EU Official Urges Tougher Checks on Citizenship Bids
Brussels argues that citizenship should be awarded only in cases where there is a genuine link to the country concerned, but decisions are a matter for individual countries.
Brussels argues that citizenship should be awarded only in cases where there is a genuine link to the country concerned, but decisions are a matter for individual countries.
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has returned to Belgium from Germany after Spain dropped an international arrest warrant for charges of rebellion over an illegal declaration of independence.
“NATO and EU leaders plan to sign a new joint declaration in July to further enhance their level of cooperation,” Jens Stoltenberg said at NATO Defense Ministers meeting on Friday.
In their turn, the students, who joined the protestors, were concerned by Macron’s plan to reform the higher education system to increase competitiveness, arguing that in that case the universal right to enroll in university programs may be threatened.
The price of the ticket to European destinations departing from Paris starts at €49 (£43) each way, while long haul flights start from €149 each way, excluding checked baggage.
The coin, approved by the couple themselves, shows Markle clutching her fiance's arm in a pose they first struck during their official engagement photocall.
This was stated by the head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, novinite.com reports.
I convey my warm wishes to you and the Armenian people and I expect to continue the excellent relations between our two countries.
The day when Turkey changes, stops aggression against Cyprus, opens the border with Armenia, normalizes the relations with all neighbors, releases journalists arrested on unfair grounds, I perhaps will imagine a relation with Turkey, but Turkey will never be so.
The call comes after Trump revealed on Monday that 60 Russian diplomats would be expelled ''in response to Russia's role in the attack'' and have seven days to leave the US.
The talks on membership between the European Union and Turkey should be ended taking into account the system systematic violations of human rights and essential democratic values.
There were also days of talks before the two sides joined forces to make 5-Star Movement member Roberto Fico president of the lower house.
Supposedly, they can start taking actions on March 26, right after EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer will be recalled from Moscow.
Relations between France and Germany close at first sight are far from ideal.
"The work that you are doing in Artsakh is very important. I think the work that is being done in different sphered will become the basis for more effective collaboration," said Ashot Ghoulyan.
"If the E.U. wants to further increase their already massive tariffs and barriers on U.S. companies doing business there, we will simply apply a Tax on their Cars which freely pour into the U.S. They make it impossible for our cars (and more) to sell there. Big trade imbalance!"
That is a central condition to take the path toward, Gabriel said
In this context, the rising interest of Bulgarian businessmen to invest in Armenian was especially prioritized, which was first of all conditioned by the membership of Armenia to the EAEU, the EU-Armenia cooperation, as well as the opportunities given by the free economic zones created in Armenia.
Martin Schulz celebrated his party's coalition deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, saying it meant Germany "will return to an active and leading role in the European Union."
Britain is trying to reinvent itself as a global trading nation after a 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union, and China, the world’s second-largest economy, is high on the list of countries that Britain wants to sign a free trade agreement with.
Puigdemont said he was disappointed at the postponed vote and said he was the only possible candidate for regional president.
MPs will focus their attention on those states where, in their opinion, "there are the most vivid manifestations of Islamophobia: Austria, Germany, France and Belgium." They plan to get permission from these countries to investigate on the spot. The commission began work on 9 January.
"Together with the EU’s foreign policy chief (Federica Mogherini), we agreed to invite the Iranian foreign minister (Mohammad Javad Zarif), if possible next week," Gabriel told German public broadcaster ZDF, without giving further details.
However, the situation in Turkey must improve before it can enjoy closer ties, he said
Kurz: In this country, we see serious violation of human rights, fundamental rights and freedoms.
Foreign Minister of Armenia added that France has been the first EU country, with which Armenia had started the visa facilitation process in 2008.
After the meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters that the bloc had a hard job ahead of it to reform asylum rules by a deadline of June next year.
Three major items dominate the agenda: Brexit, defense and migration.
