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Macron outlines plan for Europe revival from Athens

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Choosing a symbol of ancient Athenian democracy – Pnyx Hill – for his speech French President Emmanuel Macron says he intends to present fellow European leaders with a roadmap to fix Europe for the next decade

REVIVAL. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech on the Pnyx hill in Athens on September 7, 2017, as part of his two-day official visit to Greece. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

7 in 10 millennials would welcome refugees in their own country – survey

Aug 29, 2017 - 9:21 AM

Some 74 of the 31 000 millennials surveyed says they empathize with the situation of the refugees data from the World Economic Forum’s WEF Global Shapers Annual Survey reveal

SEEKING REFUGE. Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they're towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. AFP Photo

Italy applauds Libya's decision on migrant 'search and rescue' zone

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The measure is aimed at non governmental organizations which Libya accuses of facilitating illegal migration

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Aug 12, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop blaming and shaming each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil

Consumers 'left in lurch' over Europe egg scandal

Aug 11, 2017 - 5:12 PM

3rd UPDATE Every single actor has committed serious mistakes says Daniel Sarmadi of Foodwatch in Germany

EGGS SCANDAL. Eggs are destroyed at a chicken farm in Nadrin, Houffalize, on August 9, 2017. Dutch and Belgian investigators launched joint raids on August 10, 2017 over Europe's insecticide-tainted egg scare. Photo by Koen Blanckaert/ Belga / AFP

Two arrested as Europe tries to crack egg scandal

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:40 PM

With questions growing about how the contamination happened and whether consumers have been kept in the dark pressure has grown on the two countries at the center of the scandal: the Netherlands and Belgium

Picture taken on August 4, 2017 shows an employee of the Chemisches Veterinäruntersuchungsamt Münsterland-Emscher-Lippe (chemical veterinary examination office) cracking an egg at the institute in Muenster, northwestern Germany, in order to analyse it on toxic residues. Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany moved to halt some egg sales as hundreds of thousands may have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Guido Kirchner / Germany OUT

Libyan coastguard intercepts 137 migrants

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The migrants are the latest to risk their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe

Migrants wait to be rescued by Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean Sea, 30 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELOS TZORTZINIS

1 dead as Italy heatwave breaks in Alps

Aug 05, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The tragedy follows the deaths of two senior citizens who were caught up in wild fires in Abruzzo and Matera

HEATWAVE. A man refreshes himself with the waters of a fountain at Piazza Castello in Turin on August 2 as they seek relief during a heatwave that continues to grip southern Europe. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Italy moves to end migrant crisis with naval mission, NGO crackdown

Aug 03, 2017 - 9:03 AM

The twin moves come as new figures revealed a surprise drop in July in the number of mainly African asylum seekers and economic migrants arriving at the country s southern ports

RESCUED. Members of the Aquarius rescue ship run by NGO SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) help a migrant from Libya to board the ship after his rescue, in the Mediterranean Sea, 20 nautic miles from the Libyan coast, on August 2, 2017. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

West hardens tone on Iran

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:19 PM

We call on Iran not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities says a joint statement of Britain France Germany and the US

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

U.S., European police say 'dark web' markets shut down

Jul 20, 2017 - 10:34 PM

UPDATED US Attorney General Jeff Sessions says underground websites AlphaBay and Hansa had tens of thousands of sellers of deadly drugs like fentanyl and other illicit goods serving more than 200 000 customers worldwide

Trump kicks off fraught Europe tour with Poland speech

Jul 06, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Looming large over the entire visit is Pyongyang s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could deliver a nuclear payload to Alaska

WELCOME TO POLAND. US President Donald Trump (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) react after stepping off Air Force One upon their arrival at Chopin Airport in Warsaw,on July 5, 2017. Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Italy in migrant row with Austria as Europe arrivals top 100,000

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:25 AM

Italy summons Austria s ambassador after Vienna threatens to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100 000 this year

BORDER SIGN. A picture taken in the village of Spielfeld, Austria, on February 20, 2017 shows a border crossing at the Austrian-Slovenian border. Rene Gomolj/AFP

Thousands rally in Hamburg over looming G20 summit

Jul 03, 2017 - 12:30 AM

The demonstrators call for fair international commerce climate rescue and a strengthening of democracy

Demonstrators march behind an anti G-20 banner during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL

Italy urges EU ports to take migrants as pressure builds

Jul 02, 2017 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED Rome wants a regional maritime command center to oversee all rescue operations from Greece to Libya to Spain

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

Europe pays tribute to Helmut Kohl, 'a giant' of post-war history

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Meanwhile arrangements to honor the former German chancellor are clouded by criticism from Kohl s elder son

TRIBUTE TO KOHL. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a ceremony for the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on July 1, 2017 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Heatwave scorches Europe, from London to Siberia

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:04 PM

As the northern hemisphere marks the summer solstice the mercury hovers around 35 degrees Celsius 95 degrees Fahrenheit across oven like swathes of Europe including Italy Austria the Netherlands and even alpine Switzerland

