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Ukraine: Rebel rocket attack kills dozens of government troops
12th Jul 2014

Ukraine: Rebel rocket attack kills dozens of government troops

  Pro-Russia insurgents have fired rockets at a border post in Ukraine, killing dozens of government troops, according to a Ukrainian official. Meanwhile, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Kyiv to exercise restraint.   Using a “Grad” multiple rocket launcher, … Continued

Germany: After Germany expels spy chief, US remains tight-lipped
11th Jul 2014

Germany: After Germany expels spy chief, US remains tight-lipped

Germany has expelled the US’ top foreign intelligence chief from Berlin, but Washington has said little on the matter. Spying allegations threaten to fray ties between the allies, a possibility neither wants. The White House declined to issue a statement … Continued

Germany: Berlin demands US ambassador explains snooping on German parliament
5th Jul 2014

Germany: Berlin demands US ambassador explains snooping on German parliament

  Berlin has called on the US ambassador to explain allegations that Washington spied on a parliamentary committee investigating NSA surveillance in Germany. A double agent reportedly sold the US sensitive documents. On Friday, the German Foreign Ministry called on … Continued

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing, says case against him ‘political’
3rd Jul 2014

France: Sarkozy denies wrongdoing, says case against him ‘political’

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has denied that he broke the law after being charged with corruption-related offences. He said the country’s legal system was being used for political purposes. Sarkozy denounced what he called the “political interference” in the … Continued

France: Former President Sarkozy charged in corruption case
2nd Jul 2014

France: Former President Sarkozy charged in corruption case

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was formally charged in the early hours of Wednesday after 15 hours of questioning by police. He is accused of influence-peddling. Sarkozy spent almost all of Tuesday 01.07.2014) being questioned by police officers in Nanterre, … Continued

Italian coastguard finds 30 dead migrants in fishing boat
30th Jun 2014

Italian coastguard finds 30 dead migrants in fishing boat

  The Italian coastguard has found the corpses of 30 migrants in a boat off the coast of Sicily. Over the weekend, authorities rescued more than 1,600 people making the perilous journey from North Africa to Europe.   Italian rescuers … Continued

EU: Jean-Claude Juncker nominated new European Commission President despite UK opposition
28th Jun 2014

EU: Jean-Claude Juncker nominated new European Commission President despite UK opposition

    European leaders have formally proposed former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. Britain and Hungary maintained their opposition to Juncker’s appointment. The 28 leaders of the EU voted 26-2 in Juncker’s … Continued

EU leaders set to approve Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president
27th Jun 2014

EU leaders set to approve Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president

      European Union leaders appear set to approve Jean-Claude Juncker as the European Commission’s next president. The leaders of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are also to sign deals deepening their ties with the bloc.  As the 28 leaders … Continued

Ukraine: Several dead after military helicopter is shot down
25th Jun 2014

Ukraine: Several dead after military helicopter is shot down

      Several people have been killed after a helicopter was shot down in eastern Ukraine. It’s reported pro-Russia separatists carried out a repeat of an attack on a military helicopter in the same region last month.   It … Continued

Kosovo: Security forces break up violent protest over Serb bridge barrier in northern Kosovo
23rd Jun 2014

Kosovo: Security forces break up violent protest over Serb bridge barrier in northern Kosovo

Police have broken up a protest by ethnic Albanians against the blockade by ethnic Serbs of the main bridge in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo. The town has often seen tension between the two ethnic groups. There were conflicting reports of … Continued

Ukraine:  Separatists down Ukraine military plane
14th Jun 2014

Ukraine: Separatists down Ukraine military plane

      Pro-Russian separatists have shot down a Ukrainian military plane, killing dozens of soldiers. The incident comes amid reports that Moscow has supplied the rebels with heavy weapons.   Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that 49 people … Continued

Sweden: Merkel meets Juncker opponents in mini-summit
10th Jun 2014

Sweden: Merkel meets Juncker opponents in mini-summit

    [Photo: Jean-Claude Juncker]   Officially, nominating Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president is not up for discussion in Harpsund, Sweden. But the meeting conspicuously unites Merkel with three of Juncker’s more prominent opponents.   “It certainly should not … Continued

Ukraine: Poroshenko takes oath of office as new president
7th Jun 2014

Ukraine: Poroshenko takes oath of office as new president

Ukraine’s new president, Petro Poroshenko, has taken the oath of office in parliament in Kyiv. He faces the huge challenge of uniting a country teetering on the brink of civil war.   Petro Poroshenko was inaugurated on Saturday as the … Continued

G7 summit ends with warnings to Russia to cooperate with Kyiv
6th Jun 2014

G7 summit ends with warnings to Russia to cooperate with Kyiv

The G7 summit in Brussels has closed with the US and UK reiterating calls for Russia to open talks with Ukraine’s new government or face further sanctions. Russia was notably absent after being suspended from the group. US President Barack … Continued

France: World leaders, royalty, veterans gather in France for D-Day tribute to Allied forces
6th Jun 2014

France: World leaders, royalty, veterans gather in France for D-Day tribute to Allied forces

    Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied D-Day landings of 156,000 troops that signalled the end of World War Two have started in Normandy. Leaders from the US, Russia, Germany and Britain are attending.  On the … Continued

G7 leaders say they will consider extra ‘restrictive measures’ against Russia
5th Jun 2014

G7 leaders say they will consider extra ‘restrictive measures’ against Russia

      Leaders from the G7 group of industrialized nations have said they will consider further measures against Russia, if necessary, over the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin had been excluded from the talks. The leaders of the … Continued

NATO defense ministers agree on ‘readiness plan’
4th Jun 2014

NATO defense ministers agree on ‘readiness plan’

      NATO defense ministers have agreed on a response plan for eastern Europe, after US President Barack Obama pledged to boost regional security. However, ministers stressed a previous deal with Russia would be respected.  Ministers agreed on Wednesday … Continued

Belgium: Brussels shooting suspect in possession of guns, incriminating video
2nd Jun 2014

Belgium: Brussels shooting suspect in possession of guns, incriminating video

    Prosecutors in Belgium and France are confident they have found the man behind a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Belgium. The suspect detained was carrying weapons, an ISIL flag, and a video ‘claiming responsibility.’   Public prosecutors … Continued

Italy: At least 3,000 migrants cross into Italian waters
1st Jun 2014

Italy: At least 3,000 migrants cross into Italian waters

      Within 24 hours, Italian authorities have seen thousands of asylum seekers nearing their coastline near Sicily. Most of the refugees were said to be Syrian and Egyptian.  The Italian navy confirmed on Saturday that roughly 3,000 asylum … Continued

France’s Le Pen seeks far right group in European Parliament
29th May 2014

France’s Le Pen seeks far right group in European Parliament

      France’s Marine Le Pen’s National Front has teamed with other parties in an effort to build a right-wing alliance in parliament. Although she struggled for support, Le Pen is confident she’ll form a Euroskeptic group.  After leading … Continued

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