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ROME – Is the EU’s diplomatic mission to Libya a no-go?

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:46
After an airstrike on a military school in the Libyan capital Tripoli that killed at least 30 cadets on Saturday, the status of the expected EU diplomatic mission to Libya, strongly solicited by Italy, has been cast into uncertainty. The...
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DUBLIN – Stormont hopes

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:45
Irish and British governments will release a text this week aimed at establishing the basis for an agreement to restore the Northern Executive and Assembly, Ireland’s Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. Speaking to the Irish Times, Coveney also said that...
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LONDON – Labour ‘could campaign’ to rejoin EU

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:43
Jess Phillips is the first Labour leadership candidate to say that the party could campaign to rejoin the EU at the next election, as she became the latest to confirm her candidacy to replace outgoing party leader Jeremy Corbyn at...
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PARIS – Growth despite strikes

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:41
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is confident about the French economy despite the recent strikes. Growth should reach 1.3% in 2020, the same as 2019, he told the Journal du Dimanche, though shop owners are already worried about weak...
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VIENNA – Have Austrian Greens made concessions on social issues?

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:40
The conservative party (“ÖVP”) and the Green party have agreed to form a government led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) which will be inaugurated on 7 January, exactly 100 days after the election. But the government program has caused controversy...
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ZAGREB – ‘Now begins a war in the party, with everyone against Plenković’

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:38
Croats chose former Social Democrat Prime Minister Zoran Milanović as their new president in a run-off ballot on Sunday, denying conservative incumbent Kolinda Grabar Kitarović a second five-year mandate and setting the stage for a tense cohabitation with the ruling...
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Political reform in Kazakhstan is also an answer to a global problem

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:32
The recent reforms introducing more democracy in Kazakhstan are also an answer to a global problem – how to respond to the lack of public confidence in leadership around the world, writes Shavkat Sabirov.
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The battle of numbers that will shape EU’s future

Mon, 2020-01-06 07:05
It might not be the sexiest debate but how the EU will look in the next seven years will depend on the outcome of one of the toughest upcoming fights in 2020: the negotiation over the bloc’s next long-term budget. 
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How a Bulgarian city with decrepit sports base becomes a ‘European city of sports’

Mon, 2020-01-06 06:55
At a recent ceremony in the European Parliament in Brussels, the Association of European Capitals and Cities of Sport awarded the title of 'European City of Sport for 2020' to Pazardzhik. Valia Ahchieva takes a closer look at the Bulgarian city, whose sports base has fallen into disrepair and is earmarked for private developers.
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Swiss oppose ‘Brexit moment’ in EU relations: poll

Mon, 2020-01-06 06:50
Most Swiss oppose a referendum campaign launched by the far-right to end the free movement of citizens from the European Union, according to a poll published on Sunday (5 January).
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Former leftist Prime Minister wins Croatia presidential poll

Mon, 2020-01-06 06:02
Leftist former prime minister Zoran Milanovic, who has pledged to make Croatia a tolerant country turning the page on its wartime past, won Sunday’s presidential run-off vote, defeating the incumbent conservative leader. Milanovic took 52.7% of the vote while President...
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Europeans brace for fallout from Soleimani killing

Mon, 2020-01-06 05:27
Fearing the fallout from the killing of Iran's General Soleimani, Europeans on Sunday (5 January) called to de-escalate the crisis which threatens to collapse the landmark 2015 nuclear deal and puts NATO's training mission in Iraq in jeopardy.
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Trump threatens to hit 52 Iranian targets, Borrell urges ‘de-escalation’

Sun, 2020-01-05 07:34
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Saturday (4 January) stressed the "need for de-escalation" after the US assassination of a top Iranian in Baghdad, while US President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites “very hard” if Iran attacks Americans or US assets.
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EU warns against escalation in Iraq after US killed top Iranian commander

Fri, 2020-01-03 13:18
The president of the European Council warned on Friday (3 January) against further escalation in Iraq after US forces killed an Iranian general, triggering fears of a wider conflict.
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North Macedonia PM Zaev quits before April polls

Fri, 2020-01-03 12:03
North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev resigned Friday (3 January) ahead of a vote in April called after the EU blocked the start of membership talks with Skopje, the key policy goal of his cabinet.
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‘Geopolitical’ Europe could struggle to take shape in troublesome 2020

Fri, 2020-01-03 11:38
Among the many foreign policy challenges facing the EU in 2020, the main theme will be how to assert itself on the world stage against China, the US and Russia, while upholding multilateralism and at least a semblance of global order.
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US kills top Iranian commander Soleimani in air strike

Fri, 2020-01-03 07:48
The United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Iran’s spreading military influence in the Middle East, in an air strike on Friday (3 December) at Baghdad airport, the Pentagon and Iran...
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Digital in 2020: A geopolitical programme

Fri, 2020-01-03 07:30
Departing from a tumultuous 2019, in which several tech behemoths faced the ire of European regulators, the forthcoming twelve months in the digital arena will prove to be lively in terms of EU policy.
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EU welcomes EastMed deal, but highlights further cost-benefit analysis

Fri, 2020-01-03 07:28
The European Commission has said the EastMed natural gas pipeline deal signed by Cyprus, Greece and Israel yesterday (2 January) is a “welcome development” but insisted on exploring further the cost-benefits of the different options.
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Before Libya, Turkey’s main military operations abroad

Fri, 2020-01-03 05:30
After Turkey's parliament passed a bill on Thursday (2 January) approving a deployment of armed forces to Libya, here is a look back at some of the other Turkish military operations abroad.
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