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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

EU leaders adjourn summit to break jobs stalemate

Jul 01, 2019 - 8:42 PM

The 28 EU leaders are trying to agree on who will steer the bloc over the coming years through the looming challenges of Brexit and the rise of populist parties in Europe

EU TOP JOBS. European Council President Donald Tusk (R) and Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas speak as they arrive to attend a working dinner during a European Council Summit at The Europa Building in Brussels, on June 30, 2019. Photo by Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool/AFP

EU leaders launch hunt to fill Brussels' top job

May 28, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The key job to be filled is that of president of the European Commission, the union's powerful chief executive, a five-year post currently held by Jean-Claude Juncker

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

EU calls crisis summit, warns of no-deal Brexit

Mar 29, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12

NO-DEAL BREXIT? European Council President Donald Tusk speaks during a press conference after the end of the first day of the European Summit on March 21 2019, in Brussels. File photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

EU's Tusk: Short Brexit delay possible if MPs back deal

Mar 21, 2019 - 12:27 AM

European Council President Donald Tusk says 'a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the withdrawal agreement in the House of Commons'

TUSK. In this file photo, the president of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks at the European People's Party congress in Helsinki, Finland, on November 8, 2018. File photo by Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva/AFP

EU's Tusk backs 'long' delay if Britain 'rethinks' Brexit

Mar 14, 2019 - 5:46 PM

EU leader Donald Tusk says he 'will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it'

ON BREXIT. European Council President Donald Tusk answers the press as he arrives to attend the first day of a European council meeting in Brussels on December 14, 2017. File photo by John Thys/AFP

May heads back to Brussels but EU not budging on Brexit backstop

Feb 20, 2019 - 12:37 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May suffers a fresh blow to her authority at home when 3 of her MPs resign from her Conservative party in protest at her Brexit strategy

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

British PM wins business support for draft Brexit deal

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:07 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May tells the Confederation of British Industry, the UK's main business lobby group, that she is 'determined to deliver' her Brexit deal

MADAM PRIME MINISTER.Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street in central London on July 13, 2016 on the day she takes office following the formal resignation of David Cameron.  Oli Scarff/AFP

EU is 'best prepared' for Brexit U-turn – Tusk

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:25 PM

EU President Donald Tusk says they are prepared for all scenarios, 'but of course we are best prepared for a no Brexit scenario'

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

UK's Theresa May takes Brexit deal to rebellious MPs

Nov 15, 2018 - 6:02 PM

The British Prime Minister begins selling her Brexit deal to parliament, boosted by news that Europe is preparing a rapid summit to sign off on the agreement

TO CHINA. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting with Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. Ben Stanstall/Pool/AFP

The week in photos: October 13-19, 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SCULPTURE. A child plays in front of a sculpture titled Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks, part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibiton in Sydney on October 19, 2018. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

EU leaders seal hard-fought migration deal

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:14 AM

Italy's new hardline Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has vetoed joint conclusions for the entire agenda of the summit in Brussels until his demands are met

EU SUMMIT. France's President Emmanuel Macron (L) speaks with Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (2ndL) as European Council President Donald Tusk (2ndR) speaks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel during a European Union leaders' summit focused on migration, Brexit and eurozone reforms on June 28, 2018 at the Europa building in Brussels. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

EU stresses ASEAN cooperation in fighting terrorism

Nov 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

'Tensions and radicalization in the Asia-Pacific can destabilize the world well beyond your region,' EU President Donald Tusk tells Southeast Asian leaders

COUNTER-TERRORISM. European Council President Donald Tusk appeals to Southeast Asian nation for cooperation in fighting radicalization during the ASEAN-EU Summit on November 14, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Photo from RTVM feed

EU Council President Donald Tusk arrives in Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The European Union is attending the East Asia Summit for the first time

VISITING PHILIPPINES. European Council President Donald Tusk arrives in the Philippines to attend the East Asia Summit on November 14, 2017. File photo by AFP

EU extends sanctions over Ukraine crisis for 6 months

Mar 13, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The sanctions now apply to 150 persons and 37 entities with the names to be published officially on Tuesday

UKRAINE CRISIS. Ukrainian medical servicemen stand on an Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) after they carried wounded servicemen to hospital in Ukraine-controlled town of Avdiivka, in Donetsk region on January 30, 2017. Photo by Aleksey Filippov/ AFP

Obama insists Brexit won't harm transatlantic unity

Jul 08, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Obama used the Warsaw summit to issue a clear message to Brussels and London but says fears that Britain s exit could cause wider destabilization to the West were hyperbole

TALK ON BREXIT. US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference after a meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (both not seen) in Warsaw, Poland, July 8, 2016. Photo by Jakub Kaminski/EPA

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

EU ministers meet after Balkan migrant route shut

Mar 10, 2016 - 2:46 PM

The scheduled two day meeting will tackle various areas including a proposed deal with Turkey and the restoration of the visa free Schengen zone

