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New EU chief makes first trip to Brussels

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The EU's new president-elect Ursula von der Leyen meets Jean-Claude Juncker for talks a day after pledging to present her 'vision for the next 5 years for Europe' within a fortnight

NEW LEADER. Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) meets with German Defence minister and newly-appointed EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 4, 2019. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

European Parliament chooses new president, completing top EU jobs

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The vote for president completes the roster of the EU's 5 most important jobs, with the others settled on July 2 at the end of 3 days of negotiation among the EU's 28 national leaders in Brussels

EU. Flags of European Union fly next to flags of EU countries at the European Parliament on July 2, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France, during the inaugural European Parliament session. Photo by Frederick Florin/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 leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Britain's Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

May 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The populist party, founded just 3 months ago, has capitalized on public anger over delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, winning almost 32% with almost all votes counted

PRO_BREXIT. File photo of Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Photo by Ben Stansall

Ireland votes in European election after Dutch pro-EU surprise

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Eurosceptics are hoping for strong results across the continent but their momentum takes an early hit after a Dutch exit poll on May 23 shows pro-EU parties headed for a surprise win there

POLLS. A voter leaves a polling station as voting for the European Parliament elections got underway, in west Belfast, northern Ireland on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Populists eye upsets as Brexit-bound UK, Netherlands kick off EU elections

May 23, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Britain joins the Netherlands in kicking off 4 days of voting across the continent

EU ELECTIONS. A man arrives at Leeds Minster, converted into a polling station for the day, as voters cast their votes in the European Parliament elections, in Leeds, north east England, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Milkshakes become weapon of choice in UK European campaign

May 21, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage becomes the latest political figure on Monday, May 20, to be doused with a milkshake while campaigning for his new Brexit Party in this week's European Parliament election

MILKSHAKED. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks at a European Parliament election campaign rally at Frimley Green, south west of London on May 19, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

E.U. fears voter apathy despite populist surge

May 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Elections in the past years have seen a lower turnout than the last, and much of the energy in this year's race has come from populists opposed to deeper integration

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

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

May's Conservatives battle Brexit ballot bloodbath

May 12, 2019 - 12:50 PM

With Brexit postponed to October 31, Britain must take part in the European Parliament elections set for May 23

A blank postal ballot paper for the European parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place in Britain on May 23rd, is pictured in Marsden, northern England on May 9, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / 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

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 approves no-deal Brexit visa waiver

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:38 PM

The law means British visitors making trips of fewer than 90 days to the Schengen passport-free zone will not need visas, even if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal in place

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

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 Parliament rejects copyright law in win for US tech giants

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The draft law is resisted by major US tech giants as well as advocates of internet freedom, with some campaigners warning it could even spell the end of viral 'memes' or jokes.

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

'I'm sorry,' Facebook boss tells European lawmakers

May 23, 2018 - 1:58 AM

Mark Zuckerberg says it has become clear in the last two years that Facebook executives 'haven't done enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm'

MARK ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addresses the European Parliament on May 22, 2018. Screenshot from livestream.

Zuckerberg testimony to EU Parliament to be livestreamed

May 22, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Following criticism on closed-door meetings, the Facebook CEO and the European Parliament President Antonio Tajani switch gears

ZUCKERBERG. Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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May 18, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Zuckerberg agrees to closed-door talks with European lawmakers

May 17, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Closed-door talks are confirmed but other members of European Parliament demand a public hearing

QUESTIONING. Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the US Senate, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. The CEO has now agreed to talks with European authorities. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/AFP


Robredo hits Tiglao for 'fake news' about Germany trip

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Days after calling out Rigoberto Tiglao, Vice President Leni Robredo reveals that the 'Manila Times' columnist sent her office an e-mail 'threatening to print more fake news'

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo hits former journalist Rigoberto Tiglao for his latest Manila Times column. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

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Apr 20, 2018 - 8:30 PM

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Malacañang tells EU Parliament to be prudent in issuing resolutions

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'Na saan na po 'yung mga bangkay?' asks Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque as he disputes the 12,000 figure used by the European Parliament in its resolution calling for an end to extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces during a press conference at the Presidential Guest House in Panacan, Davao City on January 4, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has decided to terminate the services of Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) Administrator Marcial Quirico Amaro III upon verifying complaints that the administrator has made excessive trips overseas. Amaro's termination from the service is part of the President's commitment to eliminate graft and corruption in government. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Albayalde questions EU Parliament resolution vs EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

'I don't know where [they're] coming from,' says new Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NEW CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde questions the basis of the European Parliament resolution. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EU Parliament calls for end to EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:31 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Cayetano slams the EU Parliament, saying their recommendations 'constitute interference in the affairs of a sovereign state'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte draws international criticism over the reported deaths of around 12,000 people as he wages his anti-drug campaign. Malacañang photo

