ARTICLES RELATING TO EU

Hollande: Russian troops in Ukraine unacceptable

2014-08-28 16:09

President Francois Hollande has described the possible presence of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine as 'intolerable and unacceptable' and called on Moscow to 'respect the sovereignty of Ukraine'.

EU seeks to secure winter gas supply

2014-08-28 11:25

European Energy Commissioner says it is seeking to fill its gas storage facilities and de-escalate a row between Ukraine and Russia.

EU should ensure Ukraine's gas supply

2014-08-26 10:45

Europe should ensure Ukraine's gas supply if Russia cuts off deliveries, the EU energy commissioner has said ahead of key talks on the raging crisis.

EU demands 'real-world' fuel test

2014-08-20 13:22

EU regulators are preparing draft legislation that will require fuel consumption to be tested on roads rather than in laboratories, as it seeks to close loopholes that allow automakers to exaggerate fuel-saving and emissions credentials.

Russia may ban car imports if sanctions persist

2014-08-18 14:41

Russia may tighten retaliatory sanctions against Western nations to include a ban on imports of cars, among other things, if the US and the EU impose additional sanctions on Moscow.

EU unity on Russia sanctions fraying

2014-08-15 17:00

European Union foreign ministers have voiced concern at reports that Russian military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine overnight.

Ukrainian parliament backs gas pipeline bill

2014-08-14 15:30

Ukraine's parliament has approved a law to allow gas transit facilities to be leased on a joint venture basis.

DRC urged to do more to stop illegal logging

2014-08-13 10:55

The DRC takes pride in recent steps to prevent illegal logging in its vast equatorial forests, but experts argue these measures are far from enough to stop a thriving business.

Israel visitor numbers nosedive

2014-08-11 19:04

Israel's rapidly growing tourism industry has plunged to its lowest level in seven years during its blistering July war with Hamas.

EU seeks to limit Russian food ban impact

2014-08-11 14:34

European Union regulators have begun a product-by-product analysis of the impact of a Russian ban on EU food imports.

Russia has reserves to ride out sanctions

2014-08-01 16:15

Mathematically Russia has enough reserves to hold out for at least two years before Western sanctions start to choke the economy.

Ukraine will halt to offensive over MH17 probe

2014-07-31 15:57

Kiev on has announced a day-long halt to its deadly offensive in Ukraine after fighting had stalled efforts by international investigators to kickstart a probe into the downing of flight MH17.

EU gives extra €2m to fight Ebola crisis

2014-07-30 14:00

The European Union has allocated an extra €2m to fight the Ebola outbreak spiralling out of control in West Africa, bringing total EU funding to €3.9m.

Russia sanctions may undermine EU's recovery

2014-07-29 08:31

The EU is expected to take the plunge and impose tougher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, but the measures could hit its own struggling economy - especially should Moscow reply in kind.

EU set to up the ante on Russia sanctions

2014-07-25 15:15

European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary agreement to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

EU adds more to Ukraine, Russia sanctions list

2014-07-24 21:17

European Union governments have agreed to add 15 people and 18 companies to the bloc's sanctions list for undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity, diplomats say.

EU freezes assets over oil to Syria

2014-07-23 17:32

The EU has frozen the assets of two oil- trading firms accused of organising covert shipments of oil to Syria.

Italy arrests 5 over migrant 'massacre' at sea

2014-07-23 10:30

Italian police have arrested five migrants accused of the grisly murder of scores of fellow would-be refugees when fighting broke out on a boat making the treacherous crossing to Europe, local media reports.

Iran complying with nuclear deal - UN watchdog

2014-07-21 12:39

Iran has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers.

Flood-stricken Balkans to get €1.8bn boost

2014-07-17 09:01

A conference of international donors has pledged more than €1.8bn to help Bosnia and Serbia recover from devastating floods in May.

EU urges minimum wage

2014-07-15 12:45

Designated European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he is working towards the introduction of a minimum social wage in each member state.

Bulgaria plans to join EU 'banking union'

2014-07-15 08:40

Bulgaria has announced that it would seek to join a new EU set of rules known as the 'banking union' after poor bank supervision led to its collapse.

Srebrenica victims remembered 19 years on

2014-07-11 20:46

Thousands of people have gathered in Srebrenica to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre of some 8 000 Muslim males by ethnic Serb forces, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

EU imposes sanctions on S Sudanese military leaders

2014-07-10 14:54

The EU has imposed a travel ban and asset freezes on two South Sudanese military leaders it says are violating ceasefire agreements put in place to stop fighting that has killed thousands.

