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    1. November 21, 2014

      Diplomats eye interim Iran agreement as final deal talks stall

      Diplomats meeting in Vienna are working on a temporary, broad-brush agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme after efforts to...

    2. Brussels Blog

      September 3, 2014

      Leaked Russia sanctions paper: the excerpts

      Russia's Vladimir Putin, right, talks to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton last month in Minsk As we reported in...

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    1. The Future of the European Union

      With elections to the European Parliament in the offing, the mainstream parties are un...
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    1. August 31, 2014

      Federica Mogherini must overcome Russia criticism

      Federica Mogherini, the 41-year-old Italian foreign minister, will have much to prove in her new job as EU foreign policy...

    2. August 26, 2014

      David Cameron backs Polish PM to head European Council

      David Cameron has offered to back Donald Tusk, Poland’s premier, as the next European Council head, despite a blazing row...

    3. August 26, 2014

      EU looks to Italy’s foreign minister as foreign policy chief

      Europe’s leaders are poised to select Italy’s foreign minister as EU foreign policy chief at a summit on Saturday, despite...

    4. August 6, 2014

      Bulgarian commissioner nominated for EU foreign policy post

      Kristalina Georgieva, Bulgaria’s commissioner in Brussels, has been nominated to become the bloc’s next foreign policy chief...

    5. July 20, 2014

      Putin’s next move – invade eastern Ukraine?

      There could not have been more brutal testimony to the cynicism of Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine than the television...

    6. The World

      July 18, 2014

      Attacks on Mogherini unjustified and wide of the mark

      Here are three reasons why some of Italy’s EU partners don’t want Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister, to...

    7. July 17, 2014

      EU leaders fail to reach deal on top jobs

      A summit of European leaders held to pick the three remaining top EU jobs broke up early Thursday morning with no deal on...

    8. July 16, 2014

      Q&A: The confusing contest for the EU’s top jobs

      After Tuesday’s official coronation of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission, EU leaders at a...

    9. July 2, 2014

      Iran nuclear talks resume amid scepticism over deadline

      Negotiators from six world powers and Iran on Wednesday began a final two-week long push to secure a deal on Tehran’s...

    10. June 22, 2014

      Polish foreign minister caught up in taping scandal

      A scandal surrounding Poland’s government deepened on Sunday as new leaked tapes reportedly featured the country’s foreign...

    11. May 8, 2014

      EU’s response to Ukraine crisis highlights limits to power

      Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s foreign minister, could not mask his frustration after a meeting with his European counterparts...

    12. March 18, 2014

      Iran warns of tough choices ahead for west on nuclear talks

      Western powers will have to “spend copious amounts of political capital” to get a nuclear deal with Iran done, foreign...

    13. Brussels Blog

      March 3, 2014

      EU and Ukraine: the leaked draft communiqué

      Sweden's Carl Bildt, Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski and EU's Catherine Ashton consult on Ukraine As is frequently the case with...

    14. beyondbrics

      March 2, 2014

      The week ahead, Mar 3-9

      The week ahead in emerging markets: Ashton in Kiev; China’s NPC kicks off; Pistorius on trial; it’s Carnival! Monday, March...

    15. February 25, 2014

      Yanukovich ally shot as Ukraine delays forming new government

      Toppled Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich’s former chief of staff was on Tuesday reported to have been taken to hospital...

    16. beyondbrics

      February 24, 2014

      Guest post: what can the EU do to help Ukraine?

      By Marcin Zaborowski of the Polish Institute of International Affairs Developments over the last few days in Ukraine make it...

    17. February 20, 2014

      First round of Iran nuclear talks in Vienna leads to ‘timetable’

      World powers and Iran agreed a timetable and framework to find a comprehensive solution to the dispute over the Islamic...

    18. February 16, 2014

      Fears grow of Venezuela media crackdown after protest killings

      Concerns that Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro may be tightening the state’s grip on the media are growing amid a wave...

