Baltic Embassies Delight Washington With Song and Dance

By Mary Jane Maxwell The Baltic states have long turned to song and dance to celebrate and protect their heritage. The tradition was on display recently, when the embassies of Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania opened their doors to visitors during
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IS Supporters Use Social Media to Celebrate Paris Attacks

VOA Ken Schwartz As it has in many recent global events, social media is playing a large role in the terrorist attacks in Paris. It is not a claim of responsibility, but an Islamic State supporter used Twitter to express joy over the bloodshed. He tweeted the grim words "Paris is Burning" and (more...)

Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian ‘Occupation‘

This article was originally published on the Voice of America website on December 19. President Barack Obama has imposed a wide-ranging trade ban on the Russian-annexed Crimea Peninsula, with an executive order that bars exports of key U.S. goods and services and blocks Crimean imports. A White (more...)

U.S. Envoy at OSCE on Russia’s Violations, Situation in Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna In the interest of time I’ve considerably shortened my statement, it covered many of the issues just covered by the European Union. The United States remains deeply concerned by the violence in eastern Ukraine that threatens the ceasefire. Despite (more...)

Kerry on Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine’s EU Agreements

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY Congratulating Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine on the Signing of Agreements with the European Union The United States congratulates Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on signing Association Agreements and establishing Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with the European Union. The agreements signed today mark a major step toward (more...)

On the Occasion of Europe Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the European Union as you celebrate Europe Day on May 9. Sixty-four years ago, Robert Schuman declared that a united Europe was indispensable to the maintenance of world (more...)

Ukraine Conflict Demonstrates Need for Close U.S.-EU Cooperation

By Anthony Luzzatto Gardner U.S. Ambassador to the European Union This piece by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner was published on the U.S. Mission to the European Union blog on May 6. The current conflict in Ukraine has shown the importance of close cooperation between the United (more...)

Secretary Kerry on Ukraine

It has now been a week since the United States, the European Union, Russia, and Ukraine met in Geneva. We did so after a phone call between President Putin and President Obama, in which both leaders expressed a desire to avoid further escalation in Ukraine. We met (more...)

Kerry Says Crimean Crisis is Wake-Up Call for NATO

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer Calling the Crimean crisis a wake-up call, Secretary of State John Kerry says Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine underscore that the NATO alliance takes seriously any country’s attempt to change the borders of Europe by the use of military force. NATO is facing (more...)

State’s Melia on Situation in Ukraine

Last week the Senate unanimously passed Senator Murphy’s Senate Resolution 319, which came out of this Committee: Expressing support for the Ukrainian people in light of President Yanukovych's decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. I am pleased to provide additional context from my (more...)

U.S.-EU Trade Talks to Begin Week of July 8

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer President Obama and European leaders said negotiations for a new trade agreement known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) will begin in Washington in early July. The talks are aimed at deepening the economic relationship between the United States and the (more...)

Ambassador Marantis Discusses U.S.–EU Economic Relationship

The United States is optimistic that the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could provide an additional boost to an already successful U.S.–European Union economic relationship, Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis told a Washington audience May 15. He spoke at a round table (more...)

U.S. Negotiators Discuss Issues in Trans-Pacific Partnership

“Twenty-first century issues” in the Trans-Pacific Partnership were the topic at a panel discussion hosted in Washington March 28 by the Washington International Trade Association. Jonathan McHale was one of four negotiators from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) who spoke at the panel. He discussed (more...)

Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal a “Unique Opportunity” for U.S., EU

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. relationship with Germany is one of its “most vibrant” global alliances, and that a proposed trans-Atlantic trade deal with the European Union would help to lift the economies of both participants, as well as raise global trading standards. Speaking (more...)

U.S. Trade Deficit Grows in August

By MacKenzie C. Babb
Staff Writer
The U.S. trade deficit grew to $44.2 billion in August, up from $42.5 billion the month before, according to the Commerce Department’s latest report. The department’s Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis released the August "U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services" report (more...)

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