EU Council chief vows support, ammunition for Ukraine
European Council President Charles Michel has pledged to continue supporting Ukraine against Russian aggression “for as long as necessary,” adding that EU leaders will “massively ramp up” ammunition production to send to the war-torn countrywashingtonpost.com
EU leaders divided on gas price cap at energy crisis summit
European Union leaders struggled to find immediate practical solutions at their summit called to grapple with the energy crisis fueled by the war in Ukraine and maintain a united front in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin coercion.
One Putin move and behold: West's unity tightens overnight
Within days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved what remained out of the grasp of the European Union for many decades — to jointly buy and send weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years — trans-Atlantic unity. For years, Putin could sit back and relish in unseemly scenes of Western disunity — ranging from the Britain's Brexit move out of the EU in 2016, Hungary's long-standing antipathy towards its EU headquarters and, equally, the rift created by former President Donald Trump that has far from fully healed under Joe Biden. For Putin, the timing seemed perfect for his invasion of Ukraine since it had the potential of opening the cracks of division even further, with a war on the continent forcing everyone far outside their diplomatic comfort zone.news.yahoo.com
EU Commission: von der Leyen unconcerned by missed handshake
The European Commission on Monday downplayed as a “storm in a teacup” an incident last week at a EU-Africa summit in Brussels during which its president, Ursula von der Leyen, was hardly acknowledged by a foreign minister. The official, Ugandan Foreign Minister Jeje Odongo, slightly nodded as he walked past von der Leyen and did not stop to greet her before shaking hands with EU Council president Charles Michel and French president Emmanuel Macron during a staged photo event.news.yahoo.com
The Latest: Pakistan says no rush to recognize Taliban gov't
Pakistan’s foreign minister says Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms.”.
The Latest: Pakistan says no rush to recognize Taliban gov't
Pakistan’s foreign minister says Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers should understand that if they want recognition and assistance in rebuilding the war-battered country “they have to be more sensitive and more receptive to international opinion and norms.” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Monday evening that countries are watching to see how things evolve in Afghanistan before considering recognition. The Pakistani minister says his country’s objective is peace and stability in Afghanistan and to achieve that “we would suggest to Afghans that they should have an inclusive government.”news.yahoo.com
EU vows to help Lithuania amid flow of migrants from Belarus
The European Union has promised to help Lithuania cope with an influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, which the Baltic nation says has been encouraged by authorities in neighboring Belarus as part of their standoff with the West.
Boris Johnson infuriated after Emmanuel Macron suggested Northern Ireland was not part of UK
Boris Johnson was left infuriated on Saturday when Emmanuel Macron suggested in head-to-head G7 summit talks that Northern Ireland was not part of the UK. The Prime Minister attempted to explain his frustration with the Northern Ireland Protocol by asking Mr Macron what he would do if sausages from Toulouse could not be moved to Paris, according to a UK government source. The French president was said to have retorted by arguing that the comparison did not work because Paris and Toulouse were bonews.yahoo.com
Moment when European Commission President left without seat during meeting goes viral
After European Council President Charles Michel left his colleague, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, without a seat during a meeting, a group of women leaders have urged him to resign. The group said the chair snub was a "trap" set by Turkish President Erdoğan – and Michel fell into it. Their petition for his resignation has more than 10,000 signatures.cbsnews.com
Britain denies ‘completely false’ EU claims as a new vaccine dispute boils over
A U.K. national flag flies beside European Union (EU) flags outside the Berlaymont building in Brussels. The latest battle emerged after European Council President Charles Michel accused the U.K. on Tuesday of having an "outright ban" on exports of Covid-19 vaccines. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a press conference in February that the United States and Britain have systems in place that block vaccine exports. "The U.K. government has not blocked the exports of a single Covid-19 vaccine. Any references to a U.K. export ban or any restrictions on vaccines are completely false," a government spokesperson told CNBC.cnbc.com
China scores an EU investment deal before Biden takes office — and it wants to do more
Johanna Geron | AFP | Getty ImagesBEIJING — China wrapped negotiations with the European Union on an important investment deal and talked up hopes for more, less than a month before U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to take office. Both sides rushed to get a deal done — Biden is widely expected to marshal the support of traditional American allies to put pressure on China after he takes office, in contrast to the Trump administration. He emphasized China's plans for a new trade agreement with Japan and South Korea. 'Not a deal against America'The EU-China investment deal, about seven years in the making, still needs to be translated and reviewed before being signed. Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, said that "for the European side it was really bilateral.cnbc.com
Nine European countries say it is time for 'corona bonds' as virus death toll rises
Nine European countries have called upon their EU counterparts to issue so-called corona bonds a new debt instrument that would combine securities from different countries. Corona bonds are a controversial issue that has been dividing the 27-country region. Nonetheless, Europe is in crisis, having experienced a sharp rise in COVID-19, with several countries in national lockdown. The deadly virus has brought all the key EU economies to a standstill, with most people confined at home. The death toll across Europe keeps rising, with Italy registering a higher number than China, where the virus emerged in December.cnbc.com
European Union will close external borders for 30 days to slow coronavirus pandemic
European Union member nations agreed Tuesday to close the EU's external borders to most people from other countries for 30 days in a dramatic new effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the planned closings of the massive union's external borders at a press conference. Movement of people within the European Union's 27 member nations will still be allowed under the restrictions. Great Britain previously was an EU member before Brexit. On Monday, Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, said he was closing his nation's borders to foreigners, with the major exception of U.S. citizens.cnbc.com
G7 leaders express "strong" will to cooperate to tackle virus: EU's Michel
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - G7 leaders have expressed a strong desire to work together to tackle what is likely to be a long and difficult health crisis, European Council President Charles Michel said on Monday. It was the occasion to express a strong political will to address this crisis together, to coordinate, to cooperate in different fields. For us the priority is the health of our citizens, Michel told a news conference after a G7 call. Michel, who chairs summits of EU leaders, said the EU was working hard to support researchers in their hunt for a vaccine. It was also the occasion during this G7 call conference to decide to work more together to be able to as soon as possible to make concrete progress, which is also very important, Michel said after the call with Group of Seven leaders, led by the United States.feeds.reuters.com
EU condemns Trump's coronavirus travel ban, imposed 'unilaterally and without consultation'
The travel ban is due to begin Friday evening and last for at least 30 days. The European Union on Thursday firmly objected to President Donald Trump 's decision to impose a travel ban on most EU nations, saying any decision should have come after consultations with the bloc. "The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation," the two top ranking EU officials said, adding that "the European Union is taking strong action to limit the spread of the virus." Trump's travel ban does not apply to legal permanent residents of the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security, and in most cases, it does not apply to immediate family members of U.S. citizens. The U.S. is banning entry to those traveling from the 26 European countries that form the Schengen Area, where there are no passport checks between internal borders.cnbc.com