Articles by Robert Wielaard



Army's Actions Raises Ukraine Issues for EU

  • 01 September 08
  • The Associated Press
RussiaТs actions in Georgia have turned the prospect of EU membership for Ukraine into a hot issue.

Uncertainty Over Future Spoils EUТs 50th Birthday

  • 03 June 08
  • The Assocated Press
As a law student in Lisbon in the late 1960s, Jose Manuel Barroso passed around an illicit copy of “Je t’aime, Moi non plus” a heavy-breathing French tune of a lovemaking couple that Portugal’s fascist dictator had banned as too racy.

EU Optimistic on Russia Talks

  • 24 April 07
  • The Associated Press
The European Union remained upbeat Monday that it can begin negotiations for a comprehensive but delayed strategic partnership accord with Russia next month, although the biggest hurdle -- a Russian ban on Polish meat and plant products -- remained unresolved after weekend talks.

As EU Turns 50, Leaders Are Unsure What's Next

  • 19 March 07
  • The Associated Press
BRUSSELS -- As a law student in Lisbon in the late 1960s, Jose Manuel Barroso passed around an illicit copy of ""Je t'aime, Moi non plus"" a heavy-breathing French tune of a lovemaking couple that Portugal's fascist dictator had banned as too racy.

EU Freezes Payments to Palestinians

  • 11 April 06
  • The Associated Press
European Union foreign ministers on Monday endorsed a freeze of EU aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, but said they would seek alternative ways of providing money for humanitarian projects, Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot said.

Ukraine Presses EU on Membership

  • 06 March 06
  • The Associated Press
Ukraine said Friday that it wanted to join the European Union by 2015 -- a prospect the bloc is not contemplating -- and insisted that keeping the country outside the EU was unfair and unwise.

EU Ready to Negotiate With Turkey

  • 04 October 05
  • The Associated Press
European Union governments agreed Monday on the terms of opening entry negotiations with Turkey, after Austria dropped objections which had threatened to derail Ankara's four-decade-long bid to join the EU, diplomats said.

EU Hopeful for a Deal in Moscow

  • 26 April 05
  • The Associated Press
The European Union expressed confidence Monday it could overcome last-minute difficulties and sign a long-delayed partnership accord with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month.

EU Drafts First Constitution

  • 21 June 04
  • The Associated Press
European Union leaders face an uphill struggle to sell the union's first-ever constitution in the streets and parliaments of Europe, where skepticism about more integration is growing.

Expanded NATO Tries to Reassure Moscow

  • 05 April 04
  • The Associated Press
Flags of seven new NATO members from former Communist Europe rose at alliance headquarters for the first time Friday, marking the biggest expansion in the pact's 55-year history.

Belgium Sticks With Center-Left Coalition

  • 20 May 03
  • The Associated Press
Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt tendered the resignation of his outgoing coalition to King Albert, a procedural step to start the process of forming a new government.

EU Wants Role for UN in Iraq

  • 18 April 03
  • The Associated Press
The European Union said Thursday that the United Nations must play a ""central"" role in rebuilding Iraq and urged the United States to maintain law and order in the country.

Rift Over Iraq Looms Larger in Europe

  • 19 March 03
  • The Associated Press
Europe's divide over Iraq loomed ever larger Tuesday with France and Germany denouncing the U.S. move toward war while British Prime Minister Tony Blair said ousting Saddam Hussein now was key to solving similar crises in the future.

EU to Discuss Relief For Battered Airlines

  • 16 October 01
  • The Associated Press
European Union governments will debate Tuesday and Wednesday how to provide financial relief for European airlines after last month's attacks on New York and Washington, along with a raft of anti-terrorist measures, from safer airports to accelerating extradition of terrorist suspects.

Belgium, Finland Sterilized Women

Trade, Politics Focus Of Clinton-EU Talks

EU Returns To Tehran, Ignores U.S.

No Clear Candidate For Top NATO Post

Euro Flag: Symbol Of Squabbles