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Past articles by Raf:

Weeks before EU and Latin American joint summit, trade deal remains elusive

The European Union and the Mercosur group of Latin American nations are still struggling to bridge the last difference before they can reach final agreement on a long-delayed trade deal → Read More

Sustainable till death do us part, and 45 days beyond; mushroom coffin a last best wish for some

For those seeking to live in the most sustainable way, there now is an afterlife too → Read More

EU welcomes F-16 jet decision for training Ukraine pilots

The European Union’s foreign policy chief says that the U.S. green light to allow Ukrainian pilots get training to fly F-16s has created an inexorable momentum that will inevitably bring the fighter jets to the Ukrainian battlefield → Read More

EU wants to ramp up ammunition production to help Ukraine

The European Union has announced fresh plans to ramp up the large-scale production of ammunition → Read More

Ukraine welcomes EU deal on continued farm exports

Ukraine has welcomed the European Union’s hard-fought deal to keep farm exports flowing into and through the bloc to world markets → Read More

In the EU's inflation crisis, the humble egg takes the cake

BRUSSELS (AP) — The humble egg has become a star performer for all the wrong reasons as inflation has hit households across the European Union extremely hard over the year. The EU’s statistical... → Read More

EU seeks new Russia sanctions package, targets Iran's drones

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is considering a new set of sanctions totaling 11 billion euros against Russia and some third countries providing vital goods that Moscow uses to boost its troops on... → Read More

UN appeals for $397 million to help Syrian quake survivors

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations chief launched a $397 million appeal Tuesday to help nearly 5 million survivors of last week’s devastating earthquake in rebel-held northwest Syria who have… → Read More

Zelenskyy wraps up European tour with visit to EU summit

Zelenskyy will use his impressive aura and oratory skills in person to make sure that nothing stalls in Europe's unwavering backing. → Read More

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy makes emotional appeal for EU membership

The Brussels visit came as Russia intensified its attacks in eastern Ukraine amid signs that a major new offensive by Moscow was underway before the Feb. 24 anniversary of the war. → Read More

Zelenskyy wraps up European tour with visit to EU summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is wrapping up a whirlwind tour of his major European backers → Read More

EU Parliament planning for possible Zelenksyy visit in days

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s legislature was preparing plans Monday to host Volodymyr Zelenskyy should the Ukraine president decide to come to Brussels to attend an EU summit later this... → Read More

Nobel laureate wants more to help probe Russian war crimes

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Ukrainian human rights lawyer who shared last year’s Nobel Peace Prize called Thursday for more international investigative and legal help to deal with the staggering amount of... → Read More

EU assembly wants Iran's Revolutionary Guard on terror list

The European Parliament has called for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to be put on the European Union’s terrorist list and insisted that sanctions targeting Tehran had to be expanded after the violent suppression of protests → Read More

Despite record cocaine seizures, drug cartels roil Europe

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Each tiny plastic package was barely the size of a fingernail and weighed all of 0.2 grams. Still, the bags of white powder police seized in a Brussels cellar were yet another... → Read More

EU moving toward joint measures to face China COVID crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations are fine-tuning a coordinated response to China’s COVID-19 crisis on Wednesday and are zeroing in on travel restrictions that would upset both Beijing and... → Read More

EU to try again for coordination on China COVID-19 policies

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations will try again on Wednesday to mold a coordinated approach on if and how authorities should check incoming airline passengers from China for any new COVID-19 … → Read More

EU to US: We already have war, don’t give us trade war, too

BRUSSELS (AP) — Disappointment has set in two years after the election of U.S. President Joe Biden was supposed to reset trans-Atlantic relations with the European Union. EU leaders are openly talk… → Read More

G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on... → Read More

G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder … → Read More