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[Ticker] Putin told Barroso he could 'take Kiev in two weeks'

1 September, 2014 - 17:58
Italian daily La Repubblica reports that when EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin by phone on Friday, Putin told him: "I can take Kiev in two weeks if I want". Barroso's spokeswoman declined to comment on the report when asked by EUobserver.


[Ticker] New EU foreign policy chief criticises Putin

1 September, 2014 - 17:48
The EU's newly-nominated foreign policy chief, Italy's Mogherini, Monday criticised Russian leader Putin, saying he has "never respected the commitments" he made on Ukraine and that he is "acting against the interests of [his] people". Eastern European state had earlier opposed her nomination on grounds she is too Russia-friendly.


Who is Tusk and what does he mean for the EU?

1 September, 2014 - 17:44
Some compare Tusk, the new EU Council chief, to Merkel. But unlike her, he has “given up” on Moscow, with Russia relations set to make or break his EU tenure.


[Ticker] Belgium only country not to have nominated EU commissioner

1 September, 2014 - 11:40
Incoming EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will Tuesday start interviewing commissioner-candidates sent by member states and then start distributing portfolios. A spokesperson said it is unclear how long the process will take as "we're still waiting for the Belgian candidate". The would-be commissioners must then go through European Parliament hearings.


[Ticker] Berlin to accept Moscovici as economics commissioner: Report

1 September, 2014 - 11:27
Berlin is prepared to accept France's Pierre Moscovici becoming EU economics commissioner so long as a budget hardliner, such as Finland's Jyrki Katainen, is appointed vice-president of the commission, reports Der Spiegel. Berlin had previously voiced opposition to Moscovici getting the post on grounds that France is breaching euro rules.


[Ticker] German eurosceptic party enters state parliament after vote

1 September, 2014 - 10:37
Germany's eurosceptic AfD party has won its first seats in the state parliament of Saxony with around 9.6 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results. Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats won Saturday's vote with 39.5 percent. Turnout was 48 percent.


Cameron faces new EU referendum backlash

1 September, 2014 - 08:22
Cameron is facing a eurosceptic backlash inside his Conservative party, amid reports that up to 100 of his MPs will vote for Britain's withdrawal.


[Ticker] Only one in four Norwegians support EU membership

1 September, 2014 - 08:18
A large majority (70.5%) of Norwegians are opposed to EU membership and only 17.8% are in favour, according to a new Sentio Research poll published Saturday by Klassekampen. Within the most EU-positive party, the conservative Hoyre, 60% are against. EU membership was narrowly rejected in a referendum 20 years ago.


[Opinion] Why America is recovering, but Europe is not - Part II

1 September, 2014 - 08:17
It is the differences in the way the United States and Europe tackled the global financial crisis that explains why the US economy is recovering, whereas the eurozone is amid a lost decade.


EU expert groups dominated by corporate interest, say NGOs

1 September, 2014 - 08:09
Pro-transparency groups and trade unions are urging the European Commission to scale back corporate influence on policy-making decisions.


[Ticker] Russia calls for 'ceasefire', 'statehood' in east Ukraine

1 September, 2014 - 08:06
Russian FM Lavrov has called for Ukrainian troops to stop fighting pro-Russia rebels as a precondition for new peace talks, due in Minsk on Monday. Russian leader Putin Sunday said talks should consider "statehood" for the self-declared separatist republics in east and south Ukraine - a red line for Kiev.


Who is Federica Mogherini?

1 September, 2014 - 07:59
Italy's Federica Mogherini's will have to hit the ground running as EU's new foreign policy chief as the Russia conflict escalates.


EU leaders give Putin one-week deadline

31 August, 2014 - 01:25
EU leaders have given Russia one week to stop attacking Ukraine or face more sanctions.


[Ticker] Romania may send a female commissioner

31 August, 2014 - 01:04
Romania is preparing a female candidate for the EU commission, while sticking to Dacian Ciolos as first option, prime minister Victor Ponta said. The European Parliament has threatened to veto the new EU commission if fewer than nine members are female. Only five other countries have nominated women so far.


[Ticker] Lithuanian president abstained from Mogherini vote

31 August, 2014 - 00:19
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was the only EU leader on Saturday to abstain when the Donald Tusk-Federica Mogherini duo was approved to fill two top jobs, several EU sources told EUobserver. Grybauskaite had publicly questioned Mogherini's credentials to become the next EU foreign affairs representative because of her pro-Russia stance.


[Ticker] Denmark nominates female minister as EU commissioner

31 August, 2014 - 00:08
Denmark has nominated economy minister Margrethe Vestager as EU commissioner, a 46-year old Liberal who finalised complex dossiers during the Danish EU presidency in response to the economic crisis. EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has promised better posts for female candidates in "compensation" for being outnumbered by male colleagues.


EU leaders pick Tusk, Mogherini for top posts

30 August, 2014 - 20:43
EU leaders have chosen Polish PM Tusk as the next EU Council president and Italian minister Mogherini as the bloc's foreign affairs chief.


[Ticker] EU leaders pick Tusk and Mogherini for top posts

30 August, 2014 - 18:32
EU leaders in Brussels on Saturday picked Polish PM Donald Tusk to be the next EU Council head and Italian FM Federica Mogherini to be the bloc's next foreign relations chief. Tusk will take up his post on 1 December, while Mogherini will start along with the new European Commission.


[Ticker] EU ambassadors toughen up Russia conclusions

30 August, 2014 - 17:32
EU ambassadors Saturday strengthened summit conclusions on Russia. Earlier drafts spoke of "reported participation" of Russian soldiers in fighting inside Ukraine and said the EU will "consider" new sanctions. Saturday's text confirms there are "actions by Russian armed forces on Ukrainian soil" and calls for "urgent" preparation of new sanctions.


[Ticker] Juncker 'interviewed' Mogherini ahead of EU summit

30 August, 2014 - 17:23
The next EU commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, "interviewed" Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini before the EU summit, according to Juncker's spokeswoman. Mogherini travelled from Milan where she took part in a foreign ministers' meeting earlier on Saturday. She is expected to be appointed the next EU foreign policy chief.