SEARCHING FOR COOLER AIR. A notice board reading "fans and air conditioners are out of stock", is displayed on a shelf of a shopping center in Lormont, on June 20, 2017. Photo by Mehdi Fedouach/AFP

Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/AFP

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Jun 11, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The visa free regime for Ukraine has started Glory to Europe Glory to Ukraine tweets Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

A handout picture released by the Ukrainian presidential press service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (back C-R) posing for a picture with people during a ceremony on the Slovak-Ukrainian border not far from Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod to mark the first day of visa-free travel to Europe on June 11, 2017. Ukrainians celebrated the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with hundreds crossing the border as Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "breakaway" from Moscow. / AFP PHOTO / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / Mykhailo PALINCHAK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MYKHAILO PALINCHAK" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

European mobile operators brace for end of roaming charges

Jun 11, 2017 - 12:12 PM

Roaming charges will be lifted in Europe starting June 15 raising pressure on operators in a tight market

NO MORE ROAMING SOON. A woman uses her mobile phone in Boeschepe at the Franco-Belgian border on June 6, 2017. Philippe Huguen/AFP

World leaders vow to defend climate pact after Trump pullout

Jun 02, 2017 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED With France s Emmanuel Macron taking the lead they lash Trump s decision as misguided and vow to defend an accord they portrayed as crucial for the planet s future

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he makes his way to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 4, 2017. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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May 29, 2017 - 9:29 PM

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Merkel warns U.S., Britain no longer reliable partners

May 28, 2017 - 9:59 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe have to fight for its own destiny

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

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

FAST FACTS: How important is the EU to the Philippines?

May 18, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The European Union is a major donor the 2nd top export destination and the 4th top source of OFW remittances among others

RELATIONS. The relationship between the Philippines and Europe spans trade, official development assistance, tourism, among others.

Merkel, Macron: new power couple to shake up EU

May 17, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Analysts say Germany s Angela Merkel and France s Emmanuel Macron are leading the charge against anti European populists

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron shake hands after addressing a press conference at the chancellery in Berlin on May 15, 2017, a day after the new French president took office.  Emmanuel Macron is on his first trip abroad as French president. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN

France fines Facebook for data protection breaches

May 16, 2017 - 11:32 PM

France slaps a penalty of 150 000 euros 160 000 on Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland for several breaches of the French Data Protection Act

Macron takes power as French president

May 14, 2017 - 4:55 PM

3rd UPDATE At his inauguration French President Emmanuel Macron says the European Union must be reformed and relaunched

Manhunt for hackers behind global cyberattack

May 13, 2017 - 7:14 AM

4th UPDATE French police say there were more than 75 000 victims around the globe but caution that this number could increase significantly

CYBER ATTACK. A woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London on May 12, 2017. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Macron victory is 'good news' for trade-reliant Asia – IMF

May 09, 2017 - 5:48 PM

I think the result of the French elections really show that it s good news to open trade and globalization and it reduces the uncertainties of the eurozone says Changyong Rhee director of the International Monetary Fund s Asia and Pacific Department

'GOOD NEWS.' In this file photo, then French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron waves during a meeting in Saint-Priest-Taurion, central France, on February 25, 2017. File photo by Pascal Lachenaud/AFP

EU leaders to unite behind Brexit demands

Apr 29, 2017 - 10:48 AM

The heads of the remaining 27 countries are set to demand that Britain resolves the key divorce issues of people money and Ireland before any talks on a future EU UK trade deal can begin

Perluas wawasan filmmu di ‘Europe on Screen 2017’!

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Kamu bisa menyaksikan 74 film dari 21 negara Eropa secara gratis di Festival Film Eropa ini

FILM EROPA. 74 film terbaik Eropa yang meraih berbagai penghargaan di festival film internasional akan ditayangkan di 'Europe on Screen 2017'. Foto dari Wikimedia Commons/Rotten Tomatoes

Russia's actions in Ukraine 'obstacle' to improved relations – U.S.

Apr 24, 2017 - 8:35 AM

The phone call comes as the two leaders discussed the death on Sunday of an American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who hit a landmine while on patrol in eastern Ukraine

TILLERSON ON RUSSIA. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson looks over papers at the World Conference Center in Bonn, western Germany, on February 17, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Prince Charles embraces Italy quake survivors

Apr 03, 2017 - 12:25 AM

I wish I could do more for you your resilience is amazing Britain s Prince of Wales tells one resident as he sees the terrifying devastation in Amatrice firsthand

56 jail terms for Egypt migrant shipwreck

Mar 26, 2017 - 10:45 PM

The charges include manslaughter negligence using a boat for unlicensed purposes endangering children and organizing illegal immigration

ANOTHER TRAGEDY. Egyptian rescue workers arrive on a boat carrying bodies of migrants, during a search operation in the Mediterranean, along the shore in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta on September 23, 2016. Photo by stringer/AFP

