In the week before U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited Brussels and pledged America’s “steadfast and enduring” commitment to the European Union, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon met with a German diplomat and delivered a different message, according to people familiar with the talks.
Nigel Farage, the firebrand of Britain’s Brexit campaign, used his final speech as leader of the UK Independence Party on Friday to demand that his successor pushes for a “hard” EU exit that meets the demands of his party’s voters.
“If a man who shows off by not having a clue and by saying that specialist knowledge is elitist rubbish ends up in the White House, a critical point will have been reached,” said Schulz, a German center-left Social Democrat.
The European Union on Thursday announced it was contracting 348 million euros ($393 mln) to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) for humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey, part of the bloc’s migration cooperation with Ankara.
“Don’t underestimate the damage having Nigel Farage address the European Parliament in that way does to our interests. Remember who has to agree any new deal for Britain: the European Parliament.”
European leaders, facing the biggest threat to European unity since World War Two, are divided over how swiftly divorce talks should start. Paris wants haste and German Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging patience. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he wanted to “start immediately”.
Britain voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two. Global financial markets plunged on Friday as results from a referendum showed a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago.
Migrants sent back from Greece began arriving in Turkey on Monday after the EU’s disputed deal with Ankara to stem the influx of asylum seekers into Europe came into effect. In moves denounced by refugee agencies and human rights campaigners, the first two boats carried more than 130 migrants to the Western Turkish town of Dikili.
The agreement reached during the late evening of February 19 between Britain and the other 27 EU member states was aimed at preventing the country from quitting the union.
The European Union agreed Sunday to give Turkey $3.2 billion in refugee aid and promised to boost relations with the long-standing membership candidate, in return for efforts to curb migration flows.
Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the 1990s has strained the European Union’s asylum system to the breaking point.
The EU finally shores up some responsibility by declaring a “war” against the shady migrant smuggling business in the Mediterranean.
After a 42-day period of no new, confirmed cases of Ebola in Nigeria, the World Health Organization has declared the country Ebola-free.
Kiev (AFP) — Ukrainian lawmakers ratified a landmark EU pact Tuesday that steers the ex-Soviet state closer to the West, and pledged autonomy for pro-Russian rebels waging war in the east. But Russia signaled it had no intention of backing down in the most serious East-West standoff since the Cold war, with the announcement it […]
Brussels (AFP) — Six world powers and Iran will hold new talks in New York on September 18, EU officials said Thursday, as efforts intensify toward clinching a nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline. The talks involving the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany and led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine […]
dpa MOSCOW and MILAN — The European Union was mulling tougher sanctions against Russia on Friday, following reports that Moscow had sent hundreds of regular troops to eastern Ukraine to support the separatist militias there. EU leaders could task experts with drawing up new sanctions at a summit this Saturday in Brussels, diplomats said. Many […]
By Anna Smolchenko with Nicolas Gaudichet in Novoazovsk, Ukraine Minsk (AFP) — The leaders of Russia and Ukraine held key talks Tuesday on the brutal conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels after the Kremlin admitted for the first time its troops had entered Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shook hands with his Russian counterpart […]
Brussels (AFP) – The EU was set to approve punishing sanctions against Russia Tuesday over its role in the Ukraine crisis, as fighting in the strife-torn east again prevented international experts from reaching the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17. For the third day running, an unarmed team of Dutch and Australian police ditched plans […]
Washington (AFP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine is fanning nationalist sentiments that could spread across the region with dangerous, unpredictable consequences, the U.S. military’s top officer said. General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Putin was pursuing an “aggressive” agenda that flouts sovereignty and seeks […]
By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — Europe’s top diplomats huddled behind closed doors Tuesday to try to agree on tougher action against Russia after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by a suspected Russian missile. Consensus on increased sanctions against Moscow could prove elusive given many European countries’ trading ties with Russia […]
By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times The battle for control at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 entered a new chapter Sunday focused on the fate of victims’ bodies, and U.S. and British leaders pointed fingers at Russia for nurturing the separatists suspected of bringing down the airliner. “There’s a buildup of extraordinary […]
By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — After being half a step behind the United States for months, Europe is likely to come under heavy pressure to impose stronger sanctions on Moscow if convincing evidence emerges of a Russian link to the downing of the Malaysia Airlines jetliner. Earlier this year, the European Union […]