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The Russian foreign ministry Tuesday accused interim EU justice commissioner Reicherts of "treacherous sacrilege that blurs the lines between good and evil" and of "playing on Russophobia" after she noted at a remembrance day last week that Hitler and Stalin started WWII by signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact to partition Poland.
The four largest EU countries France, UK, Germany and Italy issued on Monday a joint statement with the US condemning escalation of fighting across Libya, saying "outside interference exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya’s democratic transition.” Last week, The United Arab Emirates and Egypt secretly bombed Islamist militia in Libya.
Austria's conservative party and ruling coalition partner (OVP) on Tuesday elected Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner as their new leader after Finance Minister and party leader Michael Spindelegger abruptly quit. Spindelegger cited a lack of support for his plans to reform Austria's tax system and reduce its debt.
Ukraine leader Poroshenko shook hands for cameras with Russia's president Putin at a meeting in Minsk on Tuesday despite reports of ever-more Russian troops and weapons pouring into Ukraine. "In Minsk at this meeting the fate of the world and Europe is being decided," Poroshenko told press, AFP reports.
Russian leader Putin said at a summit in Minsk Tuesday the EU-Ukraine trade deal will cost Russia €2bn in lost business with Ukraine. He repeated threats to cancel preferential tariffs for Ukraine but said he advocates "closer co-operation" between the EU and his Eurasian Union, to be launched in 2015.
Former economics committee chair Sharon Bowles, a British Liberal MEP who did not stand for re-election in May, was hired by the London Stock Exchange, Spiegel reports. The move is legal under the conflict of interest rules that govern the European Parliament, despite criticism from transparency advocates and some MEPs.
US firm Qualcomm, the world's leading chipmaker for mobile phones, is set to face an EU antitrust investigation, Reuters reports. The probe could arise from a four-year old complaint by rival Nvidia about alleged anti-competitive practices. The EU's competition commissioner threw out a previous anti-trust case against Qualcomm in 2010.
Ukraine leader Poroshenko told EU Council chief Van Rompuy by phone Monday of his concern that Russian armoured vehicles keep entering Ukraine and that Russia plans to send a second, unilateral "aid" convoy to rebels. Poroshenko is to attend an EU summit in Brussels on Saturday "to discuss the situation".