Trump to reaffirm NATO 'commitment' at May summit

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The Trump administration has been scrambling to reaffirm its commitment to Washington s military alliances – including NATO – after the Republican billionaire called into question their usefulness during the presidential race

NATO IN THE US. A view of the Allied Command Transformation headquarters on Naval Station Norfolk May 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. Norfolk Naval Base is home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT) headquarters, the only NATO facility in the United States. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

3,000 migrants rescued off Libya – Italy coastguard

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The rescue was undertaken in 22 separate operations coordinated by the Italian coastguard

NEW ARRIVALS. In this file photo, migrants and refugees arrive at the Trapani port, with the Aquarius vessel on July 22, 2016 after being rescued at sea. Stringer/AFP

EU-Turkey migrant deal turned Greek islands into 'prisons'

Mar 19, 2017 - 7:20 PM

Thousands of people remain stranded in Greece a year after the European Union and Turkey signed a landmark agreement to reduce migrant flows

A photo taken on March 16, 2017 shows a view of the Moria migrant camp on the island of Lesbos.  The EU-Turkey deal, signed on March 18, 2016, has sought to stem the flow of migrants from Turkey to the EU, in particular Greece, by land and sea routes. The EU expects Turkey to honour a key migrant return accord which Ankara has threatened to ditch amid a bitter dispute with the bloc, a European Commission spokesman said on March 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI

Britain plans for all options as Brexit nears

Mar 12, 2017 - 11:40 PM

Speculation mounts that the process for Britain s withdrawal from the European Union could begin in the next few days

Europe warns U.S. against hurting cohesion, favoring Russia

Feb 18, 2017 - 8:27 AM

As jittery partners wonder what foreign policy under Trump would look like the White House has dispatched top generals to Europe this week to offer reassurances

Germany to 'speed up deportation' of failed asylum seekers

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:10 AM

The planned measures include setting up national deportation centers and offering financial incentives to those who will return voluntarily

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a press conference following a meeting with leaders of regional states to discuss ways to expedite the expulsion of failed asylum seekers on February 9, 2017 in Berlin. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Maurizio Gambarini / Germany OUT

Greece hopes migrant burden will turn into boon

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Unlike in the 1990s and early 2000s when the migrants mainly from Albania and Bulgaria benefited from a booming economy Greece has been unable to make the most of the recent arrivals

An Afghani refugee carries bags of received food for his family near tents set up on a baseball field at a refugee camp in the Hellinikon Olympic Complex, in a southern Athens suburb, on January 11, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Merkel tells Erdogan of concerns over Turkey freedom of expression

Feb 02, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Merkel also passes on concerns over press freedom and the accreditation of German journalists in Turkey

MERKEL AND ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands during their meeting at the Presidential Palace on February 2, 2017 in Ankara. Photo by Adem Altan / AFP

Vatican replaces image of Pope Francis on euro coins

Jan 28, 2017 - 9:36 AM

The EU s official journal on January 24 has published pictures of the Vatican s new coins and they show that Pope Francis image has been replaced

'POPE OF THE POOR.' Pope Francis his greeted by a prelate during the Vespers mass for the solemnity of the conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle on January 25, 2017 at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Trump hails 'most special relationship' with Britain

Jan 27, 2017 - 2:38 PM

3rd UPDATE British Prime Minister Theresa May has brushed aside deep seated differences on issues from torture to Russia to pursue a diplomatic charm offensive aimed at securing commitments on trade and mutual defense

'DEEP BOND.' US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May walk at the White House on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Raids in Austria as 'terror' suspect grilled

Jan 21, 2017 - 7:16 PM

According to the police signs had multiplied in recent days that there might be an attack in Vienna

Police patrols on December 20, 2016 a Christmas market in Vienna, the day after a terror attack in Berlin's Christmas market.  Austrian police will distribute 6,000 pocket alarms on New Year's Eve to help prevent incidents like the mass sex assaults in neighbouring Germany a year ago, the interior ministry said Tuesday. / AFP PHOTO / APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER / Austria OUT

UK will have 'control over borders' after Brexit – PM

Jan 08, 2017 - 10:35 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May also says they can still secure favorable access for businesses trading within the European Union

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May walks through the Houses of Parliament in London on December 20, 2016. File photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Europe cold snap kills dozens, prompts travel chaos

Jan 08, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The double digit sub zero temperatures hit Poland particularly hard with the mercury plummeting below minus 20 degrees Celsius minus 4 Fahrenheit in some regions

DEEP FREEZE. View of a park shot through a windshield covered in snow, in Berlin on January 7, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

Pivots: The world in 2016

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Here is a look at some of the biggest stories from the past year

Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe for Christmas Eve

Dec 24, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Christians in Syria s Aleppo are also looking forward to celebrations after President Bashar al Assad s forces retook full control of the city following a rebel withdrawal this week

CHRISTMAS EVE. Christian pilgrims enter the Grotto in the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 20, 2016. Photo by Musa Al Shaer/AFP