BRUSSELS, Sept 29: The European Commission has warned EU countries that a broad cap on gas prices could be complex to launch and pose risks to energy security, amid calls from countries for Brussels to step in to tame high fuel prices.

BERLIN/COPENHAGEN, Sept 28: Any deliberate disruption to the EU's energy infrastructure would meet a "robust and united response", its top diplomat said, after several states said two Russian pipelines to Europe that have been spewing gas into the Baltic had been attacked.

BRUSSELS/VLADIVOSTOK Russia, Sept 8: The European Union proposed a price cap on Russian gas on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin threatened to cut off all energy supplies if it took such a step, raising the risk of rationing in some of the world's richest countries this winter.

KATHMANDU, July 31: A team from the European Union (EU), which has placed Nepal on the air ban list since 2013, is going to visit Nepal to conduct a safety audit.

BRUSSELS, July 27: European Union governments agreed Tuesday to ration natural gas this winter to protect themselves against any further supply cuts by Russia as Moscow pursues its invasion of Ukraine.

KATHMANDU, July 5: Representatives of the French Civil Aviation Authority have said that they will take initiatives to remove Nepal from the EU's air safety list. They made the commitment at a recent meeting between officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) and representatives of the French Civil Aviation Authority.

KYIV, June 24: Ukraine became a candidate to join the European Union on Thursday, a bold geopolitical step triggered by Russia's invasion that Kyiv and Brussels hailed as an "historic moment".

BRUSSELS, May 31: European Union leaders agreed Monday to embargo most Russian oil imports into the bloc by year-end as part of new sanctions on Moscow worked out at a summit focused on helping Ukraine with a long-delayed package of new financial support.

KATHMANDU, May 12: One hundred and fifty farmers from the Mustang district have received training on pashmina fiber combing and harvesting to add higher value to their products and thus comply better with global market requirements.

BRUSSELS, May 6: The European Commission has proposed changes to its planned embargo on Russian oil to give Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic more time to prepare for the shift in their energy supplies, three EU sources said on Friday.

POKHARA, March 27: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale has said that Pokhara International Airport will now connect Pokhara with the rest of the world.

WASHINGTON/LVIV, Ukraine, March 9: A U.S. ban on imports of Russia's oil ratcheted up punishment for the invasion of Ukraine on Tuesday as McDonald's and Starbucks closed outlets and Moscow promised safe passage for some people to flee.

BRUSSELS, Feb 25: European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to impose new economic sanctions on Russia, joining the United States and Britain in trying to punish President Vladimir Putin and his allies for unleashing a full-scale attack on Ukraine.

WASHINGTON D.C., NEW DELHI, Feb 10: Six South Asian nations, including India, are set to benefit from a new USD$ 21.5 million (EUR 18 million) funding from the European Union (EU), which will help to accelerate climate-smart, inclusive infrastructure investments in their regions.

KATHMANDU, Feb 7: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale has requested the European Union to remove Nepal from the European airspace prohibition order list.

Jan 28: The European Union's drug regulator on Thursday gave the green light to Pfizer Inc's (PFE.N) antiviral COVID-19 pill for treating adults at risk of severe illness, as the region scrambles to boost its arsenal to fight the Omicron variant.

KABUL/BERLIN, Jan 22:  The European Union said on Friday it was re-establishing a physical presence in Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes, but stressed it was not formally recognising the Taliban-led administration.

BRUSSELS, Dec 16: Omicron is expected to be the dominant coronavirus variant in the European Union’s 27 nations by mid-January, the bloc’s top official said Wednesday amid concerns that a dramatic rise in infections will leave Europe shrouded in gloom during the holiday season.

KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The European Union (EU) has declined to remove Nepali airlines from its prohibition order lists, preventing them from operating in European airspace stating that they still fail to meet the international safety standards.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Nov 26: The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school pupils amid a new wave of infections sweeping across the continent.

KATHMANDU, NOv 24: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale has urged the visiting high-ranking EU officials to consider removing Nepal from the European Union's (EU) blacklist.

CHITWAN, Nov 22: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Prem Bahadur Ale asserted that the government was effortful to remove Nepal Airlines Corporation from the blacklist of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: The 13th meeting of the Nepal-European Union Joint Commission is scheduled to take place in Kathmandu on November 24, Wednesday.

LONDON, Aug 7: No causal link between COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual disorders has been found so far, Europe's drugs regulator said on Friday, separately recommending that three new conditions be added as possible side-effects of J&J's (JNJ.N) coronavirus shot.

KATHMANDU, June 5: On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the European Union (EU), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have announced the launch of a new development cooperation project titled “Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems (GRAPE) in Nepal”.

KATHMANDU, May 13: The European Union (EU) has mobilized an initial Rs 282 million in humanitarian funding at the request of Nepal to help contain the explosion in COVID-19 cases.

EUROPE, April 27: The European Commission said on Monday it had launched legal action against AstraZeneca (AZN.L) for not respecting its contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a "reliable" plan to ensure timely deliveries.

KATHMANDU, April 6: Nepal has received a debt service relief amounting to NPR 582 million (EURO4.299 million) through a European Union contribution of EURO 183 million to the ‘Catastrophe Containment Relief Trust (CCRT) set up by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

LONDON, Mar 19: The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t increase the overall incidence of blood clots and that the benefits of using it outweigh the possible risks, paving the way for European countries to resume dispensing the shots.

BERLIN, March 16: A cascading number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy and Spain — suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and international regulators say there is no evidence the shot is to blame.

BRUSSELS, March 4: The European Union has suspended its support for development projects in Myanmar to avoid providing financial assistance to the military who seized power last month, officials said on Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Mar 3: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow’s attempt to poison opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year, in President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin.

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Jan 28: Europe’s fight to secure COVID-19 vaccine supplies intensified on Thursday when the European Union said it would tighten oversight of exports after a row with AstraZeneca and Britain demanded that it receive all the shots it paid for.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The United Nations Nepal together with the Embassy of Germany, the Embassy of Israel, the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal (EU) and Higher Institutions and Secondary Schools' Association Nepal (HISSAN) on Wednesday initiated a week-long educational outreach program on Holocaust with the youth of seven provinces in Nepal today.

Europe after Brexit

January 11, 2021 08:15 am

Brexit raises long-dormant strategic questions about Europe’s internal unity and external position, and few of these are likely to be decided quickly.

Europe’s misconceived cohesion

December 30, 2020 09:00 am

The EU was built on a vision of regime homogeneity. But the bloc has become heterogeneous, with some members breaching liberal-democratic principles.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The European Union (EU) has decided to continue its ban on Nepali airlines through a recent update in the EU Air Safety List, although the Himalayan country has been making efforts to get delisted from the EU blacklist for a long time.

The European Union is facing an existential threat, and yet the EU’s leadership is responding with a compromise that appears to reflect a belief that the threat can simply be wished away.

BRUSSELS, Dec 13:  London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on an elusive trade agreement on Sunday, after a week of tension and deadlock that left a tumultuous ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 looking more likely than not.

Merkel’s last chance

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Merkel’s legacy would look different if she were to face down Europe’s self-declared illiberals. If she does not, she will have shown that values are negotiable, and that the EU is easily blackmailed.

KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The government has stepped up to claim the geographical indication (GI) right on Basmati paddy in the European Union (EU), in response to India seeking an approval to receive GI certification for the same from the political and economic union of 27 member countries.

China’s global climate boost

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With the American public divided and climate science politicized, rejoining the Paris accord will not by itself make the US a reliable player in international climate politics.

No European leader will ever fail to appeal to Europe’s common destiny. But in the EU’s case, “unity” is often the opposite of “agency,” the capacity to act as a whole.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: A two-year project has been launched in Province 2 and Karnali Province to help minimize the instances of  gender-based violence in the provinces.

Post-pandemic geopolitics

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In 2030, COVID-19 looks just as unpleasant as the Great Influenza of 1918-20 looked from 1930, and with similar limited long-term geopolitical effects.

BRUSSELS , July 25: The European Union is not interested in buying potential COVID-19 vaccines through an initiative co-led by the World Health Organisation as it deems it slow and high-cost, two EU sources told Reuters, noting the bloc was in talks with drugmakers for shots cheaper than $40.

BRUSSELS, July 21: Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever.

BRUSSELS , March 21: The European Commission said on Saturday it had approved three French state aid schemes to support the French economy amid the coronavirus epidemic that would mobilise 300 billion euros (275.2 billion pounds) of liquidity support for affected companies.

BRUSSELS, March 13: The European Union will establish a 37 billion euro (33 billion pounds) investment initiative as part of a package of measures to cushion the bloc’s economies from the impact of coronavirus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.