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Aug 26, 2015

Russia and NATO need new rules to cut risk of war, ex-ministers say

BRUSSELS, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Russia and NATO must agree
common rules to handle unexpected military encounters to reduce
the risk of inadvertently triggering a war between Moscow and
the West, a group of former foreign and defence ministers said
on Wednesday.

With both Russia and NATO intensifying military exercises
because of the crisis in Ukraine, incidents such as mid-air
face-offs between rival military jets are on the increase.

Aug 24, 2015

Europe must show courage in migrant crisis -EU’s Juncker

BRUSSELS, Aug 24 (Reuters) – The European Union needs
“collective courage” to confront the migrant crisis in the
Mediterranean even if immigration issues are unpopular at home,
the bloc’s chief executive said on Monday, rejecting suggestions
of inaction in Brussels.

Facing what the European Commission says is the worst
refugee crisis since World War Two, European governments are
bickering over how to deal with record numbers of migrants
fleeing war and poverty and heading across Europe.

Jul 29, 2015

NATO backs Turkey on Islamic State, some urge peace with Kurds

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – NATO gave Turkey its full political support in fighting militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday but several nations urged Ankara not to undermine the Kurdish peace process by using excessive military force.

Following a 90-minute meeting in Brussels, Turkey won the backing it sought for stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes.

Jul 28, 2015

Turkey seeks NATO endorsement in Islamic State fight

BRUSSELS/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance.

Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend.

Jul 27, 2015

EU steps up PR campaign to overcome U.S. trade deal hostility

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In early 2013, President Barack Obama’s call for a U.S.-EU trade deal generated such optimism in Europe that the graffiti “NO TAFTA, NO TTIP” scrawled under a bridge near the EU headquarters in Brussels was an isolated message of dissent.

More than two years on, with the graffiti still there, European officials are ruing their failure to spot early signs of opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also known unofficially as the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA).

Jul 24, 2015

Belgium arrests two ex-Guantanamo inmates on terrorism charges

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium has arrested two former detainees of Guantanamo prison on charges of terrorism, saying the men are suspected of seeking recruits to fight in Syria, the federal prosecutor’s office said on Friday.

The two men, who were held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval base in Cuba between 2001 and 2005, were under police surveillance and were arrested in the early hours of Thursday in the Belgian city of Antwerp along with three others.

Jul 23, 2015

Europe readying sanctions against Burundians over election

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is ready to impose sanctions on Burundians failing to help end the Central African nation’s crisis, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Thursday, following elections that Brussels and Washington say were not credible.

Facing its worst political crisis since the end of civil war in 2005, Burundi is awaiting the results of Tuesday’s vote in which President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term, breaking the two-term limit agreed in a peace deal a decade ago.

Jul 20, 2015

EU countries fail to meet targets to take in migrants

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union failed on Monday to agree on how to spread 40,000 asylum seekers in Greece and Italy among its members over the next two years, postponing the decision until the end of the year.

Following the deaths of 700 people on a fishing boat heading for Italy from Libya in April, EU leaders called at a summit in June for agreement on the relocation by the end of July – a potentially divisive move in some countries where far-right parties and populist anti EU movements are gaining ground.

Jul 20, 2015

Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Inspired by Europe’s role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an “international support group” more than a year after the collapse of a U.S.-brokered peace push envisaging a Palestinian state co-existing with Israel. The EU wants to open the door to more countries to get involved.

Jul 20, 2015

Exclusive – Europe to hit Libyans with sanctions over peace impasse

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is preparing sanctions against five Libyans accused of blocking a U.N.-backed peace deal, Western diplomats told Reuters on Monday, after EU foreign ministers agreed to pressure all sides to negotiate.

Three senior militants who have threatened violence against any future unity government, as well as two military leaders who say their faction cannot abide by any accord, will be hit with EU travel bans and asset freezes unless they change their position, diplomats said.

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      "Robin Emmott is Reuters diplomatic correspondent in Brussels, covering the European Union’s foreign and security affairs and NATO. After spells in Amsterdam at Het Financeele Dagblad and in Mexico City with the Financial Times, Robin spent a decade covering Latin America for Reuters. Since 2011, he has been in Brussels writing on trade, foreign affairs and economics."
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