European Union

Prime Ministers of Serbia and Kosovo Meet in Brussels, Pledging to Work Towards Better Relations

February 7, 2013

“It refuses to recognize Kosovo’s sovereignty, which is backed by over 90 countries.”

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Analysis: U.S. Activists, Lobbyists, and NGOs in Brussels Influencing Policy-making in the European Union

February 6, 2013

“For U.S.-based groups, it’s a new version of an old advocacy trick: looking for a friendly state legislature or compliant city council as a first step toward national or international standards.”

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40 British Troops Deployed to Mali in a Training Role

January 29, 2013

“Up to 350 UK troops are to be deployed in total to Africa, all in non-combat roles, Sky News understands. This is part of a UN-led mission. The UK has already sent two C-17 transport aircraft to help ferry troops and equipment around.”

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White House and U.S. Industries Resisting European Push for Internet Consumer Data Privacy

January 25, 2013

“Privacy advocates have embraced a bill before the European Parliament as their best chance to win a range of protections that have failed to gain political traction in Washington.”

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4 Republican U.S. Senators: Potential U.S.-European Union Free Trade May Harm U.S. Agriculture

January 25, 2013

“Four Republican farm state U.S. senators on Thursday expressed concern that possible free trade talks between the United States and European Union may not dismantle longstanding EU barriers to U.S. pork, beef, poultry and other farm products.”

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European Union: Iran is Stalling on Diplomatic Talks

January 24, 2013

“EU officials have been in contact with Iranian negotiators repeatedly since December to try to prepare a new set of talks, which the West hopes will lead to Iran scaling back its nuclear work.”

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Projects the European Union (EU) will Remain in Recession in 2013

January 24, 2013

“The eurozone will stay in recession in 2013 with the currency area’s economy contracting by 0.2 percent, the International Monetary Fund predicts.”

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In His Speech About the European Union, British Prime Minister David Cameron Calls For a National Referendum

January 23, 2013

“Mr Cameron pledged that, if the Conservatives win the May 2015 election, a referendum would be held within the first half of the five-year parliament – which means by the end of 2017.”

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France and Germany Promise to Present Joint Economic and Monetary Reform Proposal to the European Union

January 22, 2013

“Berlin and Paris have a different vision of a closer union, with Merkel favoring tighter central controls over budgets and Hollande seeking more solidarity.”

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Poland President: No Decision on Whether to Adopt the Euro Until After 2015 Elections

January 22, 2013

“Poland should not decide whether to adopt the euro until after elections in 2015, President Bronislaw Komorowski said, signaling the country’s current government should not set a deadline for membership.”

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Demonstrators Torch Kosovo Government Vehicles in Protest of Talks between Kosovo and Serbia

January 22, 2013

“Kosovo Prime Minister Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart, Ivica Dacic, held talks late into the night in Brussels, as part of an EU push to normalize relations between the Balkan neighbors.”

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Germany Opposes a European Union Bailout for Cyprus

January 18, 2013

“They wonder openly whether tiny Cyprus going bust would affect the eurozone at all.”

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International Monetary Fund (IMF): Austerity Cuts Restored Greece Recovery Program

January 18, 2013

“Earlier this week, the IMF approved a long-delayed $4.3 billion loan installment to Greece following an economic review.”

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President Obama to British Prime Minister Cameron: U.S. Values a Strong U.K. in the E.U.

January 17, 2013

“Cameron, who has faced calls from some in his own party for a referendum on whether Britain should exit the EU, postponed on Thursday a much-anticipated speech on Britain’s future role in the EU because of the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant.”

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European Union Foreign Ministers Approve Military Training Mission to Assist in Mali

January 17, 2013

“No combat role is envisioned for the EU training mission.”

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