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EU chief makes bid to break recovery fund deadlock

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Finland, Sweden, Hungary, and the Netherlands all voice concerns over the European Union's proposed 750-billion-euro fund to recover from the coronavirus pandemic's economic impact

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a press conference to present his new proposal for the MFF (Multiannual financial framework) and the recovery package at the European Council building in Brussels on July 10, 2020. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / POOL / AFP)

Merkel calls for swift agreement on EU virus package

Jul 09, 2020 - 12:10 PM

'Our common objective is to find a quick agreement as time is running out due to the economic crisis. We must not waste time. The poorest are paying the price,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

(L-R) European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament President David Sassoli pose for a photo ahead of a meeting at the European Commission in Brussels, on July 8, 2020, upon the presentation of the German programme for EU presidency. (Photo by STEPHANIE LECOCQ / POOL / AFP)

EU sees eurozone economy crashing 8.7% in 2020

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:50 PM

'The economic impact of the lockdown is more severe than we initially expected,' says European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis

A waitress walks past empty chairs and tables in a restraurant in the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrueck, western Germany on June 23, 2020. - After a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse in the town of Rheda-Wiedenbrueck that has infected more than 1,500 workers out of a total of nearly 7,000 German authorities ordered a new lockdown for an entire district -- the first since easing coronavirus restrictions and a major setback for hopes of a swift return to normality. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Merkel kicks off EU presidency with Brexit warning

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:50 PM

(UPDATED) The veteran leader is speaking on the first day of Germany's six-month EU presidency, set to be dominated by the pandemic and its economic fallout

MERKEL AND EU. In this file photo taken on March 22, 2020, German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a press statement at the Chancellery in Berlin. File photo by Michael Kappeler/Pool/AFP

EU excludes PH travelers, reopens to 'safe' countries

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:39 AM

The bloc allows travelers from 15 countries that meet health criteria showing the coronavirus is under control

CAUTIOUS REOPENING. In this file photo, children wearing protective face masks play football in front of their building in Rome, Italy, once the epicenter for the coronavirus in Europe. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP¨

EU reopens borders to 15 countries but U.S. excluded

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:40 PM

China makes it to the list, which will be updated every two weeks, but on the condition that Beijing does the same for Europeans

EU REOPENS BORDERS. European Union flags flutter in the breeze during the second day of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 21, 2020. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Britain has to accept weaker economic ties with EU – Merkel

Jun 27, 2020 - 8:37 PM

'If the United Kingdom does not want regulations comparable to that of Europe in terms of the environment, the labor market or social norms, our relations will lose intensity,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/POOL/AFP

U.S. considering new taxes on $3.1 billion in European products

Jun 25, 2020 - 8:20 AM

The United States lists products from France, Germany, Spain, or Britain, ranging from olives to decaffeinated coffee, as possibly subject to the new tariffs

File photos from AFP, Shutterstock

Microsoft chief says EU 'most influential' on tech rules

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:54 AM

The implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation in 2018 has helped create awareness worldwide for the importance of one's digital privacy

BRAD SMITH. President of Microsoft Brad Smith speaks onstage during the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 24, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Concordia Summit/AFP

TikTok joins EU code of conduct on hate speech

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:55 AM

Tech giants are eager to demonstrate the success of the code of conduct as they fear far more direct oversight by Brussels on the everyday operations of their platforms

TIKTOK. In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, TikTok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on April 13, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

With ties in the balance, EU and China hold tense summit

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:24 PM

China and the EU both say they want to strengthen ties, but the relationship is tangled in a thicket of disagreements on topics ranging from trade and investment rules to human rights and national security

EU-CHINA SUMMIT. European Council President Charles Michel takes part in a EU-China video summit in Brussels, on June 22, 2020. Photo by Yves Herman/Pool/AFP

More 'oomph': UK's Johnson eyes Brexit trade deal by July

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:17 PM

(UPDATED) Both sides hope the intervention of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen could revive proceedings

TALKING BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) walks with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen inside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of their meeting. File photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

Stalemate after 4th round of post-Brexit talks

Jun 05, 2020 - 8:19 PM

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier reports 'no significant progress this week,' accusing London of backtracking on divorce terms agreed in 2019

FLAGS. The European Union flag and the British Union Jack wave in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Post-Brexit trade talks resume but little sign of breakthrough

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:45 PM

With the sides camped out in conflicting visions of the way ahead, few experts expect this week's talks to bear fruit

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. File photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP

Google cautions EU on AI rule-making

May 29, 2020 - 9:21 AM

Google says that the EU's current definition of AI is so broad that it 'effectively puts all contemporary software potentially in scope'

'Starting point': EU's frugal members cool on recovery plan

May 28, 2020 - 1:30 AM

Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden want emergency help for countries badly hit by the coronavirus to take the form of one-off loans

German police officers wearing a protective mask work at the border crossing between Austria and Germany, near the German village of Oberaudorf as Germany enforces border controls with five countries amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on May 7, 2020. - Germany introduced border controls with Austria, Denmark, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland in a bid to stem the coronavirus outbreak. Only those with a valid reason for travel, like cross-border commuters and delivery drivers, are allowed through, officials said. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

New turbulence in high-stakes Lufthansa rescue drama

May 27, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Lufthansa says its supervisory board is currently 'unable to approve' the aid package from Germany, as conditions must be 'analyzed intensively'

LUFTHANSA. The German airline's planes parked at the Munich Airport on November 29, 2016. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Battle ahead for EU's massive virus recovery plan

May 27, 2020 - 11:40 PM

If passed, this proposal would be the biggest European Union stimulus package in history. But Germany predicts talks would drag on until the end of 2020.