"The question isn’t grand coalition or no grand coalition," he said, "Nor minority government or fresh elections. No — it’s about how we exercise our responsibility, including to the next generation."
A number of those in attendance delivered remarks and offered presentations on various subjects concerning Armenia, Poland, and the centuries-old ties between the two nations.
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"We have developed very good relations with the EU, Russia and most of our neighbors. Today we have improved relations with Turkey, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Qatar," the president said, noting that Iran was able to establish ties with the countries of the region.
The President of the EU Council Donald Tusk is not satisfied with the final declarations of the Brussels Summit of the Eastern Partnership. As he said during a briefing, would prefer it be more ambitious, report the official web site of the President of EU.
At the moment 90 countries are being monitored, and if they do not want to be listed, they must accept all rules established by EU.
After a closed-door meeting chaired by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on how best to proceed on the Iran issue, the ministers issued a joint statement saying the 2015 deal was key to preventing the global spread of nuclear weapons.
Moreover, the scope of the problem should be extended to the punishment and fines for various officials, who spread hate speech on the highest level against the nations they consider their enemies.
Efforts to stop the vote by relying on the courts to declare the referendum illegal, by taking control of Catalan finances to prevent expenditures on the referendum, and finally, by deploying thousands of police to thwart the vote, has had the opposite effect of emboldening the Catalan government and supporters of independence.
"Spain's government is threatening people with thousands of policemen bullying citizens and forbidding universal rights such as freedom of expression. But we are not afraid anymore, and we are determined to peacefully stand for our rights. So I'm confident that we will vote," Sílvia Canet said.
Despite the fact that several EU members have repeatedly voiced disapproval of anti-Russian sanctions policy and called for lifting them, which harm their states' trade with Russia, Brussels continues to prolong the restrictions on Moscow.
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Turkey still seeks to join the European Union despite ongoing deterioration of relations between Ankara and Brussels.
"The lovers of lavash, who live in Germany, the first lavash tonir will be opened on August 20 in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt. The tonir is built by an Armenian tonir maker," the Embassy statement reads.
Dutch prosecutors said in a statement on Thursday that the men are directors of a company that allegedly used an unauthorized insecticide at poultry farms.
"It's an odious act of aggression," Balkany also said, adding that the car in question was a BMW.
Belgium’s state secretary for socioeconomic affairs Zuhal Demir, a Kurd with roots in Turkey, announced she was going to renounce her Turkish citizenship.
The problem of refugees causes serious disagreements among the European leaders at the same time making them cooperate on various issues.
The US wish to find new allies in the EU can also be explained by Brexit. After losing its loyal ally in the EU, the US administration aims at making new strong partnerships in the Union not to weaken its leverages of influence there.
To become law, the bill now needs to be signed by President Andrzej Duda, an ally of PiS.
According to Juncker, Turkey being democratic, stable and economically successful is important to the EU. He said Turkey should "move closer to Europe rather than moving away from us."
The source reports that both the birth and death rates were even for 2016 (both at 5.1 million) so the population increase is due to migration.
Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said in response that the suspension of EU accession talks could have the worst consequences. He called that decision "a terrible mistake." Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, in his turn told that Ankara wanted the EU to present its vision of the future with reference to the role Turkey would play there.
Before the Association Agreement enters into force, the European Union set trade preferences for Ukraine for a three-year term on certain agricultural products. The quota limit for trade preferences was due to the lack of a number of European standards, including sanitary and phyto-sanitary ones.
Despite the aforementioned statements, before the second round of elections Macron had declared that the EU needs reforms, otherwise France would think of exit. That is why he considers his presidency also a mandate to carry out reforms in the EU.
At this stage, Sturgen intends to focus the attention of the Scottish government on the Brexit talks and providing a "softer process" for Britain's exit from the EU.
"We decided to support the conservative government, today we reached an agreement on government support in the parliament," Foster told journalists after signing. She added, that this agreement will serve to ensure the stability of the UK Government, as well as in the national interest.
