• Germany, Britain, France launch a dispute mechanism against Iran

      Germany, Britain, France launch a dispute mechanism against Iran

      Britain, France and Germany announced on Tuesday they are launching a dispute mechanism against Iran for breaking its commitments under the 2015 nuclear accord, which could ultimately lead to revived sanctions against Tehran, dpa reported. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the deal is formally known, was agreed in 2015 between Iran and world powers. It has been in jeopardy ever since the US announced its unilateral withdrawal from the deal in 2018.

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    • EU to seek reset in trade talks with US

      EU to seek reset in trade talks with US

      The EU will seek a reset of EU-US trade relations on a number of contentious issues, Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, was quoted as saying. He will meet his US counterpart, Robert Lighthizer, for the first time next month after talking to him just before Christmas. The Trump administration imposed tariffs on European steel and aluminum in mid-2018. It has done the same to $7.5bn worth of EU products over a dispute about subsidies for Airbus, and is threatening action against France over a digital services tax.

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    • Von der Leyen chose Addis Ababa for her first visit outside Europe

      Von der Leyen chose Addis Ababa for her first visit outside Europe

      European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday called for more security and less unregulated migration during a visit to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia and the seat of the African Union (AU), dpa reported. "Only unity will make our continents strong in a changing world. The African Union is a partner I count on," von der Leyen said during her first visit outside Europe as the head of the EU executive.

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    • EU warns Iran of consequences

      EU warns Iran of consequences

      European countries made a new attempt on Monday to persuade Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, under which it agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of the European signatories of the deal - Britain, France and Germany - issued a statement urging Tehran to comply with the accord with major powers, known as the JCPOA, or face action which could include the reimposition of sanctions.

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    • France hosts world leaders to address global challenges

      France hosts world leaders to address global challenges

      French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday welcomed more than 30 heads of state and government at the second annual Paris Peace Forum aimed at finding solutions to global challenges ranging from climate change and terrorism to migration and cyber security. Making an impassioned plea for multilateralism in his opening address at the Paris Peace Forum, Macron called on all delegates to come together to fight climate change, economic inequalities, terrorism, disinformation and cybercrime.

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    • EU stands by all those who have the courage to speak up

      EU stands by all those who have the courage to speak up

      Freedom of expression, in all its forms, is the very essence of democracy. Only with a thriving, free and independent media landscape, we can hold governments, businesses and society at large accountable, says in a declaration the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – 2nd November. 

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