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EU warns UK must pay bill even in 'no deal' Brexit

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The European Commission says it will not enter talks on future trade until London honors 'the financial obligations the UK has made as a member state'

A European Union flag and a UK flag are pictured during a special meeting of the European Council to endorse the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement and to approve the draft political declaration on future EU-UK relations on November 25, 2018 in Brussels. The European Union's top official urged British lawmakers to ratify the Brexit deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with European leaders, warning it will not be modified. "This is the best deal possible for Britain, this is the best deal possible for Europe. This is the only deal possible," Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said after a Brussels summit.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Leaders meet as EU haggles over top jobs

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:51 PM

It is an uphill task, overshadowed both by genuine policy differences and by haggling over the jobs of Commission and Council presidents, foreign policy chief, parliamentary speaker and director of the European Central Bank

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

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels' top job

May 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The key job to be filled is that of president of the European Commission, the union's powerful chief executive, a five-year post currently held by Jean-Claude Juncker

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Far-right League victory in EU vote strains Italy coalition

May 27, 2019 - 5:54 PM

With over 99% of ballots counted, the League wins 34.3%, compared to just 6% in the 2014 EU elections, and 17% in the Italian general election in 2018

AFTER EU ELECTIONS. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini arrives to deliver a press conference after the announcement of initial results during the election-night event for European parliamentary elections on May 26, 2019,in the Lega headquarters northern Milan. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Britain's Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

May 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The populist party, founded just 3 months ago, has capitalized on public anger over delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, winning almost 32% with almost all votes counted

PRO_BREXIT. File photo of Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Photo by Ben Stansall

5 key takeaways from the EU elections

May 27, 2019 - 7:40 AM

The European Union elections are marked by successes for the far right, a surge by the Greens and setbacks for traditional parties across the continent

An European Union flag is displayed with European countries' flags at the European Council in Brussels ahead of the European parliamentary elections in Brussels on May 13, 2019 The European elections will be held on May 23-26, 2019 in all 28 member states.  EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP

Theresa May resigns: key reactions

May 24, 2019 - 9:01 PM

Here are the main reactions to the announcement UK Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May announces her resignation outside 10 Downing street in central London on May 24, 2019. Beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Friday that she will resign on June 7, 2019 following a Conservative Party mutiny over her remaining in power. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

EU leaders sound alarm over populist election threat

May 21, 2019 - 6:38 PM

Opinion polls predict a significant advance for nationalist and populist forces opposed to closer European Union integration and threatening mainstream reform efforts

PREPARATIONS. People are at work to prepare the mailing of election material to citizens as part of the upcoming European parliament elections, on May 20, 2019 in Rouffach (eastern France). Photo by Sebastien Bozon/AFP

E.U. fears voter apathy despite populist surge

May 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Elections in the past years have seen a lower turnout than the last, and much of the energy in this year's race has come from populists opposed to deeper integration

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

May to make MPs a final 'bold offer' on Brexit deal

May 19, 2019 - 12:02 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May says the Withdrawal Agreement Bill will come with a new package of measures she hopes would command majority support for it in June

FINAL OFFER. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. Photo by PRU/AFP

EU's Juncker laments not 'interfering' in Brexit campaign

May 07, 2019 - 11:17 PM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker says he made a mistake by listening to British leader David Cameron when he told him to stay out of the campaign before the June 2016 vote

BREXIT. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont allowed to run for EU polls

May 06, 2019 - 8:27 PM

A court spokesman says Carles Puigdemont would be able to run, as would Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati, who were in the regional government during the secession bid and fled

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont smiles as he speaks to residents in Girona on October 28, 2017. File photo by Eddy Kelele/AFP

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls – party

Apr 29, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Together for Catalonia accuses the electoral commission of wanting to 'silence and push aside' Carles Puigdemont 'so that he can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions'

Migration is burning issue in EU election campaign

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:59 PM

EU countries registered 580,000 new requests for asylum in 2018

A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

EU threatens $12 billion in tariffs over U.S. Boeing subsidies

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Europe's $12 billion claim against Boeing comes on the trail of a similar demand by the US for $11 billion in compensation for EU subsidies towards Airbus

BOEING. This file photo shows unidentified Boeing employees working on building Boeing 777 jets at its Everett factory. Image via Shutterstock

Watch out for false information about the Notre-Dame fire

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Be on the lookout for disinformation involving the tragic Notre-Dame fire, which destroyed the roof of the Parisian cathedral

Firefighter douse flames billowing from the roof at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15, 2019. - A major fire broke out at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky, the fire service said. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year, where renovations are currently underway. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)

EU countries approve launch of U.S. trade talks

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, France says it will make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers seen as largely symbolic

Brexit delay averts 'terrible outcome' – IMF's Lagarde

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:57 PM

However, the IMF chief says: 'It's obvious that it's continued uncertainty and it does not resolve, other than by postponing what would have been a terrible outcome'

ARAB DEBT. Christine Lagarde warns of high public debt among Arab nations. File photo courtesy of the IMF

May faces quit call after securing Brexit delay

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc

NEW BREXIT DELAY. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

EU gives Britain 6-month delay to Brexit date

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections – or crash out on June 1

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at The Europa Building at The European Parliament in Brussels on April 10, 2019.  PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP

EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel tells the parliament in Berlin before setting out for Brussels that the leaders might back a delay 'longer than the British prime minister has requested'

BREXIT. Activists wave EU flags near the Houses of Parliament in central London on April 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Europe grudgingly prepares to offer Britain Brexit delay

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:58 AM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May asks to be given until June 30 to arrange Britain's orderly departure, but EU leaders fear that won't be long enough and are now expected to offer her up to a year

APPEAL. French President Emmanuel Macron (righ) accompanies British Prime Minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 9, 2019. Photo bt Martin Bureau/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

British government, opposition in Brexit crisis talks

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Earlier, MPs voted in favor of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on April 12

(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) unveiling his plans for education during a general election campaign visit in Leeds, northern England, on May 10, 2017 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) speaking at the launch of the Scottish manifesto by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh on May 19, 2017.  Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Dan Kitwood AND Lindsey PARNABY

'Betrayal': Thousands vent anger on Brexit Day that never was

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Nearly three years after the divisive referendum that saw 52% of voters back leaving the EU, Britain's MPs are at a loss on how the UK can properly leave

WHERE TO NOW? A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

EU to audit funds given to NGO with alleged communist links

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) The European Union says an 'external company' will conduct the audit in April to validate the claims of the Philippine government

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

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

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal for 3rd time

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286

REJECTED, AGAIN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. AFP PHOTO/PRU

Maltese military seizes tanker hijacked by migrants

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement

An armed policeman stands guard after migrants disembarked from the Motor Tanker El Hiblu 1 that was hijacked by migrants in Valletta's Grand Harbour on March 28, 2019, after Maltese armed forces took control of the vessel. Photo by Jonathan Borg/AFP

Britain's May seeks 3rd vote in Brexit crisis

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Andrea Leadsom, the government's representative in parliament, says Prime Minister Theresa May's team is trying to secure permission for a third vote from speaker John Bercow

BREXIT. A European flag is flown in front of The Elizabeth Tower which houses the 'Big Ben' bell in the Palace of Westminster. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

UK PM to renew Brexit deal push after pledge to resign

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) At risk of losing control of the process of leaving the European Union, Theresa May says she will resign if parliament backs her withdrawal agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in central London on March 27, 2019, after hearing the outcome of the indicative votes on the alternative options for Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday pledged to step down if MPs back her EU divorce deal, in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock in Britain's fractured parliament. Her dramatic gambit came just two hours before MPs started a flurry of votes seeking a last-minute alternative Brexit plan to replace her deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

EU suspends naval patrols in Libya migrant operation

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:33 PM

EU's Operation Sophia will rely on air missions and close coordination with Libya despite the political chaos that has scarred the country since 2011

European Parliament adopts copyright reform in blow to big tech

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Under the reform, European law for the first time holds platforms legally responsible for enforcing copyright, requiring them to check everything that their users post to prevent infringement

COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE. People take part in a demonstration in favor of the new copyright directive ahead of the vote on copyright in the Digital Single Market at the European Parliament on March 26, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP


European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

China, EU 'advancing together', says Xi, amid U.S. tensions

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition,' Xi Jinping tells a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany, and the European Commission

XI'S FRANCE VISIT. French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping hold a press conference with German Chancellor and European Commission President at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

British MPs vote for bigger role in Brexit process

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:02 AM

(UPDATED) MPs win a vote that will allow them to seize control of parliamentary business on Wednesday by 329 to 302

NEXT STEPS. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) listen as opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks in the House of Commons in London on March 25, 2019 after May outlined the next steps that parliament will take in the Brexit process. AFP PHOTO/PRU

May makes fresh push for Brexit deal with new timetable

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:58 PM

'Until April 12, anything is possible,' EU Council President Donald Tusk tells reporters at the close of the EU summit in Brussels

NEW TIMETABLE. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/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

UK facing 'national emergency' on Brexit – business, unions

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The heads of the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress urge May to change tack and find a 'Plan B' to avert the country leaving the European Union without a deal

BREXIT. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

EU leaders pile pressure on UK MPs to back Brexit deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May has insisted that she will not oversee a long delay, which would increase pressure at home for a general election or for a second Brexit referendum that might reverse the decision to leave

EU SUMMIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Delay or no-deal? Brexit heads to cliffhanger finale

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Here is a look at the most likely scenarios heading into the March 29 Brexit deadline

A recently painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

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

Speaker deals blow to British PM's bid to revive Brexit deal

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:19 AM

The speaker of parliament's lower House of Commons John Bercow says MPs could not be asked to vote again on the same deal in this session of parliament

BREXIT VOTE. This still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 6, 2017 shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow responding to a point of order from Labour politician Stephen Doughty during a session of the House of Commons in London on February 6, 2017. File photo by PRU/AFP

British PM battles to bring Brexiteers onside

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister Theresa May to use the EU summit to wring more concessions out of the bloc before risking a third vote

BREXIT. 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. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

Russia slams 'hypocrisy' of new Western sanctions

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Russia also accuses United States and Canada of 'Russophobia'

HYPOCRITE? The United States, Canada, and the European Union slammed Russia with new sanctions, which the Russian government calls a 'hypocrisy.' AFP file photo

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