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Feb 12, 2015

No negotiations on Greece at EU summit, officials to meet Friday

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union leaders did not
enter into any negotiations on Greece’s economic problems on
Thursday, leaving the talks to officials who are to meet on
Friday, the chairman of the EU summit Donald Tusk said.

“The leaders did not enter into a negotiation on Greece,”
Tusk told a news conference after Thursday’s Brussels summit.

Feb 12, 2015

Euro zone needs radical change, Juncker tells leaders

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – The euro zone needs fundamental
changes to the way it is run or faces endemic unemployment and
the trap of low economic growth for years to come, the European
Union’s chief executive told the bloc’s leaders on Thursday.

In a presentation, European Commission President Jean-Claude
Juncker called for a deepening of the cooperation that underpins
the 19-member currency area, despite the reluctance of countries
to cede more sovereignty to EU institutions.

Feb 12, 2015

EU re-imposes sanctions on Iranian oil tanker firm

BRUSSELS, Feb 12 (Reuters) – European Union governments
agreed on Thursday to put the National Iranian Tanker Company
(NITC), Iran’s biggest tanker firm, back on a list of sanctioned

The EU’s second-highest court ruled last July there were no
grounds to blacklist the NITC after it contested the
designation, but the EU moved to re-impose sanctions on tighter
legal grounds.

Feb 9, 2015

EU delays sanctions by a week to support Ukraine peace talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union delayed putting more Ukrainian separatists and Russians on its sanctions list on Monday to give a Franco-German peace plan for Ukraine time to work.

The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany will meet in Minsk, Belarus, on Wednesday to try to broker a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

Feb 9, 2015

Donors plan Ukraine conference in April to raise $15 billion

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – International donors are planning a conference in Kiev in April to raise at least $15 billion to help save Ukraine from bankruptcy and rebuild the country, a senior EU official said on Monday.

Already under an International Monetary Fund programme, Ukraine is seeking an increase in foreign aid to plug an estimated $15 billion funding gap as fighting in the east of the country saps its treasury.

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EU backs Ukraine peace drive, hawks urge no easing of sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers lined up behind a Franco-German effort to end the Ukraine war on Monday but some said the EU must maintain sanctions on Russia until the situation in eastern Ukraine improved.

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France have agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there.

Jan 29, 2015

EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions, delays decision on new steps

BRUSSELS/KIEV (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers extended existing sanctions against Russia on Thursday, holding off on tighter economic measures for now but winning the support of the new left-leaning government of Greece, whose position had been in doubt.

The ministers agreed to extend until September travel bans and asset freezes imposed last year that had been due to expire. They also agreed to list new names that could be targeted with sanctions when they meet again on Feb. 9.

Jan 29, 2015

EU extends existing Russia sanctions but Greece brings doubt over new measures

BRUSSELS/KIEV, Jan 29 (Reuters) – European Union foreign
ministers agreed on Thursday to extend existing sanctions
against Russia by six months but were still debating whether to
impose new measures, with the new government in Greece sowing
uncertainty that exasperated its allies.

The worst fighting for five months raged on in eastern
Ukraine, with pro-Russian rebels who have disavowed a ceasefire
pressing to encircle a government-held garrison town.

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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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