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Taliban attack on Spanish embassy in Kabul dims hopes of peace talks

KABUL The Taliban claimed duty for a auto bomb attack on the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, further dimming hopes for peace talks with moderate components of the Islamist insurgent movement touted just days ago by President Ashraf Ghani.

Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, which the Taliban mentioned was targeted at a guest property attached to the embassy in a heavily protected location of the capital close to many foreign embassies and government buildings.

“The only details we can confirm is that there has been an explosion in the embassy,” a spokesman at the Spanish Foreign Ministry in Madrid stated. He had no reports of casualties.

Security forces with armored automobiles had been deployed around the scene, with at least three insurgents involved in the attack, according to a single police official.

At least seven folks were brought to a hospital operated by the aid group Emergency, 700 meters (yards) from the Spanish embassy, according to a tweet from the organization.

A Taliban spokesman stated the attack had targeted “an invader’s guest home”.

Spain, which contributed to the international force in Afghanistan, withdrew the final of its troops in October though a few officers stay at the headquarters of NATO’s Resolte Assistance Mission in Kabul.

A Taliban attack in the southern city of Kandahar killed 50 civilians and safety forces personnel, and was only suppressed on Wednesday soon after a lot more than a day of fighting.

The very same day, Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Islamabad aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with Taliban militants following numerous months of relative calm in the Afghan capital.

On Thursday, the head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency resigned more than a row with Ghani, in a move that underlined the divisions amongst leaders of the country’s safety apparatus.

The Taliban has been caught up with a bloody internal energy struggle but it has nonetheless been in a position to mount well-coordinated attacks on targets across the nation.

Militants have stepped up the insurgency following the withdrawal of international forces from combat operations last year, attaining a series of successes, like seizing the northern city of Kunduz in September.

(Further reporting by James Mackenzie and by Inmaculada Sanz in MADRID Editing by Louise Ireland)

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Threat of ‘Brexit’ deals further blow to EU defense hopes

BRUSSELS On the identical day that Europe’s defense ministers rallied behind France’s get in touch with for military support following the Islamist attacks in Paris, Britain refused to back a tiny increase of three million euros ($ three.29 million) in the EU’s collective defense price range.

Barely noticed as France invoked the EU’s mutual help clause for the very first time on Nov. 17, Britain’s resistance to raising the European Defence Agency’s spending budget for a fifth year running underscored how EU defense collaboration continues to unravel just when it is required most, officials and experts say.

Nearly two decades soon after France and Britain, the EU’s primary military powers, launched plans for a common European Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the continent faces a increasing range of safety threats, from Islamic State militants to a far more assertive, hostile Russia that has seized territory in Ukraine.

But the challenges – which also incorporate the arrival on European shores of about a million migrants in 2015 alone fleeing wars and poverty – have failed to reinvigorate the push for higher EU defense cooperation.

“If I look at the widespread European defense policy, a bunch of chickens would be a a lot more unified combat unit in contrast,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated when asked about EU defense during a visit to Germany in October.

France’s surprise invocation of article 42.7 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty requiring solidarity from other member states following the killing of 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13 by Islamic State militants proved a largely symbolic gesture that did not involve EU defense institutions or missions.

The reasons for the steady waning of EU defense hopes are several: deep-rooted British scepticism about European integration the effect of international economic crisis and the woes of the euro zone on national budgets public trauma more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the rise of anti-EU parties across Europe.

Added to that mix now is the risk of “Brexit”. Britain’s increasingly eurosceptic Conservative government has promised an in/out referendum by the end of 2017 following renegotiating the terms of the country’s membership.

“British Prime Minister David Cameron does not want to give any impression of joining a euro-army ahead of the referendum on Britain’s EU membership,” said Daniel Koehane at the Centre for Safety Studies in Zurich.

That aids clarify why Britain blocked an boost to the European Defence Agency’s 2016 spending budget, which requirements unanimity, maintaining it at 30.5 million euros and marking a 15 % fall in genuine terms because 2010. Nevertheless, a number of EU countries may improve their personal contributions to the agency unilaterally.

MOMENTUM STALLS

British scepticism – the flip side of its commitment to the U.S.-led NATO alliance – has extended hampered EU defense plans, though it was then-prime minister Tony Blair who helped launch the CSDP with France’s Jacques Chirac in 1998.