Top EU lawmaker says Zuckerberg 'must' face European Parliament

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:14 AM

'He must not underestimate the capacity of the European Parliament to do actions against Facebook and against him as CEO of Facebook,' says the head of the parliament's leading political group

EU CALL. The European parliamentary calls for Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify in Europe. The CEO will be appearing before US lawmakers on April 10 and 11. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand


Behind the scenes, PH scrambles to mend EU ties

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A European official sees the appointment of Edgardo Angara as special envoy as 'a positive sign' to 'control the damage' done by President Rodrigo Duterte

MENDING TIES. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, Belgium, stands witness to the efforts of Filipino officials to mend ties with Europe in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against Europeans. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

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

Catalonia crisis: EU's Tajani blasts those 'sowing discord'

Oct 21, 2017 - 7:32 AM

Catalonia went ahead with an independence referendum on October 1 deemed unconstitutional by the courts that was marred by a police crackdown on voters

CRISIS. Catalonia braced for protests after a judge ordered the detention of two powerful separatist leaders, further inflaming tensions in the crisis over the Spanish region's chaotic independence referendum. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

EU Parliament urges Brexit trade talks delay

Oct 04, 2017 - 8:11 AM

The European Parliament overwhelmingly backs a motion calling for trade talks with Britain to be delayed because Brexit negotiations have not made sufficient progress

FLOOR DEBATE. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (C) delivers a speech as European Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier (R) and former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage (L) listen during a debate on the progress of the Brexit talks at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, October 3, 2017. Patrick Hertzog/AFP

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Duterte hits 'tonto' EU officials for 'believing' De Lima

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The President claims he himself took a peek at Senator De Lima s detention room in Camp Crame but gives no details when this happened

President Rodrigo Roa Duterete walks past honor guards upon his arrival at the Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 24, 2017 for the 38th Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Commencement Exercises for 'Masidlak' Class of 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

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

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

EU MPs 'concerned' over Philippine drug war deaths

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The EU delegation also expresses strong concern over efforts to restore the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to 9

IN MANILA. Acting European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Mattias Lentz (2nd R) and Swedish parliamentarian Soraya Post (R) gather in front of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center after an European Parliament Sub-Committee for Human Rights delegation visited detained Philippine Senator Leila De Lima at the PNP headquarters in Manila on July 19, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

EU sees Brexit talks delay after vote shock

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:04 PM

Brussels had set June 19 as the start date for talks but a series of key figures said that was now in doubt after Prime Minister Theresa May s gamble to increase her majority failed

DIVORCING SOON. The British Union flag (L) and the EU (European Union) flag (R) fly from flag poles in London on March 2, 2017.  Daniel Sorabji/AFP

EU Parliament head bans top Syrian official after attack

Apr 07, 2017 - 9:13 PM

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan will not be allowed to attend a conference planned for Monday April 10 according to a copy of the document seen by journalists

ANTONIO TAJANI. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on February 16, 2017. File photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

EU Parliament adopts tough Brexit 'red lines'

Apr 06, 2017 - 8:41 AM

The text insists that Britain must first make substantial progress on divorce terms – the rights of 3 million EU citizens living in Britain the exit bill and the fate of the border in Northern Ireland – before striking a trade deal with the union

BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS. A plenary session of the European Parliament on the negotiations with the United Kingdom following its notification that it intends to withdraw from the European Union, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, April 5, 2016. Courtesy European Parliament

Duterte says EU lawmakers 'naive' for wanting De Lima freed

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:49 PM

This EU for their naivete I pity those guys says President Rodrigo Duterte

'FOOLISH.' President Rodrigo Duterte blasts members of the European Parliament anew. File photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/Presidential Photo

Sueno hits Robredo for criticizing drug war, 'hurting' trade deals

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says Vice President Leni Robredo s criticism of the drug war is affecting the Philippines standing in the international community

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Duterte tells EU Parliament, 'Mind your own business'

Mar 20, 2017 - 8:55 AM

Why don t you mind your own business? Why do you have to fuck with us goddamn it says the Philippine President

'DON'T INTERFERE.' President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm welcome from supporters before his speech in front of the Filipino community where he talks about the death penalty. Photo by Rene Lumawag/Presidential Photo

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Palace tells EU parliament, 'Our democracy works'

Mar 17, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Malacañang asks European lawmakers to let the Philippines deal with our domestic challenges without unwarranted foreign interference

NO TO INTERFERENCE. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella holds a press conference in Malacañang. File photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Senate leaders slam EU interference in De Lima case

Mar 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

UPDATED Senator Leila de Lima thanks the European Parliament for its collective initiative favoring her

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EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima

Mar 17, 2017 - 9:14 AM

European lawmakers also urge Philippine officials to immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty

DETAINED LAWMAKER. Philippine Senator Leila De Lima attends her arraignment at a Quezon City court on March 13, 2017, for the charge of 'disobedience to summons.' Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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