Scientists criticise Europe’s $1bn brain project

2014-07-08 12:45

Dozens of neuro-scientists are protesting Europe's $1.6bn attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste money and harm neuroscience.

 

Ukrainian PM asks to freeze Russian assets

2014-08-28 12:00

Ukrainian Prime Minister has appealed to the United States, European Union and G7 countries to freeze Russian assets.

Hollande to install govt with 'centre-left' agenda

2014-08-26 14:50

France is set to get a new centre-left government, a day after President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls dissolved their 5-month-old Socialist administration following an internal clash.

French govt dissolved amid feud, stagnant economy

2014-08-25 14:43

French President Francois Hollande has dissolved the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.

Russian sanctions threaten Europe's farmers

2014-08-18 16:27

As the European Union's second biggest apple producer, Poland has some 700 000 tonnes of the fruit it usually sells to Russia but can't, due to the food embargo.

EU fruit, vegetable growers to get €125m

2014-08-18 13:30

EU farmers will get financial help of up to €125m to help them cope with the impact of Russia's ban on most Western food imports.

Britain ready to supply Kurds with arms

2014-08-15 14:37

Britain would consider "positively" any request for arms from the Kurds to help them battle Sunni militants who have seized much of Iraq, a spokesperson for the prime minister says.

European experts start emergency talks

2014-08-14 15:00

Agricultural officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports.

UN threatens S Sudan leaders with sanctions

2014-08-13 10:15

The UN has warned South Sudan's warring leaders they would face sanctions if a civil war that has pushed the young nation to the brink of famine does not stop.

EC cuts fish quotas for 10 countries

2014-08-11 16:37

The European Commission has cut this year's fishing quotas for 10 member countries, to compensate for overfishing in 2013.

EU: Extremely low chances of Ebola in Europe

2014-08-08 14:02

The EU's executive says the risk of Ebola across the European Union remained 'extremely low' despite the World Health Organisation's decision to declare it an international health emergency.

International probe to begin at MH17 crash site

2014-08-01 09:59

Experts will attempt to begin a stalled investigation at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 as Ukrainian forces threaten to resume their offensive against rebels after a one-day halt.

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia

2014-07-30 14:20

Australia's PM says that he is not considering sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian flight MH17.

Maltese worker kidnapped in Libya freed

2014-07-29 15:29

A Maltese worker who was abducted by Libyan rebels on the outskirts of Tripoli has been freed and arrived home safely in Valletta, authorities say.

MH17 armed mission 'unrealistic' - Netherlands

2014-07-28 08:06

The Netherlands has scrapped plans to send an international armed mission to secure the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, fearing a deployment risked being dragged into the conflict in east Ukraine.

Zimbabwe situation in pictures

2014-07-25 13:14

A year after Zimbabwe held its elections, thousands continue to live under dire situations as the country's unemployment crisis persists.

EU mulls ban on buying Russian bank stocks

2014-07-24 11:45

Ambassadors of European Union countries will discuss a European Commission proposal to ban purchases of new shares or bonds issued by Russian banks.

EU gas flows lower on Gazprom opposition

2014-07-23 17:30

Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan says reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine have fallen because of opposition from Russia's Gazprom.

EU to discuss possible new Russia sanctions

2014-07-22 16:00

European Union governments will discuss a specific list of possible new targets for Russia sanctions.

Jet crash could be turning point for Ukraine crisis

2014-07-18 12:48

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine could be a turning point for the Ukraine crisis, if it convinces reluctant Europeans to get behind tougher sanctions long sought by the US.

US preparing unilateral sanctions on Russia

2014-07-16 09:22

The US is considering imposing unilateral sanctions on Russia over its threatening moves in Ukraine, a shift in strategy that reflects the administration's frustration with Europe's reluctance to take tougher action.

Portugal hopes for fresh start at troubled bank

2014-07-15 09:45

Portugal’s troubled Espirito Santo clan has been forced to sell a chunk of the bank it founded and accept independent managers.

EU pressing for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

2014-07-14 15:47

The European Union says it was in touch with 'parties in the region' to press for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Bottled water better in Italy

2014-07-10 18:30

The Italian government has failed to improve the quality of its drinking water, leaving people exposed to health risks from high levels of arsenic and fluoride.

Ukraine tightens grip on rebels amid truce pressure

2014-07-09 15:59

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was to face renewed European pressure to talk to pro-Russian rebels on a truce as Kiev tightened its grip around rebel stronghold Donetsk.

Europe may start growing GM crops drastically

2014-07-07 11:43

While the US and other countries have embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout. But new EU rules could now lead to the widespread cultivation of GM foods.

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