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EU Awards Rights Prize to 2 Iranian Dissidents

Posted October 26th, 2012 at 3:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Parliament has awarded its prestigious Sakharov Prize for human rights and freedom of thought to two Iranian dissidents. European Parliament President Martin Schulz announced Friday in Strasbourg, France, that human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and filmmaker Jafar Panahi received the annual prize. Schulz said the award is a message of “solidarity and recognition […]

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EU Expresses Concern About Russia Treason Law

Posted October 25th, 2012 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has expressed concern about Russia’s new legislation which broadens the definition of treason. Ashton’s office issued a statement Thursday, saying that “the new law would expand the scope for prosecution of and reduce the burden of proof for charges of treason and espionage.” Current law describes high treason […]

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EU Mediates First Round of Talks Between Serbia, Kosovo PMs

Posted October 19th, 2012 at 3:20 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has met with the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo in the first official talks between the two leaders aimed at easing tensions in the Balkans. The EU-brokered talks in Brussels Friday followed separate meetings between Ashton and Prime Ministers Ivica Dacic of Serbia and Hashim Thaci of […]

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EU Rebukes Google on Its Privacy Policy

Posted October 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am (UTC-5)
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Data protection agencies in Europe have concluded that Google’s new privacy policy does not comply with the continent’s laws, but the Internet search giant immediately rejected the claim. U.S.-based Google adopted the policy in March, allowing the company to track users across its various offerings, so it could target specific advertising at them depending on […]

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EU Imposes Tougher Sanctions on Iranian Industries

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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EU foreign ministers have agreed to impose tough new sanctions on Iranian industries to try to pressure Tehran into negotiating an end to its sensitive nuclear activities. After meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, the top diplomats of the 27-nation bloc released a statement saying the tougher sanctions are in response to what they call Iran’s […]

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EU Hits Iran With Stronger Sanctions

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 9:05 am (UTC-5)
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The European Union on Monday slapped Iran with increased sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. The package of sanctions adopted by EU foreign ministers centers on finance and trade, curbing EU business with Iran’s banks and companies dealings with oil and gas imports. The EU is expected to release a list of blacklisted companies on […]

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European Commission Evaluates Potential EU Members

Posted October 10th, 2012 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union says Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro are well on their way to EU membership, while Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina need to make more progress on reforms. The European Commission — the executive arm of the EU — released its annual enlargement report Wednesday, summing up the economic, diplomatic and political situations of nations […]

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EU Seeking New Sanctions in Airplane Trade Dispute

Posted September 27th, 2012 at 12:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Union is asking the World Trade Organization for $12 billion in new trade sanctions against the United States in the long-running dispute over government aid for the world’s largest plane makers, Airbus and Boeing. The WTO at various times has found both the EU and the U.S. at fault in the dispute — […]

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Chinese Premier Criticizes Long-standing EU Arms Embargo

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged that Beijing will maintain its efforts to help resolve the eurozone debt crisis, but criticized a long-standing EU ban on arms sales to China. Mr. Wen spoke in Brussels Thursday at a European Union summit with China. Mr. Wen initially spoke favorably of strengthening ties between China and the […]

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EU Expresses Concern about Russian Judiciary

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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The European Parliament has expressed deep concern about the judicial system in Russia, saying there has been a recent upsurge in “politically motivated intimidation and prosecution of opposition activists.” Thursday’s statement noted the recent two-year prison sentences of three members of the punk band Pussy Riot for staging a protest earlier this year against the […]

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