BIKING. People exercise along an esplanade in Barcelona, early on May 2, 2020. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

European auto market hit by record sales plunge

May 19, 2020 - 5:45 PM

New car registrations in the 27 European Union markets fall by 76.3% in April 2020

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Macron, Merkel agree 500-billion-euro virus recovery plan for Europe

May 19, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The Merkel-Macron plan now faces a potentially painful negotiation with all 27 member states of the European Union and then a vote in European Parliament

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who attends via video link, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, on May 18, 2020 on the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kay NIETFELD / POOL / AFP)

EU, Britain restart push on post-Brexit ties amid virus gloom

May 11, 2020 - 7:54 PM

The EU side accuses Britain of focusing only on issues dear to them and ignoring those essential for EU members, such as fishing, or on agreeing on minimum standards for health and the environment

TRADE TALKS. European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) and the British Prime Minister's Europe adviser David Frost speak at start of the first round of post-Brexit trade deal talks between the EU and the United Kingdom, in Brussels on March 2, 2020. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP

Euro ministers back crisis credit, split on next steps

May 09, 2020 - 8:00 AM

A plan to allot 240 billion euros ($260 billion) for credit lines gets approval from eurozone ministers

ALL QUIET. A man rides his bike on the deserted commercial street via Dante in center Milan, Italy, during the country's lockdown. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Europe's 'historic' recession threatens eurozone survival

May 06, 2020 - 10:10 PM

The European Union estimates that the eurozone economy would shrink by 7.7% in 2020, a 'recession of historic proportions'

HALTED. Buildings of the business district of La Defense, on the outskirts of Paris, as France is under lockdown on March 25, 2020. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Virus lockdown measures hammer EU economy in Q1 2020

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:00 PM

The European Union suffers its sharpest quarter-on-quarter drop in gross domestic product since statistics agency Eurostat began compiling the figures in 1995

CLEAR. This picture taken on April 17, 2020, shows a clear canal in Venice, as the nation sought to curb the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic. File photo by Andrea Pattaro/S fornasier/AFP

Europe races to shield virus-hit firms from bargain hunters

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:00 PM

European Union nations seek to bolster their defenses against hostile takeovers that could see key technologies and know-how being lost to countries like China and the United States

NEW NORMAL. A man walks along a deserted Via Galvani in the Testaccio district of Rome on March 20, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 (new coronavirus) pandemic. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Virus lockdowns send European car sales down 55%

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:30 PM

All carmakers suffer, but Fiat Chrysler sees the worst drop in March 2020 as it is heavily dependent upon its home market of Italy

FIAT CHRYSLER. The logos of automobile companies Abarth, Lancia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep are pictured at the entrance to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the Fiat Mirafiori car plant in Turin, Italy, on May 27, 2019. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

EU aims to bar 'predatory' takeovers of weakened firms

Apr 17, 2020 - 12:30 AM

A statement from European Union trade ministers does not identify potential threats, but participants later make it clear China is the main source of concern

CLOSED. People walk past a closed Chinese restaurant under the arcades of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquillino district of Rome, Italy, on March 9, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Brussels eyes 1.5-trillion-euro virus recovery fund

Apr 14, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The European Commission is 'working on new financing instruments' to fight the 'unprecedented' coronavirus pandemic

FRONTLINER. A medical worker at the Erasme Hospital in Brussels, Belgium, on March 25, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

The EU's 500-billion-euro coronavirus emergency deal

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Here's what European Union finance ministers agreed on during a crunch meeting on their economic response to the coronavirus pandemic

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 finance ministers agree on coronavirus rescue deal

Apr 10, 2020 - 9:15 AM

The package agreed is worth about 500 billion euros ($546 billion), short of what many observers believe is necessary to restart the European economy when the health crisis recedes

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire (L) applauses past French Treasury managing director Odile Renaud-Basso (R) as they attend an EU finance ministers meeting by videoconference, at the minister's office in Paris on april 9, 2020, on the twenty-fourth day of a strict lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. - EU finance ministers agreed a 500-billion-euro ($550-billion) rescue on April 9, 2020 for European countries hit hard by the coronavirus epidemic, but sidelined a demand by Italy and France for pooled borrowing. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

EU rescue talks fail as Netherlands blocks virus compromise

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Bickering European Union finance ministers are unable to bridge differences on how to rebuild their economies

Netherlands' Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra looks on during a video conference with EU finance ministers in The Hague on April 7, 2020, during discussions on the economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. (Photo by Bart MAAT / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT

EU inches towards economic virus plan after infighting

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Here is a summary of the ideas being talked about ahead of a crunch meeting of European Union finance ministers on Tuesday, April 7

EU scraps import duties for medical equipment

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The European Union moves to make medical equipment more accessible as it battles the coronavirus pandemic

Medical workers wearing a face mask and overalls disinfect their gloves while performing drive-through swabbing tests for coronavirus on people arriving by car outside the polyclinic of Alessandria, Piedmont, on April 2, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

EU suspends slot rules for airlines

Mar 30, 2020 - 11:05 PM

The European Council suspends the requirement that airlines use 80% of their slots – takeoff and landing authorizations – or lose them the following year

DESERTED. A general view shows a terminal at Milan-Malpensa Airport in Ferno, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Eurozone given 2 weeks to find economic response to virus

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:30 AM

European countries have yet to agree on a unified way to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus

CLOSED. People walk past a closed Chinese restaurant under the arcades of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquillino district of Rome on March 9, 2020. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EU warns virus could expose firms to foreign buyouts

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says 'critical assets and technologies' must be protected

MORE DEATHS. A lonely Italian National policeman patrols near St. Peter's Square (Rear) at the border between Italy and the Vatican, on March 19, 2020 in Rome during the lockdown within the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

EU finance ministers split on coronavirus rescue plan

Mar 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Italy, with the backing of France and Spain, wants a massive response from European Union partners. But northern countries, led by Germany and the Netherlands, are not in a hurry.

SLOWDOWN. Eurozone growth is only at 0.2% in the 2nd quarter of 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Coronavirus sparks 'unprecedented collapse' in eurozone economy

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Figures show a slump in eurozone activity in March 2020 'far exceeding that seen even at the height of the global financial crisis'

EU ministers suspend budget rules to fight virus impact

Mar 24, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The escape clause will allow European Union countries to spend without limit on medical equipment, enforcing containment measures, and expanding hospitals

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Italy's Conte calls for EU's 'full firepower' against virus

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:22 PM

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte urges the EU to adapt its European Stability Mechanism – the war chest for eurozone countries with serious debt problems – to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the bloc

FIGHTING COVID-19. In this file photo, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a press conference held at Rome's Chigi Palace, following the Ministers cabinet meeting dedicated to the coronavirus crisis, on March 4, 2020. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

EU limits medical equipment exports in virus fight

Mar 15, 2020 - 8:00 AM

'This is the right thing to do because we need that equipment for our health care system,' says European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

FIELD HOSPITAL. A man receives assistance in the a pre-triage medical tent in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. Photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

EU chief warns against unilateral virus travel bans

Mar 13, 2020 - 10:55 PM

'Certain controls may be justified, but general travel bans are not seen as being the most effective by the World Health Organization,' says EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen

WARNING. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference to present the economic response to the Covid-19 crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 13, 2020. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

EU to stop 'ghost flights' in coronavirus fightback

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:45 AM

As passenger numbers drop, many airlines are forced to fly empty planes to ensure they do not lose their slots. The European Commission says this should not be the case.

A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy's quarantine red zones on March 9, 2020. - Millions of people in northern Italy were in lockdown as officials struggled to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus COVID-19. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

UK rejects EU trade demands, threatens to walk away

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Two days after EU ministers approved their own joint approach to the negotiations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sets out its own red lines

TRADE DEAL. Anti-Brexit campaigners are seen in Westminster, central London on February 26, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

EU threatens tougher rules on hate speech after Facebook meeting

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:01 AM

Mark Zuckerberg lobbies for leniency but top EU officials warn that bigger consequences for Big Tech may be coming

FACEBOOK. European Commission vice-president in charge for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova (L) shakes hands with the founder and CEO of US online social media and social networking service Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (R), in Brussels, on February 17, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Romania's liberal government falls after 3 months in office

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:01 PM

A total of 261 of 465 MPs vote in favor of a motion against the minority government led by Ludovic Orban, which took over in November

NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban looks on during a no-confidence vote initiated by the Social Democrat Party at the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on February 5, 2020. Photo by Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Huawei promises 'Made in Europe' 5G for EU

Feb 05, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Huawei says it plans to set up manufacturing hubs in Europe as part of its efforts to curb US pressure to prevent it from operating in the region

HUAWEI. A photograph shows the logo of Chinese company Huawei at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on January 28, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Johnson, Barnier trade blows over post-Brexit ties

Feb 03, 2020 - 10:06 PM

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier formally offers a deep future relationship but only as long as Britain makes guarantees to trade fairly

POST-BREXIT. EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gestures during a press conference on negotiations with UK on on February 3, 2020. Photo by KenzoTribouillard/AFP