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Oct 15, 2013

Iran says “too soon to judge” if progress made at Geneva nuclear talks

GENEVA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – A senior Iranian negotiator
cautioned it was too early to say whether the Islamic Republic
and six world powers made progress on Tuesday towards resolving
the decade-old standoff over Tehran’s disputed nuclear
ambitions.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi had told reporters
earlier that Iran – now with a moderate president committed to
easing its international isolation – had presented a proposal
capable of achieving a breakthrough in the deadlock.

Oct 15, 2013

Iran says makes proposal aimed at breakthrough in nuclear standoff

GENEVA, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Iran said it presented “logical”
proposals in talks with six world powers on Tuesday aimed at
achieving a breakthrough
in a decade-old standoff over its disputed nuclear programme
that has heightened the risk of a new Middle East war.

Tehran launched negotiations in earnest with the United
States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, reflecting
the election in June of a relative moderate, Hassan Rouhani, as
new Iranian president, raising hopes for an end to the deadlock.

Oct 14, 2013

U.S. ready to ease Iran sanctions if Tehran acts

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States held out the prospect of quick sanctions relief for Iran on Monday if Tehran moves swiftly to allay concerns about its nuclear program, although both countries said any deal would be complex and take time.

Six world powers – the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany – hold talks with Iran on its nuclear program in Geneva on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Oct 9, 2013

EU struggles to find united response to Lampedusa tragedy

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.

Oct 8, 2013

West unlikely to offer immediate sanctions relief in Iran talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – With a week until negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Geneva, Western diplomats are playing down any suggestion that Iran’s new openness on the world stage will result in any immediate or broad loosening of sanctions.

At the same time, they hope a new tone is being established and that the talks on October 15-16 will at last deliver an opportunity to make progress on ending the decade-long dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Oct 2, 2013

West may drop demand for Iran to halt all nuclear work: EU minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Western governments are considering allowing Iran to continue some uranium enrichment, as part of a possible deal to resolve a decade-old dispute that Tehran says it wants to reach within six months, a senior EU diplomat said.

The new stance – a reaction to President Hassan Rouhani’s overtures to the West – would mean easing a long-standing demand that Iran suspend all enrichment, due to concerns Tehran could be developing nuclear weapons.

Oct 2, 2013

Lithuania warns Russia over pressuring its neighbors

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Lithuania could block Russia’s road and rail access to its enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow keeps pressuring its neighbors over their ties to the European Union, the Baltic state’s foreign minister said.

Vilnius, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, will host a summit in November between the bloc and six states in eastern Europe and the Caucasus that are negotiating closer trade ties with Brussels.

Oct 1, 2013

Insight: As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia’s shadow looms

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding.

Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence – Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat.

Oct 1, 2013

As Ukraine looks west to Europe, Russia’s shadow looms

BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – When Russia wants to get its
point across, it tends not to leave room for misunderstanding.

Put out by Europe’s efforts to build closer relations with
six countries in east Europe and the Caucasus – former Soviet
republics that Russia regards as in its sphere of influence -
Moscow has been steadily turning up the heat.

Sep 16, 2013

EU court orders sanctions on Iran’s top cargo ship line scrapped

BRUSSELS/LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The European Union’s
efforts to impose economic sanctions on Iran suffered a new
setback on Monday when a top court ruled that measures against
the Islamic Republic’s biggest cargo carrier should be lifted.

The ruling by Europe’s second-highest court follows similar
decisions in favour of some dozen Iranian companies in the last
year, which have raised alarm in Europe and the United States.

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      "Justyna covers EU foreign policy in Brussels with a focus on Balkans and Turkey, as well immigration, security and human rights in the European Union. Previously she was a bureau chief in Romania and Bulgaria, and wrote about financial markets in London and economic policy in Poland."
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