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Global Europe 17-01-2020

Auto tariff threat not mentioned in US talks, says EU trade chief

US threats to put tariffs on European autos did not come up during talks this week with American trade officials in Washington, EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Thursday (16 January).
Global Europe 17-01-2020

Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive

Dozens of fighters and civilians were killed in Syria's Idlib province as the government pressed a deadly offensive Thursday (16 January) towards a key town in the country's last rebel bastion.

Swiss to vote again on EU migrant curbs

The Swiss will in May vote on a proposal that could dramatically limit immigration from the EU, six years after a similar referendum nearly destroyed relations with the bloc.
Central Asia 14-01-2020

Four detained over Kyrgyz journalist beating

Police in Kyrgyzstan said they were holding four suspects on Tuesday (14 January) over the beating of a journalist known for investigating corruption, an incident that triggered international condemnation.

Police bust ring smuggling Moroccans to Spain via Gibraltar

Police in Spain and Gibraltar have smashed an unusual migrant-smuggling network which flew Moroccans into the tiny British territory then sneaked them over the border to Spain, arresting 47 people.
Climate change 13-01-2020

Climate at mercy of politics in 2020, experts warn

2020 is the most crucial year yet for humanity's plan to dodge the bullet of catastrophic global warming, experts said Saturday, warning that the narrow path to safety was riddled with pitfalls, from the US election to Brexit.

EU judges join Polish colleagues to protest ‘muzzle law’

Hundreds of Polish judges dressed in formal black robes marched in Warsaw on Saturday  (11 January) to protest a draft law aimed at punishing justices who question the government's controversial court reforms.

Von der Leyen hails ‘Austrian model’ on climate change

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday (12 January) hailed Austria's target of being carbon neutral by 2040 as an example for other European countries as she met the country's newly re-elected leader.
Africa 13-01-2020

Macron, Sahel leaders meet to boost anti-jihadist campaign

French President Emmanuel Macron will on Monday (13 January) host counterparts from five Sahel countries seeking more backing in the fight against a murderous jihadist uprising even as France's military role is being questioned.
Elections 13-01-2020

Croatia president blames poll defeat on sexism, ‘fake news’

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović on Saturday (11 January) blamed sexism and "fake news" for her defeat in elections last week, as well as a rival who split the right-wing electorate she was counting on.
Elections 11-01-2020

European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

The European Parliament declared Friday (10 January) that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.
Brexit 10-01-2020

British lawmakers finally approve historic Brexit deal

Britain's parliament finally approved Brexit on Thursday (9 January), allowing it to become the first country to leave the European Union by the end of this month, ending years of arguments that toppled two governments and divided a nation.
Economy & Jobs 10-01-2020

Fairer EU research funding needed to halt brain drain: Croatia minister

Cash from the EU's research funds must be spread beyond the "old men's club" of prestigious institutions in richer member states to curb the brain drain exacerbating inequalities across the bloc, a Croatian minister said on Thursday (9 January).
Global Europe 09-01-2020

Germany warns of ‘second Syria’ as EU hosts Libya PM

EU leaders met the head of Libya's UN-recognised government Wednesday (8 January) as they scramble to contain the escalating crisis there, with Germany warning the country could deteriorate into a "second Syria".
Climate change 09-01-2020

Last year was Europe’s hottest ever, EU data shows

The year 2019 was the hottest ever recorded in Europe, the European Union's climate monitor said in its round-up of the hottest decade in history.
Brexit 09-01-2020

Britain eyes piecemeal post-Brexit deal with EU

Britain said on Wednesday (8 January) it could seek a piecemeal post-Brexit deal with the European Union that leaves some issues unresolved but still lets it break free from the bloc at the end of the year.
Brexit 08-01-2020

Johnson to make Brexit demands in talks with von der Leyen

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Wednesday (8 January) expected to tell Ursula von der Leyen that Britain will not extend the Brexit transition period, in their first face-to-face meeting since she became European Commission chief.
Elections 08-01-2020

Polish centre-left taps gay MEP as presidential candidate

Poland's left-wing parties on Tuesday (7 January) approved Robert Biedron, an openly gay politician, as their candidate in the May presidential election.
Elections 08-01-2020

Allied with far-left, Spain’s Sanchez stays on as PM

Spain's parliament on Tuesday (7 January) narrowly confirmed Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as premier for another term, paving the way for the country's first-ever coalition government since its return to democracy in the 1970s.
Brexit 07-01-2020

UK set for big spending rise in first post-Brexit budget

Britain is to unveil its first post-Brexit budget on March 11, the government said on Tuesday (7 January), promising increased public service spending and an end to a decade of austerity.
Enlargement 03-01-2020

North Macedonia PM Zaev quits before April polls

North Macedonia's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev resigned Friday (3 January) ahead of a vote in April called after the EU blocked the start of membership talks with Skopje, the key policy goal of his cabinet.
Global Europe 03-01-2020

Before Libya, Turkey’s main military operations abroad

After Turkey's parliament passed a bill on Thursday (2 January) approving a deployment of armed forces to Libya, here is a look back at some of the other Turkish military operations abroad.
Enlargement 02-01-2020

Croatia priorities at EU helm: Brexit, enlargement

Brexit and EU enlargement will be priorities during Croatia's six-month presidency of the bloc, Foreign Minister Goran Grlić-Radman said Wednesday (1 January).
Energy 31-12-2019

Russia and Ukraine finalise gas deal just ahead of New Year deadline

Moscow and Kyiv on Monday (30 December) signed a five-year agreement on the transit of Russian gas to Europe via Ukraine, after months of difficult talks but just ahead of a looming New Year deadline.

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