The aim was to complement NATO by developing up capacity in Europe, long heavily reliant for its defense on the United States, which accounts for 70 percent of all NATO spending.

In the early years the Anglo-French initiative produced headway, prompting the creation of a European Defence Agency that coordinates military coaching and the improvement of gear.

Rapidly deployable forces identified as ‘EU Battlegroups’ have been set up, as nicely as new ministerial and military structures for decision-generating on concerns such as financial sanctions and deploying EU peacekeepers internationally.

But the momentum quickly stalled. EU Battlegroups, operational since 2007, have however to be employed. No huge new European military projects are underway aside from collaboration on drones.

Governments work in isolation. The EU’s particular adviser on defense, Michel Barnier, cites seven separate national frigate applications and 23 various systems of light armored cars.

Defence spending was a casualty of the 2008/2009 worldwide financial crisis and continued to fall among NATO countries in true terms in 2015 regardless of last year’s pledge to increase spending to two percent of financial output by 2024. A majority of EU states are also in the NATO alliance.

The Ukraine crisis has helped halt the budget cuts. Six of the 28 NATO allies elevated spending in 2014 and IHS Jane’s estimates that over 2015-2019 $ 50 billion will be added to Western Europe’s defense expenditure, mostly in France, Germany and Britain.

But apart from the United States only four NATO allies – all EU members – at present hit the 2 % target: Britain, Poland, Greece and Estonia.

Frustration

The EU is involved in 17 peacekeeping and training missions in Africa and the Middle East and has advisory teams in Ukraine, but offered the bloc’s economic might and the scale of its safety challenges such achievements appear to many frustratingly modest.

“I do not recognize why national interests continue to undermine our European safety,” Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennes told a recent conference. “We have to safeguard our sovereignty by way of military means by cooperating.”

There is nevertheless collaboration at the European Defence Agency on air-to-air refueling, cyber defense, anti-tank weapons, health-related evacuation applications, governmental satellite communication and remotely piloted aircraft systems, or drones.

Italy, France and Germany hope to have a European drone by 2025 to reduce reliance on U.S. and Israeli technology.

But nothing will modify substantially with out a political commitment to defense, officials and professionals say.

“If Britain votes to remain in the EU, that could improve things,” stated Nick Witney, a former European Defence Agency chief now at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

“We need to have a modify in the political winds.”

(Further reporting by Tom Korkemeier Editing by Gareth Jones)

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EU hopes for Turkish help to slow migrants at summit

BRUSSELS Leaders of the European Union aim to sign an agreement with Turkey in Brussels on Sunday that delivers Ankara cash and closer ties with the EU in return for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

Aware of a sense of desperation in Europe for a solution to a crisis that is tearing the bloc apart following the arrival of close to a million folks this year, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has been driving a difficult bargain and diplomats said the 28 states had struggled by way of Saturday to agree a final offer you.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due to meet the 28 EU national leaders for three hours from four p.m. (1500 GMT).

The Europeans, and none a lot more so than German Chancellor Angela Merkel, are below stress to handle the biggest influx of folks because World War Two, the bulk of them to Germany, exactly where Merkel is pushing challenging for a Turkish deal. The crisis has helped populist opponents and set nations against each other, straining the open borders cherished by the Union’s members.

Measures the EU has taken in current months have as however carried out little to control movements and even though winter weather may reduce the numbers for a few months, it is also worsening the plight of tens of thousands stuck by closing borders in the Balkans, piling additional stress on European leaders to discover a answer.

Sunday’s summit, referred to as just days ago as Brussels attempted to clinch a deal provided over a month ago, has been difficult by Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.

That has in turn complicated European efforts to re-engage with Moscow, in spite of a continued frost more than Ukraine, in order to attempt and advance a peace in Syria that could each finish the flight of refugees and contain Islamic State. The Islamist group’s attack on Paris two weeks ago has also heightened public calls in the EU for much more controls on men and women arriving from Syria.

By late on Saturday, following a additional meeting of EU envoys in Brussels, diplomats mentioned a typical EU provide that they hope will secure Davutoglu’s signature was agreed. It need to be authorized by governments on Sunday ahead of the summit.

