Tag: European Union (EU)

Trinidad Boosts LNG Exports to Europe, Rushes More Gas Output

PORT OF SPAIN — Trinidad and Tobago’s sales of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe have doubled so far this year to 40 percent of the total, Energy Minister Stuart Young said today, as demand continues growing amid a reduction of Russian gas supplies. Trinidad’s LNG exports declined to 7.9 million tonnes last year after […]

Caribbean Golden Passport Programs Under Threat Of Termination By EU

The future of Citizenship by Investment Programs (CIP) in the Caribbean is under threat with the European Union set to issue what some may consider an untimely ultimatum, as first reported in the Antigua Observer. Last Wednesday, a vote was taken by the European parliament to ask the European Commission, which can be likened to […]

Human Rights Abusers Cuba, Venezuela Toady Up Praise For Russia After Invasion Of Ukraine

HAVANA — In a carefully worded statement, the Cuban government is blaming the United States for the crisis in Ukraine and backed Russia’s right to “self-defense,” but said the conflict should be resolved diplomatically. “We call on the United States and NATO to seriously and realistically address the well-founded claims for security guarantees of the […]

In A First, EU To Suspend Visa-Free Travel For ‘Golden Passport’ Country

BRUSSELS — The European Commission proposed a suspension of a visa-free travel agreement with the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu because of its scheme offering passports to rich foreigners. If the proposal is backed by EU states, it would be the first time that the EU imposes sanctions on a country for running “golden passport” schemes, […]

EU-Caribbean Leaders’ Meeting: Joining Forces For A Full COVID-19 Recovery

BRUSSELS — Leaders from the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) met virtually yesterday. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, chaired the meeting, representing the EU alongside President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell also took part in the […]

EU Moves To Block Flights From Southern Africa Over Mutant Variant Of COVID-19

BRUSSELS (AP) — A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa today, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. “The last thing we need is to bring in a new variant that will cause even more problems,” said German […]

Europe, Latin America And Caribbean: A New Partnership For The Future: OP-ED

SANTIAGO, Chile — Recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis is a global challenge. No country, no region, no continent can face it alone. It is therefore right for the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen our strategic partnership towards a more sustainable, inclusive and equal world. The human toll of […]

EU Ambassador Has Some ‘Splaining’ To Do After Signing Off On Cuba Letter Critical Of Joe Biden

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has summoned its ambassador to Cuba to return to Brussels to explain himself after he reportedly signed an appeal asking U.S. President Joe Biden to lift sanctions against Cuba and begin normalizing ties with the country. A spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said today that the […]

PERSONA NON GRATA! European Leaders Snub Trump’s Secretary of State Pompeo After Capitol Putsch

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his Europe trip at the last minute today after Luxembourg’s foreign minister and top European Union officials declined to meet him, European diplomats and other people familiar with the matter said. The Europeans snubbed Washington’s top envoy days after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by […]

U.S. Virgin Islands Removed From European Union Money Laundering Blacklist

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr said today the U.S. Virgin Islands is no longer on a list on a list of 23 high-risk jurisdictions the European Commission claimed were “posing significant threats” to the European Union’s financial system, including threats of terrorism. “I am pleased to announce the territory is officially off the European […]