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    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...

    Russia aid convoy moves into Ukraine
    Aug22

    Russia aid convoy moves into Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of a “flagrant violation of international law” after a convoy of aid lorries crossed the border. Poroshenko said that more than 100 Russian lorries had entered Ukraine without any customs clearance or Red Cross escort. They are heading toward the embattled city of Luhansk, and reports...

    Barroso condemns Ukraine convoy attack
    Aug19

    Barroso condemns Ukraine convoy attack

    José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, spoke with Petro Poroshenko, the president of Ukraine, on 18-19 August, and condemned the shelling of a convoy of refugees in eastern Ukraine that has claimed dozens of lives. In a statement, Barroso called for an inquiry into the attack on the convoy in the Luhansk area on Monday (18...

    EU trade with Russia hit by Ukraine tensions
    Aug18

    EU trade with Russia hit by Ukraine tensions

    Trade between the European Union and Russia fell by €13.1 billion in the first half of 2014, according to estimates published today by Eurostat. Total EU exports to Russia fell by 12% compared with the same period in 2013, from €49.6bn to €43.6bn. Imports from Russia fell by 8%, or €7.1bn. The EU still imports almost twice as much from Russia as...

    Commission pledges to help EU food producers
    Aug18

    Commission pledges to help EU food producers

    The European Commission today (18 August) announced that it will provide support for European food producers who have been affected by Russia’s ban on imports of agricultural products. A total of €125 million will be available to producers, allowing the removal of some surplus products from the market, which are then distributed free, with...

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