KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat has expressed support for U.S.-led efforts to resolve Afghanistan's 17-year war but stressed that the Afghan government should have a...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc aims to begin membership talks with North Macedonia in June, after the country lifted the biggest obstacle to joining by changing...
NATO, EU condemn Russia’s 2014 seizure of Crimea
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory.
The Latest: EU urges restraint for India, Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local):
The European Union is urging India and Pakistan to "exercise utmost restraint" as...
Barred from Venezuela, European lawmakers call for action
MADRID (AP) — Conservative European lawmakers who were barred from entering Venezuela this weekend are urging the European Union's top diplomat to suspend contacts with Nicolas Maduro's government.
Esteban Gonzalez Pons, the head of the European Popular Party parliamentary group, is also calling for European sanctions against Venezuela's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, who had ordered that the lawmakers should be barred on the grounds that they were conspiring against the government.
EU, Arab League agree to disagree over meeting statement
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Arab League say they agree on tackling conflicts in Syria and Yemen or stalled Middle East peace efforts but were unable to approve a joint statement at talks in Brussels.
The organizations' ministers were preparing Monday for a summit in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh on Feb 24-25.
Asked about the holdup, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "common ground was there on 90-95 percent of issues."
EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.
Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.
As US questions free trade, EU and Japan usher in new deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Japan on Friday ushered in a landmark trade deal they say will boost business between the two economic powers and sends the message that international pacts still have a purpose in an age of increasing protectionism.
The agreement that comes into effect will scrap nearly all tariffs on products both sides trade in. It will have a big impact on Japanese exports of cars to Europe and EU exports of agricultural products like cheese to Japan.
EU, AU urge Congo leader to unite country after tense polls
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and African Union on Tuesday committed to work closely with Congo's president-elect Felix Tshisekedi, backing off reservations about the disputed vote.
Speaking after a meeting of EU-AU government ministers, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Tshisekedi, the son of the late opposition leader Etienne, to help heal divisions in the turbulent central African country. He faces inauguration on Thursday.
Iran not invited, Russia snubs meeting over Iran concerns
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's foreign minister says Iran has not been invited to an international conference on the Middle East next month in Warsaw, while Russia has declined the invitation.
Iran has protested the Feb.13-14 conference, calling it a hostile move. Poland and the U.S. are co-hosting the event that has also met with a lukewarm reaction from the European Union, whose foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will not be attending.
EU could snub US-Mideast meeting over Iran concerns
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries appear ready to snub an international conference on the Middle East in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a U.S. drive to ramp up pressure on Iran.
EU diplomats on Friday raised questions about the real agenda of the Feb. 13-14 conference, saying that it was organized at very short notice and noting that Iran does not appear to be invited.
The Latest: NATO, EU support Macedonia’s vote to change name
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Macedonia's change of name (all times local):
The chief of NATO and the European Union's foreign policy chief have congratulated Macedonia for approving constitutional changes to rename itself North Macedonia under a deal with Greece.
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg says NATO strongly supports the full implementation of the agreement, under which Greece will drop its objections to Macedonia joining the military alliance and the EU.
EU urges Kosovo to drop tariffs as political tensions mount
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat called Tuesday on Kosovo to lift tariffs on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as the former Serbian territory faced pushback from longtime allies such as the EU and NATO along with familiar hostilities with Serbia.
Kosovo last month slapped a 100-percent tax on Serbian imports, apparently in retaliation after its bid to join the international police organization, Interpol, failed amid intense Serb lobbying.
EU eyes ways to bolster Ukraine economy amid Russia tension
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is studying ways to help bolster the economy in strife-torn eastern Ukraine, the EU's top diplomat said Monday, amid tensions with Russia over a naval confrontation in the Black Sea last month.
Ukraine has been seeking help from its international partners at the EU and NATO since Russian border guards fired on three Ukrainian navy vessels in the Black Sea on Nov. 25. The crews were captured and the ships seized.
EU uneasy over continued detention of activists in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed "strong concerns" on Thursday over the continued detentions of academics and activists in Turkey.
Speaking at a news conference after talks with Turkey's foreign minister, Federica Mogherini also called for the release from jail of Turkey's former pro-Kurdish party leader, in line with a European Court of Human Rights ruling this week.
EU foreign policy chief urges Serbia, Kosovo resolve ties
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union expects Serbia and Kosovo to "swiftly deliver" on their commitment to talks on normalizing relations, which is the key for the two nations to advance toward membership in the bloc, the EU's foreign policy chief said Thursday.
Federica Mogherini met with the presidents of Serbia and Kosovo as part of an EU-mediated dialogue that is designed to solve their decades-long dispute, which has threatened the stability of the Balkans.
The Latest: EU expresses deep regret over US-Iran sanctions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on Iran (all times local):
The European Union, backed by France, Germany and Britain, says they "deeply regret" the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
In a joint statement Friday, they said they aim to protect European firms "engaged in legitimate business with Iran."
