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    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...

    Ukraine’s leader pledges ‘roadmap for peace’ at Minsk summit
    Aug27

    Ukraine’s leader pledges ‘roadmap for peace’ at Minsk summit

    Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, has pledged to come up with a “roadmap” for peace in his country, where Russian-backed separatists have been losing ground to government forces in recent weeks. Poroshenko made the announcement at a summit with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Minsk yesterday (26 August) that was also...

    Women commissioners: Juncker struggles to reach eight
    Aug27

    Women commissioners: Juncker struggles to reach eight

    Jean-Claude Juncker, the next president of the European Commission, is faced with the prospect of having at most nine women in his college of European commissioners, whose composition is to be finalised in the coming days. The European Council is to meet on Saturday (30 August) to decide who should succeed Herman Van Rompuy as the president of...

    EU, Russia, Ukraine leaders to meet in Minsk
    Aug26

    EU, Russia, Ukraine leaders to meet in Minsk

    Senior figures from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will meet in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, today (26 August) to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, and Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, are meeting this afternoon. The summit will also...

    EU prepares support for dairy sector
    Aug25

    EU prepares support for dairy sector

    The European Commission is preparing to provide support for the dairy industry to alleviate the effects of a Russian ban on foods from the European Union. Russia announced an import ban on food products from the EU, US, Norway, Canada and Australia on 7 August in response to sanctions imposed on it because of its actions in Ukraine. Earlier this...

    Merkel visits Rajoy ahead of EU summit
    Aug25

    Merkel visits Rajoy ahead of EU summit

    Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, yesterday (24 August) held talks with Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, days before a European Union summit at which leaders aim to decide on a series of EU leadership positions. With Merkel under increasing pressure from France and Italy to relax the EU’s policy of spending cuts and...

    Lithuanian diplomat killed in Ukraine
    Aug23

    Lithuanian diplomat killed in Ukraine

    Lithuania has revealed that one of its diplomats has been murdered in eastern Ukraine. Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s foreign minister, sent out a tweet saying that “Mykola Zelenec was kidnapped and brutally killed by terrorists there [the embattled city of Luhansk]“. Zelenec was Lithuania’s honorary consul in the city. The...

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