EU Formally Accepts Croatia As 20th Euro Zone Member

BRUSSELS – European Union finance ministers on Tuesday formally approved Croatia becoming the 20th member of the euro common currency at the start of 2023. The European Council, the grouping of 27 EU governments, adopted three legal acts required to allow Croatia – an EU member since 2013 – to introduce the euro on Jan.1. … More EU Formally Accepts Croatia As 20th Euro Zone Member

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Russia Imposes Visa Restrictions On Citizens Of ‘Unfriendly Countries’

PARIS, France – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday introducing visa restrictions for citizens of countries that Moscow deems ‘unfriendly’ in response to sanctions over Ukraine. The decree, which comes into force on Monday, suspends Russia’s simplified visa issuance regime with some European Union countries as well as Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and … More Russia Imposes Visa Restrictions On Citizens Of ‘Unfriendly Countries’

In France, A Seized Superyacht Creates Headaches, Not Just For Its Owner

LA CIOTAT, France – In a quiet corner of the French Riviera, La Ciotat Shipyards said it is writing bills for mooring fees for the towering white superyacht Amore Vero, but it doesn’t know who to send them to. Customs agents seized the 86 – metre (282 – ft) vessel as its crew prepared to … More In France, A Seized Superyacht Creates Headaches, Not Just For Its Owner

EU Offers Ukraine 1.2 Bln Euro Aid Package

PARIS, France – The European Union aims to help Ukraine with a 1.2 billion euro financial aid package to mitigate the effect of the conflict with Russia, which has amassed troops and heavy weapons on Ukraine’s border, EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen said. ‘The Commission proposes a new emergency macro – financial assistance … More EU Offers Ukraine 1.2 Bln Euro Aid Package

Romania’s President Asks Centrist Party Head Ciolos To Form Govt

BUCHAREST, Romania – Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has proposed Dacian Ciolos, leader of a centrist party, as a candidate to form a government, after the nine – month – old liberal liberal – led coalition cabinet of Florin Citu was toppled in a vote of no confidence last week. Ciolos, an ex – prime minister … More Romania’s President Asks Centrist Party Head Ciolos To Form Govt

French EU Presidency To Push For Worldwide End To Death Penalty, Says Macron

PARIS, France – France will launch a campaign for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty as part of its upcoming presidency of the European Union, President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday. A conference will be held in Paris gathering civil groups from countries where the death penalty is in use or suspended, Macron said … More French EU Presidency To Push For Worldwide End To Death Penalty, Says Macron

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

RIYADH / Saudi Arabia – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners about the prospects  of restarting nuclear talks with Iran and hoped that would happen ‘soon’. Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart, said he had … More EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

Security – Focused EU Ramps Up Humanitarian Aid For Afghans

Paris / France –  – The E.U. announced a ramped – up Afghan aid program that an official said it would seek safety guarantees on the ground and coordination with the United Nations to deliver, as the bloc’s executive  ang G7 leaders prepare to discuss the crisis in the country. European Commission head Ursula von … More Security – Focused EU Ramps Up Humanitarian Aid For Afghans