BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and Japan called on Russia on Wednesday to avoid worsening the crisis in Ukraine and Brussels threatened further sanctions, seeking to calm growing violence that could put Ukraine’s presidential elections at risk.
Seeking to forge a united front, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and EU leaders agreed to try to wrap up talks on an ambitious free trade deal next year that would encompass about a third of the global economy.
BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) – The European Commission has
proposed dropping a ban on South African citrus imports to keep
orange juice on Europe’s breakfast tables this summer but said
it could be re-imposed if shipments contain a fungal disease.
The European Union, which buys 1 billion euros ($1.4
billion) of South African citrus exports every year, banned
mainly oranges, lemons, and tangerines from South Africa late
last year because of a fungal disease found in shipments.
BRUSSELS, April 25 (Reuters) – The European Union must not
retreat behind national borders to pull out of its economic
slump, said Guy Verhofstadt, a prominent supporter of a federal
Europe who is seeking the presidency of the European Commission.
In a call to counter the rise of populist parties that
reject the power of Brussels, the former Belgian prime minister
said only a stronger EU could end record unemployment and revive
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain, Sweden and Poland are pushing the European Union to send judicial and police advisers to Ukraine to help stabilize the country, according to a document seen by Reuters, a proposal likely to irritate Russia.
An EU mission would seek to rebuild Ukraine’s police and legal system in the short-term to help combat sporadic violence in the country of 46 million people and lay the groundwork for implementing a proposed free-trade deal with the European Union.