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How Europe reacted to Brexit deal defeat

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Some of the key reactions to the British parliament's rejection of a Brexit deal

An anti-Brexit activist waves Union and EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 16, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May was left "crushed" and "humiliated", Britain's newspapers said today as they raked over the fallout from parliament's huge rejection of her EU divorce deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:04 AM

MPs vote 432 to 202 against Theresa May's plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history

HISTORIC VOTE. Britain's parliament on January 15 resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and leaving the country on track to crash out of the EU. AFP PHOTO / MARK DUFFY / UK Parliament

Decision time as British MPs vote on Brexit deal

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, a bitterly divided Britain is in limbo and the world is on tenterhooks about what will happen next

PARLIAMENT. The sun sets behind The Palace of Westminster, home of the British Houses of Parliament in central London on January 4, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

May warns British parliament against 'catastrophic' failure to deliver Brexit

Jan 13, 2019 - 7:46 PM

'My message to parliament this weekend is simple: It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country,' British Prime Minister Theresa May says

CONTROVERSY. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen during a BBC television interview ahead of the Conservative Party Conference 2018, in Birmingham on September 30, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Macedonia PM urges Greek MPs to ratify name deal

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Our parliament found the strength but it wasn't easy. But I am convinced that the Greek parliament will also find the strength to make the decision,' says Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Corruption warning as Romania takes over EU presidency

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The European Commission wants the left-leaning Romanian government to scrap controversial judicial reforms, saying they undermine the battle against graft

ROMANIA TAKES OVER. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila (L) arrive at the Romanian Atheneum to attend the ceremony marking the taking over the EU Council Presidency by Romania for the next six months in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Macedonia starts crunch debate on controversial name change

Jan 09, 2019 - 11:08 AM

But the switch to 'the Republic of North Macedonia' is an uphill task involving 4 constitutional amendments and the support of two thirds of the 120-member parliament

NAME ROW. The flag of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (center) flying at UN headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Pope Francis urges EU leaders to show solidarity with migrants off Malta

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'I address a pressing appeal to European leaders that they show some concrete solidarity with respect to these people,' Pope Francis says

JUSTICE. Pope Francis vows to never again ignore allegations of abuse. File photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Romania takes EU helm amid tensions with Brussels

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Several crucial events will take place during Romania's first 6-month tenure in the presidency, including Brexit, EU parliamentary elections in which euroskeptics will vie for increased influence, and wrangling over the next budget

ROMANIA. Planes spread the colors of the national flag in the sky as they fly over the military parade on Romania's National Day in Bucharest, December 1, 2018. File photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

EU gives U.S. two months to name data privacy ombudsman

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The EU says the US should 'nominate a permanent ombudsperson by February 28, 2019 to replace the one that is currently acting'


EU probes hack of 'thousands' of diplomatic cables

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:52 PM

EU officials say they have begun a probe into the leak, which comes with Europe on high alert in the run-up to key parliamentary elections next year

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Dec 19, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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'Thousands' of EU diplomatic cables hacked – report

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:29 PM

The cables from the EU's diplomatic missions around the world reveal anxiety about how to handle US President Donald Trump as well as concerns about China, Russia and Iran

Brexit could wilt huge Dutch flower trade

Dec 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Britain is the third largest market for the Netherlands' flower export business, after Germany and France, accounting for 850 million euros

BREXIT DEAL. A worker walks through flowers in the Royal FloraHolland Aalsmeer, the largest trading and distribution centre for plants and flowers in the world, in Aalsmeer on December 11, 2018.  Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

EU leaders rebuff May's plea over Brexit deal

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:06 AM

'Our UK friends need to say what they want instead of asking us what we want,' says European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker

BREXIT. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker giving a press conference on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. File photo by John Thys/AFP

'Wounded' May seeks EU compromise to save Brexit deal

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:37 PM

British PM Theresa May admits as she arrives at the EU summit that she will not fight the next general election planned for 2022

WOUNDED. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to media as she arrives on December 13, 2018 in Brussels for a European Summit aimed at discussing the Brexit deal. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Journalists urge EU to resist lobbying by tech giants

Dec 11, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'Let's not allow 'bots' and 'troll farms' to take over from reporters, or leave online fiction to replace verified fact,' AFP Middle East correspondent Sammy Ketz says in an open letter to the EU supported by leading reporters worldwide

British PM delays Brexit deal vote but EU warns no renegotiation

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) British Prime Minister Theresa May vows 'no doubt this deal is the right one' but will seek 'further assurances' over a controversial backstop clause relating to Northern Ireland

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 20, 2016 ahead of an evidence session with the Commons Liason Committee at the House of Commons. The prime minister was set to appear before the parliamentary committee to be questioned on Brexit. / AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL

Momentous Brexit debate opens with stinging defeats for May

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:34 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Commons votes 311-293 to censure the government for not publishing the full legal advice it received about May's divorce deal with the European Union

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom (C) during the debate in the House of Commons in London on December 4, 2018 on a motion to hold the government in contempt of parliament over their refusal to publish full legal advice they received on the Brexit withdrawl agreement.  HO / PRU / AFP

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

Main points of the draft Brexit agreement

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:00 PM

A quick look at the key provisions of the 585-page draft Brexit deal

TRADE DEAL WANTED.

