Did the United States Just Grant Iran the Right to Enrich Uranium?

For weeks, Western negotiators have huddled in a luxury hotel in Geneva with their Iranian counterparts to defuse tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program. In the early hours Sunday, the diplomats finally secured their long-sought prize: a deal that puts the breaks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.

MAIN FOCUS: Kiev abandons EU course | 22/11/2013

The Ukrainian government broke off the preparations for signing an association agreement with the EU on Thursday. At the same time it announced plans to strengthen economic ties with Russia. The pressure from Moscow was simply too much in the end, some commentators conclude. Others criticise the EU for putting too much emphasis on theTymoshenko issue prior to the signing of the agreement originally planned for next week.

Ukraine Suspends EU Deal, Protesters Fill Kyiv’s Independence Square

Ukrainians protest in support of EU integration in Kyiv, November 21, 2013. Photo by Instagram user zenantipop; used with permission.

 

Opposition leader: Yanukovych traded Ukraine?s EU future for $20 billion

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said that the country?s president, Viktor Yanukovich, had traded the country?s EU future against guarantees from Russia concerning his re-election in 2015, lower gas prices and $20 billion.

Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivschchyna party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and a former minister of economy and of foreign affairs, also announced that he had started the collection of signatures for a no-confidence vote against the government of Mykolay Azarov, the current prime minister.

 

Greek presidency pledges to ‘connect’ the Western Balkans

Greece?s EU Presidency will contribute to the European integration of the Western Balkans and will promote the idea of connectivity in terms of infrastructure in transport and energy sectors, diplomats said. Belgrade expressed the hope that Athens will promote enlargement, realizing that this would not be one of its key priorities. EurActiv Greece and EurActiv Serbia report.

Greece’s EU presidency will contribute to the European integration of the Western Balkans, promoting transport and energy infrastructure. Belgrade has expressed hopes that Athens will not

Greece had always been a strong supporter of EU enlargement policy, especially in the Western Balkans, said Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas.

German Green Party enter into coalition talks with Merkel’s conservatives in Hesse

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s neo-liberal conservative party in the state of Hesse are set to hold coalition talks with the Greens. The environmentalist party moved further to the right when it approved entering negotiations at a congress in Frankfurt.

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