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EU suspends slot rules for airlines

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The European Council suspends the requirement that airlines use 80% of their slots – takeoff and landing authorizations – or lose them the following year

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Eurozone given 2 weeks to find economic response to virus

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:30 AM

European countries have yet to agree on a unified way to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus

CLOSED. People walk past a closed Chinese restaurant under the arcades of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquillino district of Rome on March 9, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EU warns virus could expose firms to foreign buyouts

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says 'critical assets and technologies' must be protected

MORE DEATHS. A lonely Italian National policeman patrols near St. Peter's Square (Rear) at the border between Italy and the Vatican, on March 19, 2020 in Rome during the lockdown within the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

EU finance ministers split on coronavirus rescue plan

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Italy, with the backing of France and Spain, wants a massive response from European Union partners. But northern countries, led by Germany and the Netherlands, are not in a hurry.

SLOWDOWN. Eurozone growth is only at 0.2% in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Coronavirus sparks 'unprecedented collapse' in eurozone economy

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Figures show a slump in eurozone activity in March 2020 'far exceeding that seen even at the height of the global financial crisis'

EU ministers suspend budget rules to fight virus impact

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The escape clause will allow European Union countries to spend without limit on medical equipment, enforcing containment measures, and expanding hospitals

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YouTube, Amazon Prime downgrade to standard definition in EU

Mar 21, 2020 - 10:43 AM

The throttling follows a similar move from Netflix to alleviate EU networks

YOUTUBE. This illustration picture taken on July 24, 2019 in Paris shows the logo of the US Youtube logo application on the screen of a tablet. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Italy's Conte calls for EU's 'full firepower' against virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:22 PM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urges the EU to adapt its European Stability Mechanism – the war chest for eurozone countries with serious debt problems – to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the bloc

FIGHTING COVID-19. In this file photo, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a press conference held at Rome's Chigi Palace, following the Ministers cabinet meeting dedicated to the coronavirus crisis, on March 4, 2020. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EU's Barnier has coronavirus, threatening Brexit talks

Mar 19, 2020 - 7:14 PM

'I tested positive yesterday for COVID-19. I'm as well as I can be, strictly confined to my home,' says EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

POSITIVE. In this file photo, European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with Britain Michel Barnier gives a press conference as he reports on the first round of EU-Britain negotiations at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 5, 2020. File photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

EU limits medical equipment exports in virus fight

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'This is the right thing to do because we need that equipment for our health care system,' says European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

FIELD HOSPITAL. A man receives assistance in the a pre-triage medical tent in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

EU chief warns against unilateral virus travel bans

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:55 PM

'Certain controls may be justified, but general travel bans are not seen as being the most effective by the World Health Organization,' says EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen

WARNING. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference to present the economic response to the Covid-19 crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 13, 2020. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

EU to stop 'ghost flights' in coronavirus fightback

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:45 AM

As passenger numbers drop, many airlines are forced to fly empty planes to ensure they do not lose their slots. The European Commission says this should not be the case.

A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. - Millions of people in northern Italy were in lockdown as officials struggled to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

EU unveils climate law, but Greta is unimpressed

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Greta Thunberg dubs the law a 'surrender' to the threat of climate change

ANGRY. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels on March 4, 2020, on the day the European Union unveils a landmark law to achieve 'climate neutrality' by 2050. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

EU and UK launch tough post-Brexit relationship talks

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his UK counterpart David Frost meet in Brussels, launching several months of intense talks that will mobilize about a hundred officials on each side

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

UN urges calm amid migrant surge at Turkey-Greece border

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The International Organization for Migration says some 13,000 migrants have amassed at the Turkey-Greece border, including families with young children

FLEE ON FOOT. Migrants walk towards Greece along the Turkey-Greece border near Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on March 1, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Britain unveils points-based immigration plan

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Each foreign worker must earn 70 points to be eligible, with a set number of points for each qualification or skill

LOVE. A migrant walks next to a tent tagged with the initials of the United Kingdom, UK, into a heart-shape logo inside the 'Jungle' camp for migrants and refugees in Calais on June 24, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Foreign firms struggle to resume operations in virus-hit China

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'The whole process is stuttering to get back as the magnitude of the challenges is just huge,' says Joerg Wuttke, president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China

A man wearing a protective facemask, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, walks in a deserted shopping area in Beijing on February 17, 2020. - The death toll from China's COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic jumped to 1,770 after 105 more people died, the National Health Commission said on February 17. More than 70,500 have now been infected nationwide by the virus, which first emerged in December in central Hubei province before spreading across the country. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

