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EU bodies square up for leadership battle 
Senior eurocrats predict a power struggle between the European Council and the European Parliament in the search to elect the next President of the European Commission...

Mind the Gap
All Change Please
The Big Bang – 10 years on

Women envoys back bid to end rape in war
Women diplomats should speak out against sexual violence being used as a weapon of war, London’s female ambassadors have urged ahead of the World Summit this week...

Syrian rebels get mission status in UK
National Coalition’s representation in the UK has been upgraded to a ‘foreign mission’, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced at a recent Friends of Syria meeting in London...

#Bringbackourgirls demo at Nigerian HC
The Nigerian High Commission was the scene of angry protests for several weeks, as people demanded more action from the Nigerian government to rescue the 234 schoolgirls abducted by terrorist...

HEADS UP

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Belgium
HE Mr Guy Trouveroy

"Adjustments in EU foreign policy and strengthening of the tools usually come from outside challenges"

Cyprus
HE Mr Euripides Evriviades

"We support Turkey’s membership. Our geography is our destiny. But it should be clear that it is Turkey joining the EU and not the EU joining Turkey"

Serbia
HE Dr Ognjen Pribicevic

"We went through a terrible period over the past twenty years. The EU is so important for the process of reconciliation between the countries in the region"

Timor-Leste
HE Mr Joaquim da Fonseca

"We are a small society, we cannot afford to tiptoe around each other. We need to forgive each other. We also share an island with Indonesia so we need to live peacefully together"

COURT CIRCUIT

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Bangladesh – Independence Day
CFAB Spring Fair

Dutch – King's Day
Easter Banquet
Europe Day
Pakistan – National Day

Poland – National Day

South Africa – National Day

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CORPS NEWS

Stone age tools found at US Embassy
Dig this: the Flintstones may have been the original occupants of the site of the new US Embassy in Nine Elms if artefacts unearthed...

LBGT envoys invited to event
The New Zealand High Commission will host a LGBT Reception on 13 June 2014 at New Zealand House...

Dutch Embassy goes on sale
The Dutch embassy in Kensington has been put on the block and is expected to attract offers in the region of £150 million...

Twitter escalates embassy protests, warns DPG
Social media has increased the risk of an embassy protest escalating out of control, officers of the Security Liaison Unit (SLU) warned...

FCO launches first-ever Diplomatic Academy
A Diplomatic Academy to promote excellence in the British foreign service was launched at the Leadership Conference in May...

Bosnian flood appeal
The Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina has created a dedicated account to facilitate the transfer of funds to assist the victims...

Envoys honoured for civil society work
Three heads of mission were recognised for their work with civil society at the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Awards...

POLITICAL NEWS

Foreign ministries hacked
Hackers penetrated Brazil’s foreign ministry internal email system but failed to get access to confidential government documents...

Iran offers compensation for British Embassy damage
As part of the thaw in UK-Iran relations, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Takht Ravanchi said his government would be willing to consider...

Russia-Ukraine talks ‘possible’
Following Ukraine’s presidential elections, direct bilateral dialogue between Ukraine and Russia “is possible” Ukraine Ambassador Volodymyr...

Women envoys back bid to end rape in war
Women diplomats should speak out against sexual violence being used as a weapon of war, London’s female ambassadors have said...

ECONOMIC NEWS

London secures Sovereign Wealth Fund HQ
The City of London beat other financial capitals in its bid to host the Permanent Secretariat of the International Forum of Sovereign...

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