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Macedonian political crisis hampers EU membership bid

Skopeia - Bitter exchanges between Macedonia's government and the opposition, including wiretapping and claims of million-euro bribes, have pushed the Balkan state into a deep crisis that could further hamper its already stalled bid for EU membership.

EU-Ukraine summit to take place on April 27: Poroshenko

Kiev - A summit between top European Union officials and Ukraine's leaders will take place in Kiev at the end of April, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

Hamas denounces EU decision to keep it on terror list

Gaza - Hamas on Friday denounced a European Union decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist group and de facto Gaza Strip ruler on its terrorism blacklist, despite a court ordering its removal.

EU's Juncker to visit Kiev next week

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday said he will visit Kiev next week on his first bilateral trip since taking office in November, in a show of support for Ukraine's embattled government.

EU foreign policy chief in Cuba to advance talks

Havana - The European Union's chief diplomat, Federica Mogherini, visited Cuba Tuesday to give impetus to negotiations on normalizing relations between Brussels and Havana.

EU foreign policy chief starts Cuba visit

Havana - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrived in Cuba for crucial talks aimed at normalizing ties between the European Union and the communist island state.

Libya unity govt could get first names this week: UN envoy

Brussels - The first names for a new Libyan unity government could emerge this week after progress in UN-mediated talks between its warring parties, UN special envoy Bernardino Leon said Monday.

EU's Mogherini prepares for first Cuba visit

Havana - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives in Cuba on Monday in a bid to spur delicately balanced talks aimed at normalizing ties with the communist island state.

Greek PM to visit Merkel as Spain turns screw on Athens

Berlin - The leaders of debt-wracked Greece and economic powerhouse Germany meet in Berlin Monday after weeks of bad feeling over Athens' debt woes, bitter wartime memories and an offensive hand gesture.

Ukraine, Russia start new talks to supply gas to Kiev

Brussels - Ukraine and Russia launched EU-brokered talks in Brussels on Friday aimed at supplying gas to Kiev through next winter and securing onward deliveries to Europe.

Number of asylum applicants to EU jumps 44 percent

Brussels - The number of applicants for asylum to EU countries increased last year to 626,000, a surge of 44 percent fueled by refugees from the civil war in Syria, the European Union's statistics agency said Friday.

EU offers Greece 2 bn euros in unused development funds

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday he was making 2.0 billion euros of unused EU development funds available to Greece as it battles a cash crunch.

EU's Russia sanctions extended to end-2015: Tusk

Brussels - EU leaders agreed to effectively extend economic sanctions against Russia until the end of 2015, tying them to full implementation of the Minsk ceasefire accords in Ukraine.

Greece pleads for help from sceptical Europe

Brussels - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Germany and France at a summit Thursday to help him tackle a looming cash crunch, despite warnings that Athens must commit to reforms first.

Greece, Ukraine to dominate EU summit

Brussels - Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will plead with European counterparts at a summit in Brussels Thursday to release vital funds to help his debt-laden country stave off a looming cash crunch.

Scores injured in anti-austerity riots against ECB's new HQ

Frankfurt - Violent clashes between anti-capitalist activists and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany's financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters on Wednesday.

ECB opens new HQ under heavy police presence

Frankfurt - The European Central Bank officially inaugurates its new 1.3-billion euro headquarters in Frankfurt on Wednesday, under tight security with more than 10,000 anti-austerity demonstrators planning a protest rally.

Greece hits out at EU opposition to 'humanitarian' law

Atenas - Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households.

Greek PM hastens Russia visit amid cash crunch

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled Tuesday a surprise trip to Russia but also sought talks with European leaders to break a deadlock over reforms that has revived default fears.

Merkel eyes no sanctions decisions against Moscow at EU summit

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that EU leaders would not decide on new economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis at their summit this week, but could do so in June.

EU's Mogherini to make first visit to Cuba to spur normalisation

Brussels - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is to visit Cuba later this month in a bid to spur talks aimed at normalising ties with the Communist-led island state, the first such trip by a top EU diplomat.

Greek finance minister says some election vows can be put off

Atenas - Greece's combative finance minister has indicated that Athens' new radical left government is prepared to put some of its campaign promises on hold while it seeks to build confidence among its creditors.

Has Bibi outstayed his welcome in the U.S. and Europe?

Washington - "Anyone But Bibi." It's the rallying cry of opponents battling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday's elections, but also seems to aptly sum up feelings in both the U.S. and Europe.

Cyprus pulls back from abyss after traumatic bailout

Nicosia - Two years after its failing banks nearly pushed cash-strapped Cyprus over the edge, sending shockwaves through the eurozone, the country has pulled back from the abyss, saved by painful austerity and a multi-billion euro rescue package.

EU unlikely to extend Russia sanctions next week: Official

Brussels - EU leaders are unlikely to decide at a summit next week to extend economic sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, which expire in July, a European official said Friday.

Door still open to Iceland, says EU

Brussels - The European Union said Friday the door was still open to Iceland and denied that Reykjavik's decision to drop its membership bid was a setback for the bloc.

Iceland says dropping bid for EU membership

Reykjav - Iceland on Thursday announced it was dropping its bid to join the European Union in line with pledges made two years ago by its then new eurosceptic government.

Euro MPs call on Venezuela to release detainees

Strasbourg - The European Parliament called on Venezuela Thursday to release students and opposition figures "arbitrarily detained" during protests against left-wing President Nicolas Maduro.

Euro MPs call for international probe into Nemtsov murder

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Thursday called for an independent international investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Ex-Russian premier rejects idea Nemtsov was anti-Muslim

Strasbourg - A prominent ally of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on Tuesday dismissed suggestions by Russian investigators that he was murdered because he was anti-Muslim.
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On 29 April the US administration announced an initiation of the third round of economic sanctions against Russia. It’s anticipated they hit the major sectors of Russian economy after the most influential Russian top-managers and business owners have been banned from doing business in the U.S. It is also expected that the EU will join its Western ally in punishing Russia for building up a fire of the civil confrontation in Ukraine
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The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
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Aid was promised, but where is the money? At the end of February of this year the EU leaders in reply to changing of State power in Ukraine promised to give financial help, aimed at financial system stabilization and different investment projects realization directed on development of the country economy. Then Elmar Brok, chairman of the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs announced a sum in 20 billion Euros, which will be received by Ukraine for the reform implementation as soon as a new governme
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The Hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, during a plenary session in 2014.
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Cyprus is a member state of the European Union.
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EPJUST holds witness protection symposium at the Filipinas Heritage Library in Makati
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Members of EU NAVFOR take over a pirate skiff.
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European Ukrainian. The country bargains for a dialogue with EU These days the world changes promptly and new economic tendencies force to look for new trade areas, labour, as well as perspective directions of strengthening of the European Community. This circumstance explains why Europeans turn more to EU eastern frontiers, and one can hear more persistent discussions on necessity of expansion. However traditionally conservative Europe isn't intended to pass hasty decisions and to extend at th
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi
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Trade unions in Belgium believe the Eurobonds can bring relief to the troubled Euro.
The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
The G20 Deputy’s Meeting and Financial Market Conference in Berlin on May 19-20.
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PUTIN’S FAWNERS AMONG EUROPEAN POLITICIANS Political situation development in the early XXI century in Eurasia witnesses to naked aspiration of Russia to restore its geopolitical positions and former power creating new empire with former Soviet Union countries led by Moscow. Now the central aim is to involve Ukraine under influence of the Kremlin. As former US National Security Advisor of US president Zbigniew Brzezinski has noted, for new empire creation and former power restoring it’