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[Ticker] EU and Russia to hold new gas talks

19 September, 2014 - 20:08
The EU will hold fresh talks with Russia and Ukraine on September 26 in a bid to settle their dispute over gas supplies to Ukraine, AFP reports. Russia says that Ukraine owes €4.1 billion in unpaid bills, with the two sides still to agree on the price for future supplies.


[Ticker] Scottish leader Salmond to resign

19 September, 2014 - 18:29
Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond will stand down in November. At a press conference Friday after Scots voted by 55-45 percent to reject independence, Salmond said he would not accept the Scottish Nationalist Party's nomination to remain as leader, commenting that "party, parliament and country would benefit from new leadership".


Catalonia to press ahead with referendum after Scottish No

19 September, 2014 - 15:06
Catalan leader Artur Mas has said the Scottish referendum has reinforced his plan to hold a similar vote at home.


[Opinion] Scotland's referendum - nothing and everything changes

19 September, 2014 - 14:04
Scottish people voted with a decisive majority against independence but the conversation in the UK has only just begun. And the EU will be listening closely


[Ticker] Catalonia sticks to referendum plan after Scottish No

19 September, 2014 - 12:28
Catalan leader Mas said he still plans to hold a non-binding referendum on independence after Scotland voted No. "The Catalan process will go on", he said in Barcelona Friday. He noted that London, unlike Madrid, did not try to block the vote, in what he called a model for "democracy".


[Ticker] EU's 'Eastern Partnership' ministers stepping aside

19 September, 2014 - 10:13
Poland Friday announced deputy PM Schetyna will become its new foreign minister, replacing Sikorski, who is to become parliament speaker. Sweden's FM Bildt is also expected to step aside after the government lost elections. Sikorski and Bildt co-authored the EU's Eastern Partnership policy on relations with former Soviet states.


[Ticker] EU welcomes Scottish vote outcome

19 September, 2014 - 09:52
The European Commission Friday reacted positively to the outcome of Scotland's independence referendum. "I welcome the decision of the Scottish people to maintain the unity of the United Kingdom. This outcome is good for the united, open and stronger Europe that the European Commission stands for," said President Barroso.


[Ticker] Russian jets violate Swedish airspace

19 September, 2014 - 08:59
Swedish media report two Russian fighter jets, which took off from Kaliningrad, entered Swedish airspace near the island of Oland in the Baltic Sea on Wednesday. Sweden scrambled "several" JAS Gripen planes before the Russian jets left. The violation is the latest in a series in Sweden and Finland.


[Ticker] Russia complains of Lithuania 'provocations'

19 September, 2014 - 08:59
The Russian foreign ministry has complained after a WWII statue of Soviet soldiers was painted blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag, in Lithuania. It said Thursday it is "demanding urgent measures to clean up the monuments, punish those responsible and prevent similar provocations in the future".


Cameron promises more devolution across UK

19 September, 2014 - 08:32
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised more powers will be devolved to all parts of the UK while expressing his delight that Scotland voted to stay a part of the United Kingdom.


Ukraine says Europe at risk of 'terrible war'

19 September, 2014 - 08:30
Ukraine leader Poroshenko has warned the US that Europe is at risk of a “terrible … war”, but failed to get American weapons in return.


[Ticker] Stop TTIP announces court-case against EU commission

19 September, 2014 - 08:29
Stop TTIP, an alliance of some 240 organisations across Europe, announced Friday it will take the European Commission to court after it dismissed a Citizens’ Initiative to stop the EU-US trade talks. “International trade agreements should not be negotiated behind closed doors,” said Michael Efler, of the ECI citizens’ committee.


[Ticker] Scottish vote is wake-up call, says MEP

19 September, 2014 - 08:06
"The Scottish referendum should serve as a wake-up call for the centralised states in the EU," said Jo Leinen, Social Democrat MEP and a former president of the Union of European Federalists. "To fundamentally oppose or to ignore independence movements is not a solution," he said.


[Ticker] Draghi's bank funding programme falls flat

19 September, 2014 - 08:04
The European Central Bank's flagship scheme offering cheap credit to euro-zone banks in order to boost the economy has been used less than expected. The ECB said Thursday that banks had taken up only €82bn of the €400bn possible without explaining why the funding scheme had not worked as intended.


[Ticker] Malta rejects ship carrying suspected Ebola patient

19 September, 2014 - 08:03
The Maltese authorities on Tuesday refused entry to a merchant vessel en route from Guinea to Ukraine on suspicion that a Filipino patient on board showed Ebola virus symptoms, Malta Today reports. Italian authorities have now taken the patient while the ship continued on its way towards Ukraine.


Scotland chooses to stay in UK

19 September, 2014 - 06:10
Voters in Scotland have said No to independence from the UK, but the intense campaigning and record-high turnout are models for separatist movements elsewhere in Europe.


[Ticker] Survey: Scots voted against independence

18 September, 2014 - 22:58
A YouGov survey published Thursday night suggests a comfortable win for the pro-Union camp in Scotland: 54% vs. 46% in favour of independence. The survey - not a conventional exit poll - was carried out by phone on 1,828 voters, together with counting the postal votes of 800 people


[Ticker] Russia says EU-Ukraine trade deal to be 'modified'

18 September, 2014 - 17:02
The Russian foreign ministry said Thursday it "hopes" the EU and Ukraine will before 2016 honour its complaints by "modifying" the free trade treaty ratified this week. It said that instead of EU free trade with eastern partners, there should be a single free trade area in "Greater Europe".


[Ticker] Bulgarian police beat up Syrian refugees, says NGO

18 September, 2014 - 16:58
Human Rights Watch says Bulgarian police beat up Syrian asylum seekers who crossed the border from Turkey and then forced them to go back in a series of incidents in August involving 43 people. The NGO called it "plain wrong, and illegal,” recalling that there were similar cases in April.


[Ticker] EU parliament sets conditions for Azerbaijan treaty

18 September, 2014 - 16:19
MEPs in a resolution Thursday said their consent to an EU "Strategic Modernisation Partnership" with Azerbaijan "will be conditional" on its release of five named human rights defenders. Rights campaigners say Baku is holding 98 political prisoners, but has privileged EU relations due to plans to build a gas pipeline.