05282016Sat
Last update: Sat, 28 May 2016 12pm

Europe

World - Europe

EU faces 'difficult' talks on Russia sanctions: Germany VILNIUS: Germany says the EU is facing difficult talks on extending sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine due to the increased resistance of some member states, according to an interview released Thursday.German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier also told the Baltic News Service (BNS) that the West needed to engage in dialogue with Russia to "rebuild" lost trust and tackle crises in Syria and Libya.Steinmeier, who is to hold talks in Vilnius and Riga on Thursday with Baltic partners Lithuania and Latvia focused on NATO's July summit in Warsaw, said "we are aware that resistance in the EU to extending the sanctions towards Russia has increased."It will be more difficult than it was last year to find a common position on this issue," he added.Steinmeier did not single out specific EU countries resisting continued sanctions, but Italy and Hungary have been among the most sceptical while Poland and the ...

World - Europe

Turkey 'threats' over migrant deal won't work: Juncker ISE-SHIMA: Turkey must uphold its side of a deal made with the European Union over stemming the flow of migrants, a top EU official said Thursday, warning "threats" against the bloc will not work.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Ankara must ease strict anti-terror laws if it wants its citizens to enjoy visa-free travel on the continent.Juncker was speaking after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the European Union his parliament would block laws ...

World - Europe

French PM says possible to 'modify' labour reforms at centre of strikes PARIS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday it might be possible to make changes to the labour reforms that have sparked protests and a wave of strikes.While he insisted the reforms would not be withdrawn, he told BFMTV: "There could still be changes, improvements."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

World - Europe

French jobless total falls in April for second month in a row PARIS: France's jobless total fell by 19,900 in April, declining for a second month in a row and offering a boost to President Francois Hollande in his fight to bring down unemployment.The number of registered jobseekers in mainland France stood at 3,511,100 at the end of last month, down 0.6 percent over one month and by the same rate over one year, the Labour Ministry said in its monthly jobless report. The ministry said it ...

World - Europe

Poroshenko vows to return Crimea, east Ukraine following Savchenko's release KIEV: President Petro Poroshenko vowed on Wednesday that Ukraine would take back the annexed peninsula of Crimea and rebel-held territory in the east of the country following pilot Nadiya Savchenko's return from Russia."Just as we brought back Nadiya, we will bring back Donbass and Crimea under Ukraine's control," Poroshenko said as he awarded Savchenko with a Hero of Ukraine order, his country's highest honour.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...

World - Europe

Erdogan chairs symbolic first meeting of Turkey cabinet ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday personally chaired the first meeting of the new Turkish cabinet, in a symbolic move showing his desire to exercise full control over the government and consolidate his own powers.The meeting at the president's huge palace in Ankara came a day after incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, an Erdogan loyalist, disclosed his new cabinet line-up with most key ministers keeping their jobs.The Turkish constitution allows heads of state to ...

World - Europe

EU welcomes 'overdue' Savchenko release BRUSSELS: The EU welcomed the "overdue" release by Russia of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko on Wednesday, saying all sides should build on it to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine."Nadiya Savchenko is free and back in Ukraine. Long awaited good news, that the EU celebrates together with her country," European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Twitter.Mogherini later said in a statement that it was "an overdue gesture of human compassion" by Moscow, ...