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EU urges UK to explain Brexit plan 'as soon as possible'

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'It will be for the UK government to inform us about the next steps as soon as possible,' says EU Spokeswoman Mina Andreeva

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Despite having enough food, humanity risks hunger 'crises' – report

Oct 19, 2019 - 12:06 AM

According to a UN report, a key obstacle is unequal access: while some people throw away food they buy too much of, others cannot afford or find the nutrition they need

EU competition chief Vestager gains power in new Commission

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

'This commission will be a geopolitical commission, I want the European Union and thus the commission to be the guardian of multilateralism,' says new European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen

TOP TEAM. European Commission President German Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners, on September 10, 2019 at the European Commission in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

EU says UK has yet to show plan to revise Brexit deal

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Our working assumption is that there will be Brexit on October 31,' says European Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva

BREXIT. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier are due to report to senior EU officials on progress in Brexit talks. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

Incoming EU chief calls for 'new pact' on migration

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Italy wants other EU countries to take in their fair share of the arrivals of migrants

EU CHIEF. Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference following a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on July 16, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Determined EU defies Boris Johnson push for Brexit rewrite

Jul 26, 2019 - 9:26 AM

Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warns EU member states that Britain's new prime minister Boris Johnson is trying to divide them by amping up the threat of a damaging 'no-deal' divorce

EU flags flutter on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on July 25, 2019. Britain's new Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday called the current Brexit deal negotiated with the EU "unacceptable" and set preparations for leaving the bloc without an agreement as a "top priority" for the government. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

European Parliament narrowly elects Germany's Von der Leyen to EU top job

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:10 PM

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen becomes the first woman to head the EU's executive arm

Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference following a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on July 16, 2019. German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on July 16, after winning over sceptical lawmakers. The 60-year-old conservative was nominated to become the first woman in Brussels' top job last month by the leaders of the bloc's 28 member states, to the annoyance of many MEPs.  FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

EU leaders adjourn summit to break jobs stalemate

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The 28 EU leaders are trying to agree on who will steer the bloc over the coming years through the looming challenges of Brexit and the rise of populist parties in Europe

EU TOP JOBS. European Council President Donald Tusk (R) and Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas speak as they arrive to attend a working dinner during a European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 30, 2019. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool/AFP

EU leaders meet to assign Brussels' top jobs

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:38 PM

None of the leading names to have emerged during last month's election has won consensus support from the 4 main parliamentary parties to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the EU's executive arm

LEADERS. European Union leaders attend a EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on June 20, 2019. Photo by Johanna Geron/Pool/AFP

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

The biggest world stories of the week: May 26-June 1, 2019

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Here's a roundup of the stories that made headlines across the globe

FIRST PUBLIC STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/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

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

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

European parliament deals setback to EU-U.S. trade talks

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The European Parliament only has an advisory role with regard to the EU's negotiating mandate, but it will have the final say once an agreement has been concluded

EU-US TRADE TALKS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) give a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

EU says 'no solution' yet to break Brexit deadlock

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:11 PM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has informed the European Commission that 'no solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the withdrawal agreement'

'DEADLOCK.' Britain and the EU are stuck in a deadlock over Brexit. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/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

Juncker doubts Romania's ability to assume EU presidency

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:48 PM

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says the EU presidency ' requires a willingness to listen to others and a willingness to put one's own concerns in the background'

DOUBTING ROMANIA. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Dengvaxia sale approved for dengue-endemic areas in Europe

Dec 20, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Sanofi's vaccine is known to prevent the dengue virus in individuals who have been affected previously, but poses more risks for those who have not been infected before immunization

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was given to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

EU drifts toward rocks on populist tide

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'2019 will be a pivotal year with major challenges,' says Jonathan Faull, a former senior administrator at the European Commission

Socialists pick Dutchman Timmermans for tilt at top EU job

Dec 08, 2018 - 11:57 PM

Dutch politician Frans Timmermans is the common candidate at the 11th congress for Europe's alliance of socialist parties in Lisbon

CANDIDATE. First Vice-President of European Commission Frans Timmermans attend the XI Party of European Socialists Congress at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE) on December 8, 2018 in Lisbon. Photo by Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP

EU should worry about Huawei, other Chinese firms – official

Dec 07, 2018 - 9:41 PM

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip says Chinese companies 'have to cooperate with their intelligence services. And this is about mandatory backdoors.'

ANDRUS ANSIP. Vice-President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip (C) attends the India Mobile Congress 2018 in New Delhi on October 25, 2018. File photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

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

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

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

EU urges Facebook to 'cooperate fully' in data scandal

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Facebook admits up to 2.7 million people in the EU may have been affected by the scandal

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump to EU: We'll drop our tariffs if you drop yours

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:02 AM

The EU's top trade official says the US failed to provide full clarity on how Europe and Japan could be spared set to continue next week

TIT-FOR-TAT. US trades tariff threats with the EU. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Remove 'terror content' within an hour, EU tells web firms

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The new recommendations also include steps to crack down on other harmful illegal content such as hate speech and images of child sexual abuse

ANDRUS ANSIP. European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission, Estonian politician Andrus Ansip, gives a press conference on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/ AFP

Countdown begins for tough EU asylum reform by June

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:07 PM

The European Commission aims to insist all member countries accept controversial refugee quotas at the talks in Sofia with the 28-nation bloc's interior ministers

TOPIC: EU ASYLUM. EU Commissioner of Migration & Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos speaks during an interview at the EU headquarters in Brussels on January 23, 2018. John Thys/AFP

What this media briefing room tells us about the EU

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:17 PM

The EU is not, as many Filipinos think, a monolithic body that knows nothing but to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

LIKE A THEATER. The media briefing room of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, can accommodate up to 300 out of 1,000 accredit journalists. All photos by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Brexit talks in 'disturbing deadlock', EU's Barnier says

Oct 13, 2017 - 8:29 AM

EU leaders are set at a summit next week to order the launch of preparatory work on a future trade deal, even though they will not approve moving on to full trade talks until December.