There remains a degree of nervousness, however, that Turkey could hold out for a lot more – a nervousness heightened by Erdogan’s choice not to attend himself but to send his prime minister.

“The Turks always negotiate to the final second,” 1 senior EU diplomat mentioned. “Why must this time be distinct?”

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Europeans want Turkey to invest new EU income – some 3 billion euros ($ 3.2 billion) for the subsequent year or two – on enhancing life for the two.3 million Syrians now living in Turkey so that they are less probably to take to boats for nearby Greek islands.

The EU also desires Turkish authorities to make that journey a lot more hard and to preserve out a lot more of the Afghans and other Asians who cross Turkey on their way to Europe. It also desires to hold Turkey to commitments to take back men and women who successfully reach Greece but then fail in their claims for political asylum.

Turkey has pressed for more funds. An original EU supply of three billion euros for refugee care more than two years is now most likely not to carry a clear timeframe as Ankara hopes to safe more.

Turks will be promised simpler travel visas for Europe if they fulfill commitments on migrant flows in the coming year.

It will also win a pledge of “re-energized” talks on joining the EU, even though with conditions to persuade EU states that do not want populous, Muslim Turkey ever to join, and also Cyprus, which wants Ankara initial to help it reunite the island.

Diplomats said Turkey, whose decade-old EU accession talks have been stalled, would see talks on economic cooperation open shortly, but its demands for commitments from the EU to start talks on other troubles such as human rights would stay on hold – satisfying Cypriot insistence it meet current situations.

Human rights issues are unlikely to function considerably in the talks on Sunday, diplomats said, regardless of calls from activists in Europe and Turkey for EU leaders not to ease pressure on Erdogan over troubles such as media freedom due to the fact of the migrant crisis.

Even though EU leaders have pledged to continue to raise concerns such as last week’s new jailing of Turkish journalists and new complaints of oppression from minority Kurds, officials and diplomats say Europe’s priority with Ankara for now will be acquiring Erdogan’s help in slowing migrant movements.

A senior German official stressed on Friday, however, that Ankara also had significantly to acquire from cooperation as it faces an angry Russia and hostility from Syria and Iran.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald @macdonaldrtr Editing by Susan Thomas)

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European shares rise on ECB stimulus hopes Infineon shines

* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index up .eight %

* Infineon soars following final results, dividend beat expectations

* BHP Billiton falls after downgrade

* Volkswagen leads gains by car makers (Adds detail)

By Danilo Masoni and Alistair Smout

MILAN/LONDON, Nov 26 European shares rose on Thursday, helped by developing expectations of aggressive European Central Bank action next week. A solid quarterly report from chipmaker Infineon and a rebound in metal costs also provided support.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up .8 % at 1,514.53 points right after gaining 1.four percent on Wednesday. The Euro STOXX 50 was up 1.1 percent.

The euro edged towards seven-month lows against the dollar as investors bet that the ECB would ease policy again in December.

“Expectations surrounding the ECB are operating really higher and this is driving European markets greater, weakening the euro and assisting them do far better than U.S. stocks,” said Marco Vailati, head of analysis and investment at Italy’s Cassa Lombarda. “I feel and hope the ECB will not disappoint but I realise that it will not be that effortless,” he stated.

Infineon climbed almost 14 percent right after the chip maker posted quarterly operating final results that have been greater than expected and promised an improve in revenue for its most current financial year at the high end of analysts’ expectations.

“Infineon has verified surprisingly resilient and is executing extremely properly,” said Bernd Laux, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, keeping his “Hold” recommendation. “Primarily based on its new guidance, the shares are not expensive any a lot more.”

The firm also proposes a dividend increase to .20 euro a share, also higher than anticipated.

The bullish update boosted other chipmakers, with STMicro up five.six percent and Dialog Semiconductor up four.eight percent.

Remy Cointreau fell two percent following reporting a 7.3 pct fall in like-for-like present operating profit in the very first half, reflecting soft Chinese demand for its premium cognac.

An additional drinks company, Royal UNIBREW, rose eight.four percent following reporting quarterly outcomes above analysts’ expectations and raising its medium-term core profit target.

Abengoa shares slumped for a second day as the renewable-energy firm continued insolvency proceedings. A possible investor backed out of a 350 million-euro deal to recapitalise the business. The stock was down 23 %, soon after wiping out half its marketplace worth on Wednesday.

