EU threatens new sanctions against Syria but not Russia

By Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska LUXEMBOURG, April 16 : European Union foreign ministers on Monday threatened new sanctions against Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, but held off from joining expected new punitive U.S. measures against Russia. After Britain and France joined the United States in missile salvoes meant to knock out Syrian chemical […]

European powers face resistance to Iran sanctions to save nuclear deal

By Robin Emmott and John Irish BRUSSELS/PARIS, March 29 : France, Britain and Germany are struggling to persuade their EU partners to back new sanctions on Iran to preserve its nuclear deal, diplomats said, with Italy doubting whether the measures can stop the United States pulling out in May. At a closed-door meeting of EU […]

With NATO, EU sets out plan to enable faster troop movement across Europe

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, March 28 : The European Union announced a plan on Wednesday to enable military personnel and equipment to be moved more quickly across Europe, which NATO sees as vital in the event of a conflict with Russia to overcome border delays and bridges too weak for tanks. Russia’s Zapad war games […]

EU presses Facebook on sharing of user data

By Julia Fioretti March 26 : The European Commission pressed Facebook on Monday over whether EU citizens’ data were among those improperly harvested by a British political consultancy, after the U.S. regulator said it was investigating the firm’s privacy practices. That piled yet more pressure on a firm that has lost more than $100 billion […]

EU aims to step up help to Libya coastguards on migrant patrols

By Aidan Lewis TUNIS, Mar 16: The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, an EU naval mission said on Thursday, signalling a renewed push to support a force struggling to patrol its own coasts. Despite growing help from the EU […]