They added that their "collective resolve to complete this work is unwavering."
South Korea, Britain in talks about future trade talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — South Korea's foreign minister says Seoul has begun "contingency planning" to ensure that her country and Britain maintain close trade relations after Britain leaves the European Union.
Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Friday that "we are already having serious discussions about this."
She said South Korea's president held talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May about future trade ties on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders in Brussels.
EU’s Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief on Thursday added her voice to a string of western officials urging the people of Macedonia to vote in a referendum on a deal with Greece that could enable the former Yugoslav republic's NATO and EU accession.
Speaking in the capital, Skopje, Federica Mogherini said Macedonians "hold the key to the future" of their country and should participate in the Sept. 30 vote on changing the country's name to "North Macedonia."
EU urges release of jailed journalists in Myanmar
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging Myanmar's authorities to free two journalists jailed on charges of possessing state secrets in connection with their reporting about massacres against Rohingya Muslims.
Mogherini demanded Thursday that "the prison sentences be reviewed and the two journalists be released immediately and unconditionally."
EU backs ICC after US questions court’s legitimacy
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc remains a staunch supporter of the International Criminal Court despite U.S. condemnation of the tribunal.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday that "we will continue to fully and strongly support the ICC and its work."
The Hague-based court was created in 2002 to prosecute war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in areas where perpetrators might not otherwise face justice.
Western leaders line up to visit Macedonia before referendum
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Western leaders have scheduled more visits to Macedonia ahead of an upcoming referendum that would change the country's name and get it fast-tracked for NATO membership.
European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell plan to be there Thursday.
EU says Serbia, Kosovo talks end without breakthrough
BRUSSELS (AP) — Serbia's president refused to meet with his Kosovo counterpart at European Union-backed talks Friday, dashing hopes of an imminent improvement in long-strained relations between the two countries.
The Latest: Kosovo president acknowledges Serbia problems
PRESEVO, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on diplomatic talks between Serbia and Kosovo (all times local):
Kosovo's president says that negotiations with Serbia are becoming more and more difficult.
Hashim Thaci on Friday had planned to meet in Brussels with his Serb counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, but they only met separately with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who said after several rounds with each of them that "difficulties remain."
Top diplomat calls for greater EU role amid global chaos
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said Monday that the world is going through a time of chaos and that the 28-nation bloc must work more closely with international partners as the multilateral system comes under threat.
In a speech to EU ambassadors laying out her vision for the year to come, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that "the whole world is going through a moment of chaos, and the question is: is it a moment or is it a long-term trend?"
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear program.
Federica Mogherini told reporters Tuesday during her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, that it's up to Europeans to decide whom they want to trade with.
VIENNA (AP) — Five world powers agreed with Iran on Friday to forge ahead with negotiations with the country and maintain its ability to export gas and oil as they seek to preserve a nuclear deal with Tehran despite the withdrawal of the United States.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen urged Wednesday his Ukrainian counterpart to speed up reforms at home because some "are moving forward at snail's pace," as European and Canadian officials met at an international conference to discuss reforms in Ukraine.
Loekke Rasmussen told Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman "hard work still remains," adding further political and economic reforms are "Ukraine's ticket to freedom and long term stability."
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says Russia hasn't done anything more to respect a Ukraine peace agreement that would justify lifting EU sanctions at the end of next month.
Mogherini told reporters on Monday that "we see no result for the moment." The EU imposed sanctions in 2014 after Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging EU member countries to put more money into an Africa trust fund as the bloc looks to set up migrant screening centers outside Europe.
Mogherini said Monday that the fund "has proven to be useful, it has brought results and this is why we are asking for more money from member states."
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief assured Jordan of continued financial support Sunday, saying it's an investment in an ally in the "most heated and difficult area of the world."
Federica Mogherini's visit to Jordan came days after the country's prime minister quit amid widespread protests against a government austerity plan sought by international lenders, including proposed tax increases. The new prime minister says he will scrap the tax plan and devise a new one.
EU, China vow to uphold Iran nuclear deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and China say they will do their utmost to keep afloat an international agreement to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons despite the U.S. abandoning the pact.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Friday that "we will be unswerving in upholding it."
Speaking alongside EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, he said the agreement has been endorsed by the UN and that "every party has the duty to implement it."
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is seeking to shield the bloc's strategic and economic interests in Iran in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the international nuclear deal, as the EU foreign policy chief insisted Monday that the unity of the member states was unquestioned.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Major European powers and Tehran committed Tuesday to keep working together to save the Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump's determination to kill it off.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany said after talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif that salvage efforts focused on economic, business and banking issues could produce "practical solutions in the next few weeks"
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local):
The European Union's foreign policy chief says a meeting of the foreign ministers of France, Britain, Germany and Iran has yielded a blueprint for further talks to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after the United States pulled out.