Cameron unveiled plans last week to limit the access of EU migrants to welfare in Britain and said he wanted eventually to restrict people from poorer states from moving to richer ones, stirring a row with the European Commission.

Dec 3, 2013

U.S. urges Ukraine to listen to its people

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Ukrainian government on Tuesday to “listen to the voices of its people” after President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to spurn a pact with the European Union sparked mass protests.

Kerry said Ukrainians had demonstrated “in unbelievable numbers” in favor of the accord on closer ties with Europe, which Yanukovich rejected last week in favor of Russian incentives.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union to
rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit on
Friday and would have signalled a historic shift away from
Russia, EU diplomats said.

Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich abandoned plans last
week to sign the agreement, preferring closer ties with
Ukraine’s former Soviet master and dealing a blow to EU efforts
to build closer relations with its eastern neighbours.

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