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Save US-Russia nuclear treaty, EU urges

By Georgi Gotev

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday (5 December) urged Russia and the US to save a Cold War arms control treaty after Washington issued a 60-day ultimatum to Moscow.

US gives Russia 60 days to comply with nuclear treaty

By Georgi Gotev

The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday (4 December) to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of a arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe, saying only Moscow could save the pact.

EU should sanction Iran over missile tests, US says

By Georgi Gotev

The United States is pressing the European Union to consider economic sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missiles, a senior US official said on Tuesday (4 December), warning of a wider regional conflict if Tehran's ambitions remain unchecked.

Trump to Meet With Kim Jong-un, Despite North Korea’s Lapses, Bolton Says


John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, said the North’s lack of progress on ending its nuclear program left room for a new meeting, likely in early 2019, to be productive.

UN Security Council to meet on Iran missile test

By Georgi Gotev

The UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday (4 December) at the request of France and Britain after they accused Iran of test-firing a medium-range missile at the weekend, diplomats said.

Belgian nuclear plant may breach EU law, says top judge

By Sam Morgan

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate-general has cast doubt on Belgium’s decision to extend the life of one of its ageing nuclear power plants, suggesting environmental impact assessments may not have been carried out properly.

Macron wants France to become carbon neutral by 2050

By Cécile Barbière

Emmanuel Macron has presented the main lines of his energy policy. In order to be carbon neutral in 2050, France will accelerate the development of renewable energies, while not giving up nuclear energy. EURACTIV France reports.

Environmental organisations: German-French climate partnership

By Susanne Erhlerding

Environmental organisations are calling on Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to coordinate their countries’ climate and energy transitions. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Brussels ministerial paves the way to launching EU Central Asia strategy

By Georgi Gotev

The European Union is expected to define its strategy for Central Asia in early 2019. A preparatory meeting between the EU and the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) took place in Brussels on Friday (23 November).

North and South Korea Get U.N.’s Go-Ahead to Study Joint Rail Project


South Korea has offered to help upgrade the North’s rail network and link it to its own. Now the Security Council has signed off on a joint study of the idea.

Foratom: β€˜Balance of power in the EU is shifting against nuclear’

By Pavol Szalai

Eastern EU countries have a positive opinion of nuclear energy while others like Belgium and Spain are shifting against, says Yves Desbazeille. The big question for the industry is whether Germany will turn even more anti-nuclear than it already is, he says. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.  

Saudis Want a U.S. Nuclear Deal. Can They Be Trusted Not to Build a Bomb?


The question of whether Saudi Arabia should be allowed to make its own nuclear fuel has intensified after the Saudi assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and the cover-up that followed.

Nuclear must account for one-quarter of energy mix to ensure Europe meets 2050 low-carbon targets [Promoted content]

By Yves Desbazeille

Nuclear must account for one quarter of the energy mix to ensure Europe’s 2050 low-carbon targets. This will give citizens and industry access to the low CO2 electricity they need – when needed – whilst reducing environmental impacts and the economic burden on consumers.

EU ministers to discuss militarisation of Azov Sea

By Georgi Gotev

EU foreign ministers will discuss a range of issues in Brussels on Monday (19 November), including for the first time the militarisation of the Azov Sea, which according to diplomats has been effectively blockaded by Russia.

Spain to nix nuclear and coal power by 2030

By Sam Morgan

Spain will close the last of its nuclear reactors and coal power plants before 2030, according to State Secretary for Energy José Dominguez, who made the announcement shortly after Madrid pledged to work towards a completely renewable electricity system.

EU plan for Iran trade circumventing US sanctions unravelling

By Georgi Gotev

A special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran against newly reimposed US sanctions faces possible collapse with no EU country willing to host the operation for fear of provoking US punishment, EU diplomats said.

US belittles EU’s β€˜special purpose vehicle’ as companies flee Iran

By Georgi Gotev

The United States is not too concerned by Europe's idea for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to get around US sanctions with Iran as companies are already withdrawing from the country in droves, the senior official for financial intelligence said.

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception


President Trump says the nuclear threat from North Korea is over. New satellite images of 16 hidden ballistic missile bases suggest that it has worsened since his summit meeting.

In solemn Paris ceremony, Macron leads global WW1 Armistice commemorations

By Georgi Gotev

French President Emmanuel Macron led tributes to the millions of soldiers killed in World War One on Sunday (11 November), using an emotional ceremony in Paris attended by scores of world leaders to warn against nationalism a century on from the conflict.