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Anger over EU's 'historic mistake' on Skopje, Tirana

Oct 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron blocks talks on EU membership for North Macedonia and Albania

EUROPEAN UNION. EU leaders fail to agree to start negotiations on membership for North Macedonia and Albania. File photo shows EU flags on the day of Britain's newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson's debut in the House of Commons. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

EU warns no-deal Brexit imminent if UK doesn't get serious

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'The risk of a no deal remains very real. That will maybe be the choice of the United Kingdom but never the choice of the European Union,' says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker

ON BREXIT. EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) gestures as he speaks past European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during a debate on Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, northeastern France on September 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

EU downbeat after Johnson-Juncker Brexit talks

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The EU says the meeting between UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker failed to yield any alternative to proposals on the Northern Ireland border that the British leader has rejected

JOHNSON MEETS JUNCKER. EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (R) welcomes British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) prior to their meeting, on September 16, 2019 in Luxembourg. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

EU tells Johnson: UK alone will be to blame for no-deal Brexit

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:18 AM

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker calls UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to say a 'no-deal' scenario will only ever be the UK's decision, not the EU's'

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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

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

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

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

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

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/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

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

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

May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging on Brexit backstop

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:37 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May suffers a fresh blow to her authority at home when 3 of her MPs resign from her Conservative party in protest at her Brexit strategy

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

May, Juncker hold 'robust' Brexit meet, agree new talks

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:04 PM

(UPDATED) A joint statement says European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has again warned that November's withdrawal agreement cannot be renegotiated

BREXIT. Pro-EU anti-Brexit demonstrators wave an EU flag outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on December 13, 2017. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain's May to meet EU leaders on Brexit

Feb 05, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Brussels is now waiting for Theresa May to formally request renewed talks, while warning that the agreement itself cannot at this stage be reopened for discussion

BREXIT. In this file photo, 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

Corruption warning as Romania takes over EU presidency

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:44 PM

The European Commission wants the left-leaning Romanian government to scrap controversial judicial reforms, saying they undermine the battle against graft

ROMANIA TAKES OVER. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (R) and Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila (L) arrive at the Romanian Atheneum to attend the ceremony marking the taking over the EU Council Presidency by Romania for the next six months in Bucharest January 10, 2019. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/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

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

35 top prize winners warn Brexit will damage science

Oct 23, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The 29 Nobel Prize winners in science and 6 recipients of the Fields Medal say open European borders have helped the continent make up ground lost to US researchers in the wake of World War II

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

EU ready to retaliate if US imposes car tariffs – Juncker

Aug 31, 2018 - 5:43 PM

The comments come a day after Trump reportedly rejected an EU proposal to scrap tariffs on automobiles, reawakening a transatlantic trade spat

CAR TARIFFS? 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. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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

EU's Juncker in last-ditch bid to end Trump trade war

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:46 PM

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker, follows a long list of European leaders who have tried to lure Trump away from a protectionist onslaught that has spooked financial markets and the world

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

Turkey and EU fail to reach 'concrete solutions' after talks

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

European Union President Donald Tusk says improved relations would depend on progress on issues, including the rule of law and press freedom as well as Syria

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

EU to move Brexit talks forward after praise for May

Dec 15, 2017 - 10:59 AM

But the EU will stress that while they will start talks on a post-Brexit transition in January, they will not begin trade talks until March as they need more clarity on Britain's goals for life after it leaves in 2019

NEGOTIATING BREXIT. British Prime Minister Theresa May at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, on November 24, 2017. File photo by John Thys/AFP/File

May heads for last-ditch Brussels talks on Brexit deal

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Negotiators work through the night to reach a deal before a deadline on Sunday, December 10, for Britain to finalize its divorce terms from the EU

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A dispute over the Irish border scuppers talks in Brussels, but both sides say they are confident of reaching an agreement later this week

NO AGREEMENT. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker give a press conference as they meet for Brexit negotiations on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

Britain's May in Brussels for Brexit moment of truth

Dec 04, 2017 - 11:25 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to reach a deal on Brexit divorce terms with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker

NEGOTIATING BREXIT. British Prime Minister Theresa May at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, on November 24, 2017. John Thys/AFP/File

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

May and Juncker agree to 'accelerate' Brexit talks

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:56 AM

May came to Brussels on short notice for a working dinner with Juncker as fears grow that negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc in 2019 could end without an agreement

FLYING PROUD. A Union Jack (R) hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building in Brussels on October 16, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

British PM heads to Brussels to unblock Brexit talks

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:21 PM

May is hoping for a breakthrough that will bolster her position and ease some of the uncertainty around Britain's withdrawal