EU is 'best prepared' for Brexit U-turn – Tusk

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:25 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says they are prepared for all scenarios, 'but of course we are best prepared for a no Brexit scenario'

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

UK's May takes Brexit deal to cabinet as MPs revolt

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:57 AM

After months of talks, Theresa May announces late November 13 that negotiators have finally struck a draft agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the European Union next March

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves for the weekly Prime Minister Question session in the House of Commons, from Downing Street in central London on October 18, 2017. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/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

Macron hosts Trump amid row over European defense

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Their body language are markedly less warm than during Trump's last visit to Paris in July 2017, underscoring a general cooling in relations

US-FRANCE RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Photo by Christophe Petit-Tesson/POOL/AFP

Trump in Paris slams Macron's 'insulting' EU army proposals

Nov 10, 2018 - 10:04 AM

French President Macron proposes a joint EU army to protect them from China, Russia, and the US

UK, EU close to Brexit deal over Irish border

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilizing the peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence

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

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Brexit: What happens next?

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:30 AM

Britain is due to leave EU on March 29, 2019, but as of today there is still no Brexit deal. Here's an outline of what could happen next.

Union and European flags flutter in the breeze at the start of a pro-EU march through central London during the People's March for Europe on September 9, 2017. The pro-EU march is calling on politicians to "unite, rethink and reject Brexit". / AFP PHOTO / Niklas HALLEN

Merkel calls for free trade as EU, Asia meet

Oct 19, 2018 - 10:35 PM

The German Chancellor rallies for free trade as EU and Asian leaders meet to unite in defiance of US President Donald Trump's 'America first' approach

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union's (CDU) main candidate Angela Merkel (C) delivers a speech during an election rally in Schwerin, northern Germany, on September 19, 2017. Germany goes to the polls for parliamentary elections on September 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

British relatives of Nazi victims seek German passport as Brexit looms

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

British descendants of refugees who fled Nazi Germany are rushing to gain German nationality before Brexit

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

Brexit negotiations: What you need to know

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:52 AM

British and EU officials are negotiating day and night to get to the outline of a Brexit deal by Wednesday, October 17. Here's what they are talking about.

NEGOTIATIONS UP. Demonstrators hold banners during a protest to Lobby MPs to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK, after Brexit, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on September 13, 2017. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

What is the 'real' Brexit deadline?

Oct 12, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Officials from both London and Brussels say the draft of a Brexit deal must be reached by the summit dinner on October 17 – or at the very most by mid November

DIVORCE. A Union Jack (right) hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

More Britons seeking French nationality

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:54 PM

A result of Brexit is the sharp increase in the number of British citizens acquiring French nationality, says France's interior ministry

EU condemns Hong Kong's expulsion of British reporter

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:00 AM

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini's office says the expulsion of FT editor Victor Mallet is "a worrying precedent"

PRESS FREEDOM.  Demonstrator hold placards that read "freedom of the press, not allowed to be deprived" during a protest after Hong Kong immigration authorities declined a visa renewal for senior Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

New theater comedy dramatizes Brexit break-ups

Oct 07, 2018 - 7:00 AM

The play is sparked by what the Brexit-backing writers feel is a social outcasting of Leave voters by more vocal, self-righteous Remainers – particularly in the fervently pro-EU London artsy circles

DRAMA. An undated handout picture released by the Union Theatre on October 5, 2018 shows actors during a rehearsal for the play 'People Like Us' by columnist Julie Burchill and novelist Jane Robins. Photo by Paul Nicholas Dyke/UNION THEATRE/AFP

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LOOK: European Union joins Manila Bay cleanup

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The European Union's ambassador to the Philippines, Franz Jessen, says Europe is one with the Philippines in helping remove plastic wastes from the ocean

CLEANING MANILA BAY. The EU Delegation in the Philippines joins a recent cleanup of Manila Bay. Photos courtesy of EU Delegation in the Philippines

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

Will EU copyright overhaul 'break' the internet?

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The most contested aspect of the bill, Article 13, will require content sharing sites to deploy tools that harshly filter out copyrighted material from user posts

EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivers his State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on September 12, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP


EU parliament approves copyright law in blow to big tech

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) meeting in the French city of Strasbourg voted 438 in favor of the measure, 226 against, with 39 abstentions

EU copyright war 'a shame,' says big tech lobby

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Taxing content indexing services by Google may have a negative net effect on the diversity of content and perspectives shown on the platform, says tech lobbyist

PUSHBACK. Siada el-Ramly, Director General of The European Digital Media Association (EDiMA), a lobby group for the tech sector, gives an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Brussels on September 10, 2018. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP


EU ministers 'battle' over French-backed digital tax

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Paris says the proposed tax will ensure that global tech platforms pay their fair share. However, some EU members argue the tax would also punish European companies and stifle innovation.

Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights


EU vows P9.2 million for flood victims in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The European Union is extending this aid even as President Rodrigo Duterte lambasts them for supposedly interfering in his bloody anti-drug campaign

FLOODED. Residents brave knee-high flood along Antero Soriano Highway in General Trias, Cavite, due to Tropical Depression Josie and the southwest monsoon on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Britain likely to leave EU without deal – minister

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

'I think the intransigence of the commission is pushing us towards no deal,' International Trade Secretary Liam Fox says

NO GO? A minister says Great Britain will have to wait for a deal. File photo from AFP

Trump, EU's Juncker agree to ease trade tensions

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:58 AM

(UPDATED) The leaders agree to 'launch a new phase' in the relationship and 'to work together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods'

TRADE. US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP