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Italy’s Mogherini and Poland’s Tusk get top EU jobs

Italy’s Mogherini and Poland’s Tusk get top EU jobs

EU leaders have appointed Italy’s Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland’s Donald Tusk as European Council president. The announcement came in tweets from the current council president, Herman Van Rompuy, at an EU summit. Mogherini, a centre-left politician, is Italy’s foreign minister. She will replace the UK’s Catherine Ashton. Tusk, Poland’s centre-right […]

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Kiev’s propaganda: Lack of any credible evidence

Kiev’s propaganda: Lack of any credible evidence

  Comment by Ambassador Vladimir Chizhov on rising wave of anti-Russian speculations in Western media regarding the situation in Ukraine, 29 August 2014. A number of media outlets have recently been spreading Ukrainian claims that “Russian military invasion in Ukraine” was under way and demands of “decisive action of the West”. It is highly regrettable […]

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Russian NGO branded as “foreign agent” after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

Russian NGO branded as “foreign agent” after reporting on Russian military action in Ukraine

See video  On 28 August, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the NGO Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg to its official list of “foreign agents” under the 2012 law. The decision came after its leader, Ella Polyakova (pictured), spoke publicly about the alleged death of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine against the Ukrainian forces.   […]

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More than 1.6 million internally displaced by Iraq conflict says IOM

More than 1.6 million internally displaced by Iraq conflict says IOM

More than 1.6 million people have been internally displaced in 1,577 locations across Iraq since the beginning of the year following unrest in Anbar and Ninewa governorates, according to IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). The August 28th DTM shows that a total of 850,858 people have been displaced since the fighting broke out in […]

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Crisis in Iraq: The European Union’s humanitarian response

Crisis in Iraq: The European Union’s humanitarian response

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been deteriorating rapidly: the ongoing conflict has been dispersing populations throughout the country and putting them in need of assistance. The European Commission is responding with all its humanitarian aid tools and co-ordinating with member states through the European Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC). Still, the crisis exceeds […]

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Elmar Brok: Strong EU foreign policy vital to end crises in neighbourhood

Elmar Brok: Strong EU foreign policy vital to end crises in neighbourhood

Elmar Brok (EPP, DE), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, called on 28 August for a strong EU foreign and security policy lead by a strong personality. “Bringing peace, stability and prosperity to the broader EU neighbourhood must be the first and utmost priority,” he said following a meeting of the Committee’s Enlarged Bureau with […]

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