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EU calls crisis summit, warns of no-deal Brexit

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12

NO-DEAL BREXIT? European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

EU leaders offer 2 options for short Brexit delay

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Union president Donald Tusk says the UK accepts EU's extension scenarios

BENDS BACK. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU's Tusk: Short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:27 AM

European Council President Donald Tusk says 'a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons'

TUSK. In this file photo, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

British PM seeks brief Brexit delay from hesitant EU

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it is unlikely they will reach a decision without a clear signal from London on what MPs want

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019, ahead of a further Brexit vote. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

British parliament backs Brexit delay

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

British MPs vote to ask EU leaders to simply push Brexit back in a bid to head off a chaotic end to their 46-year partnership

BREXIT. A pedestrian under the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella walks near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

EU's Tusk backs 'long' delay if Britain 'rethinks' Brexit

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:46 PM

EU leader Donald Tusk says he 'will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it'

ON BREXIT. European Council President Donald Tusk answers the press as he arrives to attend the first day of a European council meeting in Brussels on December 14, 2017. File photo by John Thys/AFP

'Special place in hell' for no plan Brexiteers – EU leader

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:09 PM

'I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,' says European Union leader Donald Tusk

EU. This file photo shows European Council President Donald Tusk during the Association of Southeast Asia Nations-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

May defends draft Brexit deal agreed by EU, Britain

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:18 AM

After briefing her cabinet in a hastily-arranged teleconference call, Theresa May addresses the House of Commons, saying the agreement is the 'best possible deal'

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May defends the draft Brexit deal and calls it as 'the best possible deal.' File photo by Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

EU, Britain agree on draft declaration for post-Brexit ties

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The EU and Britain agree on a draft declaration laying out plans for 'ambitious, broad, deep and flexible' relations after Brexit

BENDERA. Bendera Uni Eropa dan Britania Raya berkipar di depan kantor walikota di pusat London. Foto oleh Leon Neal/AFP

UK's Theresa May takes Brexit deal to rebellious MPs

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The British Prime Minister begins selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off on the agreement

TO CHINA. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

Tusk lashes out at Trump stance on Europe

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'For the first time in history we have an American administration that is, to put it mildly, not enthusiastic about a united and strong Europe,' EU chief Donald Tusk says

TUSK. The President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. EPP, the largest political family in the European Union (EU), are to elect their top candidate for the 2019 European elections. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

EU offers UK a sweetener before difficult Brexit summit

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:52 PM

To break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations, an EU negotiator offers to extend the transition period

Britain, EU clash over who should make next move on Brexit

Sep 20, 2018 - 11:17 AM

If ever Brexit turns out to be a chaotic and damaging break-up, a European leader says this 'would be difficult for Europe but it would be terrible for the UK'

BREXIT TALKS. File photo shows an EU flag with one of the stars symbolically cut out in front of the UK Houses of Parliament. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Trump and Merkel clash at fraught NATO summit

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:10 PM

(UPDATED) The meet in Brussels is shaping up as the alliance's most difficult in years, with Europe and the US engaged in a bitter trade spat and Trump demanding that NATO allies 'reimburse' Washington for the cost of defending the continent

MERKEL AND TRUMP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and US President Donald Trump (R) make a statement to the press after a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit at the NATO headquarters, in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

EU leaders agree 'united approach' on Iran deal, trade

May 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

This comes after EU president Donald Tusk lashed out at Donald Trump, saying that 'looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think with friends like that who needs enemies'

EU SUMMIT. A child plays by the Palace of Culture, where the summit beetwen the European Union - Balkan States will take place tomorrow, on May 16, 2018, in Sofia. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Turkey and EU fail to reach 'concrete solutions' after talks

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

European Union President Donald Tusk says improved relations would depend on progress on issues, including the rule of law and press freedom as well as Syria

Duterte not keen on accepting EU invitation to Brussels

Feb 06, 2018 - 7:40 PM

'What am I supposed to do there? Ask me a question, insultuhin 'nyo ako, eh putahin ko kayo lahat doon,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

EU opens next Brexit phase, warns of tough talks

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:31 PM

Britain voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016 and is due to end its four decade membership on March 29, 2019

NEXT PHASE. European Council President Donald Tusk answers the press as he arrives to attend the first day of a European council meeting in Brussels on December 14, 2017. Photo by John Thys/AFP

EU leaders agree to roll over Russia sanctions – Tusk

Dec 15, 2017 - 4:07 PM

EU President Donald Tusk calls the agreement, inaugurated by EU leaders flanked by soldiers in combat uniforms, 'bad news for our enemies'