'DEADLOCK.' Britain and the EU hail the progress of 'constructive' Brexit divorce negotiations. File photo by Daniel Sorabji/AFP

Competition policy enforcement in the digital age

Sep 30, 2017 - 11:26 AM

The decisions to be made by the Philippine Competition Commission in coming months, as it fully implements the Philippine Competition Act, will set the tone for competition regulation in Philippine markets

Belgium accuses Netherlands of tainted eggs cover-up

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:57 PM

UPDATED When a country like the Netherlands one of the world s biggest exporters of eggs does not pass on this kind of information that is a real problem says Belgium s Agriculture Minister Denis Ducarme

TAINTED EGGS SCANDAL. Belgium Minister of SMEs, Entrepreneurs, Agriculture and Social Integration Denis Ducarme speaks to journalists at a hearing of the parliamentary commission for agriculture and public health, at the Federal Parliament in Brussels, on August 9, 2017. Photo by Virginie Lefour/ Belga / AFP

EU takes legal action against Poland over court reform

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission comes down hard on Warsaw to prevent what it says is not just an increasing threat to Poland s democratic standards but those across the 28 nation bloc

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

European Commission gives P49-M aid for Marawi evacuees

Jul 04, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The humanitarian aid will directly benefit over 50 000 people affected by the Marawi siege

MARAWI EVACUEES. A family from Marawi City takes shelter in an evacuation center in Balo-i on May 29, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

Italy to pay up to 17-B euros to deal with two troubled banks – gov't

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Italy will pay up to 17 billion euros 19 billion to break up two insolvent Venetian banks which have posed a threat to country s banking system

VENICE VIEW. A picture taken from the Rialto bridge shows a general view of the Canale Grande (Grand Canal) in Venice on April 8, 2017. Miguel Medina/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

EU weighs post-Brexit jab against London finance hub

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:26 AM

If confirmed the rules would be seen as a hostile move against Britain ahead of coming Brexit negotiations

FINANCIAL HUB. The Canary Wharf financial district and the River Thames are seen in London on June 5, 2017. Odd Andersen/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.

EU leaders seek unity after Brexit at Bratislava summit

Sep 16, 2016 - 1:42 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says on the summit eve that the leaders must have a sober and brutally honest assessment of the situation

AFTER BREXIT. (L-R) President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, Speaker of the Slovak Parliament Andrej Danko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, Slovak President Andrej Kiska, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak pose for a group photo before their informal dinner on the eve of the European Union summit at the Bratislava Castle in the Slovak capital on September 15, 2016. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

EU's Juncker to urge 'unity' after Brexit

Sep 14, 2016 - 1:30 PM

European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker is expected to unveil plans to boost prosperity and security in an increasingly uncertain and dangerous world

European flags fly in front of the European Parliament on June 9, 2016 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Frederick Florin/AFP

Apple tax decision not against US – Juncker

Sep 04, 2016 - 5:10 PM

European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker says the decision of authorities to slap Apple with a huge bill for back taxes was an application of the rules

Apple accuses European Commission of 'political crap' over 13 billion Euro fine

Sep 01, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Apple s Tm Cook: It s maddening; it s disappointing; it comes from a political place – it has no basis in fact or law

TIM COOK. Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 6, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

France rules out imminent EU-US trade deal, wants talks halted

Aug 30, 2016 - 3:07 PM

UPDATED Negotiations for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have been bogged down over the terms of the agreement Britain s shock vote to leave the EU and rising opposition to the deal in France and Germany

A picture taken on July 20, 2016 shows a container ship being loaded at the harbor of Saint-Nazaire, western France. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

EU hits China, Russia with steel anti-dumping duties

Aug 04, 2016 - 11:30 PM

The European Commission says it is reestablishing a level playing field between EU and foreign producers

Worker retouches steel alloy at the Liaoning Special Steel Group factory in northern China's Dalian city on Thursday, 27 November 2003. China's Premiere Wen Jiabao promises to raise the issue of Washington's steel tariffs, ruled illegal by the WTO, during his visit to the US next week. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

EU abandons budget fines against Spain, Portugal

Jul 28, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Sanctions even symbolic ones would not have been understood by the public explains EU economic affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici

epa05443448 European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici during a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, 27 July 2016. The European Commission today adopted a Rule of Law Recommendation on the situation in Poland, setting out the Commission's concerns and recommending how these can be addressed. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

Britain says 'in position of economic strength' for Brexit talks

Jul 27, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the run up to the Brexit referendum according to data

BREXIT. A British Union flag, commonly known as a Union Jack, flies in in front of the landmark Big Ben, in London, Britain, June 22, 2016. Photo by Hannah McKay/EPA

EU grants new aid to struggling milk farmers

Jul 18, 2016 - 11:55 PM

The European Union sets aside an additional 500 million euros 553 million for the farmers with those in Germany France and Britain among the top receivers

Dairy farmers stage a demonstration in front of the European Parliament to protest against the end of European milk quotas, in Brussels on March 31, 2015. The European Union is to abolish its three-decade-old milk quota system starting April, 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

EU to use 'all defenses' against China steel exports – Juncker

Jul 14, 2016 - 12:15 AM

The EU will defend its steel industry We are not defenseless and we will use all the means at our disposal says European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker while in Beijing