EU chief spurring negotiations on Cyprus deal

A top European official is leading a high-level meeting Sunday afternoon in a last-ditch effort to help Cyprus come up with a plan necessary for a 10 billion euro bailout loan that would save it from bankruptcy. The day of talks could prove critical — not only for the future of the small island country, but also for the 17-nation eurozone. If Cyprus or its banks were to collapse, officials fear that a lack of confidence could spread to other countries that use the euro, triggering higher … [Read more...]

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EU budget in limbo after row on 2012, 2013 spending

Tough negotiations on the European Union's 2012 budget looked headed for collapse Tuesday after the European parliament boycotted talks just days before a key summit on the EU's longer term budget. In a statement issued three hours before EU budget ministers were to go into talks on the 2013 budget, parliament refused to attend on grounds that EU nations had failed to plug an almost nine-billion-euro 2012 hole, depriving Europe's needy of key funds. "European parliament negotiators will not … [Read more...]

International community welcomes Ukraine parliamentary elections

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(VOVworld)- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy welcomed Ukraine's parliamentary elections, and said that they expect the promt formation of a new government. Observers of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe and Canada said the election was held in accordance with international democratic regulations. German spokesman Steffen Seibert congratulated the Ukrainian voters on their decision. Russian Foreign Minister … [Read more...]

Promoting Vietnam-Belgium comprehensive partnership

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

(VOVworld) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso discussed multilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the EU at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday. The two leaders expressed their delight at VN's achievements and the EU becoming Vietnam's leading partner in many fields. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at a press conference following the talk: "European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and I both agree that the … [Read more...]

Vietnam boosts ties with Belgium, EU

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.   Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

(VOVworld) - Vietnam considers the EU one of its important partners and attaches great importance to cooperating with the EU. Vietnamese Ambassador to Brussels Pham Sanh Chau told the press ahead of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's official visit to Belgium and the European Union, starting Sunday. Ambassador Chau said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's visit will create a political impetus for both sides to quickly complete EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) negotiations as well as to start a … [Read more...]

EU ready to resume talks with Russia and Ukraine

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

(VOVworld) - The EU is ready to resume negotiations with Russia and Ukraine to ease Moscow's concerns over a plan to establish a free trade zone between EU and Ukraine. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso confirmed this in a letter to President Putin on Wednesday. Barroso said the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement remains a bilateral agreement in line with international law and any alterations to it can only be made at the request of one of the parties and with the agreement of the … [Read more...]

U.S., EU hit Russia with more sanctions despite Ukraine ceasefire

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) and outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso enter a room before their meeting in Kiev, September 12, 2014. … [Read more...]

Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

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Russia, Ukraine, EU talk about gas disputes

Gas dispute is expected to be settled in talks by Russia, Ukraine, and the EU. (Photo: Reuters)

(VOVworld) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso agreed on Thursday to hold talks about current gas disputes. The time and venue for the talks have not been set. According to Marlene Holzner, a spokeswoman for the European Commission, Russian and EU leaders will convene a bilateral meeting on energy issues in Moscow two weeks ahead of the trilateral meeting, which is likely to take place in early autumn. … [Read more...]

UN supports Palestinian national reconciliation

UN Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry. (Photo: UN)

(VOVworld) - UN Special Envoy Robert Serry visited the Gaza Strip on Sunday to meet with 4 Palestinian ministers, who were prevented from attending the inauguration of the Palestinian national unity government in Ramallah last week. Serry discussed with the ministers up-coming challenges and expressed the UN's support for the Palestinian reconciliation effort. He called on all parties to exercise restraint. The same day European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso voiced his support for the … [Read more...]

G7 pledges to support Ukraine and increase internal co-operation

From left, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US President Barack Obama, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for a group photo at the G7 summit in Brussels on Thursday. (Photo: AP)

(VOVworld) - Leaders of the G7 industrial nations expressed their support of the new leadership in Ukraine and planned to strengthen co-operation in energy, trade, and tackling climate change. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters on Thursday after concluding the G7 Summit that the G7 stands behind Ukraine and its new leadership, politically and economically. … [Read more...]