Germany and Austria that are interested in the project "Nord Stream-2", blame the US for interfering the Europe’s internal affairs. According to the existing viewpoint, the US tries to hinder the export of the Russian gas to Europe, in order its European allies use the gas exported from the US instead.
The victory of Macron and his party was also connected with the economic situation in the country, the unemployment rate, and the negative image of Macon's main rival, Marine Le Pen, during the presidential election. Many chose Macron just not to vote for Le Pen.
Tusk said that "I told them that in fact the EU was built on dreams that seemed impossible to achieve."
Let's remind that this is not the first case when names of the origin Armenians appear in the ruling circles of France. Under the presidency of French President Francois Mitterrand ethnic Arminian Edouard Balladur was the Prime Minister of France (1993 March 29 - 1995 May 10).
The government spokesman said earlier that Macron is expected to make only small, “technical” changes and rename the government.
In connection with the country's exit from the EU the next parliamentary session will last two years instead of one, as usual, said the chairman of the House of Commons, Andrea Ledsom.
And now the government of Turkey announces, that it can easily give up its plans for becoming an EU member state. The prosecutions in that country, pressure on journalists, expansion of Erdogan's powers and strengthening of Islamic values show that Turkey is really going away from the European values, at the same time issuing ultimatums to Brussels.
The DUP source reported that British Prime Minister Teresa May and DUP leader Arlin Foster are now completing the "terms and conditions" of the agreement.
This program, which will enhance the efficiency of public finance management by local communities, will come into effect in several months.
Despite these numbers, the polls also show that the majority of Catalans support holding an independence referendum to realize their right to freedom of expression, to which, the Spanish authorities openly oppose.
Davis, who said he backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an early election in April, said the Tories “need to get on with the job” of governing the country.
Thus commenting on Trump’s policy towards his European partners, we should note, that there is a clear change in it.
In his opinion, the complete cancellation of the visa regime between Baku and the EU - "the cause of the future".
"We have no other choice than to defend our own interests in the Middle East, in climate change, in our trade agreements."
Strong growth in Germany has driven unemployment to record lows, while the number of people out of work in Italy also fell to its lowest level in four years.
It is the first encounter of many of the leaders with US President Donald Trump, who during his campaign called the alliance "obsolete" for not effectively countering terrorism.
"In this context it was agreed to start work on a joint action plan on trade," she said.
We are already the first trading partner for the country, the first international donor and the strongest supporter of reforms
“There will be no Frexit. We have taken note of what the French people told us,” said Bernard Monot, the party’s chief economic strategist.
"We are just working on some of the language to make sure that we get it totally right."
Thus, Merkel-Hollande tandem in the EU is turning into a Merkel-Macron tandem, and in this regard it should no dramatic changes should be expected. Berlin and Paris will continue to save the European Union from collapsing.
Outside the Elysee, few dozen supporters waved French tricolour and European blue flags at the arrival of the new president.
Macron holds talks with Merkel in Berlin on Monday, a day after his inauguration.
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's father Jean-Marie has suggested his daughter is unfit to lead the country.
Instead, Trump will bring bilateral relations with other countries to the sphere of mutual agreements by the principle "what for what."
We wanted to say we are against the rise of nationalism and authoritarianism in France and in other countries.
Last time, Merkel and Putin met in November 2016 in Berlin.
In a new Declaration of Rome, the 27 countries are reaffirming their shared desire to continue with what is a greatly expanded and deepened union.
When Trump and Merkel meet in the White House, they will have to overcome significant disagreements on such complex issues as the viability of NATO.
If we want to build Europe without Russia or Europe, which confronts Russia, we will have worse than a new Cold War – unstable Europe for the next decade. Unfortunately not every European state, especially the Central Eastern European states do not understands this.
The Polish authorities accuse Tusk (he held the post of the Polish prime-minister in 2007-2014), of violating a code of impartiality of international figure and interference in internal affairs of country.
