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Jun 11, 2014

Juncker’s campaign manager quits for job in London

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The manager of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign to become the next president of the European Commission has accepted a job with an international financial organization in London, raising questions about Juncker’s candidacy.

Martin Selmayr, a senior Commission official who took unpaid leave to run Juncker’s election campaign, has been appointed EU director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Commission said on Wednesday.

Jun 5, 2014

With Russia outside the tent, G7 takes aim at Moscow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability.

Meeting in Brussels rather than the Black Sea resort of Sochi – a snub to Russia which was supposed to have hosted the G8 – Western powers and Japan delivered strong rhetoric, even if the EU’s commitment to further sanctions remains in doubt.

Jun 5, 2014

‘No majority’ for any Commission candidate, says Italy’s Renzi

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – There is no clear backing for Jean-Claude Juncker or anyone else to become the next president of the European Commission, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday.

After talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s Francois Hollande and Britain’s David Cameron on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Brussels, Renzi said the first goal was to define the priorities for the next Commission and then decide on the right candidate to head the institution.

Jun 5, 2014

G7 willing to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world’s leading industrialised nations threatened on Wednesday to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias continue to operate at will.

While Ukraine was able to hold a largely peaceful presidential election last month, the situation in the east near the Russian border remains volatile, with armed groups attacking Ukrainian government forces and occupying state buildings.

Jun 4, 2014

G7 leaders meet without Russia, take firm line on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to help stem violence in eastern Ukraine and said the West would not hesitate to impose stricter economic sanctions on Russia if it failed to cooperate.

Speaking ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven major industrialised nations, a meeting Russia was supposed to host but has been excluded from because of its seizure of Crimea, Merkel presented Putin with a straight choice.

Jun 4, 2014

Merkel urges Putin to cooperate ahead of Russia-less G7

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel urged
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to help stem
violence in eastern Ukraine and said the West would not hesitate
to impose stricter economic sanctions on Russia if it failed to
cooperate.

Speaking ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven major
industrialised nations, a meeting Russia was supposed to host
but has been pointedly excluded from because of its seizure of
Crimea, Merkel presented Putin with a straight choice.

Jun 3, 2014

G7 powers meet without Russia in summit snub over Ukraine

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations meet without Russia for the first time in
17 years on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of
the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s
part in destabilising eastern Ukraine.

The two-day Group of Seven summit, taking place in Brussels
rather than the previously planned Russian Black Sea resort of
Sochi, will cover foreign policy, economics, trade and energy
security.

May 28, 2014

Merkel’s hesitation on Juncker opens race for EU Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s diluted support for Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to be European Commission president has thrown the field open to other candidates, although it will be weeks before a single nominee emerges.

While Merkel did not rule Juncker out after talks with EU leaders on Tuesday, she acknowledged there was opposition to his candidacy and said a range of top EU jobs could only be decided in negotiations running until late June.

May 27, 2014

After seismic elections, EU leaders assess damage

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders, stunned by a big Eurosceptic protest vote in European Parliament elections, agreed on Tuesday to seek a package deal of appointments to top EU jobs with an economic agenda to win back public confidence.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the 28-nation bloc’s most powerful leader, acknowledged that her center-right party’s candidate, former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker, may not end up heading the executive European Commission.

May 27, 2014

Britain’s Cameron looks to rally support at EU summit

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an assault against “business as usual” at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday, calling on fellow EU leaders to set simpler priorities that meet the concerns of frustrated voters.

After resounding victories for the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark, and a strong performance by populist or Eurosceptic groups in many other EU countries in European elections, Cameron is under pressure to shore up his position at home and deliver on long-promised changes in Europe.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
      Joined Reuters:
      1997
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