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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.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich vetoes last-minute EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich has 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.

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

Nov 29, 2013

Ukraine, EU fail to salvage trade pact

VILNIUS, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Viktor
Yanukovich failed on Thursday to salvage an ambitious free-trade
pact with the European Union despite a warning that Ukraine was
risking its future by turning its back on the deal.

Ukraine and the 28-nation EU had aimed to sign an ambitious
trade and cooperation agreement at Thursday’s summit in the
Lithuanian capital Vilnius, which would have marked a historic
westwards shift by the former Soviet republic away from Russia’s
orbit.

Nov 27, 2013

Iran success of EU’s Ashton keeps Brussels in the game

BRUSSELS, Nov 27 (Reuters) – When U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry wrapped his arm around Catherine Ashton as they
boarded his plane on Sunday after they clinched a breakthrough
nuclear deal with Iran in Geneva, it capped a turnaround in her
career as Europe’s top diplomat.

Insiders say Ashton, a one-time second-tier British
politician whose surprise elevation to European Union foreign
policy chief in 2009 was greeted with condescension, managed to
exceed expectations as shepherd of the six global powers that
agreed with Iran on Sunday to curb its nuclear programme.

Nov 24, 2013

Six powers clinch breakthrough deal curbing Iran’s nuclear activity

GENEVA, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers
clinched a deal on Sunday curbing the Iranian nuclear programme
in exchange for initial sanctions relief, signalling the start
of a game-changing rapprochement that could ease the risk of a
wider Middle East war.

Aimed at ending a long festering standoff, the interim pact
between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain,
China and Russia won the critical endorsement of Iranian
clerical Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Nov 24, 2013

Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) – Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough agreement early on Sunday to curb Tehran’s atomic ambitions in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in a first step towards resolving a dangerous decade-old standoff.

The deal between the Islamic state and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia was nailed down after more than four days of negotiations.

Nov 23, 2013

Kerry joins Iran talks to push for nuclear breakthrough

GENEVA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Foreign ministers from Iran and
six world powers laboured on Saturday to overcome remaining
difficulties and clinch a breakthrough deal aimed at allaying
Western suspicions over Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

With the sides edging closer, U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry and foreign ministers of the five other nations joined the
talks with Iran as they entered an unscheduled fourth day.

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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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