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#Catherine Ashton

# catherine-ashton - Saturday 30 August, 2014

Meet the new bosses: Poland's Tusk and Italy's Mogherini chosen for EU top jobs

The nomination of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take over as Council President will send a strong message to Moscow, amid the continuing Ukraine crisis.

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 6 May, 2014

Irishman appointed as EU ambassador to the United States

David O’Sullivan previously worked with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

# catherine-ashton - Monday 24 February, 2014

Russia withdraws ambassador from Kiev as stand-off with Western powers deepens

The US has warned Russia against sending troops into Kiev, with National Security Adviser Susan Rice saying such a move would be a “grave mistake”.

# catherine-ashton - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

EU warns Turkey: ‘Your membership is in jeopardy over protests’

Catherine Ashton says Turkey’s government must adopt European standards in its response to protests if it wants to join.

# catherine-ashton - Monday 27 May, 2013

EU's foreign ministers still can't decide whether to arm Syria's rebels

A summit of foreign ministers struggled to reach a compromise on whether to extend an arms embargo after this week.

# catherine-ashton - Monday 8 April, 2013

Serbia rejects EU proposal to ease tensions with breakaway Kosovo

A deal with Kosovo to ease tensions with Kosovo are a pre-condition for Serbia to join the European Union later this year.

# catherine-ashton - Saturday 6 April, 2013

No understanding reached between Iran and world powers

High-level talks about Tehran’s nuclear programme were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan this weekend.

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

World powers begin talks with Iran over nuclear programme

Iran has said that it’s their right to enrich uranium, but experts fear that it could be turned into a nuclear warhead in a matter of months.

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency

It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Explainer: A crash course on Ireland's presidency of the EU

Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?

# catherine-ashton - Monday 9 July, 2012

Video: Assad remains defiant in TV interview as Annan arrives in Syria Syria This post contains videos

Video: Assad remains defiant in TV interview as Annan arrives in Syria

“A president shouldn’t run away from a challenge, and we have a national challenge in Syria now,” Syrian president Bashar Assad said in a defiant interview with German television last night.

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 15 May, 2012

EU carries out air strikes on Somali pirates

Attack helicopters took part in the attacks early this morning along the coastline of Somalia.

# catherine-ashton - Monday 23 April, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi boycotts Burma's parliament over oath

Meanwhile, the EU has announced lifting sanctions against Burma after year of political reform.

# catherine-ashton - Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Family of Michael Dwyer pressures EU to find answers over killing

The family of an Irish man killed by Bolivian state police in 2009 is travelling to the European Parliament today, seeking to secure information about his death.

# catherine-ashton - Monday 23 January, 2012

EU agrees oil embargo against Iran over nuclear programme

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said it was part of an “unprecedented set of sanctions” against Iran.

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 20 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge Watch: Happy Christmas from all your friends in Brussels Christmas Greetings This post contains videos

Watch: Happy Christmas from all your friends in Brussels

This just might be the strangest Christmas video you’ll see this year…

# catherine-ashton - Tuesday 11 October, 2011

UKRAINE’S FORMER Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted today of abuse of power in signing a gas import contact with Russia in 2009.

The court ruled that she had acted beyond her office in signing the contract and had agreed too high a price.

Sentencing Tymoshenko today, the judge said she would be banned from occupying a government job for three years after her jail term. He also fined her €140 million in damages to the state.

Interupting the lengthy ruling, Tymoshenko stood up in court and compared her verdict with the purges carried out by Stalin:

The year 1937 has returned to Ukraine with this verdict and all the repression of citizens. As for me, be sure that I will not stop my fight even for a minute. I will always be with you as long as it is necessary.

The former leader has accused her long-time rival President Viktor Yanukovych of orchestrating the charges to prevent her from running for office. Tymoshenko was behind the Orange Revolution which in 2004 forced Yanukovych from power. Staging a successful comeback, he beat Tymoshenko in a close-run presidential election last year.

The EU’s High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement today that the “EU is deeply disappointed with the verdict” handed down to Tymoshenko and said that the EU will “reflect on its policies towards Ukraine”:

The way the Ukrainian authorities will generally respect universal values and rule of law, and specifically how they will handle these cases, risks having profound implications for the EU-Ukraine bilateral relationship, including for the conclusion of the Association Agreement, our political dialogue and our co-operation more broadly.

Ashton added that the EU hopes Ukrainian authorities will “ensure a fair, transparent and impartial process” in any appeal involving Tymoshenko or cases involving former members of the government.

The Kyiv Post reports that Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Kostyantyn Gryshchenko responded to the EU statement, saying that Tymoshenko’s case should have no negative impact on EU’s relations with Ukraine and that Ukraine’s “executive branch does not and will not interfere in this [legal] process. The case is in the hands of Ukraine’s judiciary.”

The minister added that Ukrainian officials are “ready to continue dialogue with our partners on all issues of mutual interest”.

- Additional reporting by the AP

# catherine-ashton - Monday 9 May, 2011

EU imposes arms embargo on Syria, as hundreds more protesters are detained

The EU says an arms embargo, and sanctions against 13 Syrian officials, will take effect tomorrow.

# catherine-ashton - Saturday 12 March, 2011

EU foreign chief to meet Arab League over Libyan conflict

Catherine Ashton will meet leaders from the Arab world, and discuss the prospect of a no-fly zone over Libya.

# catherine-ashton - Saturday 17 July, 2010

THE EU’S FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF will travel to Gaza this week to hear proposals from Israel on how to end Gaza’s dependence on it and how to lift its aid blockade.

Catherine Ashton visits Gaza tomorrow intent on convincing Israel to lift the blockade, but will likely hear proposals from Israel’s foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman on how the state plans to end it itself.

The move follows last month’s declaration by Israel that it would ease its blockade on the region, by replacing the current system where only certain items are allowed entry with one which instead bars a smaller number of items.

But Israel’s proposals – which were leaked by a leading Israeli daily – go further than this and essentially allow Gaza to become an independent entity, ending years of international pressure at Israel’s presence in the region.

Lieberman’s plans would involve Israel sealing off its borders with region and ceasing its naval inspections on aid vessels, such as that which led to the raid on the Freedom Flotilla in May.

Crucially, however, they would also involve the international community being asked to help in the construction of new homes in the region and European military assistance to help secure the border.

The plans have meet with resistance from the Palestinian governing party Hamas, which sees the plan as a ruse to separate Gaza from the other major Palestinian settlement of the West Bank.