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    Two deputy directors-general for trade appointed
    Sep16

    Two deputy directors-general for trade appointed

    The college of European commissioners has today (16 September) approved two appointments to the senior ranks of the Commission’s management, both of them in the department for trade. In May of this year, the two positions of deputy director-general for trade fell vacant in quick succession, when João Aguiar Machado was named in February as...

    Ukraine ratifies association agreement with EU
    Sep16

    Ukraine ratifies association agreement with EU

    The European Parliament and Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, today (16 September) ratified a political and trade deal between the European Union and Ukraine, completing their role in a treaty that has already shaped the history of Ukraine. In both parliaments, deputies overwhelmingly backed the treaty. Approval had been so assumed...

    EU puts Ukraine trade deal on legal ice
    Sep13

    EU puts Ukraine trade deal on legal ice

    The European Union yesterday (12 September) said that it would delay the application of a trade agreement with Ukraine until the end of 2015, in a move intended to bolster the chances of Russia agreeing to a comprehensive peace deal to end the war in eastern Ukraine. The decision was announced by the European Commission hours after a meeting...

    EU targets three of Russia’s major oil companies in latest round of sanctions
    Sep12

    EU targets three of Russia’s major oil companies in latest round of sanctions

    Russia’s three major oil companies will no longer have the ability to finance themselves with money from the European Union following the latest round of sanctions announced today (12 September). EU companies can no longer provide Rosneft, Transneft or Gazprom Neft with anything other than short-term loans, defined as being shorter than 30...

    Member states’ reactions to Juncker’s allocation of portfolios
    Sep11

    Member states’ reactions to Juncker’s allocation of portfolios

    Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission president Tageblatt, a newspaper in Luxembourg, says that the new European Commission “should be given a chance”, though they question the co-ordinator roles: “Should there be more co-ordinators to co-ordinate them?” The ambitious plans of Juncker to invest in economy and bring economic growth are seen...

    EU unveils new Russia sanctions
    Sep11

    EU unveils new Russia sanctions

    The European Union has announced that further sanctions on Russia will come into force on Friday (12 September). EU companies will be banned from providing loans to five state-owned Russian banks and six Russian oil and defence companies. The EU will also block other forms of financing for these firms, including the trading of newly-issued bonds...

    MEPs to ratify Ukraine agreement
    Sep11

    MEPs to ratify Ukraine agreement

    The European Parliament will be asked to ratify the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine during next week’s plenary session in Strasbourg (15-18 September). The vote, which is expected to be affirmative, has been tentatively scheduled for Tuesday (16 September). The foreign-affairs committee approved the agreement on...

    EU and Canada move closer to strategic partnership agreement
    Sep11

    EU and Canada move closer to strategic partnership agreement

    Canada and the European Union this week initialled a new political agreement intended to reinforce their collaboration on the international stage, as well as their economic co-operation. It remains unclear, however, when the strategic partnership agreement (SPA) will be signed, just as it remains uncertain when the two sides will sign a trade...

    Russia pulls aviation into sanctions war
    Sep11

    Russia pulls aviation into sanctions war

    Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, this week threatened to close Siberian airspace to European planes, warning Europe that “many” European airlines could be forced into bankruptcy if Russia carried out its threat. Medvedev’s announcement, published on Monday (8 September), came hours before the European Union’s member...

    The return of a Soviet habit
    Sep11

    The return of a Soviet habit

    The safest way to attack someone’s credibility is to nibble at it. This is what Russia is doing to NATO with its abduction of an Estonian security official on 5 September. The kidnapping exemplifies the way the Kremlin works. Gangsterdom, intelligence, propaganda, a sense of history and diplomacy all overlap. The timing is excellent and so...

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