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Kyrgyzstan reaches out to Europe – while inching closer to Russia

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EU restores ties with Guinea-Bissau five years after coup

Return to constitutional government following last year’s successful elections paves way for lifting of restrictions and major new development plan

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Greece pledges full list of reforms within the week

Promise comes as German foreign minister declares ties between Berlin and Athens have improved

Greece has pledged to pull together a comprehensive list of reforms by the start of next week, in an attempt to unlock fresh funds before Athens runs out of cash in April.

Government spokesman Gabriel Sakellaridis said on Tuesday that the programme demanded by Greece’s increasingly impatient creditors would be finished within days.

“Greece is a long-festering problem that was mishandled from the beginning by all parties.”

The improvement provides welcome news to a region awaiting signs that the ECB’s quantitative easing is stimulating the real economy.

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Facebook data privacy case to be heard before European Union court

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Jerusalem at boiling point of polarisation and violence – EU report

Leaked report says city more divided than at any time since 1967 and calls for tougher EU sanctions against Israel over settlement building in sensitive areas

A hard-hitting EU report on Jerusalem warns that the city has reached a dangerous boiling point of “polarisation and violence” not seen since the end of the second intifada in 2005.

Calling for tougher European sanctions against Israel over its continued settlement construction in the city – which it blames for exacerbating recent conflict – the leaked document paints a devastating picture of a city more divided than at any time since 1967, when Israeli forces occupied the east of the city.

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