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20 Oct 2017 | 5:14 AM

Catalonia finds no friends among EU leaders

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders sought to minimise Spain's crisis with Catalonia on Thursday and avoid encouraging separatists across the bloc, describing Barcelona's secession bid as a domestic issue and declining a mediation role.

19 Oct 2017 | 11:46 PM

Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders agreed on Thursday to explore cuts in EU funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's stalled bid to join the bloc after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for action in response to what she described as "unacceptable" Turkish behaviour on human rights.

19 Oct 2017 | 1:10 AM

EU to ease tensions with Turkey despite Merkel's tougher stance

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - After months of verbal jousting with Turkey, European Union leaders will take a more conciliatory stance towards Ankara at a summit on Thursday, although some still want to cut aid linked to Turkey's stalled EU membership bid.

16 Oct 2017 | 11:15 PM

EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

13 Oct 2017 | 8:56 PM

EU to ban business ties with Pyongyang over nuclear tests

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is set to agree on Monday to ban business ties with North Korea, part of a new package of sanctions to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programmes.

10 Oct 2017 | 7:24 PM

No angst over Turkey's air defence deal with Russia, says NATO chief

CRAIOVA, Romania (Reuters) - NATO ally Turkey is not seeking to antagonise the U.S.-led alliance by purchasing Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles and is in talks with France and Italy to buy similar weapons, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

9 Oct 2017 | 7:20 PM

NATO to launch Black Sea force as latest counter to Russia

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - NATO is set to launch a new multinational force in Romania on Monday to counter Russia along its eastern flank and to check a growing Russian presence in the Black Sea following the Kremlin's 2014 seizure of Crimea.

5 Oct 2017 | 6:54 PM

Russia may have tested cyber warfare on Latvia, Western officials say

RIGA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Moscow was probably behind interruptions in Latvia's mobile communications network before Russia's war games last month, in an apparent test of its cyber attack tools, Baltic and NATO officials said, based on early intelligence of the drills.

3 Oct 2017 | 11:19 PM

EU's diplomatic back channel in Pyongyang goes cold

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - While European powers France and Britain are lobbying Washington to cool tensions since North Korea's most powerful nuclear test a month ago, EU nations with embassies in Pyongyang are directly pressing the North Koreans.

22 Sep 2017 | 4:15 AM

Spooked by Catalonia, EU rallies behind Madrid, but warily

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire.