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France, Germany and Poland Form EU Combat Group

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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France, Germany and Poland say they have joined forces to form a joint European Union combat group. The agreement was signed Tuesday in Brussels, four days after Poland assumed the rotating EU presidency. The EU maintains a rotation of rapid reaction forces, known as battle groups, to be deployed in cases of emergency, although they […]

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EU Wants Quick Start for Serbia-Kosovo Deal

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it wants “swift implementation” of a deal between Serbia and Kosovo aimed at easing Kosovo’s concerns about Serbia’s refusal to recognize its independence. The pact, signed late last week, will let Kosovars for the first time cross into Serbia with Kosovo identification papers. It also returns civil documents such as birth […]

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EU to Give Millions in Food Aid to North Korea

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 4:55 am (UTC-5)
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The European Commission says it will give more than $14.5 million of food aid to North Korea to help around 650,000 people at risk of starving. The Commission said Monday the food will be delivered under a strict monitoring system to those most vulnerable to malnutrition in the northern and eastern provinces of the country. […]

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Germany Calls for Talks on Turkey’s EU Bid

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Germany’s foreign minister is calling for “fair and respectful” talks with Turkey regarding its bid for full membership in the European Union. Speaking at a press conference in Istanbul Friday, Guido Westerwelle said Turkey holds a strategic role in the region, where several countries are in the midst of popular uprisings against repressive governments. Westerwelle […]

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EU, South Korea Trade Pact Takes Effect

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 11:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A landmark free trade agreement between the European Union and South Korea took effect Friday. Under the deal, Seoul and Brussels would eliminate or phase out tariffs on 96 percent of EU goods and 99 percent of South Korean products within three years. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, said at […]

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Poland Begins EU Presidency

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 9:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Poland is taking over the European Union rotating presidency from Hungary as Europe struggles with the debt crisis in Greece and other member nations. Poland’s six-month mandate began Friday — its first since the eastern European nation joined the bloc in 2004. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk hosts EU leaders at an inaugural ceremony in […]

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Croatia, Serbia Get Closer to EU Membership

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatia has formally closed European Union entry talks, setting a target of becoming the bloc’s 28th member in 2013. The six-year-long negotiations were officially wrapped up Thursday in Brussels. Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Gordan Jandrokovic called the event a historic day for Croatia, but also important for its neighbors. Jandrokovic said the reforms that Croatia […]

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Croatia, Serbia Get Closer to EU Membership

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatia has formally closed European Union entry talks, setting a target of becoming the bloc’s 28th member next year. The six-year-long negotiations were officially wrapped up Thursday in Brussels. Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Gordan Jandrokovic called the event a historic day for Croatia, but also important for its neighbors. Jandrokovic said the reforms that Croatia […]

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Croatia, Serbia Get Closer to EU Membership

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 5:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatia has formally closed European Union entry talks, setting a target of becoming the bloc’s 28th member in July 2013. The six-year-long negotiations were officially wrapped up Thursday in Brussels. Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Gordan Jandrokovic called the event a historic day for Croatia, but also important for its neighbors. Jandrokovic said the reforms that […]

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Croatia, Serbia Get Closer to EU Membership

Posted June 30th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatia has formally closed negotiations to become the European Union’s 28th member on July 1, 2013. The six-year-long talks were officially wrapped up Thursday in Brussels. Croatian Deputy Prime Minister Gordan Jandrokovic called the event a historic day for Croatia, but also important for its neighbors. Jandrokovic said the reforms that Croatia has undergone since […]

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