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  • A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, NATO

    BRUSSELS (AP) — If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they'll shake the twin pillars of Western Europe's postwar prosperity and security — the European Union and the U.S.-led NATO defense alliance. In breaking away from the...

  • EU ministers seek to create investment climate

    MILAN (AP) — European finance ministers agreed Saturday on the necessity of leveraging private investments with urgent structural reforms to relaunch the continent's moribund economy. The ministers focused on a proposal by Jean-Claude Junkers, incoming president of the European Commission, for...

  • US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia's ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the...

  • Ukraine will delay implementation of EU deal

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — European leaders said Friday that they would allow Ukraine to delay putting a landmark trade deal into effect, a major concession to Russia which has repeatedly threatened retaliation if Kiev implements the measure. "I'm happy that today, with a trilateral meeting we had in...

  • European states struggle with Draghi's challenge

    MILAN (AP) — Eurozone finance ministers on Friday said they were willing to help the European Central Bank in its plan to save the economy. How much they can do in practice, however, remains unclear. The ministers met for the first time since ECB President Mario Draghi sketched out this month...

  • EU sanctions hit Russian oil companies, lawmakers

    BRUSSELS (AP) — New European Union sanctions against Russia announced Friday toughen financial penalties on the country's banks, arms makers and its biggest oil company, to punish Moscow for what the West sees as efforts to destabilize Ukraine. The EU measures, details of which were released...

  • Despite economic fears, EU sanctions Russia again

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday slapped more sanctions on Russia for helping separatists destabilize Ukraine, limiting Russia's access to its financial market, hitting the country's vital oil industry, curbing high-tech exports and targeting more officials with travel bans and...

  • U.S., EU crafting hardest-hitting energy sanctions against Russia so far

    These sanctions would handcuff Russia's ability to raise revenue, as its government derives more than half its budget from oil and gas.

  • Britain and France secure EU's top economic jobs

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and France have secured two top positions on economic and financial policy-making in the new European Commission as the 28-nation bloc's executive arm seeks to revive anemic growth and fight unemployment. Former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, who has long...

  • Ending Putin's petro-politics

    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, the annexation of Crimea isn't just a land grab; it's an energy grab.

  • Iranian nuclear talks return

    In an effort to reach a nuclear deal, talks between Iran and six other world powers will resume later this month in New York, the European Union announced Thursday.

  • Vladimir Putin's goal is to reconstruct a 'Greater Russia'

    Events in Ukraine since mid-August demonstrate that the Russian dictator knows how to create operational and tactical options in order to achieve long-range, history-shaping strategic goals.

  • EU climate chief aims for binding climate deal even if Obama won't

    The EU's climate chief said she wasn't ready to settle for a mix of voluntary environmental pledges and some legally binding provisions like the ones the White House is reportedly coveting

  • EU looking to deepen sanctions against Russia

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations will be looking to give existing penalties against Russia more bite by the weekend rather than expanding sanctions to include sport events to punish Moscow for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis. Several member states came out on Wednesday against the...

  • EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Despite tough rhetoric decrying Russia's increasing military involvement in Ukraine, European Union leaders on Sunday stopped short of imposing new sanctions against Moscow right away. Instead, the 28-nation bloc's heads of state and government tasked their executive body to...



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