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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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Oct 02, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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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

UK to refuse payment of Brexit bill without trade deal

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:29 PM

UK earlier promised to pay £35 to £39 billion that ministers said depended on agreed trade ties with the EU

TRADE DEAL WANTED. New Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab wants a trade deal before the UK pays for the divorce bill

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

Image from Samsung


British PM wins cabinet backing for UK-EU free trade area

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Less than 9 months before Britain leaves the EU, May's government is finally setting out exactly what it wants following public splits about how aligned it will remain with the regional bloc

CABINET MEETING. In this handout image taken and released on July 6, 2018, by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to members of her cabinet at the Prime Minister's rural country residence, Chequers, west of London. Photo by Crown Copyright (Joel Rouse)/AFP

Wikipedia down in several countries in EU law protest

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:50 PM

In Spain, Italy and Poland, an explanatory protest statement about the upcoming vote comes up when the online encyclopedia is consulted

WIKIPEDIA. The Wikipedia logo is seen on a tablet screen on December 4, 2012 in Paris. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/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 split on migration at 'mother of all summits'

Jun 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

EU President Donald Tusk warns on the eve of the summit that time is running out for leaders to reassure their citizens that they can control migration before authoritarian politicians win the 'high-stakes' debate

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

Poland sees end to EU differences

Jun 27, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'I think we have satisfied the EU's curiosity over the judicial reforms in Poland,' says Polish secretary of state for EU affairs Konrad Szymanski

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters hold Polish and European Union flags as they take part in a demonstration in front of the Polish Supreme Court on July 21, 2017 in protest against new bill changing the judiciary system. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Malta to accept stranded migrant ship if EU states help

Jun 26, 2018 - 11:41 PM

The vessel Lifeline had rescued the 234 migrants, including children and pregnant women, but Malta and Italy initially refused to take it in

ACCEPTED. This handout picture taken and released June 25, 2018 by German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' off the coast of Malta shows migrants resting on board the Lifeline ship. Photo by Felix Weiss/Mission Lifeline e. V./AFP

EU leaders tackle political flare-up over migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

The talks involving 16 of the 28 European Union leaders aim to mend rifts over the migrant crisis

EU slaps tariffs on U.S. as trade war erupts

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The tariffs will further fuel jitters on world stock markets that are already alarmed by trade tensions between the United States and China

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

EU tensions flare over migrants as Macron blasts Italy

Jun 13, 2018 - 1:24 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron accuses Italy's leaders of "cynicism and irresponsibility" and said they had broken international maritime law by refusing the boat the right to dock.

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy on Tuesday, June 12, for 'irresponsibility' after it turned away a rescue boat carrying African migrants. File photo by AFP

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Jun 07, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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EU joins global battle against Trump tariff onslaught

Jun 02, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Brussels and Ottawa filed legal challenges at the WTO against Washington's decision. The EU, Canada and Mexico also threatened stiff retaliatory tariffs as they pushed back against Trump's moves.

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP

World on brink of trade war as U.S. slaps tariffs on allies

Jun 01, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Washington angers its major allies by slapping duties of 25 percent and 10 percent on imports of aluminium and steel

TIT FOR TAT. Levi's clothes are seen on the day President Donald Trump placed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and European Union responded by warning that it would target iconic American brands such as Levi's. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics

May 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks

BAN THE STRAW. A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows a woman drinking with a plastic straw. Photo by Patrick Pleul / dpa / AFP

Iran wary as EU presents measures to save nuclear deal

May 19, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialize,' Iran's atomic organization head says

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

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

Duterte on Edgardo Angara: 'Tagapagtanggol sa bunganga ko'

May 15, 2018 - 10:44 AM

(UPDATED) 'Pang-diplomat talaga, which I can never be one, ever,' says President Rodrigo Duterte of the late Edgardo Angara, his former special envoy to the EU

ANGARA'S WAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of his late special envoy to the EU, Edgardo Angara, past midnight on May 15, 2018. Malacañang photo

Britain backs French plan for European defense force – minister

May 05, 2018 - 6:11 PM

The force, known as the European Intervention Initiative, would be separate from other EU defense cooperation, meaning there would be no obstacle to Britain taking part after it leaves the bloc

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

EU, U.S. police cripple Islamic State media mouthpieces

Apr 27, 2018 - 5:26 PM

'With this ground-breaking operation we have punched a big hole in the capability of IS to spread propaganda online and radicalize young people in Europe,' says Europol head Rob Wainwright

EUROPOL. Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, speaks during the launch of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, on February 22, 2016. File photo by Jerry Lampen/ANP/AFP

WhatsApp bans European under-16s from using app

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

In an update to its terms of service, WhatsApp says the minimum age for users outside the EU is still 13 years