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Italian PM meets Van Rompuy, pledges a confidence vote on reforms

ROME, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta met with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy on Wednesday and pledged to step up reforms in the recession-hit country. "I will ask a confidence vote next week to design a new majority in Parliament and bind it on a 2014 based on reforms, in order to make Italy more competitive," Letta said in a press conference after the talks with Van Rompuy. The meeting took place at Palazzo Chigi, the official residence of the Italian prime minister, in Rome.

EU welcomes Ukrainians' 'deep European aspirations'

European Union President Herman van Rompuy said Wednesday that Ukrainians' "deep European aspirations" were clear and that the bloc was ready to respond to them, amid virulent protests for closer EU ties. Speaking after Germany insisted the EU's doors were still open to Ukraine, Van Rompuy encouraged the country to follow through with signing an Association Agreement with the bloc -- the key political and trade deal whose rejection by the Ukrainian government sparked the protests.

Two dead in chain road accident of 50 vehicles in Belgium

BRUSSELS, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Two people were killed Tuesday morning in a chain road accident of 50 cars in west Belgium, reported local television VRT. The accident occurred on the road between Ieper and Kortrijk in West Flanders, two cities near the French border, mainly due to a thick fog. The death toll could rise, according to police. Traffic was therefore severely disrupted following the most serious road accident in Belgium this winter.

World War I battlefield soil laid at London memorial

Soil from World War I battlefields in Belgium was laid in a memorial garden in London on Saturday ahead of the 100th anniversary next year of the start of the conflict. Seventy bags of "sacred soil" gathered by more than 1,000 British and Belgian schoolchildren earlier this year arrived in Britain by Belgian warship on Friday. On Saturday, a horsedrawn army gun carriage took the bags past landmarks including Buckingham Palace and St Paul's Cathedral to the new memorial garden at Wellington barracks in central London.

EU says won't accept Russia 'veto' on ties with east Europe

The European Union will not accept a Russia "veto" or any other meddling in its ties with other nations, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday. "The times of limited sovereignty are over in Europe," Barroso told a news conference after ex-Soviet state Ukraine turned its back on a major trade and political deal with the EU after economic pressure from Moscow. Speaking at the same news conference, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy said the 28-nation bloc's offer to sign the landmark deals with Ukraine "is still on the table."

EU "strongly disapproves" of Russia's action over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's offer to sign a free trade and political association agreement with Ukraine remains on the table despite Kiev's decision to seek closer ties with Russia, the EU's top two officials said on Monday. In a joint statement issued days before Ukraine was due to sign the EU free-trade agreement at a summit in Vilnius, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Ukraine had been subjected to external pressure to get it to change course.

EU hails 'courage' of Iran deal, urges implementation

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday hailed the "courage" shown by Iran and world powers in their deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme, but also urged its "punctual" implementation. "It is now crucial to ensure punctual implementation of the agreement reached and to continue working, on the basis of the trust that is being built, towards a definitive settlement of this issue," Van Rompuy said of the agreement which offers Iran in exchange limited sanctions relief.

EU hails 'courage' of Iran deal, urges 'punctual' implementation

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday hailed the "courage" shown by Iran and world powers in their deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme, but said the key lay in its "punctual" implementation. "It is now crucial to ensure punctual implemtation of the agreement reached and to continue working, on the basis of the trust that is being built, towards a definitive settlement of this issue," Van Rompuy said of the agreement which offers in exchange limited sanctions relief. rt/boc

EU trade chief urges tougher line with China

The European Union's trade chief called Friday for the bloc to defend itself more aggressively against Beijing, saying it would not "get anything from the Chinese by being polite". Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht spoke a day after the 28-nation EU held a summit with China at which the two sides launched negotiations for a landmark investment agreement. The meeting came as the EU and China have seen their commercial relationship grow dramatically, though it has also been characterised by increasing trade disputes over issues ranging from solar panels to wine.

EU trade chief urges stronger line against China

The European Union's trade chief called Friday for the bloc to defend itself more aggressively against Beijing, saying it would not "get anything from the Chinese by being polite". Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht spoke a day after the 28-nation EU held a summit with China at which the two sides launched negotiations for a landmark investment agreement. The summit came as the EU and China have seen their commercial relationship grow though it has also characterised by increasing trade disputes over issues ranging from solar panels to wine.
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