Poland’s right-wing government opposed Tusk’s reappointment for a second term because it claimed he supported its "overthrow" by backing an opposition protest last December.
The publication notes that the approval of the European Parliament can mean the beginning of a fundamental reform of the Treaty.
Steinmeier has been considered the main presidential candidate and the absolute favorite from the very beginning.
The Social Democrat, 61, is one of Germany's most popular politicians.
The German president has little executive power.
We looked through the views and ideas of the three candidates concerning both domestic and foreign policies, and here we have a comparative study of electional plans of Francois Fillon from the Republican Party, Marin Le Pen from the National Front Party, and Benoit Hamon from the Socialist Party.
Progress toward normalizing ties is essential if the two sides want to pursue closer relations with the European Union.
The bureaucratic work will be augmented not lessened, English will not be a lingua franca in Brussels any more (this should be especially worrying for the Eastern European countries, the officials of which are largely English rather than French speaking).
It should be noted that Trump also said in the interview that he is a big fan of Brexit, and predicted that other EU members will have to follow the British example.
He defeated another Italian, Gianni Pitella, and will take over from Germany's Martin Schulz.
"I look very much forward to meeting Prime Minister Theresa May in Washington in the Spring. Britain, a longtime U.S. ally, is very special!"
The extremist politicians got more and more popularity in Poland, Denmark, Hungary, Sweden, France, Italy, Greece and other EU countries.
Although a large number of experts believe that people are just voting for rightists in order to protest against the authorities, the situation gets truly worrying in Europe, given that such intolerance and xenophobia were witnessed during 1930-s when racism and fascism emerged in European Continent...
According to the head of the German foreign Ministry, the EU needs to create a future strategy against migrants and refugees, to address the issue of internal and external security, to develop the labour market and the economy.
Renzi's resignation could open the door to early elections next year and to the possibility of an anti-euro party, the opposition 5-Star Movement, gaining power in the heart of the single currency.
The vote last May was narrowly won by Mr Van der Bellen, but the result was overturned by Austria's highest court because of irregularities in the count.
Polls open at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT), with about 51 million Italians eligible to vote on Renzi’s plan to drastically reduce the role of the upper house Senate and claw back powers from regional authorities.
To counteract anti-EU campaigns, MEPs suggest reinforcing the EU’s tiny “strategic communication” task force and investing more in awareness raising, education, online and local media, investigative journalism and information literacy.
Lawyers say uncertainty over the UK's European Economic Area membership means ministers could be stopped from taking Britain out of the single market.
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's lead Brexit negotiator, said he supported the principle of the idea, which would see UK citizens sending an annual fee to Brussels.
He said that he stands "with many other European foreign Ministers for restarting arms control" as it is "a reliable means of transparency, risk avoidance and confidence building".
EU lawmakers voted 369-255 in favor of plans to increase European spending on military missions.
Anyone can vote in the primary, in which there are seven candidates, which opens an already unpredictable contest to tactical participation by left-leaning and far-right voters. Under unpopular President François Hollande, France’s ruling Socialists are deeply divided and seen as unlikely to get past the presidential election’s first round next April.
Both men both entered politics from the world of business, Berlusconi a media magnate and Mr Trump a property tycoon.
Forthcoming election campaigns would include many public gatherings, and that the measures were needed to "protect our democracy".
"We have to work had to keep this transatlantic relationship in order. We remain to be partners, the world needs a closer relationship between the United States and the European continent."
Turkey's Foreign Minister accused European Union member states of supporting the Kurdish PKK militant group.
The new passports will contain microchips including biometric data and the fingerprint information of the holder.
The surprise win reflects the fact that Lithuanians want new faces in parliament.
Brussels says a solution can be found before Thursday’s signing summit.
French President François Hollande said Friday he would meet disgruntled police officers who have been protesting in Paris and other cities to denounce what they say are insufficient resources to fight mounting lawlessness.
