EU scraps border projects as “Ukraine fatigue” grows

By Olena Vasina KIEV, Feb 20 : The European Union is shutting down a border checkpoint scheme with Ukraine, deepening doubts about Kiev’s ability to deliver reforms in return for billions in European aid. The project to upgrade six Ukrainian checkpoints on the EU’s eastern frontier was launched in 2014, after Europe backed Kiev’s pro-Western […]

Serbia must accept Kosovo independence to join EU: German foreign minister

By Fatos Bytyci PRISTINA, Feb 14 : Serbia will need to accept the independence of Kosovo, its former province, in order to join the European Union, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said in Pristina late on Wednesday. Kosovo declared independence 10 years ago, almost a decade after NATO bombed Serb forces to halt the killing […]

UK staying subject to EU laws would be intolerable-Johnson

By Andrew MacAskill and Elizabeth Piper LONDON, Feb 14 : British foreign minister Boris Johnson will say on Wednesday that it would be “intolerable” and “undemocratic” if the country has to follow European Union rules and regulations after Brexit, showing little sign he will give ground on his tough position. Kicking off a series of […]

EU lawmakers push for power over appointments, spurn Macron

By Robert-Jan Bartunek STRASBOURG, Feb 7 : The European Parliament demanded control on Wednesday of who will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the EU executive next year, setting up a clash with national governments in the coming months. In a separate move exposing power struggles as Brussels starts to prepare for EU elections in […]

EU leaders to host Turkey’s Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can’t shut out

By Gabriela Baczynska and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Feb 7 : European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels. But despite their wariness over President Tayyip Erdogan, who has cracked down […]

EU offers to assist Cuba with monetary consolidation -EU official

By Nelson Acosta HAVANA, Feb 1 : The European Union has offered to advise Communist-run Cuba on consolidating its two currencies, drawing on its experience from introducing the euro, an EU official said on Wednesday during a visit to Havana. Cuba has had two currencies for more than a decade, the peso (CUP), in which […]