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Aug 21, 2013

EU foreign ministers weigh Egypt aid, policy at emergency talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments will debate on Wednesday how to use their economic muscle to force Egypt’s army-backed rulers to end a crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

There may be little they can do to inflict hardship on Cairo by cutting back on aid, because much of their cash goes to civil society groups, not the government, and Saudi Arabia has pledged to plug any shortfall if support is stopped.

Aug 19, 2013

EU foreign ministers to discuss how to press Egypt over bloodshed

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss how to force Egypt’s army-backed rulers into finding a peaceful compromise with supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi.

Options likely to be discussed include cutbacks in Europe’s 5 billion euro ($6.7 billion) package of grants and loans promised last year, as well as a possible arms embargo against Egypt, said EU envoy Bernardino Leon.

Aug 18, 2013

EU weighs aid, commercial links with Egypt

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments will this week question how to best use their economic ties with Egypt to pressure Cairo’s army-backed rulers into finding a peaceful compromise with supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

At stake could be a 5 billion euro ($6.7 billion) package of grants and loans promised by the EU, its member governments and international financial institutions last year, as well as various trade incentives, EU officials and experts say.

Jul 26, 2013

EU wants to strengthen its fledgling diplomatic service

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) – The European Union’s fledgling
diplomatic service, which has faced criticism over its
leadership and focus, should take a stronger role in drawing up
sanctions and look at making its overseas posts more like
embassies, an EU report said on Friday.

The European External Action Service was launched in 2011
under reforms intended to simplify EU decision-making and give
the bloc, which now has 28 members, more clout in world affairs.

Jul 22, 2013

EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to terrorism list

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group’s involvement in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.

The powerful Lebanese Shi’ite movement, an ally of Iran, has attracted concern in Europe and around the world in recent months for its role in sending thousands of fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, an intervention that has turned the tide of Syria’s two-year-old civil war.

Jul 22, 2013

EU poised to blacklist military wing of Hezbollah

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday, in a policy reversal fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement’s activities in Europe, senior EU diplomats said.

Britain has sought to persuade its EU peers since May to put the Shi’ite Muslim group’s military wing on the bloc’s terrorism list, citing evidence that it was behind a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year which killed five Israelis and their driver.

Jul 21, 2013

EU weighs sanctions against military wing of Hezbollah

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union governments could decide to blacklist the military wing of Hezbollah on Monday, in a major policy reversal fuelled by concerns over the Lebanese militant movement’s activities in Europe.

Britain has sought to persuade its EU peers since May to put the Shi’ite Muslim group’s military wing on the bloc’s terrorism list, citing evidence that it was behind a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.

Jul 19, 2013

World powers see Iran’s Rouhani as chance for nuclear deal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Six world powers see a chance that Iran’s relatively moderate new president, beset by sanctions and worried about unrest in the region trickling home, may be more amenable to compromise in a long-standing nuclear dispute, a senior Western diplomat said.

The powers – Russia, China, France, Britain, Germany and the United States – are hoping years of economic pressure will finally force Iran to scale back its nuclear work, which they suspect aims at allowing Tehran to make bombs.

Jul 18, 2013

Europe’s top court rejects sanctions against Saudi businessman

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s highest court ruled on Thursday that EU sanctions on Saudi businessman Yassin Kadi were unjustified and that governments had failed to provide enough evidence that he was involved in terrorist activities.

Kadi was put on a European Union blacklist after being included on a U.N. list of people suspected of supporting Osama bin Laden directly after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. He contested the EU decision that year.

Jul 17, 2013

EU’s Ashton floats plan to break Hezbollah deadlock

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union could blacklist Hezbollah’s military wing while stressing it is open to talking to the militant Lebanese movement’s political faction, under a proposal by the EU’s foreign policy chief, EU diplomats said on Wednesday.

European governments have been deadlocked over the issue since May when Britain asked for the Shi’ite Muslim group’s military wing to be put on the EU terror list, citing evidence it was behind a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria last year.

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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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