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A dispute over the Irish border scuppers talks in Brussels, but both sides say they are confident of reaching an agreement later this week

NO AGREEMENT. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker give a press conference as they meet for Brexit negotiations on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

British PM in crunch Brexit deal talks with EU chief

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:17 AM

The talks come a week after European Union President Donald Tusk gave British Prime Minister Theresa May until the start of December to make 'much more progress' on divorce terms in order to unlock trade negotiations

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

EU stresses ASEAN cooperation in fighting terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Tensions and radicalization in the Asia-Pacific can destabilize the world well beyond your region,' EU President Donald Tusk tells Southeast Asian leaders

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

EU Council President Donald Tusk arrives in Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The European Union is attending the East Asia Summit for the first time

VISITING PHILIPPINES. European Council President Donald Tusk arrives in the Philippines to attend the East Asia Summit on November 14, 2017. File photo by AFP

EU leaders back May with first step to Brexit trade talks

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:34 PM

(UPDATED) EU leaders throw British Prime Minister Theresa May a lifeline in Brexit talks, agreeing at a Brussels summit meeting to start preparations for the next stage of negotiations

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. Photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

Japan, EU seal landmark trade deal in challenge to Trump

Jul 06, 2017 - 7:38 PM

The breakthrough caps 4 years of talks and comes on the eve of a G20 meeting in Germany at which Trump is expected to defend his protectionist stance on trade

European Council President Donald Tusk (R) shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) during a press conference after an EU-Japan summit at the European Council on July 6, 2017, in Brussels. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and top EU officials agreed on July 6 to the broad outline of a landmark trade deal, presented as a direct challenge to protectionism championed by US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

EU, China summit to back Paris deal regardless of Trump – EU official

Jun 01, 2017 - 12:08 AM

UPDATED The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the US pulls out a senior EU official tells reporters on condition of anonymity

PUSHING ONWARD. Li Keqiang, Donald Tusk, and Jean-Claude Juncker are said to be pushing through with support for the Paris Agreement, even without US support. Images from Wikimedia commons.

Trump rows shadow 'toughest G7 in years'

May 27, 2017 - 12:04 AM

UPDATED US partners hit deadlock in their attempt to persuade Donald Trump to keep the world s biggest economy inside the framework of the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions to reduce global warming

TRUMP AND MERKEL. US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for a family photo during the Summit of the Heads of State and of Government of the G7, the group of most industrialized economies, plus the European Union, on May 26, 2017 at the ancient Greek Theater in Taormina, Sicily. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

EU stresses human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan

May 25, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Donald Tusk who heads the European Council of 28 EU member state leaders and European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker meet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) walks next to European Council President Donald Tusk (R) upon his arrival for a meeting with EU officials at the EU headquarters, on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.  Photo by Olivier Hoslet/AFP

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:59 PM

EU leaders say talks on a future trade deal with Britain can only start once London agrees divorce terms on citizens rights its exit bill and Northern Ireland

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

May holds first talks with EU's Tusk since Brexit launch

Apr 07, 2017 - 12:09 AM

The visit follows an outcry in Britain over Tusk last week outlining draft negotiating guidelines which say that Spain should have a veto on any trade deal agreed with Britain being extended to Gibraltar

THERESA MAY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the Houses of Parliament in London on December 20, 2016 ahead of an evidence session with the Commons Liason Committee at the House of Commons.  File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

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Apr 02, 2017 - 1:04 PM

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EU wants 'sufficient progress' on Brexit divorce before talks on new ties

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:57 AM

UPDATED The draft guidelines obtained by Agence France Presse call for a phased approach that prioritizes an orderly withdrawal that reduces the disruption caused by Britain s departure in March 2019

DIVORCE UP AHEAD. Demonstrators fly an EU and a Union flag during a rally following an anti Brexit, pro-European Union (EU) march in London on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 next week. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU vows unity as Britain braces for Brexit

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:21 PM

While the bloc has tried to show a united front in the face of Brexit celebrating the EU s 60th anniversary earlier this month in Britain the prime minister is struggling to unite her own country

'DIVORCE' NOTICE. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, shows the letter of notification triggering Brexit, delivered by UK Ambassador Tim Barrow, at the European Council HQ in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. Photo courtesy European Union

Brexit triggered: UK launches 2-year EU exit process

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:28 PM

UPDATED After the historic triggering of divorce proceedings Brussels and London face months of monumentally difficult negotiations over outstanding bills immigration and future trade ties

