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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

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 threatens Poland's voting rights over court reforms

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Brussels says President Andrzej Duda s unexpected vetoing of two controversial reforms including one targeting the supreme court has not ended the risk to the independence of Polish judges

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans gives a joint press on the Rule of Law in Poland and read-out of the College meeting at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, on July 26, 2017. John Thys/AFP

EU VP tells British to 'get their act together'

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Britain s political leaders should get their act together and tell the EU what they want from their divorce European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans says

The British flag (L) is seen along with the European Union flag (R) at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels on June 28, 2016. Thierry Charlier/AFP

Merkel begins Turkey trip with visit to refugee camp

Apr 23, 2016 - 2:46 PM

3rd UPDATE Many in Europe will also be watching closely to see if the delegation takes a stand against the deterioration of rights in Turkey

MERKEL IN TURKEY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), EU council President Donald Tusk (L) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2-L) visit a refugee camp in Nizip district near Gaziantep, Turkey, on April 23, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

EU faces 'huge challenge' to reassure Jews about future in Europe

Jan 21, 2015 - 9:22 PM

European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans says the 28 nation bloc was determined to respond in keeping with its core values of tolerance and inclusion

ON ALERT. Armed Belgian Military soldiers guard the streets near the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, 17 January 2015. Julien Warnand/EPA

Malaysia team in Kiev as anger mounts over MH17

Jul 19, 2014 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED Concerns have also emerged after international observers were blocked or given only partial access by armed rebels

A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Russia cannot afford 'collapsing state' in its backyard

Apr 05, 2014 - 8:47 PM

Europe issued fresh calls for dialogue with Russia over Ukraine warning Moscow it faces having a failed state in its backyard

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier speaks with United Kingdom's Foreign Minister William Hague during an Informal Meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers at the Zappeion Hall in Athens on April 4, 2014. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP