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    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...

    EU holds off on Russia sanctions
    Sep09

    EU holds off on Russia sanctions

    The European Union yesterday evening agreed on a set of additional economic sanctions that it will impose on Russia depending on Russia’s response to a ceasefire agreed on Friday between Ukraine’s government and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The agreement amounts to an incremental extension of the EU’s sanctions...

    Russia threatens to close airspace
    Sep08

    Russia threatens to close airspace

    Russia’s prime minister has warned that Russia may refuse Western airlines the right to fly over Siberia in response to sanctions that the European Union and the United States are poised to impose. In an interview published this morning in the Russian paper Vedomosti, Dmitry Medvedev said that an end to overflight rights could drive “many”...

    Russia agrees cease-fire, but EU sanctions may follow regardless
    Sep06

    Russia agrees cease-fire, but EU sanctions may follow regardless

    Ukraine, pro-Russia separatists and Russia have signed a conditional cease-fire agreement, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko announced at the end of a NATO summit in Wales on Friday (5 September). However EU leaders and Barack Obama, the US president, remain sceptical that the deal represents a real solution to the conflict. “We are hopeful,...

    EU farm ministers call for further compensation
    Sep06

    EU farm ministers call for further compensation

    Agriculture ministers held an emergency meeting in Brussels on Friday (5 September) to take stock of the effect of the Russian ban on EU food imports on the EU agricultural sector. Russia banned the import of meat, fruit, vegetables and other foods on 6 August, in retaliation for EU sanctions for Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine....

    The EU’s grand coalition asserts itself
    Sep04

    The EU’s grand coalition asserts itself

    The national leaders of the European Union’s member states agreed last Saturday (30 August) that Donald Tusk should chair their future summits as president of the European Council and that Federica Mogherini should become the Union’s foreign-policy chief. The twin appointment emerged only after two special summits, at the end of July...

    Leaders promise to get tough with Russia
    Sep04

    Leaders promise to get tough with Russia

    Herman Van Rompuy had called the special European Council so that the EU’s national leaders could belatedly agree on who should fill the Union’s remaining top jobs (including his own). But as often happens at EU summits, other issues made their way onto the agenda. Discussion took account of the dramatic developments in Ukraine, where...

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