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May holds out promise of new Brexit referendum

May 22, 2019 - 12:36 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May dangles a series of sweeteners that she hopes can resolve the Brexit crisis, including a parliamentary vote on whether to put whatever Brexit deal is passed up for a second confirmatory ballot

BREXIT. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on March 21, 2019 in Brussels for the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/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

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

Britain's May pins hopes on final June Brexit vote

May 15, 2019 - 7:49 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May says MPs will vote on legislation to implement the Brexit deal in the week starting June 3, with the aim of getting Britain out of the European Union by the end of July

MAY. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/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

Main UK parties suffer Brexit battering in local elections

May 03, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives loses control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats – but the main opposition Labour party also loses ground

BREXIT. A Union Jack hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Italy emerges from recession in 1st quarter of 2019

Apr 30, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The return to slender growth is heralded by surprisingly positive industrial output figures in January and February after 4 months of contraction

ITALY. Italy is Europe's second largest manufacturer and was the only European Union member in recession. Turin, Italy image via Shutterstock

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

China says navy warned off French warship in Taiwan Strait

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:59 PM

Chinese defense ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang says the French warship 'illegally entered China's territorial waters' on April 7

Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:02 PM

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's government aims to 'give people a choice on independence' from the United Kingdom before the end of the current term of parliament expires in May 2021

Rescued migrants allowed to disembark in Malta, go on to Europe – PM

Apr 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

All 62 migrants on the Alan Kurdi ship will be disembarked and redistributed between Germany, France, Portugal, and Luxembourg

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

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

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

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

Italy, China sign new 'Silk Road' protocol

Mar 24, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Italy becomes the first G7 country to sign up for the project, which has sparked unease in the US and the EU as China aspires to a greater world role

IN AGREEMENT. China's President Xi Jinping and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte shake hands during a signing ceremony of partnership agreements following their meeting at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23, 2019 as part of Xi Jinping's two-day visit to Italy. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

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

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'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

Bomb scare in Brussels EU quarter

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Belgian police and the fire brigade mobilize significant resources, including a team to evacuate potential victims as quickly as possible

BOMB THREAT. Security personels intervene during a bomb scare around the European institutions in Brussels on March 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Convicted French cardinal Barbarin to meet Pope Francis

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Pope Francis will grant the 68-year-old archbishop of Lyon a private audience at 10 am Monday, March 18

MEETING POPE FRANCIS. This photo taken on April 26, 2017 at St Peter's square in the Vatican shows Pope Francis (R) talking to Lyon's cardinal Philippe Barbarin at the end of a weekly general audience. File photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

UK PM May headed for defeat in big Brexit vote

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:31 PM

(UPDATED) Attorney General Geoffrey Cox says the risk in the most contentious points of the 585-page withdrawal deal agreed with the EU 'remains unchanged'

BREXIT. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Attorney General Geoffrey Cox (L) speaking in the House of Commons on March 12, 2019, after the publication of his legal advice on the government's Brexit deal and ahead of a debate on the second meaningful vote. AFP PHOTO / PRU

Britain braces for make-or-break Brexit vote

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May will update lawmakers on what changes, if any, she has secured to her EU divorce deal which was agreed with the bloc last year but overwhelmingly rejected by MPs in January

ON BREXIT. This file photo shows Michel Barnier during a joint press at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

In, out, or limbo: Brexit end-game scenarios

Mar 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

The House of Commons will hold up to 3 votes between March 12 and 14, as the March 29 Brexit date races in

BREXIT. A Union Jack hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

UK PM May seeks 'one more push' from EU on Brexit

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:26 PM

The beleaguered British leader's request for an additional concession from Brussels comes with Britain on the brink of hurtling out of the EU after 46 years with very few arrangements in place

Norway sovereign wealth fund, world's biggest, to dump oil and gas

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:08 PM

(UPDATED) The government of Norway says the divestment is specifically targeting exploration and production companies, 'rather than selling a broadly diversified energy sector'

UK's May to seek MPs' approval for new Brexit strategy

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The embattled leader will ask lawmakers to approve a 3-step plan that would give her more time to rework a draft deal struck with the European Union more than 3 months ago

BREXIT. In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) reacts during her visit to the Wellbeing Centre in Aldershot, south-west of London, January 9, 2017. File photo by Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP

Rebel British MPs take up seats in parliament

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM

One of the 7 lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, says that he now wants to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest

LABOUR PARTY. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London on February 19, 2019. Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Japan's Honda to shut UK plant, 3,500 jobs at risk

