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    EU hurries to strengthen sanctions on Russia
    Sep01

    EU hurries to strengthen sanctions on Russia

    European Union institutions have begun days of intense discussions about a new set of measures intended to persuade Russia to roll back its military activities in Ukraine and to engage in substantive peace talks with Ukraine. Debate about Russia’s increasingly overt engagement in fighting in Ukraine preoccupied the EU’s national...

    MEPs return for committee meetings
    Sep01

    MEPs return for committee meetings

    Members of the European Parliament will this week hold the first committee meetings after the summer break. The Parliament’s 20 committees and two sub-committees met, for the first time since May’s election, in July to elect their chairs and vice-chairs. But most did not engage in any legislative work. This week will see the first...

    Six things to know about the EU’s decision on top jobs
    Sep01

    Six things to know about the EU’s decision on top jobs

    Declaration (1): The grand coalition rules, OK. The two-fold decision was another triumph for the grand coalition of the parties of the centre-right and centre-left that has been extended from the German government in Berlin into the EU’s institutions in Brussels. The centre-right European People’s Party, having secured the...

    EU threatens Russia with more sanctions
    Aug31

    EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    The leaders of the European Union have instructed the European Commission and the EU’s diplomatic service to prepare further sanctions to be imposed on Russia, in reaction to its military action against Ukraine. Proposals are to be presented for consideration by the EU’s member states “within a week”. Herman Van Rompuy, the president...

    Tusk and Mogherini appointed to EU’s top jobs
    Aug30

    Tusk and Mogherini appointed to EU’s top jobs

    Donald Tusk is to leave the prime ministership of Poland to become president of the European Council in succession to Herman Van Rompuy. His appointment balances the choice of Federica Mogherini, Italy’s foreign minister, as the European Union’s high representative for foreign policy. The decisions were announced by Van Rompuy, who...

    Live blog: the Saturday summit
    Aug30

    Live blog: the Saturday summit

    Leaders of the European Union’s member states are holding a summit in Brussels today (30 August) to choose who will become the next EU foreign policy chief and president of the European Council. Leaders are hoping for a swift agreement so that the summit can move on to discussing the crisis in Ukraine, which reached a new level this week as...

    Hopes rise for swift resolution on top jobs
    Aug29

    Hopes rise for swift resolution on top jobs

    Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council, is looking for a swift decision on the European Union’s senior appointments from national government leaders when they meet in Brussels on Saturday (30 August). He is increasingly hopeful of establishing a consensus around a balanced ticket of Donald Tusk for president of the...

    Oettinger in Moscow for energy talks
    Aug29

    Oettinger in Moscow for energy talks

    Günther Oettinger, the European commissioner for energy, is in Moscow this morning (29 August) for gas talks with Russia. Oettinger is meeting with Alexander Novak, the Russian energy minister, to try to work out a compromise between Russia and Ukraine on the issue of gas debts. Trilateral gas talks between the EU, Russia and Ukraine have broken...

    Poroshenko accuses Russia of invasion
    Aug28

    Poroshenko accuses Russia of invasion

    Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, today (28 August) held a dramatic press conference in which he declared that the Russian military has invaded Ukraine. It has been suspected that Russian troops have been in eastern Ukraine for some time. Ukraine captured Russian paratroopers within its borders earlier this week, but Moscow said they...

    Moldova celebrates completion of gas connection to EU
    Aug27

    Moldova celebrates completion of gas connection to EU

    A ceremony was held in Moldova today (27 August) to inaugurate a gas pipeline that connects the country to Romania, and will reduce its reliance on Russian gas. The inauguration, led by Prime Minister Iurie Leancă, was held on the 23rd anniversary of Moldova’s declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. Speaking at the ceremony in...

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