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No support for EU army in ministers' talks

There will be no joint EU force and no EU military HQ for a long time to come, defence ministers’ talks in Bratislava on Tuesday (27 September) indicated. The informal meeting came after Italy had proposed the creation of a "permanent" EU force as a political response to Brexit and to popular fears that Europe was becoming more vulnerable.

(c) EUobserver | 29.09.2016

Turkey denies protection to returning Syrians

A migrant swap deal with Ankara is progressing well despite returning Syrians being denied guaranteed protection status in Turkey, says the EU commission.

(c) EUobserver | 29.09.2016

Budget commissioner Georgieva leaves for UN campaign

EU budget commissioner Kristalina Georgieva is taking unpaid leave to campaign for the post of UN secretary general after being chosen as Bulgaria's candidate.

(c) EUobserver | 28.09.2016

UK to veto EU 'defence union'

British defence minister Michael Fallon has said the UK would veto the creation of EU military capabilities so long as it remained a member of the bloc.

(c) EUobserver | 17.09.2016

Germany and France seek stronger EU defence after Brexit

Germany and France have outlined plans to deepen European military cooperation, a document showed on Monday (12 September), as Britain’s exit from the European Union removes one of the biggest obstacles to stronger EU defence in tandem with NATO.

(c) EurActiv | 13.09.2016

Erdogan to meet Putin for a ‘new beginning’

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet on Tuesday (9 August) his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin aiming to open “a new page” in bilateral relations and reverse the damage sustained by sanctions imposed by Russia.

(c) EurActiv I 08.08.2016

Renzi: ‘Italian judges do not answer to Erdogan’

Rome and Ankara bickered yesterday (2 August) over an Italian investigation into accusations that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan’s son Bilal laundered money.

(c) EurActiv I 03.08.2016

China puts human rights activists on trial

Prominent rights lawyer filmed denouncing campaigners and blaming ‘foreign forces’ for law firm’s activities

(c) The Guardian I 02.08.2016

Erdoğan shadow over Cyprus peace bid

Turmoil in Ankara coincides with final push toward a reunification deal.

(c) Politico I 02.08.2016

Switzerland becomes Brexit casualty

With the EU aware that a deal with Switzerland could set a precedent for talks with the U.K., the balance of power between the two has shifted.

(c) Politico I 02.08.2016