    19. Brussels Blog

      February 10, 2014

      Ukraine & Eastern Europe: leaked 'non-paper'

      EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, left, with Ukrainian opposition leaders in Kiev last week One of the lingering...

    20. February 8, 2014

      Yanukovich and Putin in private meeting at Sochi

      Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who is facing mass protests and economic turmoil at home, held a one-on-one meeting...

    21. February 7, 2014

      Ukraine crisis: Angela Merkel raps US diplomat for leaked remarks

      German chancellor Angela Merkel condemned as “totally unacceptable” a US official’s expletive-laced dismissal of EU efforts...

    22. February 2, 2014

      IAEA awaits ‘clarification’ on military aspects of Iran programme

      The International Atomic Energy Authority has said it is waiting for clarification this week on several technical issues...

    23. February 1, 2014

      Russia and west clash over Ukraine at Munich conference

      Russia’s foreign minister and his European and American counterparts traded heated words on Saturday morning over civil...

    24. January 10, 2014

      Iran and EU reach technical settlement on nuclear talks

      Iranian and EU negotiators representing world powers have reached an agreement on technical details underpinning the nuclear...

    25. December 11, 2013

      Tough tactics back Yanukovich and ‘Family’ into a corner

      On Tuesday, Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine’s embattled president, went on national television to beg for calm and ask thousands...

    26. December 11, 2013

      Ukraine and Iran vindicate Ashton’s deft diplomacy

      The best people in Ukraine – the ones who want a decent country, less corrupt, more open – are on the streets again,...

    27. beyondbrics

      December 11, 2013

      Guest post: Yanukovich's way out of the quagmire?

      By Elżbieta Kaca and Ievgen Vorobiov of PISM The crisis in Ukraine shows no sign of abating. As the authorities have...

    28. December 11, 2013

      Ukraine protests: Riot police withdraw from central Kiev

      Ukraine’s riot police withdrew from central Kiev on Wednesday after an all-night stand-off with pro-EU protesters, leaving...

    29. FT Alphaville

      December 11, 2013

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Riskier assets lost favour as the holiday season approaches and investors locked in gains. Equity markets were soft...

    30. beyondbrics

      December 10, 2013

      Ukraine CDS hits 4-year high as tension rises for investors [updated with charts]

      The cost of insuring against default on Ukrainian debt hit new highs on Tuesday as tension rose over an increasingly edgy...

    31. December 9, 2013

      Riot police encircle central Kiev as Ukraine crisis escalates

      Riot police encircled central Kiev on Monday night, raising fears the authorities were preparing a crackdown on...

    32. November 26, 2013

      EU foreign policy chief Lady Ashton comes of age in Iran talks

      For three years, Catherine Ashton has navigated the quarters of Brussels with a virtual target on her back – the subject of...

    33. November 22, 2013

      Kerry to fly to Geneva to join talks on securing Iran nuclear deal

      John Kerry, US secretary of state, is to fly to Geneva for the second time in two weeks for what is hoped will be a last...

    34. November 22, 2013

      Foreign ministers in Geneva for talks on Iran nuclear deal

      As talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme went on into Saturday evening sources close to both sides said a matter of a...

    35. November 21, 2013

      Iran negotiations enter second day as differences remain

      World powers and Iran remained locked in talks over Iran’s nuclear programme late on Thursday in Geneva, with both sides...

    36. November 10, 2013

      Iran nuclear talks end without a deal

      Three days of intense negotiations in Geneva failed to reach an interim agreement to freeze Iran’s nuclear programme,...

    37. The World

      November 7, 2013

      Why an Iran nuclear deal could happen now

      Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, and Mohammad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, ahead of talks in Geneva, November...

    38. October 29, 2013

      The EU would be better led by Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde

      Imagine an EU led, 12 months from now, by Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde That would catch the world’s attention. Is...

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