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  1. July 2, 2010

    Leopold a hero? Many disagree

    From Dr Yutaka Arai. Sir, In your article “Belgian king treads a careful diplomatic line” (June 30), a former Belgian...

  2. June 30, 2010

    Belgian king treads a careful diplomatic line

    As the colonial power whose departure is being celebrated in Kinshasa, Belgium is caught between a sense of duty to right...

  1. June 29, 2010

    Belgian king treads carefully in Kinshasa

    As the colonial power whose departure is being celebrated in Kinshasa, Belgium is caught between a sense of duty to right...

  2. August 4, 2009

    Niger president seeks to extend rule

    Niger voted on Tuesday in a referendum the president hopes will give him a mandate to change the constitution and rule...

  3. Brussels Blog

    July 8, 2009

    News round-up: Wednesday

    Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy call for an end to “dangerously volatile” oil prices. “The oil market is complex,” they...

  4. June 24, 2009

    Hübner set to leave Commission

    Danuta Hübner, the Polish regional policy commissioner, is today expected to step down from her post in the European...

  5. April 2, 2009

    Call for G20 stimulus package for developing world

    Europe’s top development official on Wednesday called on the G20 to consider a stimulus package for the developing world...

  6. February 9, 2009

    European election looks set to shake up Commission

    Five of the European Union's 27 commissioners may stand as candidates in June's European parliament elections, forcing...

  7. February 8, 2009

    Election set to shake up commission

    Five of the European Union’s 27 commissioners may stand as candidates in June’s European parliament elections, forcing...

  8. December 16, 2008

    UK is arguing for coherent international action in Congo

    From David Miliband MP. Sir, Your editorial "Rescuing Congo" (December 15) says that the UK actively discouraged the...

  9. December 16, 2008

    UK arguing for coherent international action in Congo

    From David Miliband MP. Sir, Your editorial “Rescuing Congo” (December 15) says that the UK actively discouraged the sending...

  10. July 4, 2008

    EU to set up €1bn fund to fight food shortages

    The European Union is poised to give €1bn ($1.57bn, £792m) in unused agricultural subsidies to farmers in the developing...

  11. July 4, 2008

    EU looks at setting up €1bn fund to fight food shortages

    The European Union is poised to give €1bn ($1.57bn, £792m) in unused agricultural subsidies to farmers in the developing...

  12. June 21, 2008

    EU defies Washington and ends Cuba sanctions

    The European Union yesterday dropped diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, defying the US and ending the "cocktail wars" with...

  13. June 20, 2008

    EU ends Cuba sanctions

    The European Union has dropped diplomatic sanctions against Cuba, defying the US and ending the “cocktail wars” with the...

  14. June 13, 2008

    Cat leaders and dog leaders

    Gideon Rachman's Blog: I was re-viewing the opening episode of The World at War (as one does) and was struck by the footage...

  15. The World

    June 12, 2008

    Cat leaders and dog leaders

    I was re-viewing the opening episode of “The World at War” (as one does) – and was struck by the footage of Hitler looking...

  16. April 25, 2008

    Mali company's €4m loan from Europe to be recalled

    A company linked to Mali's energy minister has been asked to repay almost €4m ($6.3m, £3.2m) of European taxpayers' money...

  17. April 19, 2008

    Sarkozy doubles food aid to poor nations

    Nicolas Sarkozy yesterday pledged more money and a new global partnership to bring down food prices - the latest ambitious...

  18. April 18, 2008

    Sarkozy doubles food aid to poor nations

    Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday pledged more money and a new global partnership to bring down food prices – the latest ambitious...

  19. January 15, 2008

    Brussels sticks to biofuels target

    Europe is to press ahead with measures to boost biofuels despite internal battles in Brussels on whether they cause more...

  20. January 15, 2008

    EU boosts biofuels despite concerns

    Europe is set to press ahead with measures to boost biofuels in spite of battles in Brussels about whether they cause more...

  21. January 14, 2008

    Industry warns on crop fuel targets

    The UK biofuels industry has joined forces with opponents of Europe’s push for a rapid increase in the use of fuels from...

  22. June 15, 2007

    Abbas sacks government after fighting

    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority's Fatah president, yesterday declared a state of emergency and sacked the...

  23. June 15, 2007

    Last Fatah strongholds taken as mediators work on

    Hamas fighters captured one of the last Fatah strongholds in the Gaza Strip yesterday, herding prisoners from the...

  24. May 16, 2007

    Observer: Very engaged

    Some surprise in Brussels yesterday to see Sir John Grant, the UK's urbane European Union ambassador, filling Hilary Benn's...

  25. May 2, 2007

    Wolfowitz appeals for focus on World Bank work

    If Paul Wolfowitz needed to summon up any courage before venturing into the wolf’s lair of Europe, he could have consulted...

  26. May 1, 2007

    Observer: Contagion danger

    His friend and likely successor, Gordon Brown, who habitually shuns those humdrum finance minister meetings, has decided to...

  27. May 1, 2007

    Observer: Capacity crowd expected

    There will be standing room only tomorrow at a conference in Brussels to drum up money to give every child worldwide an...

  28. April 30, 2007

    Capacity crowd expected

    There will be standing room only on Tuesday at a conference in Brussels to drum up money to give every child worldwide an...

  29. April 13, 2007

    Observer: No getting away from controversy

    Such is the popularity of Louis Michel, the EU development commissioner and former Belgian foreign minister, on his home...

  30. April 1, 2007

    EU must increase giving to meet aid pledges

    The European Union, the world’s biggest donor, will have to sharply increase giving to meet its development aid pledges,...

  31. Brussels Blog

    March 19, 2007

    Michel, the Belge

    Would the last commissioner to leave please turn out the lights? That’s a gross exaggeration of course, but nevertheless,...

  32. March 19, 2007

    EU commissioner takes election leave

    Louis Michel will take unpaid leave from being European Union development commissioner to campaign for his centre-right...

  33. March 13, 2007

    EU plans change to rules for aid

    The European Union wants to end its practice of targeting development aid at 30 top-performing “donor darlings” by sending...

  34. March 5, 2007

    EU adviser’s role questioned

    A transparency group on Monday questioned the role of a leading businessman as adviser to Europe’s development chief as the...

  35. February 12, 2007

    Pressure to write off Liberia’s $1.2bn debt

    Pressure to agree a plan to write off $1.2bn (€923m) debt owed by Liberia to the IMF and the World Bank will mount on...

  36. December 21, 2006

    Somalis agree to peace talks despite clashes

    A powerful Somali Islamic group and the country's transitional government yesterday agreed to resume peace talks, hours...

  37. November 30, 2006

    Aid support for ACP is recycled and relabelled

    From Glenys Kinnock MEP. Sir, EU commissioners Peter Mandelson and Louis Michel (Letters, November 29) argue that economic...

  38. November 29, 2006

    EU is aiming to use trade to back development

    From Mr Peter Mandelson and Mr Louis Michel. Sir, Your report that the European Union wishes to detach aid from trade is...

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