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Russia, EU Sign Deal to End Vegetable Ban

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union and Russia have signed an agreement on conditions for lifting a ban on EU vegetable imports. Moscow imposed the ban earlier this month after an outbreak of E. coli killed at least 39 people and infected around 3,000 others. The outbreak was traced to a farm in northern Germany. But Russia said […]

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Croatia to Conclude EU Entry Talks by End of June

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 4:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Croatia is poised to wrap up its negotiations for European Union membership by the end of this month. EU leaders said in a draft statement Monday that they would announce the agreement to conclude entry negotiations with Croatia by the end of June at a summit Thursday and Friday in Brussels. Earlier this month, the […]

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EU Imposes Additional Sanctions on Belarus

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union has imposed additional sanctions on Belarus, in reaction to the government’s protracted crackdown on political dissidents and activists. European foreign ministers added three companies and several people directly linked to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, including arms tycoon and Lukashenko adviser Vladimir Peftiev and his companies. It is the first time the EU […]

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EU Sees South Korea Trade Deal as Model for Asia

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union wants its free trade agreement with South Korea to serve as the model for future pacts in other parts of Asia. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, said at a seminar Monday in Seoul that the FTA is very much the type of trade agreement that the EU […]

EU Sees South Korea Trade Deal as Model for Asia

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 2:16 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union wants its free trade agreement with South Korea to serve as the model for future pacts in other parts of Asia. Ignacio Garcia Bercero, the EU’s chief negotiator on the deal, said at a seminar Monday in Seoul that the FTA is very much the type of trade agreement that the EU […]

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EU to Increase Aid to Pakistan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 5:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says it is ready to increase its assistance to Pakistan despite the country’s struggles with terrorism and the slow pace of political and economic reforms. European Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and German Development Minister Dirk Niebel arrived in Islamabad Thursday for a series of high-level meetings, including President Asif Ali Zardari and […]

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EU Pushes for Aid, Stability for Pakistan

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union is refusing to give up on Pakistan despite the country’s struggles with terrorism and the slow pace of political and economic reform. Top EU officials arrived in Islamabad Thursday for a series of high-level meetings and to reaffirm the EU’s pledge to boost development aid to Pakistan by 50 percent, to more […]

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EU, China Hold Annual Human Rights Dialogue

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Diplomats from the European Union are holding annual talks with their Chinese counterparts in Beijing Thursday on China’s human rights record. The EU delegates are likely to bring up the government’s recent crackdown on dissidents and activists, including artist Ai Weiwei and Liu Xia, the wife of jailed dissident and Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo. […]

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Croatia Completes EU Negotiations

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union Commission president says Croatia has successfully completed negotiations to become the 28th member of the bloc. Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday he expects the Balkan nation to join the group in mid-2013. Barroso also said he hoped Croatia’s success would spur other Balkan nations to increase their reform efforts and also join […]

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More EU Deaths Fuel Fight Over Contaminated Vegetables

Posted June 9th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Three more deaths pushed the death toll from Europe’s E. coli outbreak to 30 Thursday, ahead of a crucial meeting between European Union and Russian leaders. German officials say the latest fatalities included a 68-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The bacterial outbreak blamed on contaminated vegetables has now sickened more than 2,800 people, costing […]

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