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Poland’s Kaczynski says sticking to judicial reform plans

Poland's ruling Law and Justice party is sticking to its plans to reform the judiciary but will wait for proposals from President Andrzej Duda before taking further action, its head Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on Thursday (27 July).

Future EU 24-03-2017

Tsipras asks Juncker if the ‘European acquis’ applies to Greece

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent yesterday (23 March) a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker asking if the bloc's acquis communautaire applies to all EU countries without exception or it’s applicable to all except Greece.

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday (22 February) approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.

Elections 13-02-2017

Orbán names Soros and EU among those ‘attacking’ Hungary

In the annual State of the Union address on Friday (10 February) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán listed among those who “attacked” his country billionaire George Soros and the European Union.

Global Europe 10-02-2017

EU’s top diplomat discusses Russia, Iran nuclear deal with Tillerson

In their first meeting, the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke "at length" about terrorism, Russia, the Iran nuclear deal and Ukraine, the EU said in a statement.

Global Europe 02-01-2017

Guterres takes reins at UN, facing monumental task

Antonio Guterres assumed the reins of the United Nations on Sunday (1 January) hoping to breathe new life into the international organisation, amid bloodshed in Syria and uncertainty following the election of Donald Trump.

Elections 14-12-2016

EPP picks Tajani as candidate for European Parliament chief

The European Union's centre-right grouping yesterday (13 December) elected Antonio Tajani as its candidate to replace Social Democrat Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament, a move that could increase calls for a reshuffle of other top EU jobs.

Future EU 13-12-2016

EU keen to move on with ‘life after Britain’

The EU is keen to move on with life after Britain, and Thursday's summit - which one official described as "very complicated" - will deal with most of the crises affecting the bloc.

Trade & Society 12-12-2016

China starts trade battle over Market Economy Status

Beijing on Monday (12 December) filed a dispute with the World Trade Organisation over the approach used by the European Union and the United States to calculate anti-dumping measures against Chinese exports.

Energy 06-12-2016

Ukraine ready to join trilateral gas talks in Brussels

Ukraine is ready to join trilateral talks to discuss gas issues with Russia on 9 December in Brussels, the country’s state energy company Naftogaz said on its Twitter account yesterday (5 December).

Global Europe 02-12-2016

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address yesterday (1 December), saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies.

Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Moscovici says EU and Greece ‘very close’ to opening vital debt talks

Greece and its European creditors are "very close" to an agreement that would open the way to vital debt talks, EU economy commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Monday (28 November).

Euro & Finance 29-11-2016

Draghi: Trump and Brexit causing economic uncertainty

Geopolitical events including the election of Donald Trump and Britain's Brexit vote are the main reasons for the current economic uncertainty, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi told EU parliamentarians on Monday (28 November).

Elections 27-11-2016

Austria’s presidential rivals clash in TV debate

The two candidates in Austria's longest ever presidential race clashed Sunday (27 November) over the European Union, Donald Trump, and migrants as they faced off in a TV duel a week before the runoff.

Global Europe 25-11-2016

Fillon calls Hollande’s hardline policy on Russia ‘absurd’

In a televised debate last night (24 November) French conservative frontrunner François Fillon said Russia must be anchored to Europe, or else Moscow would couple with China, to the detriment of the continent.

Enlargement 22-11-2016

Cyprus talks hit impasse over territory

Crucial talks on Cyprus reunification held in Switzerland hit an impasse in the night of 21 to 22 November, the Cypriot press announced.

Global Europe 18-11-2016

Obama embraces Merkel in Germany visit, wishes EU to stand united

US President Barack Obama gave a strong endorsement of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and used a visit to Berlin yesterday (17 November) to warn Russia about consequences for intervening in the US election and prod Donald Trump to hold firm against Moscow.

Global Europe 17-11-2016

Obama to pass torch to Merkel on farewell visit

US President Barack Obama pays a farewell visit today (17 November) to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, widely seen as the new standard bearer of liberal democracy since the election of Donald Trump.

EU plans online screening for visa-free visitors from outside EU

Millions of tourists and businesspersons who normally visit the EU’s borderless Schengen area will have to complete a €5 online security check before arrival if an EU plan to tighten controls on foreigners who do not need visas wins approval.

Elections 14-11-2016

CDU and CSU back Steinmeier for president

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) have agreed to back Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a Social Democrat, as the ruling coalition's candidate to replace Joachim Gauck as president next year, a conservative source said.

Global Europe 14-11-2016

EU braces for more ‘business-like’ ties with Trump

European Union foreign ministers insisted yesterday (13 November) they expected good relations with Donald Trump, after a crisis meeting that Britain, France and Hungary snubbed in a move that exposed rifts over the US president-elect.

Trade & Society 12-11-2016

EU nears tougher rules on China dumping

European Union trade ministers said Friday (11 November) they must not be "naive" in the face of alleged China price dumping, as they tried to agree tougher measures to fight unfairly low prices. China is the EU's second-largest trade partner but the two blocs have had a series of disputes over cheap Chinese exports that Europeans …

Global Europe 04-11-2016

If Europe could vote in the US election…

If European nations were voting in the US presidential election, Hillary Clinton would win in a landslide. However, the support for Donald Trump is high in migrant-wary central Europe and in the population in western Europe supportive of far-right and anti-EU forces.

Global Europe 04-11-2016

Turkey arrests leaders of pro-Kurdish HDP party

The two joint leaders of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic party (HDP) have been detained, along with at least 11 MPs, allegedly because of their reluctance to give testimony for crimes linked to “terrorist propaganda.”