G7 leaders take tough message to Putin on Ukraine

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BRUSSELS, June 5 - Western leaders said they stood united Thursday ahead of their first direct meetings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, with President Barack Obama giving him a month to back down or face more sanctions. … [Read more...]

G7 countries worried about East Sea dispute

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy before the G7 summit. (Photo: Reuters)

(VOVworld) - Leaders of the G7, a group of the 7 wealthiest nations in the world, have expressed deep concern about current tensions in the East Sea and East China Sea. At the G7 Summit in Brussels on Thursday, G7 members protested against any use of intimidation, coercion, or threat of force by any nation to further its territorial claims. Their statement called on all parties to honor international law in settling disputes. … [Read more...]

EU leaders call for reform of EU

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(VOVworld) - French President Francois Hollande has said the EU must reform and scale back its power, amid a surge in support for Eurosceptic and far-right parties reflected in the just-concluded European Parliament elections. He said it was necessary for the EU to change, as it had become too complex and remote for many EU citizens, calling for a more simplified, obvious, and effective EU. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister David Cameron urged EU leaders to express their opinions that the EU needed … [Read more...]

Fresh violence rattles new Europe push for Ukraine talks

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (R) and Interim Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. (AFP/Georges Gobet)

Separatist rebels killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in a bloody ambush in the restive east on Tuesday, rattling efforts by Europe to step up a diplomatic push to resolve the escalating crisis on its doorstep. KIEV: Separatist rebels killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in a bloody ambush in the restive east on Tuesday, rattling efforts by Europe to step up a diplomatic push to resolve the escalating crisis on its doorstep. … [Read more...]

EU, Japan boost cooperation

Jose Manuel Barroso, Schinzo Abe and Herman Van Rompuy

(VOVworld) - EU and Japan are trying to conclude negotiations on a EU- Japan Free Trade Agreement by 2015. They have agreed to step up trade cooperation, increase Japan's auto and television exports to the EU, and boost exports of the EU's cheese and wine products to Japan by removing non-tariff barriers. The agreement was contained in a joint statement made at the 22nd Japan - EU summit attended by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel … [Read more...]

Europe not to impose further economic sanctions against Russia

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy (L), Russian President Vladimir Putin (center), and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at a EU-Russia Summit. (Photo: DAPD)

(VOVworld) - A spokesperson for the European Council on Monday said that the EU has not decided whether to impose additional economic sanctions against Russia. EU Foreign Ministers are scheduled to discuss the issue next Monday in Brussels. Diplomatic sources said that Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, Portugal, and Malta oppose imposing strict economic-financial sanctions on Russia. European Commission Vice President Siim Kallas said that imposing sanctions … [Read more...]

Japan PM set for European trip

Japan PM set for European trip

(VOVworld) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe begins his six-nation European tour on Tuesday to enhance relations between Japan and international organizations. The trip will take him to Germany, Belgium, France, Britain, Portugal, and Spain. During his first stop, in Germany, Abe will meet with his German counterpart Angela Merkel. In Belgium, Abe is scheduled to visit NATO head-quarters in Brussels and meet Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. He will deliver a speech on Tokyo's … [Read more...]

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘aggression’ amid unrest in east

Ukraine accused Moscow of "aggression" after Kalashnikov-wielding gunmen seized two security buildings in its restive eastern rust belt amid spreading protests demanding the Russified region join Kremlin rule. The coordinated attacks and a series of gunfights between militants and police in two eastern towns underscored the volatility of the crisis ahead of first direct talks between EU and US diplomats and their Moscow and Kiev counterparts in Geneva on Thursday. They also threaten to … [Read more...]

EU sets up “support group” for Ukraine

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso. Photo: internet

(VOVworld) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced Wednesday the setting up of a 'Support Group' for Ukraine led by Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fuler. The group will be based in Brussels and will send its staff to Ukraine if necessary. The group aims to provide infrastructure advice, a general outlook, and policies by which the EC can implement its support for Kiev. The group will help coordinate work with member states, donors and the … [Read more...]