Tag: European Union

If you don’t want to leave the EU, you don’t have to – become an associate citizen

Looking across the English Channel from mainland Europe, it is clear David Cameron’s decision to impose a binary choice on the British people, in the form of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, has divided the UK. The overwhelming emotion to the result of the referendum in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe […]

Top EU Official Disputes That Trump Could Upend Iran Nuclear Deal

Asked Thursday about President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to tear up the Iran nuclear deal once in office, the European Union official tasked to oversee its implementation said it was not a bilateral agreement but a multilateral one, enshrined in a U.N. Security Council resolution. E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s words reinforced those of Iranian […]

For our freedom and yours

IF EUROPEAN history once seemed to have arrived at its terminus in 1989, it has sped off in a new direction in Poland. After winning the country’s first post-1989 outright majority in elections one year ago, the populist Law and Justice party (PiS) immediately set about undermining independent checks on its power, from the constitutional […]

EU member states approve Canada trade deal

EU member states have officially endorsed the landmark Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada, the European Council says. “I am delighted to confirm that the EU is ready to sign the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada,” said Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. Slovakia currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency. “It represents […]

Prominent German Economist Predicts Italy’s Withdrawal From Eurozone

Amid the ongoing crisis of European integration, Eurosceptic parties and sentiments are on the rise across the EU. In particular, Italy risks leaving the eurozone in the coming future. The European Union is currently in a deep crisis, including an unprecedented influx of refugees and financial tribulations across the eurozone. Prominent German economist Hans Werner Sinn, former president […]

Serbian president: EU’s membership conditions ‘humiliating’

Serbia’s president has accused the European Union of setting “humiliating” conditions for the Balkan country’s membership.   Tomislav Nikolic told visiting Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar that Serbia would move to adopt the EU’s fundamental principles and values even though the 28-nation bloc is in crisis.   Nikolic did not say which EU conditions he […]

The EU Wrestles With a Response to Russia

The European Union’s foreign ministers met Monday in Luxembourg to discuss the bloc’s foreign policy. Finding common ground among the 28 EU members on any subject can be difficult, much less in an area such as foreign policy, where decisions have to be made unanimously. The task becomes even more complicated when, like Monday, Russia […]

Mosul battle: EU ‘should prepare for returning jihadists’

The EU should be prepared for returning jihadists if the so-called Islamic State (IS) is driven out of its Iraqi stronghold, Mosul, an official warns. Security Commissioner Julian King said even a small number of militants would pose “a serious threat that we must prepare ourselves for”. Iraqi forces say they have captured 10 villages […]

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

Outraged by Russia’s intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin.   While the EU says conflicts in Syria and Ukraine need to be […]

Rare show of EU unity as it launches new border force

THE European Union launched its beefed-up border force yesterday in a rare show of unity by the squabbling bloc as it seeks to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II.   EU officials inaugurated the new task force at the Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, the main land frontier for migrants […]