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German Court to Rule on Legality of European Rescue Fund

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Germany’s Constitutional Court is set to rule Wednesday on a legal challenge to the country’s participation in the European Union rescue fund. The lawsuit was brought by a group of six lawmakers and professors, who argue the initial economic bailout of Greece and the subsequent formation of the $620 billion eurozone bailout fund violate both […]

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Polish PM: Democratization Condition For EU Help to Belarus

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 9:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk say democratic changes are a key condition for the European Union to support and rescue the crumbling economy in Belarus. Mr. Tusk met with members of Belarusian opposition Tuesday in Poland’s capital Warsaw. Poland took over the EU rotating presidency on July 1. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Mr. […]

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EC Chief Predicts Continued Economic Growth for Europe

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union’s top executive says he is confident that Europe will not slip back into a second recession. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso offered the assurance Monday in Canberra after holding talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He said the common European currency remains strong and the region’s leaders are facing their […]

EU Ministers Meet To Discuss Middle East, Syria

Posted September 2nd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union foreign ministers kicked off a two-day meeting in Sopot, Poland, Friday to discuss a variety of common topics, including the Middle East peace process and sanctions against Syria. The 27 EU member nations are looking at taking a unified position on Palestinian statehood in a United Nations vote later this month. French President […]

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Tadic: Serbia Will Not Concede on Kosovo for EU

Posted August 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Serbian President Boris Tadic says Belgrade will not make concessions in its policy toward Kosovo even though prospects for European Union membership could be hurt. Mr. Tadic said Friday Serbia will not give up its bid to join the EU, but it cannot dismantle Serb-controlled institutions in northern Kosovo. He insists that Serbia has met […]

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Ukraine’s President Calls for Closer Ties With Europe

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, says the country’s historical connection with Russia is important, but its future depends on closer ties with the European Union. Mr. Yanukovych made the comment in an editorial published in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, one day after Ukraine marked its 20th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. President Yanukovych […]

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Merkel Sets Conditions for Serbia to Join EU

Posted August 24th, 2011 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Serbian President Boris Tadic that Serbia’s admission to the European Union depends on progress in negotiations with Kosovo. During a one-day visit to Belgrade Tuesday, Ms. Merkel said Germany believes that Serbia’s place is in Europe, but that to get there it must restart dialogue with Kosovo. Mr. Tadic […]

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Germany to Serbia: EU Candidacy Still in Doubt

Posted August 23rd, 2011 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Serbia’s aspirations to join the European Union have run into another complication. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned Serbia it must make progress in talks with Kosovo before it can become an EU candidate, possibly later this year. Ms. Merkel spoke after talks in Belgrade with Serbian President Boris Tadic. She said Serbia’s candidacy […]

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EU Ministers Discuss Budget for 2014-2020

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 5:30 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union ministers have gathered in the Polish resort town of Sopot on the Baltic coast to discuss the bloc’s budget for the next seven-year period starting in 2014. The two-day meeting called by Poland, which currently holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, began Thursday. The informal talks among the bloc’s European affairs ministers are […]

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European Parliament Criticizes Russia for Election Rules

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The European Parliament is calling on Russia to guarantee free elections and register opposition parties. A Parliament resolution passed Thursday in Strasbourg said difficulties faced by political parties effectively constrain political competition in Russia. The parliament said it deplores the decision to reject the registration of the People’s Freedom Party for December’s State Duma elections. […]

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