Feb 19, 2019 - 5:42 PM

The factory in Swindon, southwest England, is Honda's only EU plant and has produced the manufacturer's 'Civic' model for more than 24 years, with 150,000 units rolling off the line annually

HONDA. This file photo taken on January 30, 2009 shows a transporter loaded with Honda cars leaving the Honda car factory in Swindon. File photo by Max Nash/AFP

Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Feb 17, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' says American President Donald Trump in a tweet

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

UK's May faces another damaging defeat in Brexit saga

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:02 PM

Parliament will hold a symbolic vote endorsing Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy but Conservative Party hardliners could abstain, threatening defeat for her

BREXIT. In this file photo, demonstrators wave EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London on December 5, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) US Vice President Mike Pence takes direct aim at allies Britain, France, and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions

ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

London denies plotting last-minute Brexit vote

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:47 AM

The British government insists it is working towards leaving the EU on time, with a deal in place

BREXIT. In this file photo, Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London on September 9, 2017. File photo by Niclas Hallen/AFP

U.S., Israeli leaders head to Poland with eyes on pressing Iran

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'This is a global coalition that is built to deliver on the important mission of reducing the risk that has emanated from the Middle East for far too long,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'GLOBAL COALITION.' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/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

NATO leaders to meet in London in December

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:58 PM

'Brexit will change the United Kingdom's relationship to the European Union but it will not change the United Kingdom's relationship to NATO,' says Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

EU vetoes train-maker merger, drawing France's fury

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:48 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Commission prohibited the merger because the companies were not willing to address our serious competition concerns,' says the EU's powerful antitrust sheriff, Margrethe Vestager

TOP TRAIN MAKER. This file photo taken on November 19, 2009, shows an employee of Alstom walking past locomotives in a testing workshop of French engineering giant Alstom in Belfort, eastern France. Sebastien Bozom/AFP

Britain's May to meet EU leaders on Brexit

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Brussels is now waiting for Theresa May to formally request renewed talks, while warning that the agreement itself cannot at this stage be reopened for discussion

BREXIT. In this file photo, 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

Merkel urges 'creativity', 'goodwill' in Brexit talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says 'we want to do everything to avoid a no-deal [Brexit] because that would increase the uncertainty'

ON BREXIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) attend a joint press conference following their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on February 4, 2019. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool/AFP

European telecoms' dilemma: Huawei or the highway?

Feb 03, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Experts say Huawei is ahead in terms of the quality of its 5G equipment, but there are fears it could be used for espionage

People walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on December 10, 2018. - China on December 10 protested Canada's "inhumane" treatment of an executive of telecom giant Huawei who is being held on a US extradition bid, following reports she was not getting sufficient medical care. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

May wins mandate to reopen Brexit deal but EU says no changes

Jan 30, 2019 - 1:37 PM

A spokesman for EU leader Donald Tusk says the deal is 'not open for renegotiation' while French President Emmanuel Macron says it is the 'best agreement possible'

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) listens to European Council President Donald Tusk 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. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP

Mixed emotions in Germany as 500-euro note bows out

Jan 27, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The 500-euro note is being phased out after research linked its use to money laundering, tax evasion, and terrorism financing

A person presents several 500 Euro notes on February 12, 2016 in Paris. - The European Central Bank will take a decision soon on whether to keep printing 500-euro banknotes, with the arguments for doing so becoming "less and less convincing", a top-ranking official said on February 11, 2016. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Queen calls for 'common ground' as Brexit divides Britain

Jan 25, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) Government ministers interpret the comments as broadly supportive of their desperate search for a compromise over Brexit

COMMON GROUND. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Houses of Parliament in London on June 21, 2017. File photo by Carl Court/Pool/AFP

China, Europe follow Brazil's Bolsonaro onto Davos stage

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Top billing on the World Economic Forum stage will go to Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, who is tasked with negotiating a truce in the US-China trade war

IN DAVOS. A participant to the to the World Economic Forum annual meeting is seen in silhouette at the Congress Centre on January 21, 2019 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Migrants need better access to health care in Europe – WHO

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Depending on the country and migrants' status, they may enjoy full access to the health care system or none at all

MIGRANTS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

EU sanctions Russia military intel chief over Skripal

Jan 21, 2019 - 9:19 PM

The EU accuses the Russians – two agents and the deputy head of the GRU – of orchestrating the 'possession, transport and use' of the nerve agent used in the attack in Salisbury, England last March

SPY ATTACK. British Military personnel wearing protective coveralls work to remove a vehicle connected to the March 4 nerve agent attack in Salisbury, from a residential street in Gillingham, southeast England on March 14, 2018. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP