European Union

  • Putin recognises Crimea as sovereign state; US, EU impose sanctions 18-03-2014 02:05 PM

    A day after Crimea voted with an overwhelming majority to unite with Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised Crimea as a sovereign state. Putin has signed a decree, paving the way for the annexation into Russia. Ukraine however, has dismissed the outcome of the referendum. The European Union and...
  • Google faces up to $5 bn CCI fine; says cooperating in probe 09-03-2014 07:31 PM

    New Delhi: Google, which is facing antitrust investigation in India by fair trade watchdog CCI, can face a penalty of up to about USD five billion if it is found to have violated competition norms of the country. Google said it is "extending full cooperation" to the CCI in its...
  • EU's $15 billion aid to Ukraine, outlines ways to escape global rift 05-03-2014 11:44 PM

    Paris: The building blocks of a possible diplomatic solution in Ukraine emerged on Wednesday as top Russian and Western officials tried to defuse one of Europe's worst crises since the Cold War. The European Union prepared a $15 billion aid package for Ukraine, and European and Ukrainian diplomats outlined ways...
  • EU threatens to impose 'targeted sanctions' against Russia 04-03-2014 03:24 PM

    The European Union has threatened to impose a set of "targeted sanctions" against Russia if it does not take steps to de-escalate the crisis sparked by its military build up on the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine. The EU also convened an emergency summit of its leaders in Brussels on Thursday...
  • Ukraine sets European course after ouster of Yanukovich 24-02-2014 01:32 PM

    Ukraine's interim leadership pledged to put the country back on course for European integration now that Moscow-backed Viktor Yanukovich has been ousted from the presidency, while the United States warned Russia against sending in its forces. As rival neighbors east and west of the former Soviet republic said a power...
  • Ukraine: Protesters take Kiev, President Yanukovych flees to east 22-02-2014 07:29 PM

    Fears that Ukraine could split in two mounted on Saturday as regional lawmakers in the pro-Russian east questioned the authority of the national parliament. Parliament sought to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and he left the capital and protesters took control. After a tumultuous few days that are changing Ukraine's political...
  • EU seeks peace as Ukraine death toll reaches 100 21-02-2014 01:28 PM

    European Union ministers sought to broker a political settlement in Ukraine after gun battles between police and anti-government protesters brought the death toll to 75 in two days of the worst violence in the country since Soviet times. Three hours of fierce fighting in Kiev's Independence Square, which was recaptured...
  • Scores killed in deadly Ukraine day of protest 21-02-2014 07:53 AM

    Kiev: Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to shoot back and kill scores of people in the country's deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. The European Union imposed sanctions on those deemed responsible...
  • Obama calls Merkel to discuss Ukraine 21-02-2014 07:15 AM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Friday called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the fast deteriorating situation in Ukraine, as both the European Union and America ramped up the pressure on the Ukrainian government. "They agreed that it is critical that the United States, Germany and the European Union...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC 20-02-2014 05:15 PM

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister...
  • Need to send 'strong message' to India over marines issue: EU 11-02-2014 04:20 PM

    The EU needs to send a "strong message" to India as the trial of two Italian marines for the killing of two Indian fishermen has "huge implications" for Europe's fight against piracy, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said. The case of the marines has "huge implications for Italy...
  • India charges marines with anti-piracy law, Italy warns against it 10-02-2014 06:31 PM

    Italy on Monday warned it would "react" to India's "unacceptable" move to invoke a severe anti-piracy law against two of its marines facing trial there since 2012 over the killings of two Indian fishermen. "The charge sought by Indian authorities is unacceptable," Prime Minister Enrico Letta said in a message...
  • Italian marines' case may impact ties with India: European Union 30-01-2014 01:39 PM

    The president of the European Commission has said the issue of the Italian marines in India may have an "impact" on the European Union-India relations and "will be assessed carefully". Jose Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, met Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta in Brussels Wednesday and discussed...
  • Issue of marines on agenda for EU-India consultations: Italian Foreign Minister 21-01-2014 06:02 PM

    The trial of two Italian marines in India over the killing of two Indian fishermen will be on the agenda at upcoming EU-India political consultations, Italy's Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has said. "(EU High Foreign Affairs Representative) Catherine Ashton confirmed it," Bonino was quoted as saying by Italian news agency...
  • Ukraine: Hundreds of anti-government protesters clash with police 21-01-2014 12:12 PM

    After a night of vicious street battles, anti-government protesters and police clashed again on Monday in Ukraine's capital. Hundreds of protesters, many wearing balaclavas, hurled rocks and stun grenades. Police responded with tear gas. The violence in Kiev has seriously escalated Ukraine's political crisis, which has been marked by two...
  • Narendra Modi a person of great prominence: European Union 17-01-2014 06:16 PM