EU rights envoy sounds alarm on Qatar freedom of speech

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:14 AM

Publications can be suspended under the law for up to 3 months for printing items deemed against the public interest

TGIF. A leisurely Friday in Qatar. Photo by Olya Morvan/Hans Lucas

EU agrees on naval mission to stop Libya arms flow

Feb 18, 2020 - 9:26 AM

'The arms embargo is being violated systematically and this is going to feed the fighters with an incredible amount of arms,' warns EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell

RUINS. Libyans inspect the damage at the site of a reported airstrike in the capital Tripoli's suburb of Tajoura, on December 29, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Airbus 'deeply regrets' U.S. tariff hike from 10% to 15%

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

European aerospace giant Airbus says the United States' decision to increase tariffs 'further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 17, 2019 an Airbus 330 commercial airplane is seen during an event at the Dubai Airshow in the United Arab Emirates on November 17, 2019. - Airbus said on February 15, 2020, it "deeply regrets" Washington's move to increase tariffs on its planes imported into the United States from Europe. The decision to impose tariffs from March 18 "further escalates trade tensions between the US and the EU, thereby creating more instability for US airlines that are already suffering from a shortage of aircraft", the European manufacturer said in a statement. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

Google vs EU: a decade-long saga goes to court

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Google is appealing a 2.4 billion euro fine from 2017 that was the first in a series of major penalties from the European Commission, the EU's powerful anti-trust regulator

Romania's liberal government falls after 3 months in office

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 PM

A total of 261 of 465 MPs vote in favor of a motion against the minority government led by Ludovic Orban, which took over in November

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban looks on during a no-confidence vote initiated by the Social Democrat Party at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on February 5, 2020. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Johnson, Barnier trade blows over post-Brexit ties

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:06 PM

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier formally offers a deep future relationship but only as long as Britain makes guarantees to trade fairly

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

New era for divided Britain as it leaves European Union

Feb 01, 2020 - 7:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act,' says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

BREXIT. Red, white and blue lights illuminate 10 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Prime Minister, in central London on January 31, 2020, after Britain left the European Union at 2300GMT. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Brexit sealed with final Brussels vote

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:49 PM

After Brexit the United Kingdom will become what the EU calls a 'third country,' outside the union, but the political and economic drama will continue

BREXIT. Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union Sir Tim Barrow (L) delivers the instruments of ratification for Brexit, notifying the Council that the UK has fully ratified the Withdrawal Agreement, to European Council Secretary General Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels on January 29, 2020. Photo by Yves Herman/Pool/AFP

British minister attends 'historic' last EU council

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:03 AM

The United Kingdom will formally leave the bloc at midnight on Friday, January 31

BREAKUP. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

What will change the day after Brexit?

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:14 AM

There will be no turning back – the union would have lost one of its largest and richest states, the first ever to quit the project

UNION JACK. A man passes a barrier decorated with a Union Flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 30. 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Philippines out of European Union's priority watch list on counterfeiting

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:05 AM

The European Union delists the Philippines, citing 'very few complaints received from stakeholders'

FAKE GOODS. The Bureau of Customs turns over an estimated P58 million worth of fake goods to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for destruction at Camp Crame on October 18, 2019. Photo from BOC

Brexit will not affect intel cooperation – EU official

Jan 25, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Britain will still share intelligence through the Schengen Information System, which has become a tool for tracking jihadists entering Europe

Anti-Brexit activists hold European Union and Union flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 23, 2019. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could pivot towards a general election as the EU mulls granting a Brexit deadline extension on Wednesday, after a fresh twist to the divorce saga cast doubt over his hopes of leaving on October 31. In tense parliamentary votes on Tuesday, Johnson won initial backing for the divorce deal he agreed with the EU -- but MPs then rejected his timetable to rush it through parliament in a matter of days. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

EU calls Iran nuclear talks in bid to save deal

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Josep Borrell, the EU's diplomatic chief, says the so-called joint commission that oversees the deal and comprises representatives of all the countries involved will meet in February

IRAN DEAL. European Commission Vice-President in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during a conference at the 12th European Space Conference in Brussels on January 21, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

European Union chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:05 PM

On Thursday, diplomats from the EU member states will approve the deal in writing. Then, on Friday, January 31, Britain spends its last day in the EU before leaving the bloc at 2300 GMT as clocks strike midnight in Brussels.

