U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders yesterday warned Russia that they were ready to step up sanctions if there were further violations of a ceasefire agreement in Ukraine, officials said.
The threats came in statements issued after a video conference that brought together Obama and the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy, as well as the head of the European Council.
The virtual meeting took place amid continuing violence in Ukraine despite the two-week-old ceasefire accord reached in Minsk.
Tackling extreme poverty should go hand in hand with tackling gender inequality. The EU should use the European Year of Development to be at the forefront of this task, argues Meryl Westlake.
The European Commission is working on proposals to reform EU copyright law, leading some to fear for the protection of authors' rights and the future funding of the creative industries. Carole Tongue explains EurActiv that a new association of European coalitions for cultural diversity will work to protect culture and copyrights in the EU.
Greece's government submitted a bill to offer free food and electricity to thousands of poverty-stricken Greeks as its first legislative act in parliament, in a symbolic move to address what it calls a "humanitarian crisis".
Athens, which got a four-month extension of a financial rescue from the eurozone last month, has sought to assure its lenders that such measures will not burden the budget while showing Greeks that it is sticking to pre-election pledges.
The Italian government approved a plan on Tuesday (3 March) to bring its high-speed broadband network into line with European Union targets, but it held back from forcing operators to replace their copper wire networks with fibre optic cable.
SPECIAL REPORT: The European Commission is seeking a leadership role in developing new generation telecom networks using 5G technology. But its efforts were thwarted as EU national ministers met in Brussels Tuesday (3 March) to dilute telecoms reforms vital to the idea.
Delegates to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona were presented yesterday with grand European plans for developing 5G networks.
Ukraine's economy is starting to disintegrate, creating a risk of hundreds of thousands of immigrants flowing into Poland, Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechociński said. Ukraine expects the EU to lift the visa requirement at the Minsk Eastern Partnership summit on 21-22 May.
Piechociński, leader of the centre-right junior coalition partner PSL, told Reuters he thought Ukrainian elites had made disappointing progress in building a Western-style democracy.
The leaders of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea asked for EU support Tuesday (3 March) to set up a homegrown Marshall Plan to fight Ebola.
During a high level conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels, the three leaders requested massive international assistance but insisted on retaining the ownership of the recovery effort.
Thanks to global action, the Ebola epidemic now appears to be contained and the next target is to bring the number of new Ebola infections down to zero.
Germany’s governing coalition hopes to boost investment power among municipalities in the Federal Republic, planning to offer them an additional €5 billion over the next few years. EurActiv Germany reports.
David Miliband, the UK Foreign Secretary between 2007 to 2010, told EurActiv that in his present capacity as President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), he was often told by colleagues that the EU should get its act together and play a bigger role in global affairs.
EurActiv spoke with Miliband yesterday (3 March) at the Ebola: from emergency to recovery conference.
Almost 40% of goods traded within the European Union are transported by sea, a cleaner alternative to road transport. Despite efforts from Brussels to promote maritime transport, the sector's market share within the EU has not grown in the last 15 years. EurActiv France reports.
Germany’s Social Democratic Party is calling for an immigration law that would control the influx of workers from non-EU countries with the help of a point system, similar to that in Canada, but Chancellor Angela Merkel is cutting the debate short, saying the refugee issue is more urgent. EurActiv Germany reports.