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Dec 17, 2014

EU to tighten sanctions on Crimea in time for leaders summit: officials

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union will widen its ban on investment in Crimea to target Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration, EU officials said on Wednesday, tightening sanctions first imposed over Moscow’s annexation of the region.

At a summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, EU leaders meeting in the European Council will announce the punitive measures that are also expected to be coordinated with similar steps by the United States, officials have told Reuters.

Dec 15, 2014

European Union backs U.N. plan for Syrian truce

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union foreign ministers threw their weight behind a U.N. plan for a truce in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday, saying it offered a glimmer of hope for finding a political solution to the three-and-a-half year old civil war.

U.N. peace envoy Staffan de Mistura briefed the ministers on Sunday evening on his plan for a “freeze in the fighting” in Aleppo to try to get humanitarian assistance into the city that is split between opposition fighters and government troops.

Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014

Exclusive: EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include barring the sale of technology for oil and gas exploration and stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also ban EU citizens from buying or financing companies in Crimea, a region of Ukraine which Russia annexed in March, prompting the worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

Dec 10, 2014

EU considers tightening ban on energy, tourism in Crimea

BRUSSELS, Dec 10 (Reuters) – The European Union is
considering widening its ban on investment in Crimea to include
barring the sale of technology for oil and gas exploration and
stopping EU firms running tourist businesses there, according to
a draft document seen by Reuters.

The proposals, being worked on by EU officials, would also
ban EU citizens from buying or financing companies in Crimea, a
region of Ukraine which Russia annexed in March, prompting the
worst East-West stand-off since the Cold War.

Dec 9, 2014
Dec 9, 2014

Cuba talks delayed by dispute over cultural event

BRUSSELS/HAVANA, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Cuba has delayed
negotiations towards an accord with the European Union aimed at
opening up the Communist-ruled island, citing a dispute over an
EU cultural event in Washington, people close to the matter said
on Tuesday.

The third round of talks, due to take place on Jan. 8-9 in
Havana, was scheduled to discuss human rights, always a
sensitive topic for Cuba, a one-party state that represses
dissent and controls the media.

Dec 9, 2014
Dec 9, 2014

France seeks to keep EU ‘Robin Hood tax’ plan despite missed deadline

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France sought on Tuesday to keep alive a disputed financial transactions tax after 18 months of talks failed to produce a deal that would force banks blamed for causing the financial crisis to help pay for the clean-up.

Having missed a self-imposed year-end deadline to agree the broad outlines of the tax among the 11 euro zone countries that back the plan, France’s Michel Sapin told other finance ministers a deal was still possible early next year.

Dec 8, 2014
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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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