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and her husband Philip May (R) leave after attending the Sunday morning service at a church in her Maidenhead constituency in Berkshire, east of Reading in southern England, on October 8, 2017. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Juncker says 'wind is back in Europe's sails'

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:56 PM

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker: We have now a window of opportunity but it will not stay open forever Let us make the most of the momentum catch the wind in our sails

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

EU threatens swift response to U.S. sanctions against Russia

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:59 PM

The US bill could have unintended unilateral effects that impact the EU s energy security interests European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker says in a statement following talks by top bloc officials on the matter in Brussels

JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker delivers a press conference after a Ukraine-EU summit in Kiev on July 13, 2017. Photo by Sergei Supinsky/ AFP

Europe pays tribute to Helmut Kohl, 'a giant' of post-war history

Jul 01, 2017 - 10:44 PM

Meanwhile arrangements to honor the former German chancellor are clouded by criticism from Kohl s elder son

TRIBUTE TO KOHL. Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a ceremony for the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on July 1, 2017 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. Patrick Hertzog/AFP

UK vote gamble could complicate Brexit – Europe leaders

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Here is a roundup of the reaction from across Europe to the shock election result

THERESA MAY. Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

EU, China summit to back Paris deal regardless of Trump – EU official

Jun 01, 2017 - 12:08 AM

UPDATED The Paris Agreement will continue with full force of implementation even if the US pulls out a senior EU official tells reporters on condition of anonymity

PUSHING ONWARD. Li Keqiang, Donald Tusk, and Jean-Claude Juncker are said to be pushing through with support for the Paris Agreement, even without US support. Images from Wikimedia commons.

EU stresses human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan

May 25, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Donald Tusk who heads the European Council of 28 EU member state leaders and European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker meet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) walks next to European Council President Donald Tusk (R) upon his arrival for a meeting with EU officials at the EU headquarters, on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.  Photo by Olivier Hoslet/AFP

UK's May to meet EU's Juncker, Barnier ahead of key summit

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:52 PM

In the first such meeting between the 3 key players they will discuss the upcoming negotiations on Britain s withdrawal from the European Union over dinner at May s Downing Street residence

In this file photo, British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on September 7, 2016. Adrian Dennis/AFP

EU wants 'sufficient progress' on Brexit divorce before talks on new ties

Mar 31, 2017 - 10:57 AM

UPDATED The draft guidelines obtained by Agence France Presse call for a phased approach that prioritizes an orderly withdrawal that reduces the disruption caused by Britain s departure in March 2019

DIVORCE UP AHEAD. Demonstrators fly an EU and a Union flag during a rally following an anti Brexit, pro-European Union (EU) march in London on March 25, 2017, ahead of the British government's planned triggering of Article 50 next week. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU vows unity as Britain braces for Brexit

Mar 30, 2017 - 2:21 PM

While the bloc has tried to show a united front in the face of Brexit celebrating the EU s 60th anniversary earlier this month in Britain the prime minister is struggling to unite her own country

'DIVORCE' NOTICE. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, shows the letter of notification triggering Brexit, delivered by UK Ambassador Tim Barrow, at the European Council HQ in Brussels, Belgium, March 29, 2017. Photo courtesy European Union

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO pay up

Feb 21, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Pence pledges the United States will keep working with Europe to boost the world s two biggest economies fight terrorism and defend eastern EU states against Russian encroachment

US Vice-President Mike Pence speaks during a press conference at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on February 20, 2017. Virginia Mayo/Pool/AFP

World leaders take stock of shock Trump win

Nov 09, 2016 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Politicians from around the world offer both praise and cautious welcome to the new President elect Donald Trump

TRUMP. Republican presidential elect Donald Trump arrives for an election night party at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

UK government to appeal Brexit court ruling

Nov 04, 2016 - 12:23 PM

Brexit minister David Davis says the government would fight the ruling insisting that result of the referendum must be respected

APPEAL. In this file photo, Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

EU, Canada sign delayed trade deal

Oct 30, 2016 - 10:30 PM

UPDATED The deal removes 99 of customs duties between the two sides linking the single EU market with the world s 10th largest economy

(LtoR) European Council President Donald Tusk, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pose after the joint press conference and the signing of the CETA trade deal during the EU-Canada summit meeting , on October 30, 2016 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.  After a chaotic drama in which a small Belgian region threatened to sink a giant trade deal seven years in the making, the European Union and Canada will finally sign on the dotted line on October 30. Justin Trudeau agreed at the last minute to fly to Brussels to ink the landmark pact known as CETA at a summit with European Union President Donald Tusk and European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.  / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

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

EU leaders urge UK's May to start Brexit divorce

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:49 AM

European leaders heap pressure on Britain s new Prime Minister Theresa May to launch the country s divorce proceedings from the EU

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron. Adrian Dennis/AFP