The present situation and such a behavior of Azerbaijan does not bring honor to the West and its separate countries. It is hard to imagine that founding fathers of the EU and US could see in their worst nightmare that they can serve as a "scapegoat" for a country like Azerbaijan.
The failure of countries' commitments on the distribution of migrants is the beginning of the end of the European Union.
"The question of Turkey is of course on everyone's mind. ... The hypocrisy over its membership will have to stop at some point," Valls said.
Under the new rules, EU countries located at the external borders of the European Union, can appeal to a new European border service with a request for assistance in protecting its borders.
He announced that a European Defense Fund would be created before the end of the year to accelerate research and innovation, and that more cooperation was needed between member states.
"Hungary is not far from an order to shoot refugees," Jean Asselborn said.
He argued that this is the only way of preserving the cohesion and the values of the bloc.
The ideas were outlined by the two countries’ defense ministers, Ursula Von der Leyen and Jean-Yves Le Drian, in a six-page paper sent to the EU foreign service on Sunday.
She sees the possibility of a "positive outcome" to negotiations between Turkey and the European Union.
According to the source, the document is based on the report of Bulgarian MEP Maria Gabriel; it yet has to be approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Civil Freedoms, Justice and Internal Affairs.
The discussion will be held in the coast of Naples ahead of September's EU summit to discuss the consequences of Brexit vote and how to shape the future of Europe.
According to him, Brussels should not dictate with whom the country should have economic and political relations.
The Prime Minister promised he EU integration process would influence the pace of investment, stating Serbia will continue working on opening EU negotiating chapters as fast as possible.
Talks on Turkish accession to the EU began in 2005, but only one out of 35 “chapters”, or policy areas where Turkey must adopt and implement EU rules, has been concluded.
"The European Union is not behaving in a sincere manner with Turkey. If our demands are not satisfied then the readmissions will no longer be possible," Erdoğan said, referring to the EU's current policy of shepherding Syrian migrants back into Turkey.
The two victims were taking a ride when their car was chased down and fired on, La Province news outlet said, adding that the victims were in their twenties.
US President Barack Obama had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that Britain will give up its rotating six-month presidency of the EU in 2017 to concentrate on Brexit.
Our problem is not in Mecca but in Brussels.
"Germany will resist, it can count on France's friendship and cooperation," he said, adding that he would speak with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday morning
The unidentified attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich for at least two years. The man was not known to police and his motives are unclear, authorities said. No group has claimed responsibility.
Spain and Portugal have not reached the necessary budget figures, because of which they will face fines up to 0.2% of GDP and reduce their income from the European funds.
According to the source, the use of the 50-euro note has quadrupled in the past 15 years, with more than 8.5 billion of them in circulation – around 45 percent of the total number.
"The trade agreement between the EU and Canada is our best and most progressive trade agreement and I want it to enter into force as soon as possible," President Jean-Claude Juncker said.
She said the only thing that mattered in their bids, some of which have been ongoing since 2000, was that the nations fulfill a list of previously agreed requirements.
Although Zeman wants to remain in both organizations, he wants the public to have a chance to "express themselves."
Previously, Le Pen noted that France could have more reasons to withdraw from the European Union than in the United Kingdom, and called for the similar referendum on EU membership in France.
However, in the long term perspective the US will try to find another reliable partner in the EU. In this sense it is not excluded that the US will start to more active advocate for the Turkey’s membership to the EU, which cannot but become another cause of disagreement within the Union.
Have there been any similar cases in EU history when a country wanted or did leave the EU? Are there any other potential members who could leave EU in case of Brexit?
The Guardian has published the list of the changes that will take place in case of Brexit.
The Armenian issue has led to Turkey's refusal to accept the report of the European Parliament in the spring of last year. Overall, Turkey has returned six such documents.
It should be mentioned that both Juncker and Putin take part in St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Juncker arrived in Russia to take part in the discussions at the 2016 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.