    The European Union on Friday termed Narendra Modi as a "person of great prominence" on India's political landscape and said it respects the judicial verdict that has given clean chit to the Gujarat Chief Minister for 2002 riots, on which there were "enormous" concerns around the world. EU Ambassador to...
  • EU falling behind India, China, says British Finance Minister George Osborne 15-01-2014 04:56 PM

    British Finance Minister George Osborne on Wednesday warned the European Union that it was falling behind India and China and must reform to halt the bloc's decline. "We can't go on like this...(there is a) simple choice for Europe: reform or decline," Osborne stressed while addressing a conference organised by...
  • Ukraine: Kiev anti-government protest draws 100,000 23-12-2013 10:04 AM

    Kiev: About 100,000 people rallied in the center of the Ukrainian capital on Monday to demand the ouster of the president and his Cabinet as mass anti-government protests entered their second month. The rallies that have turned Kiev into a giant protest encampment were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision...
  • Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: Researcher 13-12-2013 07:38 AM

    Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye Inc The hackers infiltrated the ministries' computer networks by sending emails to staff containing tainted files with titles such...
  • Indian diplomat writes anthem for SAARC 03-12-2013 07:22 PM

    Kathmandu: After the European Union and the ASEAN, eight-member SAARC could soon have an anthem after an Indian diplomat here penned a song for the grouping to foster deeper regional consciousness. Abhay Kumar, first secretary, Press, Information and Communication, Indian Embassy, has taken the initiative to write the first ever...
  • Polls in Nepal fair, say Carter Centre, EU observer 21-11-2013 09:09 PM

    Two prominent international organisations, Carter Centre and European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM), keeping an eye on Nepal's Constituent Assembly polls said Thursday that the elections were held in a fair manner. Organising separate press conferences here, both Carter Centre and EUEOM said that the elections were conducted in a...
  • German envoy meets Narendra Modi 16-11-2013 10:50 PM

    Ahmedabad: German ambassador to India Michael Steiner on Saturday met Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to discuss strengthening of ties between his country and the state. Steiner met Modi in Gandhinagar and both of them discussed a wide range of issues, including strengthening of relations between Gujarat and Germany, an...
  • Germany defends Gujarat visit, says engaging with Modi is not endorsement 15-11-2013 10:31 PM

    German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner, on Friday, said that by ending the boycott of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his government, Germany was not endorsing anybody but giving respect to India's democracy. "This has nothing to do with an endorsement. I am a representative of a foreign country,...
  • Malala, survivor of Taliban, resented in Pakistan hometown 11-10-2013 08:52 PM

    For many of her compatriots, Malala Yousafzai is a stooge of the United States and a CIA agent, a symbol of the West's evils and a global conspiracy to bring down her nativePakistan. She has won the European Union's prestigious human rights award and was one of the favourites to...
  • Malala Yousafzai wins the European Union's annual human rights award 10-10-2013 08:34 PM

    Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, won the European Union's annual human rights award on Thursday, beating fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. The 16-year-old was attacked last year while on a school bus in northwestern Pakistan, but recovered...
  • Japanese author Murakami, Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai tipped for Nobels 06-10-2013 02:13 PM

    A Pakistani teenage activist shot by the Taliban and a Japanese author who writes about alienation and a fractured modern world are tipped as Nobel Prize winners ahead of the annual awards that start on Monday. Malala Yousafzai, 16, shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding...
  • Where G20 members stand on US military action against Syria 07-09-2013 11:31 AM

    President Barack Obama had mixed results as he lobbied members of the G20 leading world economies to bolster international support for a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. Here is where members of the G20 stand on intervention in Syria: AUSTRALIA Called, in...
  • India could save $8.5 billion by buying extra Iranian oil: Veerappa Moily 02-09-2013 09:29 AM

    India could save $8.5 billion in foreign exchange spending on crude oil imports in 2013/14 if it relied more on supplies from Iran, which is able to accept payment in rupees, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spelling out a strategy to...
  • EU warns Pakistan against lifting ban on death penalty 28-08-2013 04:50 PM

    The European Union has cautioned Pakistan against lifting the moratorium on the death penalty saying the proposed move will be viewed as a major setback by the 28-member bloc and could possibly affect Islamabad's quest for duty-free access to European markets. Head of European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights Ana...
  • 1993 Bombay blast: CBI allowed to drop certain charges against Salem 13-08-2013 10:09 PM

    Mumbai: A special TADA court on Tuesday allowed the CBI to drop certain charges against extradited gangster Abu Salem in connection with the 1993 serial bomb blasts case. The CBI had earlier told the Supreme Court that it wanted to withdraw certain charges under TADA Act, Explosives Substances Act, Arms...