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Singapore Calls for Resumption of EU-ASEAN Free Trade Talks

BERLIN, Dec 29 – Singapore’s trade and industry minister has called for a resumption of free trade talks between the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations now that problems over Myanmar have been removed, a German newspaper said. The EU and 10-nation ASEAN launched free trade talks in 2007, but abandoned them

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EU Sees Little Drop in Migrants Since Turkey Deal

BRUSSELS, Dec 17 – The European Union has seen little evidence that Turkey has managed to reduce departures of migrants for Greek islands in the two weeks since it signed an agreement to do so, an EU document showed on Thursday. The report by the Luxembourg government, in its current capacity as president of EU

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Greek Parliament Approves Austere Budget for 2016

By Karolina Tagaris ATHENS, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Greek parliament approved a 2016 budget featuring sharp cuts in spending and some tax increases to satisfy the country’s international lenders at a time of growing austerity fatigue. The leftist-led government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is under pressure to deliver tangible benefits to its poorest

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Israel Suspends EU Role in Peace Process with Palestinians

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 29 – Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to carry out “a reassessment

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EU Hopes for Turkish Help In Slowing Flow of Migrants

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Nov 29 – Leaders of the European Union aim to sign an agreement with Turkey in Brussels on Sunday that offers Ankara cash and closer ties with the EU in return for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe. Aware of a sense of desperation in Europe for

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EU Migration Chief Visits Pakistan Following Suspension of Deportee Deal

By Kay Johnson ISLAMABAD, Nov 23 (Reuters) – The European Union official in charge of migration was in Pakistan on Monday for talks after the country last week suspended a deal to accept deportations from mainland Europe. Pakistan’s rejection of deportees comes at a time when European leaders facing an influx ofmigration are desperate to

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France Invokes EU’s Mutual Assistance Clause In Fighting Daesh

BRUSSELS, Nov. 17 – France invoked the European Union’s (EU) mutual assistance clause for the first time on Tuesday, asking its partners for military help and other aid in missions in the Middle East and Africa after the Paris attacks, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said. He said all 28 EU member states had accepted France‘s

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