Monday, March 17, 2014

SERBIA – The official results of the parliamentary elections in Serbia confirm the triumph of conservative and Europeist Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), lead by Aleksandar Vucic, who was awarded the 48,44 % of the vote and 158 seats out of total 250 of the unicameral Parliament. (ANSA)

UKRAINEThe day after the referendum for the annexation to Russia, the Crimean Parliament proclaimed the Republic of Crimea as an independent sovereign State in which the city of Sevastopol has a special status. The self-proclaimed Republic of Crimea has asked the UN and all countries of the world to recognize the independent state created by the people of the Crimea“. (ANSA)

ITALY – Italian Premier Matteo Renzi met the Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of efforts to reassure European partners that Italy is not going off the rails with budget discipline while at the same time winning the green light for some fiscal leeway. The premier, the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), has made several calls for Europe to focus more on growth and employment and less on German-mandated austerity. (ANSAMED)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RUSSIA – France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said the Group of Eight suspended Russia’s participation in their meetings. “As for the G8 as a political formation for the dialogue of all big states together, we have decided to suspend the participation of Russia, there will be seven countries that gather [for the summit] – without Russia”. (Foxnews)

IRAN – The second session of talks between Iran and “5+1” countries (China, Russia, United States, Great Britain, France and Germany) about Iranian nuclear program has started in Vienna. (ANSA)

GERMANYGermany’s Constitutional Court upheld the legality of the euro zone’s bailout fund on Tuesday, affirming a preliminary ruling during the debt crisis in 2012 that gave a green light to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). (Reuters)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ISRAELDuring the night, Israel has hit four military targets in Syrian territory, in reaction to an attack in which four Israelis soldiers were wounded on the Golan Heights. (ANSA)

LYBIAThe Libyan government announced on Wednesday that it has asked the international community for help with a ‘War on Terror’ that threatens to plunge the already-divided nation into a state of full-scale disarray. (RT)

SYRIA – OPCW – UN joint mission, which was responsible for the disposal Syrian chemical arsenal, has confirmed that two other deliveries of chemical agents have been carried out in recent days. This brings to 45.6% of the total chemical material (priority 1 and 2) removed from Syria, which must be destroyed abroad. It said in a statement Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. (ANSAMED)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CRIMEA CRISIS – German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a stretching” of the list of Russian and Ukrainian people affected by EU sanctions. At the EU Council which begins today will determine penalties. (ANSA)

ITALY – A “very positive” meeting with the Italian prime minister Renzi, “Europe will support reforms in Italy“, said the President of the EU Commission José Barroso wrote in a tweet after the meeting with Matteo Renzi. (ANSA)

RUSSIA – Russia responds to U.S. sanctions with mutual and equal number against leaders and U.S. lawmakers. The list includes nine people. Among them, three members of Obama. (ANSA)

Friday, March 21, 2014

TURKEY – Turkey has blocked Twitter hours after embattled Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan threatened to close it down ahead of a key election. It comes after audio recordings purportedly demonstrating corruption among his associates were posted on the site. (TheGuardian)

IRAQ – At least 38 people, including many members of the security forces, were killed in several bombings in Iraq, in Kirkuk and Suleiman Beg, in the north of the country, and Ramadi in the western province of Al Anbar. (ANSA)

UKRAINE – The EU and Ukraine have signed an agreement forging closer economic ties, in a show of support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. (BBC)