Mining stocks had been among the top gainers, rising 1 percent, as base metals rates rallied right after falling to multi-year lows early in the week.

But BHP Billiton fell three percent right after JP Morgan downgraded the stock to “underweight” from “neutral” and stated it was expecting a 50 % reduction in its dividend because of additional downside risk to copper prices.

Auto stocks had been also in demand, with the sector index adding two.six %, benefitting from weakness in the euro.

The sector was also helped by gains in Volkswagen, which rose 3.eight % and is set for a tenth straight day of gains.

Baader Bank Helvea confirmed its “hold” rating on the stock and stated it remained cautious, due to the fact of uncertain charges related VW’s rigging emissions tests for some of its automobiles.

Europe bourses in 2015: hyperlink.reuters.com/pap87v

Asset performance in 2015: hyperlink.reuters.com/gap87v

Today’s European research round-up RCH/EUROPE (Reporting by Danilo Masoni Editing by Keith Weir)

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European shares rise on ECB stimulus hopes Infineon shines

* Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index up .four %

* Infineon soars right after outcomes, dividend beat expectations

* BHP Billiton underperforms miners following downgrade

* Auto sector in demand led by Volkswagen (Adds information,)

By Danilo Masoni

MILAN, Nov 26 European shares rose on Thursday, helped by growing expectations of aggressive European Central Bank action next week, although a strong quarterly report from chipmaker Infineon and a rebound in metal prices also offered support.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up .38 percent by 0930 GMT soon after gaining 1.four percent on Wednesday , while the Euro STOXX 50 was up .53 percent.

“Expectations surrounding the ECB are operating really high and this is driving European markets larger, weakening the euro and helping them do greater than U.S. stocks,” mentioned Marco Vailati, head of study and investment at Italy’s Cassa Lombarda.

“I consider and hope the ECB will not disappoint but I realise that it will not be that effortless,” he mentioned.

Infineon climbed 12 % right after the auto and industrial chip maker posted higher-than-anticipated quarterly operating outcome and promised a revenue rise for its most recent financial year at the high end of analysts’ expectations.

“Infineon has confirmed surprisingly resilient and is executing extremely well,” mentioned Bernd Laux, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux, keeping his “Hold” recommendation. “Primarily based on its new guidance, the shares are not expensive any much more.”

The firm also proposes a dividend boost to .20 eur/share, also greater than expected.

Remy Cointreau fell two.six percent soon after the French spirits group reported a 7.3 pct fall in like-for-like present operating profit for the first half, reflecting soft Chinese demand for its premium cognac.

Still in the drinks sector, Royal UNIBREW rose 11 % following the Danish drinks business reported quarterly results above analysts’ expectations and raised its medium-term core profit target.

Abengoa shares slumped for a second day as the renewable power firm continued insolvency proceedings right after a potential investor backed out of a 350 mln euro deal to recapitalise the firm. Soon after wiping out half of its industry worth on Wednesday the stock was down 14 percent.

Most sectors nonetheless were in positive territory.

Mining stocks were among the leading sectoral gainers with a rise of 1 percent, as base metals costs staged a broad-based rally after an early-week rout that pulled rates to multi-year lows.

But BHP Billiton underperformed its sector to fall 2.eight % after JP Morgan downgraded the stock to underweight from neutral and said it was factoring a 50 percent reduction in its dividend due to a additional downside danger to copper prices.

Auto stocks were also in demand, with the sector index adding 1.four percent, helped by gains in Volkswagen. Baader Bank Helvea confirmed its hold rating on the stock and stated it remained cautious due to uncertainties on future expenses related to the diesel engines emission scandal.

Europe bourses in 2015: hyperlink.reuters.com/pap87v

Asset efficiency in 2015: link.reuters.com/gap87v

Today’s European research round-up RCH/EUROPE (Reporting by Danilo Masoni Editing by Keith Weir)

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Hillary Clinton is far ahead in the polls, and has a significantly bigger political war chest in her quest to capture the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. But prime strategists for Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, her distant challenger, insisted their fortunes are seeking up, even in the conservative Republican bastion of Texas, where they have “very higher hopes” that the socialist-populist can win.