CAR needs urgent support, European leader says

STRASBOURG, France, March 18 (UPI) -- Interim CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza needs comprehensive support to take on the monumental task of securing peace, the European Parliament said.

EU creates legal mechanism for CAR intervention

BRUSSELS, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The European Foreign Affairs Council said it has created the legal mechanism necessary for a military operation in the Central African Republic.

CAR needs more than military support, EU says

BRUSSELS, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Sending European troops to the Central African Republic is important for security, though long-term financial support is needed, EU lawmakers said Thursday.

Mali voting goes to second round

BAMAKO, Mali, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The Malian government said Friday a presidential contest will go to a second round because none of the candidates cleared the 50 percent needed to win.

Europe says Malian vote was calm

BRUSSELS, July 29 (UPI) -- Weekend elections in Mali were met with support by voters who cast their ballots barely eight months after French intervention, a European leader said.

EU adamant on Malian elections

BRUSSELS, June 18 (UPI) -- Holding elections on time in Mali is the "only way" to restore legitimacy to the central government in Bamako, a member of the European Parliament said.

EU needs laws on conflict minerals

BRUSSELS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- European lawmakers are called on to adopt measures that will curtail the illegal exportation of conflict minerals from African countries, a leader said.

EU official calls for normalized Cuba ties

BRUSSELS, May 12 (UPI) -- The European Union is contemplating normalizing relations with Cuba despite continuing reservations over its human rights record, officials say.

$250M pledged to combat Somali piracy

BRUSSELS, April 23 (UPI) -- EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel said Thursday's conference in Brussels helped raise nearly $250 million to combat Somali piracy.

Cuba and European Union restore ties

HAVANA, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The European Union and Cuba have restored ties and have said the EU will send millions of dollars in aid to assist the Caribbean nation.

Brown calls on AU to press Mugabe

SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt, June 30 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the African Union to tell Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe the African country needs a new government.

EU minister backs end to Cuba sanctions

HAVANA, March 10 (UPI) -- An official of the European Union is calling for an end to EU sanctions imposed in 2003 against Cuba.

Hopes grow for peace talks in Somalia

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Hopes are growing that a new government in Mogadishu may be able to reach a peace deal with the opposition Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia.

Fierce fighting threatens Somali region

MOGADISHU, Somalia, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Heavy fighting erupted near the base of the weak Somali interim government in Baidoa, after a deadline calling for Ethiopian troop withdrawal passed.

EU gives $30 million in aid to Palestine

BRUSSELS, May 10 (UPI) -- The European Commission has allocated $30.6 million in humanitarian aid to Palestinians living in the occupied territories and Lebanon.
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Louis H. O. Ch. Michel (born 2 September 1947) is a Belgian Member of European Parliament. Before that, he served as European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid until July 2009. A prominent member of the French-speaking liberal party, the Mouvement Réformateur, he was Belgium's foreign minister until July 2004.

From 1968 to 1978, before dedicating his life to his political career, Louis Michel taught English, Dutch and German in the Provincial School of Jodoigne, a rural town 25 miles from Brussels.

From 1967 to 1977, he was chairman of the Young Liberals in the district of Nivelles. Then he became alderman in Jodoigne from 1977 to 1983, "secretary-general" of the Parti Réformateur Libéral (PRL) political party from 1980 to 1982 and chairman of the PRL from 1982 to 1990 and from 1995 to 1999.

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