Category: Europe

UK concerned at ‘faltering’ Ukraine reforms: foreign minister Johnson

UK concerned at ‘faltering’ Ukraine reforms: foreign minister Johnson

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was worried Ukrainian government reforms were faltering, citing concerns over the selection of Supreme Court judges and obstacles facing anti-graft civil society groups. Johnson made the remarks as he opened an international conference in London held to discuss the progress made in Ukraine on a reform program which started in 2014 […]

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French interior minister vents frustration with Paris migrant center

French interior minister vents frustration with Paris migrant center

France’s interior minister said on Thursday that hundreds of migrants needed to be moved from an overflowing reception center in Paris and he appeared to take a dig at the city’s mayor for creating the problem. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo in November opened the 400-bed center in the city’s Porte de la Chapelle district, but the minister said many migrants […]

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Dozens of police injured in G20 protests as Merkel seeks consensus

Dozens of police injured in G20 protests as Merkel seeks consensus

Dozens of police were injured in clashes with protesters before a G20 summit in Hamburg on Thursday, tarnishing the start of a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes will cement her role as a stateswoman as she seeks re-election in September. Merkel, who is campaigning for a fourth term, can ill afford the images of chaos and disharmony that dominated news […]

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Turkey’s opposition leader launches court challenge as he marches to Istanbul

Turkey’s opposition leader launches court challenge as he marches to Istanbul

Turkey’s main opposition leader launched a European court appeal on Tuesday over an April vote that granted President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers, stepping up his challenge to the government as he led a 425 km (265 mile) protest march. Erdogan accuses the protesters, marching from Ankara to Istanbul, of “acting together with terrorist groups”, referring to Kurdish militants and followers […]

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Dutch Cabinet: Turkey Vice PM not welcome in country

Dutch Cabinet: Turkey Vice PM not welcome in country

The Dutch Cabinet on Friday declared that Turkey’s Vice Prime Minister Tugrul Türkes was not welcome to travel to the Netherlands for a ceremony among Turkish expatriates commemorating last year’s failed coup, A statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry said attendance by Turkes or other members of Turkey’s government was undesirable “given the current circumstances in the bilateral relations between […]

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Turkey rejects proposals to drop EU accession talks in favor of cooperation: minister

Turkey rejects proposals to drop EU accession talks in favor of cooperation: minister

Turkey’s European Union Affairs Minister Omer Celik said on Thursday that Ankara rejected any proposals to drop EU accession talks in favor of strong cooperation in other areas. Speaking to reporters during a visit by EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn, Celik it was wrong for EU lawmakers to call for the suspension of Turkey’s membership talks. A European Parliament vote […]

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Germany worried U.S. could start trade war with Europe: Gabriel

Germany worried U.S. could start trade war with Europe: Gabriel

Germany is concerned that U.S. President Donald Trump could start a trade war with Europe, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday ahead of a G20 summit in the port city of Hamburg. “There are things that cause great concern that the United States start a trade war with Europe,” Gabriel told Deutschlandfunk radio without elaborating. He added Berlin […]

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Ahead of G20 summit, Putin calls sanctions ‘covert form’ of protectionism

Ahead of G20 summit, Putin calls sanctions ‘covert form’ of protectionism

Russia is in favor of an open and rules-based trade order to boost global growth, and sanctions imposed against Moscow are a “covert form” of protectionism, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Thursday ahead of a G20 summit in Germany. “I’m convinced that only open trade relations based on uniform norms and standards can stimulate growth of the […]

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Turkey detains 12 at human rights meeting in island hotel – media

Turkey detains 12 at human rights meeting in island hotel – media

Turkish police detained 12 people, including the Turkey head of rights group Amnesty International, Idil Eser, and other rights activists at a meeting on an island near Istanbul, media said on Thursday. They had gathered at a hotel on Buyukada island, just south of Turkey’s largest city, when they were taken to a police station on Wednesday, the Hurriyet newspaper […]

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Chinese president presents 2 giant pandas to Berlin zoo

Chinese president presents 2 giant pandas to Berlin zoo

Chinese President Xi Jinping officially presented two giant pandas to Berlin’s zoo on Wednesday, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the bamboo-munching newcomers would be “special ambassadors” for the two countries. The pandas, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, landed in Berlin on June 24 and have been settling in at the zoo since, out of public view. Merkel and Xi, […]

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