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Economy & Jobs 29-06-2020

EU trade chief Hogan says he will not seek to head WTO

European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said on Monday (29 June) he would not seek to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organisation, despite having previously stated he was looking into the possibility.
Development Policy 20-05-2020

Poor countries need more than debt suspension, says Merkel

Rich countries should help the world's poorest survive the coronavirus pandemic by keeping up development aid and mulling relief measures that go beyond a moratorium on debt payments, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday (20 May).
Brexit 20-05-2020

Barnier: Britain not automatically entitled to any trade benefits

The European Union's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Wednesday (20 May) that Britain was not automatically entitled to any benefits that the bloc had previously granted to other partners on trade.
Central Asia 09-01-2020

Protests in breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia

Around 200 demonstrators contesting a local election broke into the authorities' headquarters in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia Thursday evening (9 January) and demanded the resignation of its president. Protests continue today (10 January) with demonstrators setting up camp in front of administration building, local media reports.
Politics 27-12-2019

Serbian Orthodox Church up in arms ahead of vote on religious law in Montenegro

Hundreds of backers of Montenegro's pro-Serb opposition took to the streets of the capital Podgorica on Thursday (26 December), rallying against a law they say would strip the Serbian Orthodox Church there of its property.
Development Policy 02-12-2019

Von der Leyen to start with climate summit, Africa trip

The new head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will attend a climate summit in Madrid and travel to Africa in her first week in the job, highlighting two of the key priorities for the EU executive over the next five years.
Brexit 27-09-2019

EU’s Juncker says Britain will be responsible if no Brexit deal

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said he and the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier were doing all they could to get a Brexit deal, and if they failed it would be Britain's responsibility.

Outgoing German spy chief sacked for branding SPD as ‘radical left’

Germany's outgoing domestic intelligence chief was sacked on Monday (5 November) over a speech given behind closed doors condemning "naive and leftist" government policies and hinting that he was considering entering politics.
Banking union 02-11-2018

Europe’s top banks in EU stress test spotlight

Europe's top banks will learn on Friday (2 November) how they have fared in their latest stress test, which could require some to raise capital or shed assets, with Italian lenders expected to come under close scrutiny.
Brexit 10-10-2018

Barrier – Brexit deal may be ‘within reach’ next week

European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Wednesday an agreement with Britain could be "within reach" next week, calling for decisive progress in the talks in time for a summit of all 28 EU leaders.
Banking union 20-08-2018

ECB fines France’s Credit Agricole over capital reserves

The European Central Bank announced on Monday (20 August) that it had fined French lender Credit Agricole a total of €4.8 million over past irregularities in the way it declared its capital reserves, Reuters reports.
Global Europe 20-08-2018

Italy allows docking of ship with migrants, ends standoff with Malta

Italy will let its coast guard ship carrying 177 migrants rescued on the Mediterranean Sea five days ago dock in Sicily, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Monday, ending a standoff with Malta over where the ship should disembark.
Global Europe 19-08-2018

Italian minister calls for sanctions on Malta over migrants

Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli on Sunday (19 August) called for sanctions against Malta, accusing it of not rescuing migrant boats in the Mediterranean and leaving the burden to Italy, in the latest row between the two countries over the issue.
Brexit 19-08-2018

Superdry founder joins push for 2nd Brexit vote

The co-founder of British clothing brand Superdry has announced he is financially backing a push for a second referendum on Brexit, claiming it is not too late to avert "disaster".
Health 02-08-2018

EU drugs agency to see 30% staff losses over Brexit move

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is to scale back operations further as it copes with higher than expected staff losses, triggered by the watchdog's forced relocation from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit.
Brexit 18-06-2018

May heads for Brexit showdown on parliament role

Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans face rejection by the House of Lords on Monday, setting the stage for a high-stakes confrontation with rebel lawmakers in her Conservative party later in the week.
Brexit 13-06-2018

May defeats final Brexit challenges in parliament

Prime Minister Theresa May defeated the final challenges to her EU Withdrawal Bill in parliament on Wednesday (13 June) after 48 hours of drama in Westminster.
Global Europe 30-05-2018

At Paris talks, Libyan factions agree to 10 December elections

Rival Libyan factions agreed on Tuesday (29 May) on a declaration that would create a political framework to pave the way for UN-backed elections in December to end the country's seven-year-old conflict.
Global Europe 15-03-2018

EU to step up training of Libya coastguards on migrant patrols

The European Union wants to rapidly expand training of Libyan coastguards to stem migrant flows to Italy and reduce deaths at sea, an EU naval mission said on Thursday (15 March.
Politics 18-08-2017

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (18 August) said German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats were enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month's elections.
Economy & Jobs 10-08-2017

EU imposes import duties on some Chinese steel to counter subsidies

The European Union has imposed provisional import duties of as much as 28.5% on certain Chinese corrosion-resistant steels after an eight-month investigation found that the products benefited from unfair subsidies.
Agrifood 07-08-2017

Balkan trade war brews over huge Croatian import fee rise

The Balkans have become embroiled in a trade war over agricultural health checks after Croatia raised import fees on some farm products by around 220%, triggering countermeasures by Serbia and threats from others.

EU asks top court to speed up case against Poland over logging

The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice to speed up a case against Poland over logging in its ancient forest, which has continued despite an order by the bloc's top court to stop immediately, an official said.
Brexit 07-08-2017

UK spokesman: We do not recognise reported €40 billion Brexit bill

Britain does not recognise media reports that the government is willing to pay €40 billion to exit the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Monday (7 August).
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