TRIGGERING BREXIT. Tim Barrow, UK Permanent Representative to the European Union, hands a letter to EU president Donald Tusk formally notifying the bloc of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the group, at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. Photo courtesy @eucopresident / Twitter

EU to hold first Brexit summit April 29

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:46 PM

3rd UPDATE Tusk s announcement comes a day after London said Prime Minister Theresa May would trigger the two year process for Britain s departure on March 29

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Pence pledges the United States will keep working with Europe to boost the world s two biggest economies fight terrorism and defend eastern EU states against Russian encroachment

US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 20, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

EU's Tusk warns of Trump 'threat'

Jan 31, 2017 - 9:04 PM

UPDATED Tusk says in a letter to EU leaders that the bloc must take spectacular steps to stay together and should take advantage of US isolationism to boost trade with other countries

TRUMP. Donald Trump speaks during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2016. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

EU presses Russia on Syria and Ukraine

Dec 16, 2016 - 9:20 AM

At the final summit of one of the most turbulent years in the EU s 6 decade history the bloc s 28 leaders also discuss preparations for Britain to become the first nation to leave the bloc

Isolationist Trump stokes NATO defense fears

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Will US President elect Donald Trump cut America s commitments to NATO?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER

EU, Canada sign delayed trade deal

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED The deal removes 99 of customs duties between the two sides linking the single EU market with the world s 10th largest economy

(LtoR) European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose after the joint press conference and the signing of the CETA trade deal during the EU-Canada summit meeting , on October 30, 2016 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.  After a chaotic drama in which a small Belgian region threatened to sink a giant trade deal seven years in the making, the European Union and Canada will finally sign on the dotted line on October 30. Justin Trudeau agreed at the last minute to fly to Brussels to ink the landmark pact known as CETA at a summit with European Union President Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.  / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

Belgium drama over, EU and Canada to sign trade deal

Oct 29, 2016 - 8:47 AM

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement removes 99 of customs duties between the two sides linking the single EU market of 500 million people with the world s 10th largest economy

MARATHON TALKS. Members of the Wallon parliament attend a plenary session in Namur during a debate on the CETA (EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) on October 28, 2016. Photo by Bruno Fahy/AFP

EU drops sanctions threat against Russia over Syria

Oct 21, 2016 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED The watered down statement says the EU strongly condemns the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies notably Russia on civilians in Aleppo and calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities

'END ATROCITIES.' European Council President Donald Tusk says EU leaders 'strongly condemned the attacks by the Syrian regime and its allies, notably Russia, on civilians in Aleppo.' File photo by Jure Makovec/AFP

EU leaders seek unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

Sep 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says on the summit eve that the leaders must have a sober and brutally honest assessment of the situation

AFTER BREXIT. (L-R) President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, Speaker of the Slovak Parliament Andrej Danko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak pose for a group photo before their informal dinner on the eve of the European Union summit at the Bratislava Castle in the Slovak capital on September 15, 2016. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

Europe 'close to limits' on refugee influx – Tusk

Sep 04, 2016 - 2:08 PM

EU President Donald Tusk urges the international community to shoulder its share of the burden

Merkel accepts Britain's decision to delay triggering Brexit

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Germany and Britain agree that Prime Minister Theresa May needs time to prepare for talks to leave the EU

LISTENING. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May attend a press conference after talks at the chancellery in Berlin on July 20, 2016. John Macdougall/AFP

Estonia to take EU presidency from Britain – officials

Jul 20, 2016 - 11:47 PM

The Estonian government confirms it is ready to take Britain s place if necessary

DONALD TUSK. European Council President Donald Tusk claps as he attends a press conference after the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit of Heads of State and Government (ASEM11) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, July 16, 2016. Photo by Wu Hong/EPA

EU leaders urge UK's May to start Brexit divorce

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:49 AM

European leaders heap pressure on Britain s new Prime Minister Theresa May to launch the country s divorce proceedings from the EU

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. Adrian Dennis/AFP

EU 27 agree 'no single market a la carte' for UK – Tusk

Jun 29, 2016 - 9:02 PM

Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms including freedom of movement says European Council president Donald Tusk

EU leaves Britain out in the cold as PM race begins

Jun 29, 2016 - 4:08 PM

UPDATED European Union leaders assess the damage from Britain s decision to leave the bloc and try to prevent further disintegration

The British flag is being replaced by the European Union flag following the visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2016. Thierry Charlier/AFP