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Week ahead: 30 March-5 April 2015

Week ahead: 30 March-5 April 2015

Committee meetings, Brussels NATO/counter-terrorism. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove will join the Foreign Affairs Committee for two separate debates. Libya, Tunisia and the EU response to terrorist threats are likely topics. (Monday (30 March)) LIBOR/EURIBOR scandal. Draft EU rules to improve the transparency and reliability of benchmarks that may […]

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Putin’s communications difficulties reflect serious policy problem

Putin’s communications difficulties reflect serious policy problem

Vladimir Putin attends a rally in Moscow on 18 March, marking the one-year anniversary of the annexation of Crimea. Photo by Anastasiya Karagodina/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. By John Lough Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House  Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his […]

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‘Connector’ opens at Brussels Airport

‘Connector’ opens at Brussels Airport

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brussels Airport has officially opened the Connector building, a major €75 million investment designed to increase passenger comfort. The building links the terminal above-ground to the two piers so passengers need less time to go from the check-in to their boarding gate. It means passengers can wait to board their plane in an “open and […]

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AIIB, ‘Belt & Road’ initiatives top 2015 Baoao Forum agenda

AIIB, ‘Belt & Road’ initiatives top 2015 Baoao Forum agenda

Themed  “Asia’s New Future: Toward a Community of Common Destiny”, the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) will be held on March 26-29 in Hainan Province. This year’s event will be held on an unprecedented scale: A total of 16 state leaders will attend the forum, including Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, Nepal’s President Hon Ram […]

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Xi attends Boao Forum to promote cooperation, development in Asia

Xi attends Boao Forum to promote cooperation, development in Asia

Chinese President Xi Jinping (pictured) tops the list of distinguished guests set to attend the opening ceremony of the 2015 Boao Forum for Asia, held from March 26 to 29 in Boao, Hainan Province.   This is Xi’s third year attending the forum. While serving as China’s vice president in 2010, Xi delivered a keynote […]

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Schaffhauser: ‘Minsk 2 offers best chance for peace in Ukraine’

Schaffhauser: ‘Minsk 2 offers best chance for peace in Ukraine’

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

French MEP Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (pictured) says the Minsk 2 ceasefire deal  is expected to offer the “best chance’” for peace in crisis-torn Ukraine.The deputy was speaking in Brussels where he revealed that the leaders of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukraine’s two breakaway regions, had agreed to approve the proposal to hold an international forum he has […]

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European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine

European Parliament approves €1.8 billion EU loan to Ukraine

EU plans to lend Ukraine €1.8 billion to help plug its short-term balance of payments gap were approved by MEPs on Wednesday (25 March). The EU will borrow the money externally and lend it on to Ukraine with the same interest rate. The disbursement will be tied to Ukraine pledging structural reforms to tackle problems […]

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