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  • Barroso, Van Rompuy: EU-US relations must be based on respect, trust

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 25-10-2013

    Speaking in a press conference after the first meetings of a 2-day gathering of EU leaders in Brussels, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy said that relations between the EU and the Us should be based on mutual 'respect and trust'.
    Following allegations that the US had been tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone, Van Rompuy defended the Franco-German initiative of seeking further clarification from the US.

  • Lithuania’s Grybauskait?: EU expects to reach free trade deal with Ukraine

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 25-10-2013

    As EU leaders gather in Brussels for a 2-day summit, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskait? said on Friday that Brussels expects to reach a deal on a free trade deal with Ukraine in the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius.
    Refereeing to recent allegations that the US had been tapping the phones of European leaders, Grybauskait? stressed the need to find a 'balance between data protections for European citizens' and 'international security'.

  • Cameron: EU needs to cut regulation for businesses

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 25-10-2013

    As EU leaders gather in Brussels for a 2-day summit, UK's Prime Minister David Cameron told reporters waiting outside the EU Council building that excessive regulation for businesses must be cut 'to create jobs and growth' and be 'competitive'

  • EU leaders meet for October 2013 EU Council Summit – Roundtable

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 24-10-2013

    The digital single market will dominate the EU's pre-summit agenda, with discussions being spiced up after revelations of deep US spying on France. Other issues on the agenda include immigration policies following the Lampedusa tragedy, banking union and the social dimension for the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

  • Katainen: Spying cannot be avoided

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 24-10-2013

    As EU leaders gather in Brussels for a 2-day EU summit, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen told reporters that 'data protections laws are very important', following allegations that the US had been spying on EU leaders. Katainen added that EU citizens 'must be certain that the digital market really means safe market'.

  • Samaras: We must tackle illegal immigration in the EU

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 24-10-2013

    As EU leaders gather in Brussels for an EU summit, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told reporters that tackling illegal immigration is of 'paramount importance', specially in the South Mediterranean region. Samaras also added that European leaders will discuss 'digital union' and 'banking union' throughout the meeting.

  • Di Rupo: ‘We can’t accept systematic spying’

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 24-10-2013

    As EU leaders gather in Brussels for an EU summit, Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo said that 'systematic spying' can't be accepted, amid allegations that the US had been tapping EU leaders mobile phones.
    Not sure about decision today, but we can't accept systematic spying, have to take measures. National measures are not enough, need to take European measures. Between allies, we can find a mechanism for collaboration, but no spying.

  • Merkel to Obama: ‘Spying among friends is not acceptable’

     Video | Promoted content | Data protection 24-10-2013

    Amid allegations that the US had been spying on EU leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that she has made clear to US president Barack Obama that 'spying among friends is not acceptable.
    As EU leaders gather in Brussels for an EU Summit, Merkel told reporters on her arrival that Europe needs 'to reflect on what data protection agreements and transparency is needed for that'.

  • Schulz: EU should reconsider free trade negotiations with US

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    As socialists leaders meet on Thursday ahead ahead of the EU Summit in Brussels, European Parliament's president Martin Schulz said that the EU should reconsider holding free trade talks with the US following allegations that the US intelligence system has been spying on European leaders.
    'I think we should reconsider if we can negotiate with the US on the same level. It would not be legitimate if the other side plays with an advantage', Schulz said.

  • EU summit: Wrap-up

    News | Competition 24-10-2013

    The digital single market was supposed to dominate talks at the October EU summit in Brussels but discussions were soon eclipsed by the US spying allegations and illegal immigration following the Lampedusa tragedy. Read the feed below for a wrap-up of the events as they unfolded.

  • Syria arms embargo to dominate Friday EU summit talks

    News | Global Europe 14-03-2013

    A concerted push by France and Britain to lift the EU’s arms embargo on Syria to help rebels fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad is set to dominate the second day of an EU summit in Brussels today (15 March). Discussions will focus on the bloc's complicated relations with Russia, which opposes the resumption of weapons deliveries, saying it would be illegal.

  • Swoboda: No problem to return to annual budgets

    Interview | EU Priorities 2020 08-02-2013

    If the EU leaders' agreement on the long-term EU budget does not respect the red lines spelled out by MEPs, namely flexibility, a mid-term review clause and more money for growth and investment, the European Parliament might decide to reject the proposal and revert to annual budgets, says Hannes Swoboda, leader of the Socialists and Democrats group.