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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. The Future of the European Union 2013

    EU seeks road to redemption...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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,...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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,...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. October 14, 2013

    Belgian police detain two suspected Somali pirates

    Belgian police have arrested one of the alleged most notorious Somali pirate leaders, suspected of having reaped millions of...

  27. October 8, 2013

    Moscow strikes back at former Soviet bloc nations by barring imports

    As a group of nations from the former Soviet bloc prepare to sign agreements deepening their co-operation with the EU,...

  28. The World

    September 24, 2013

    Iran: now the difficult bit begins

    Can Iran and the west finally do a deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, ending the decade long stand-off that has plagued...

  29. September 23, 2013

    Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to join negotiations

    Iran’s new foreign minister, Mohammad-Javad Zarif, will this week meet US secretary of state John Kerry and ministers from...

  30. September 22, 2013

    Israel releases video of French diplomat striking police officer

    Israel’s government released video footage on Sunday of a French official striking a police officer during a clash between...

  31. September 8, 2013

    EU under pressure over funding in Israel settlements

    The EU is facing growing pressure from Israel and the US to water down tough new guidelines restricting EU funding for...

  32. August 21, 2013

    EU to suspend export of military equipment to Egypt

    EU member states have announced they will suspend the export of military equipment to Egypt following a violent crackdown by...

  33. August 6, 2013

    Iran’s new president calls for ‘serious’ nuclear talks

    Hassan Rohani, Iran’s new president, has promised “more straightforward and more serious talks” with world powers on his...

  34. July 30, 2013

    EU’s Catherine Ashton meets Mohamed Morsi for talks in Egypt

    Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, has held two hours of talks with Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, becoming the first...

  35. July 29, 2013

    EU foreign policy chief seeks compromise in Egypt

    The EU foreign policy chief, Lady Ashton, has sought to foster a compromise between Egypt’s military-backed interim...

  36. The World

    July 18, 2013

    A ruthless Russia and a spineless Europe

    There was something poignant about Alexei Navalny‘s speculation that he might get a suspended sentence on trumped-up charges...

  37. July 17, 2013

    Israel slams EU plans to cut funding for settlement companies

    Israel’s government hit back at the EU on Wednesday, urging European leaders to freeze new guidelines that prohibit funding...

  38. June 30, 2013

    EU demands answers over claims US bugged its offices

    A diplomatic dispute over surveillance has deepened as European ministers reacted with disbelief and fury to reports that EU...

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