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Oct 22, 2013

EU revives membership talks with Turkey after three-year hiatus

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will launch a new round of accession talks with Turkey next month following a three-year hiatus after Germany dropped opposition prompted by Ankara’s crackdown on street protests.

Turkey began negotiations to join the EU in 2005, 18 years after applying, but a series of political obstacles, notably over Cyprus and resistance to Turkish membership in Germany and France, have slowed progress.

Oct 16, 2013

Iran offers concessions in nuclear talks, no deal yet

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran has indicated a readiness to scale back its most sensitive nuclear activity in a clear signal that it is willing to compromise with the West to win relief from harsh economic sanctions, diplomats said on Wednesday.

But the details of Iran’s proposals, put forward during negotiations with six world powers in Geneva, have not been made public, and Western officials were cautious whether the Islamic state was willing to go far enough to nail down a deal.

Oct 15, 2013

Big powers, Iran seek progress at “nitty-gritty” nuclear talks

GENEVA, Oct 16 (Reuters) – World powers will press Iran on
Wednesday for details of its proposal on resolving their
decade-old nuclear dispute during a second day of talks in

Western diplomats stress they want Tehran to back up its
newly conciliatory language with concrete actions by scaling
back its nuclear programme and allaying their suspicions it is
seeking the capability to make atomic bombs.

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

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.

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