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Rebutting controversy, EU foreign policy chief says Europe is united on Russia

January 22nd, 2015
10:46 AM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The EU will stand united in keeping up its pressure on Moscow, the EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“The main point that is surprising and probably also affecting the Russian leadership is our unity, the impossibility to divide us, and I count on us to stay united.”

Mogherini told Amanpour that while “it would be naive and probably stupid to say that there are no differences among Europeans,” they’ve “managed, over the last year, to keep united and take all our decisions by unanimity, because we know that our decisions are not linked to single member states' interests, but they are linked to a principle that we cannot accept the violation of international rules. This is the basic core principle of the European Union.”

Mogherini, who took up the lead role in November, came under fire this week after a paper she circulated was widely seen as a suggestion to ease sanctions on Russia.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • European Union • Eurozone • Latest Episode • Russia • Ukraine

EU needs passenger registry like U.S. implemented post-9/11, says EU anti-terror chief

January 13th, 2015
06:29 PM ET

By Madalena Araujo, CNN

The European Union needs to enact legislation that allows authorities to keep a database of all travelers, similar to a law implemented in the U.S. after the September 11th attacks, the EU’s Counter-Terror Coordinator told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

Gilles de Kerchove’s comments came in response to questioning by Amanpour about Hayat Boumediene, the partner of alleged Paris attacker Amedy Coulibaly, who was reportedly able to go to Turkey via Madrid before crossing into Syria on Thursday.

“I would say because we are missing one instrument and that’s at the core of the discussion in Paris, we really need to do what the Americans have done after 9/11, to set what they call a Passenger Name Record, PNR, which is one of the few tools which allows the police to detect suspicious travel when their services have not been able based on intelligence to detect that someone was planning to go abroad for the jihad.”

The U.S.-style law would make it mandatory for airlines to hand EU countries the data of passengers entering or leaving the union.

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Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • European Union • France • Latest Episode

Century after start of WWI, Serbia strives to ‘be a part of the solution’

August 5th, 2014
09:17 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Ceremonies are taking place across Europe to mark 100 years since the outbreak of World War I.

Fifty heads of state gathered in Belgium to remember the German invasion, and Britain's declaration of war on Germany.

It was also supposed to be “the war to end all wars,” but a hundred years later, tensions in Europe are ratcheting up yet again, particularly between Russia and the West.

One country that is close to both sides is Serbia: a traditional ally of the Kremlin that is also looking to join the European Union.

“No one needs any more crisis in the heart of Europe,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, on Monday. “No one needs any more problems, any more clashes, any more fights.”

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Filed under:  European Union • Latest Episode

Euro elections: Tilt to the right?

May 21st, 2014
03:01 PM ET

Europe is heading to the polls in an election that could be a turning point for politics on the continent.

Radical right parties within the European Union are expected to win a much higher representation in the European parliament than in years gone by.

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