Egyptian mass trial ‘in breach’ of international human rights law

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EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has condemned the decision to sentence 683 people to death following a mass trial in Egypt.

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Parliament calls for stronger Russian sanctions

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MEPs have adopted a resolution calling for the EU to strengthen the second phase of sanctions against Russia.

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Sanction list expands as Ukraine crisis escalates

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton has condemned attempts by armed pro-Russian separatists to destabilise Ukraine, describing the situation as “extremely worrying”.

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Criticism for ‘undemocratic’ joint agreement on next commission president

Parliament’s GUE/NGL and Greens/EFA groups have reacted angrily to a joint statement released by the EPP, S&D and ALDE groups announcing that they had reached an agreement in the selection of the next European commission president.

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MEPs blast Erdoğan’s vow to ‘eradicate Twitter’

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s blocking of Twitter just 10 days ahead of the country’s local election has been branded a “blatant attack” on freedom of speech.

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Ashton responds to ‘illegal’ Crimea referendum

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European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has strongly condemned Russia for its role in the “so-called” referendum in Crimea, which she described as “illegal and in clear breach of the Ukrainian constitution”.

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MEPs call for suspension of EU-US Swift agreement following new NSA revelations

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Dutch deputy Sophie in’t Veld has requested that the European commission immediately suspend the EU-US terrorist finance tracking programme (TFTP) while new NSA revelations are investigated.

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