BREXIT. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

UK parliament ratifies Brexit divorce law

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:37 AM

The only hurdle left to formal ratification now is royal assent by Queen Elizabeth II, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU on January 31

BOO BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

Trump relaunches trade battle with Europe

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:14 PM

'The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years.' US President Donald Trump says

TRADE BATTLE. US president Donald Trump gestures flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

8 EU nations back naval force to patrol Strait of Hormuz

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The move comes amid escalating tensions in the region, especially between Iran and the United States, that have sparked attacks on tankers and other conflicts in a crucial zone for oil shipping

A woman walks along the beach on Hormuz Island in the Gulf Strait of Hormuz, off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, on April 29, 2019. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

UK puts visas into pitch for post-Brexit trade with Africa

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:28 AM

Opening the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a clear pitch for business less than two weeks before Britain leaves the European Union

PITCH. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on January 20, 2020. Photo by Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP

China's Belt and Road projects lack transparency – EU firms

Jan 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

China's Belt and Road Initiative also faces criticism for swaddling poor nations with crippling debt and for being too opaque

Workers take down a Belt and Road Forum panel outside the venue of the forum in Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by Greg Baker/AFP)

Spain court refuses to recognize Catalan separatist as member of EU Parliament

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:23 AM

In a long-awaited ruling, the court says it would not authorize Oriol Junqueras' temporary release from prison to collect his parliamentary credentials

SEPARATISTS. Oriol Junqueras (front row, left-most) and fellow Catalan separatists attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Naranjo/POOL/AFP)

2019 is 2nd hottest year on record – EU

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:26 PM

Average temperature in 2019 was only a few hundredths of a degree below the 2016 level

EU invites Iranian foreign minister to Brussels

Jan 05, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The European Union urges a 'de-escalation of tensions' in the Gulf after US air strikes that killed a top Iranian general

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Islamic World Forum in Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2019. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Syria regime must halt 'escalation of violence' – EU

Dec 29, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'All parties have the obligation to protect civilians. The regime and its allies must cease indiscriminate military attacks and respect international humanitarian law,' says the European Union

Boris Johnson's Brexit deal secures first win in new parliament

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The 358 to 234 vote paves the way for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on his winning general election promise to 'get Brexit done' by January 31


[OPINION] Why should Filipinos care about Brexit?

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Will it get harder to travel to the UK? Will remittances be cheaper or more expensive? How easy will it be for Filipinos to get a job there?

Jailed Uighur's daughter receives EU rights prize

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Jewher Ilham says she hopes the award of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize will help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for 'separatism'

TOP PRIZE. European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli (R) stands next to Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and human rights activist, holding a portrait of her father during the award ceremony for his 2019 European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on December 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

UK PM to outlaw Brexit extension beyond 2020

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:52 PM

The government is planning to block the transition period from going beyond the end of 2020, in a symbolic statement of intent

BREXIT. In this file photo, 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. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

First stop, Brexit: UK's Johnson gets down to work

Dec 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

The Conservative leader is expected to carry out a limited cabinet reshuffle before welcoming new MPs to parliament following his landslide win in the December 12 general election

BACK TO WORK. This file photo shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks inside 10 Downing Street in London on August 30, 2019. File photo by Jeremy Selwyn/Pool/AFP

How the world is reacting to Johnson's big UK vote win

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Here are some of the initial reactions

WORLD REACTS. Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street in central London on December 13, 2019, following an audience with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, where she invited him to become Prime Minister and form a new government. Photo by Stefan Rousseau /Pool/AFP

EU warns of post-Brexit rival Britain after Johnson win

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(UPDATED) But the EU chiefs, meeting in Brussels, also express relief that British voters have sent a clear message, bringing to an end the first phase of a crisis that has dogged Europe for more than 3 years

A Conservative Party activist wears a rosette as they wait for the results in the count centre in Uxbridge, where Britain's Prime Minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson hopes to hold his seat, in west London, early in the morning on December 13, 2019. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on course for a decisive majority, exit polls indicated after voting closed in Britain's general election on Thursday, paving the way for Brexit. Oli SCARFF / AFP

EU leaders keep quiet on Brexit as Britain votes

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The 27 remaining European Union chiefs have a packed summit agenda and a dispute to resolve over how to fund the fight against climate change, but diplomats will have an ear to the ground for news from the United Kingdom

EUROPEAN SUMMIT. Pedestrians walk as Greenpeace activists hang a banner on the building of the European Council in Brussels on December 12, 2019 during an action of the environmental NGO before the European Summit. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP