European Union governments imposed sanctions on Ukrainian officials, and the country’s parliament rejected President Viktor Yanukovych’s crackdown following the deadliest day of protests in the capital Kiev.
European Union governments agreed to freeze assets belonging to Ukrainian officials and deny them travel visas, raising pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych to stem the violence between security forces and protesters.
Socialist parties are likely to be the top vote-getters in the European Parliament elections in May, raising the chances that Germany’s Martin Schulz will become the next president of the European Commission, an analysis of poll data showed.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled she would back former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean- Claude Juncker as the European Union conservative parties’ lead candidate for the European election in May.
Calls to give the European Parliament more powers over economic adjustment programs in crisis-scarred countries are “extremely dangerous” because they risk weakening the conditions attached to the aid, the leader of Germany’s Free Democrats said.