AFP Europe News Agenda

What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:

+ New Cypriot finance minister to be sworn in

+ French ex-minister charged in tax fraud probe

+ Serbia, Kosovo fail to reach deal

NICOSIA: New Cypriot finance minister Haris Georgiades is sworn in at 0730 GMT after the resignation of Michalis Sarris, who stepped down to cooperate with a judicial probe on the causes of the financial crisis. Picture. Graphic. (CYPRUS-ECONOMY-EU-FINANCE)

PARIS: Follow-up after former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac is charged in a tax fraud probe and admitted he had foreign bank accounts, fuelling a scandal that has deeply embarrassed the Socialist government. Picture. Graphic. (FRANCE-POLITICS)

BRUSSELS/BELGRADE: Serbia and Kosovo fail to find common ground on how to defuse longstanding tensions at marathon EU-sponsored talks, but the door appears open for further discussions. Picture. (EU-SERBIA-KOSOVO-TALKS)


MONACO: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pays a visit to Monaco to mark 20 years of United Nations membership for the principality. Ban is welcomed at the royal palace in the early afternoon (around 1200 GMT). Picture. (MONACO-UN-DIPLOMACY)

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis holds general audience in the Vatican starting at 0930 GMT. (VATICAN-RELIGION-POPE)

ANKARA: The European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, meets Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at 0900 GMT. No time announced for presser. Picture. (TURKEY-EU-DIPLOMACY)

LISBON: Portuguese parliament opens debate at 1500 GMT on a government no-confidence motion presented by the opposition Socialists to protest against austerity measures. The measure is not expected to pass. (PORTUGAL-POLITICS)

KIEV: Ukraine's top court hears an appeal from 0700 GMT by senior opposition member Yury Lutsenko, a former interior minister and ally of the jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, who himself was sentenced to four years on abuse of power charges. Picture. (UKRAINE-POLITICS)

MOSCOW: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meets Yemeni President Abd Rabbo Mansur Hadi, whose nation enjoyed close ties with Moscow in Soviet times. No timing announced. Picture. (RUSSIA-YEMEN-DIPLOMACY)

-- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discusses energy and other cooperation with his Angolan counterpart Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti. No timing announced. (RUSSIA-ANGOLA-DIPLOMACY)

VILNIUS: Turkish President Abdullah Gul holds talks with Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite focussed on his country's drive to join the European Union as Lithuania gears up to take over the EU presidency in July. Press conference 1235 GMT. Picture. (EU-ENLARGE-LITHUANIA-TURKEY)

BRUSSELS: The European Space Agency inaugurates its Space Weather Coordination Centre, which provides crucial data on solar flares and other dramatic outer space events that may threaten Earth's communications and navigation satellites, power grids and even planes. From 0830 GMT. Picture (SCIENCE-SPACE-ASTRONOMY-EUROPE-WEATHER)