Update: EU urges Kosovo, Serbia to return to dialogue

Europe 05/29/19, 08:12

The Latest on the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):3:10 p.m.The European Union's top diplomat is urging Kosovo and Serbia to return to the negotiating table and normalize relations amid high tensions following an armed raid by Kosovo police in the Serb-dominated north of Kosovo.A woman standing at ...

EU urged to start accession talks with Albania, N. Macedonia

Europe 05/29/19, 07:41

The European Commission is urging EU nations to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, saying the Balkans countries "have delivered on reforms."EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday recommended opening accession talks with the two countries "as soon as possible. They are ready. This is our assessment."However, ...

Seasoned diplomat appointed EU’s special envoy for Venezuela

Europe 05/28/19, 21:06

The European Union stepped up its push for a new presidential election in Venezuela as a way out of the crisis by appointing a former international banker and seasoned diplomat Tuesday as the bloc's special envoy for the country.Enrique Iglesias is a former Uruguayan foreign minister who went on to ...

EU powers to discuss Iran deal as Pompeo heads to Brussels

Europe 05/13/19, 03:43

European Union powers were meeting Monday to thrash out ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal afloat, and were likely to hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran. The meeting between the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany and EU foreign policy ...

Croatia president points to EU lack of interest in Balkans

Europe 05/09/19, 07:41

Croatia's president has criticized the EU for not taking enough of an interest in what is going on in the Balkans.Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, whose country is a member of the EU, bemoaned "a lack of understanding of the situation in southeast Europe" and also a "lack of interest."Other countries in the ...

Kosovo: EU “too weak” to steer talks with Serbia

Europe 04/29/19, 11:49

Kosovo's president is ruling out any prospect of an agreement on his country's relations with Serbia without the participation of the United States, saying Monday that the European Union is "too weak and disunited" to steer negotiations between the feuding Balkan neighbors on its own. Hashim Thaci's comments came after a ...

EU official backs key role for Kabul in talks with Taliban

Europe 03/26/19, 04:10

The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a leading role in the process.The remarks by EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini reflect the bloc's displeasure that the peace talks with the Taliban have ...

NATO, EU condemn Russia’s 2014 seizure of Crimea

Europe 03/18/19, 06:39

NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory.NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize."They also criticized Russia's military buildup in Crimea ...

EU hopes for ‘significant pledges’ at Syria donor meet

Europe 03/14/19, 02:48

The European Union's top diplomat says the EU expects "significant pledges" for Syria at a donor conference, as the bloc seeks to keep the 8-year conflict in the international spotlight.Speaking ahead of Thursday's donor conference in Brussels, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that Syrians must "not to be forgotten ...

Update: EU warns against military action in Venezuela

Europe 03/12/19, 11:37

The Latest on the political and economic crisis in Venezuela (all times local):12:30 p.m.European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says no military action from inside or outside Venezuela would be acceptable to resolve the "dramatically" deteriorating situation in the country.People collect water falling from a leaking pipeline on the ...

Pompeo says ‘confronting Iran’ key to Mideast peace

Europe 02/14/19, 02:55

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world "can't achieve peace and security in the Middle East without confronting Iran."Pompeo spoke Thursday before the opening session of a Middle East security conference in Warsaw. Appearing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo says "pushing back" against Iran is ...

EU, Arab League agree to disagree over meeting statement

Europe 02/04/19, 11:16

The European Union and Arab League say they agree on tackling conflicts in Syria and Yemen or stalled Middle East peace efforts but were unable to approve a joint statement at talks in Brussels.The organizations' ministers were preparing Monday for a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on ...

Update: Nations form group to deal with Venezuela crisis

America 02/03/19, 09:15

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis (all times local): 10:05 a.m. The European Union says that a newly formed "International Contact Group" of European and Latin American countries will hold its first meeting in Uruguay on Thursday to address the crisis in Venezuela. A joint statement from EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ...

Update: Venezuela lawmaker encourages support of Guaido

Europe 02/01/19, 11:16

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):NoonA prominent Venezuelan lawmaker says that a group of European Union and Latin American countries aiming to solve the political crisis in Venezuela should support the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro without negotiations.Francisco Sucre heads the international committee of the ...

EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections

Europe 02/01/19, 08:36

The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.She said ...

Update: Ministers urge EU to mediate in Venezuela

Europe 01/22/19, 10:21

The Latest on a National Guard uprising in Venezuela (all times local):9:20 a.m.Foreign ministers of five European countries say they want the European Union to take an active role in international mediation they deem necessary in Venezuela, where the opposition is readying for a new round of anti-government protests on ...

EU, AU urge Congo leader to unite country after tense polls

Europe 01/22/19, 09:16

The European Union and African Union are committing to work closely with Congo's president-elect Felix Tshisekedi, backing off reservations about the disputed vote.They urge him to heal divisions in the turbulent central African country.Speaking after a meeting of EU-AU ministers, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says "the task facing ...

EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount

Europe 12/18/18, 10:36

The European Union's top diplomat is calling on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as tensions rise between the former Serbian territory, and the EU and NATO.Kosovo last month slapped a 100-percent tax on Serbian imports, apparently in retaliation after its bid to join the international ...

EU uneasy over continued detention of activists in Turkey

Europe 11/22/18, 05:47

The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed "strong concerns" on Thursday over the continued detentions of academics and activists in Turkey.Speaking at a news conference after talks with Turkey's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini also called for the release from jail of Turkey's former pro-Kurdish party leader, in line with a ...

South Korea, Britain in talks about future trade talks

World 10/19/18, 10:59

South Korea's foreign minister says Seoul has begun "contingency planning" to ensure that her country and Britain maintain close trade relations after Britain leaves the European Union. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Friday that "we are already having serious discussions about this." South Korea's President Moon Jae-in arrives for an EU-ASEM summit ...

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