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Populists hold gains in 'No Brexit' EU vote poll

Apr 18, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Projections confirm the rise of Eurosceptic or Europhobic groups, reinforced by the rise of Italy's far-right deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini and German far-right party, Alternative for Germany

PROTESTS. An anti-Brexit activist holds a placard as he demonstrates outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the debate leading to the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal. Photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

EU threatens $12 billion in tariffs over U.S. Boeing subsidies

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Europe's $12 billion claim against Boeing comes on the trail of a similar demand by the US for $11 billion in compensation for EU subsidies towards Airbus

BOEING. This file photo shows unidentified Boeing employees working on building Boeing 777 jets at its Everett factory. Image via Shutterstock

EU adopts controversial copyright reforms

Apr 15, 2019 - 5:33 PM

European Union countries adopt the reforms agreed upon last month by the European Parliament

EU countries approve launch of U.S. trade talks

Apr 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, France says it will make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers seen as largely symbolic

Brexit delay averts 'terrible outcome' – IMF's Lagarde

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:57 PM

However, the IMF chief says: 'It's obvious that it's continued uncertainty and it does not resolve, other than by postponing what would have been a terrible outcome'

ARAB DEBT. Christine Lagarde warns of high public debt among Arab nations. File photo courtesy of the IMF

May faces quit call after securing Brexit delay

Apr 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc

NEW BREXIT DELAY. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

EU gives Britain 6-month delay to Brexit date

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:48 AM

The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections – or crash out on June 1

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at The Europa Building at The European Parliament in Brussels on April 10, 2019.  PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP

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

Europe grudgingly prepares to offer Britain Brexit delay

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:58 AM

UK Prime Minister Theresa May asks to be given until June 30 to arrange Britain's orderly departure, but EU leaders fear that won't be long enough and are now expected to offer her up to a year

APPEAL. French President Emmanuel Macron (righ) accompanies British Prime Minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on April 9, 2019. Photo bt Martin Bureau/AFP

Britain's May seeks Brexit delay from Merkel, Macron

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels

BREXIT. File photo of a protester draped in a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

European Union unveils ethics guidelines for artificial intelligence

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The European Commission unveils a framework aimed at boosting trust in artificial intelligence by ensuring, for example, data about EU citizens are not used to harm them

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP

UK starts issuing passports without 'European Union' on cover

Apr 06, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Brexit backers are thrilled by the highly symbolic change, while those who support remaining in the bloc have mocked their excitement

BREXIT. In this file photo, 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. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

Britain scrambles for Brexit consensus as EU leaders hold out hope for deal

Apr 05, 2019 - 10:44 AM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week

AVOID CHAOS. File photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

British government, opposition in Brexit crisis talks

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Earlier, MPs voted in favor of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on April 12

(FILES) A combination of pictures created in London on May 31, 2017 shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) unveiling his plans for education during a general election campaign visit in Leeds, northern England, on May 10, 2017 and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) speaking at the launch of the Scottish manifesto by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh on May 19, 2017.  Britain goes to the polls to vote in a general election on June 8. / AFP PHOTO / Dan Kitwood AND Lindsey PARNABY

EU cannot be 'held hostage' to Brexit crisis – Macron

Apr 02, 2019 - 11:30 PM

Speaking during a visit to Paris by Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, French President Emmanuel Macron says, 'Our priority must be the proper functioning of the European Union and the single market'

MACRON AND VARADKAR. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) speaks during a joint press conference with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (L), in the courtyard of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, on April 2, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP)

EU's Barnier: No-deal Brexit 'day after day more likely'

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:13 PM

EU chief negotiator Michael Barnier says if the UK does not vote in favor of the withdrawal agreement in the coming days, it has only two options: leaving without an agreement or requesting a longer extension of the Article 50 period

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

'Betrayal': Thousands vent anger on Brexit Day that never was

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Nearly three years after the divisive referendum that saw 52% of voters back leaving the EU, Britain's MPs are at a loss on how the UK can properly leave

WHERE TO NOW? A puppet head of Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May spearing a representation of the British Economy is positioned on Whitehall outside Downing Street after a march and rally organized by the pro-European People's Vote campaign for a second EU referendum in central London on March 23, 2019. Photo by Isabel Infantes/AFP

EU to audit funds given to NGO with alleged communist links

Mar 30, 2019 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) The European Union says an 'external company' will conduct the audit in April to validate the claims of the Philippine government

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

EU calls crisis summit, warns of no-deal Brexit

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12

NO-DEAL BREXIT? European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal for 3rd time

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286

REJECTED, AGAIN. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on March 29, 2019 after MPs rejected her EU Withdrawl deal for a third time. AFP PHOTO/PRU

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

UK PM to renew Brexit deal push after pledge to resign

Mar 28, 2019 - 9:44 AM

(UPDATED) At risk of losing control of the process of leaving the European Union, Theresa May says she will resign if parliament backs her withdrawal agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, in central London on March 27, 2019, after hearing the outcome of the indicative votes on the alternative options for Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday pledged to step down if MPs back her EU divorce deal, in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock in Britain's fractured parliament. Her dramatic gambit came just two hours before MPs started a flurry of votes seeking a last-minute alternative Brexit plan to replace her deal. Tolga AKMEN / 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

European leaders demand win-win relationship with China

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:51 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris

BELT & ROAD. Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a press conference at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Thibault Camus/Pool/AFP

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

China's Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:11 PM

Xi Jinping stresses that 'a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world'

XI IN EUROPE. Princess Charlene of Monaco (upper left), the wife of China's President Peng Liyuan (upper right), Prince Albert II of Monaco (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd right) leave after their meeting at the Monaco Palace on March 24, 2019. Photo by Valery Hache/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

Macron to galvanize EU on China on Xi visit

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit poses a particular challenge for French President Emmanuel Macron who wants to deepen EU ties while also pushing back against Beijing's growing global clout

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

EU leaders offer 2 options for short Brexit delay

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) European Union president Donald Tusk says the UK accepts EU's extension scenarios

BENDS BACK. British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. 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 leaders pile pressure on UK MPs to back Brexit deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

(UPDATED) Theresa May has insisted that she will not oversee a long delay, which would increase pressure at home for a general election or for a second Brexit referendum that might reverse the decision to leave

EU SUMMIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives on March 21, 2019 in Brussels on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Delay or no-deal? Brexit heads to cliffhanger finale

Mar 21, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Here is a look at the most likely scenarios heading into the March 29 Brexit deadline

A recently painted mural by British graffiti artist Banksy, depicting a workman chipping away at one of the stars on a European Union (EU) themed flag, is pictured in Dover, south east England on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION

EU fines Google for antitrust breach

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:22 PM

(UPDATED) The fine brings Google's total tab with the EU to 8.2 billion euros in less than two years. This is far less than the maximum fine of 10% of Google's annual turnover.

British PM seeks brief Brexit delay from hesitant EU

Mar 20, 2019 - 6:03 PM

(3rd UPDATE) But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it is unlikely they will reach a decision without a clear signal from London on what MPs want

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on March 14, 2019, ahead of a further Brexit vote. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Google unveils search changes to placate EU

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Google wants to avoid a repeat of 2017 when they were fined 2.4 billion euros for favoring its 'Google Shopping' price comparison service in search results

GOOGLE. A picture taken on February 5, 2019 shows the Google logo displayed on a tablet in Paris.  Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


EU fact-checking project launches ahead of 2019 parliamentary elections

Mar 19, 2019 - 1:08 PM

The 19 European fact-checking outlets part of FactCheckEU are ready to tackle disinformation and hoaxes ahead of the polls

Speaker deals blow to British PM's bid to revive Brexit deal

Mar 19, 2019 - 12:19 AM

The speaker of parliament's lower House of Commons John Bercow says MPs could not be asked to vote again on the same deal in this session of parliament

BREXIT VOTE. This still image taken from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 6, 2017 shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow responding to a point of order from Labour politician Stephen Doughty during a session of the House of Commons in London on February 6, 2017. File photo by PRU/AFP

British PM battles to bring Brexiteers onside

Mar 18, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister Theresa May to use the EU summit to wring more concessions out of the bloc before risking a third vote

BREXIT. 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

May warns of long Brexit delay if MPs do not back her deal

Mar 17, 2019 - 6:40 PM

The Brexit deal has remained deadlocked in parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish 'backstop' – a measure to avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

DISTURBED. File photos shows a video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit showing Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. Videograb by PRU/AFP

Russia slams 'hypocrisy' of new Western sanctions

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Russia also accuses United States and Canada of 'Russophobia'

HYPOCRITE? The United States, Canada, and the European Union slammed Russia with new sanctions, which the Russian government calls a 'hypocrisy.' AFP file photo

British parliament backs Brexit delay

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:00 PM

British MPs vote to ask EU leaders to simply push Brexit back in a bid to head off a chaotic end to their 46-year partnership

BREXIT. A pedestrian under the rain beneath a Union flag themed umbrella walks near the Big Ben clock face and the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament in central London. File photo by Justin Tallis/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's Tusk backs 'long' delay if Britain 'rethinks' Brexit

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:46 PM

EU leader Donald Tusk says he 'will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it'

ON BREXIT. European Council President Donald Tusk answers the press as he arrives to attend the first day of a European council meeting in Brussels on December 14, 2017. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Will Brexit be delayed? The hows and the whys

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:51 PM

British MPs will vote Thursday, March 14, on a government plan to hold a third ballot on May's deal and request a delayed departure, whatever the result

UK slashes 2019 economic growth forecast – budget

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:31 PM

The UK economy is forecast to grow by 1.2% in 2019, sharply down on the government's prediction of 1.6% in October 2018

UK ECONOMY British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond leaves 11 Downing Street in London, November 23, 2016. File photo by Ben Stanstall/AFP

UAE regrets inclusion in EU tax blacklist

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'This inclusion was made despite the UAE's close cooperation with the EU on this issue and ongoing efforts to fulfil all the EU's requirements,' an official statement says

UAE. A general view of cranes at a construction site with the world's tallest tower Burj Khalifa (background) in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on March 11, 2019. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP