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Jun 28, 2013

EU gives Serbia green light to start membership talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Serbia won the green light on Friday to start negotiations by January on joining the European Union, capping a remarkable transformation in the prospects of the former Yugoslavia since the wars of the 1990s.

The decision, taken at an EU summit, rewards Belgrade for an April deal to improve relations with its former province of Kosovo, which broke away from Serbia in a 1998-99 guerrilla war.

Jun 25, 2013

EU gives go-ahead for Serbia entry talks by January

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Serbia could start negotiations on joining the European Union by January next year, EU ministers agreed on Tuesday, rewarding Belgrade for improving relations with its ex-province Kosovo.

Ministers also agreed the EU should launch preparations with Kosovo on a so-called association agreement, a step on the path to eventual EU membership that can carry economic benefits.

Jun 25, 2013

EU rebukes Turkey on crackdown by delaying entry talks

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – The European Union rebuked Turkey on Tuesday for its crackdown on anti-government protesters, postponing a new round of membership talks for at least four months, but said the path to the EU remained open.

The EU move, discussed in advance with Turkey, drew a mild response from Ankara and avoided a crisis in their relations.

Jun 25, 2013

EU hopes for agreement to delay Turkey membership talks

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union ministers said they were hopeful of reaching an agreement on Tuesday that would delay reviving membership talks with Turkey to signal European concerns over Ankara’s handling of weeks of protests.

Germany, backed by several other states, has blocked an EU proposal to open a new chapter, or policy area, in slow-moving membership talks with Turkey on Wednesday because it believes it would send the wrong signal so soon after the crackdown.

Jun 24, 2013

Germany proposes delaying EU-Turkey talks over protests

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – Germany proposed on Monday postponing a new round of European Union membership talks with Turkey by about four months to signal EU displeasure at Ankara’s handling of anti-government protests.

The EU had planned to revive Turkey’s EU ambitions on Wednesday by opening a new chapter, or policy area, in its EU membership talks – the first opened since 2010.

Jun 24, 2013

EU ministers clash over reviving Turkish talks after protests

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union ministers clashed over whether to revive membership talks with Turkey on Monday with several countries joining Germany in arguing it would send the wrong signal to reward Ankara after a crackdown on protests.

The objections of Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and others make it likely that the EU will cancel or postpone talks scheduled for Wednesday, raising new doubts about whether it will ever be admitted to the European club.

Jun 20, 2013

Turkey warns Germany as Berlin obstructs its EU path

ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday not to play politics with its European Union ambitions as Berlin blocked moves to open a new chapter in Ankara’s EU membership talks next week.

Turkey said failure to open the chapter would be a major setback in Ankara’s relations with the bloc and one senior Turkish official said it would “draw a strong reaction”.

Jun 20, 2013

Turkey warns Germany not to play politics over EU entry talks

ISTANBUL/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Turkey warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday not to play politics with its European Union ambitions, and said failure to open a new chapter in accession talks next week would be a major setback in Ankara’s relations with the bloc.

Many EU capitals want to take the long-awaited step on Turkey’s path towards the EU next week, arguing Europe should capitalize on Ankara’s rising influence in the Middle East.

Jun 19, 2013

Britain fails to get EU backing for Hezbollah blacklisting

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A British drive to put Hezbollah’s armed wing on the EU’s terror list again ran into resistance on Wednesday from governments concerned it would fuel instability in the Middle East, diplomats said.

Britain’s request was discussed for a second time by a special European Union group following an inconclusive meeting on June 4, but British diplomats failed to win over a number of skeptical governments.

Jun 14, 2013

Berlin goes slow on Turkey-EU talks, denies protest link

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is dragging its feet over letting Turkey take the next step in slow-moving membership talks with the European Union amid widespread concern over Ankara’s tough handling of anti-government protests, EU officials said on Friday.

Berlin has criticized Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s heavy handed response to two weeks of protests that began over a redevelopment project in an Istanbul park.

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