Connect to share and comment

Avant-garde Belgian opera director Gerard Mortier dies

Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real opera house until September last year, has died after battling cancer, the culture ministry said Sunday. He was 70. Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real. US composer Charles Wuorinen took six years to complete the opera, and a clearly ailing Mortier attended its premiere in January.

Avant-garde Belgian opera director Gerard Mortier dies

Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real opera house until September last year, has died after battling cancer, the culture ministry said Sunday. He was 70. Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real. US composer Charles Wuorinen took six years to complete the opera, and a clearly ailing Mortier attended its premiere in January.

Belgian opera director Gerard Mortier dies aged 70

Belgian Gerard Mortier, the avant-garde artistic director of Madrid's Teatro Real opera house until September last year, has died after battling cancer, the culture ministry said Sunday. He was 70. Mortier, known for his risk-taking approach to scene work and keen interest in 20th-century opera, commissioned an adaptation of gay cowboy epic "Brokeback Mountain" for Teatro Real. The opera took six years to complete, and a clearly ailing Mortier attended its premiere in January.

Europe readies fresh Russia sanctions failing quick talks

Europe's leaders on Thursday suspended visa and other talks with Russia due to events in Ukraine and threatened harsher targeted sanctions within days if Moscow failed to join peace talks over the ex-Soviet state. Winding up six hours of talks, the European Union's 28 leaders agreed a three-step series of sanctions beginning with the immediate halt of talks on easing visas for Russians as well as talks on a new economic accord, said EU president Herman Van Rompuy.

'Time is on our side', says EU in showdown over Ukraine

By Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - If there is a consistent message the European Union has tried to send since Ukraine rejected a trade deal last November in favor of stronger ties with Moscow, it is that it does not want to end up in a tug-of-war with Russia. But whether the EU likes it or not, that is precisely what has come to pass and the future of Ukraine - its 46 million people and its faltering economy - hangs in the balance.

EU tells Slovenia reforms will 'pay off'

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Monday urged Slovenia's government to continue with reforms after it managed to avoid a bailout last year. "The reforms you are undertaking and have committed to undertake... in the financial sector and beyond, are necessary, need to be continued and will pay off," Van Rompuy said at a joint news conference with Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek. The recent recovery in crisis-struck Spain and Ireland "show the way and are a reason for keeping the course," he added.

EU's Van Rompuy sees European economic revival in 2014

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy on Sunday forecast an economic upswing for Europe in 2014 in an interview with Belgium's Flemish-speaking broascaster VTM. Even euro-strugglers such as Spain and Greece are showing signs of positive growth, Van Rompuy told VTM News. While 2013 saw European Union nations overcome the crisis, 2014 will be the year of revival though this is not yet visible in continuingly poor unemployment data, he said.

EU hails French role in CAR, to decide on mission January

European Union leaders hailed France's intervention in the Central African Republic on Friday and promised a decision on a possible EU support mission in January. "This is the second time in a year that France has courageously taken the lead in a serious crisis," EU President Herman Van Rompuy said, referring to French intervention in Mali early this year. "The French response has helped avoid a civil war, perhaps even genocide" in CAR, Van Rompuy said at the close of a two-day EU leaders' summit.

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.

EU keeps Ukraine offer 'on the table'

The European Union insisted Monday a stalled cooperation accord with Ukraine is still possible this week, showing defiant commitment to an eastern European policy it says offers benefits for all, including Russia. Last week, Ukraine unexpectedly halted all preparations to sign the Association Agreement, seen as a first step towards EU membership and a historic break from Russia.
Syndicate content