Refugees share a cigarette in front of a fire, during a rainy day, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border at a refugee camp, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, March 9, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Balkan nations slam shut migrant route

Mar 09, 2016 - 10:44 AM

UPDATED A string of western Balkan nations slam shut their borders exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian border

RESTRICTED. Cars pass through the Obrezje border crossing point on border between Slovenia and Croatia on March 9, 2016 in Obrezje, Slovenia. Jure Makovec / AFP

EU pushes for 'breakthrough' Turkey migrant deal next week

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED The next summit will now take place on March 17 18 with the pressure on Europe to reach a deal that will stem a crisis that has seen more than a million refugees and migrants flood its shores

SUMMIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3-R) sits amongst EU Leaders with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (4-L) at a meeting during an extraordinary summit of European Union leaders with Turkey in Brussels, Belgium, March 7, 2016. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool/EPA

EU leaders 'to declare Balkan migrant route closed at summit'

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED The European Union s 28 leaders are pinning much of their hopes for reducing the chaos on new commitments from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

In this file photo, a Syrian migrant reacts after members of Turkish Coastal Guard ship UMUT captured them on a boat as they attempted to reach Greek Island Chios at the Agean Sea in Cesme district near Izmir, coastal city of Turkey, December 10, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Britain's Cameron wins deal for 'special status' in EU

Feb 20, 2016 - 8:02 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister David Cameron says the deal contained a 7 year emergency brake on welfare payments for EU migrants and meant Britain would be permanently out of ever closer union

SPECIAL STATUS. British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a news conference after the second day of an extraordinary two-day EU summit at EU the headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016. Photo by Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

EU, Turkey to hold special migration summit in March

Feb 19, 2016 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED EU officials say thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after more than one million made the perilous journey last year in the greatest such movement in the bloc s history

SPECIAL MEETING. European Council President Donald Tusk gives a press conference at the end of the first day of a two-day EU summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

EU looks to clinch deal with Africa to stem migrant flows

Nov 12, 2015 - 2:26 PM

The EU leaders aim to sign a 5 point action plan with their African counterparts aimed at providing funds to tackle the root causes of migration such as poverty and conflict

In this file photo, refugees from Afghanistan arrive in an overloaded rubber dinghy at the coast near Mytilini, Lesbos island, Greece, September 9, 2015, after crossing over the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey. Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

EU states pledge to move faster on migrant crisis

Nov 10, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Interior ministers pledge to move faster on those fronts as well as accelerate the building of shelters up through the western Balkans route from Greece

Two migrant girls sit in a train heading to Serbia from the Greece-Macedonia border near Gevgelija on November 7, 2015. Robert Atanasovski/AFP

German crisis talks falter as 13 more migrants drown off Greece

Nov 02, 2015 - 12:48 AM

Germany s ruling coalition fails to resolve major differences over the country s refugee policy as it grapples with the biggest wave of arrivals since the aftermath of World War II

DESTINATION: EU. A woman carries her belongings as migrants and refugees walk towards buses to be taken to a refugee centers after crossing Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on October 27, 2015. Jure Makovec/AFP

EU risks 'tectonic changes' as migrant flow swells to over 700,000

Oct 28, 2015 - 2:28 PM

European Council president Tusk: I have no doubt that this challenge has the potential to change the European Union we have built

DESTINATION: EU. A woman carries her belongings as migrants and refugees walk towards buses to be taken to a refugee centers after crossing Croatian-Slovenian border in Rigonce on October 27, 2015. Jure Makovec/AFP

Europe fears Scottish independence contagion

Sep 15, 2014 - 4:59 PM

While nationalists from Catalonia to Flanders will watch Scotland s referendum with hope Brussels is nervous about the possibility of a major European Union member like Britain falling apart

YES OR NO? Pro-union (R) and pro-independence (L) campaigners jostle for space during a rally by Scotland's Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, Scotland, on September 12, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scotland's independence. Andy Buchanan/AFP

Poland's PM Tusk steps down as Brussels calls

Sep 10, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Tusk s being tapped by Brussels to succeed Herman Van Rompuy in a key EU job is being seen in Poland as a nod not only to him but also the country s growing political and economic importance within the European fold

NEW AND OLD. In this file photo, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and European Council (EC) President Herman Van Rompuy pose for a photo opportunity the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 21 May 2014. Photo courtesy the Council of the European Union

US, Europe slap Russia with toughest sanctions yet

Jul 30, 2014 - 12:00 AM

UPDATED Announcing the measures US President Barack Obama denied that the West had begun a new Cold War against its former Soviet foe but urged his counterpart Vladimir Putin to reverse course

Electronic information panels display currency exchange rates in Moscow, Russia, 29 July 2014. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Juncker named to top EU job in bitter blow for Britain

Jun 27, 2014 - 11:42 PM

Juncker s nomination was confirmed on Twitter by Herman Van Rompuy who heads the European Council of leaders

NEW PRESIDENT. Jean-Claude Juncker arrives at the European People's Party (EPP) Summit ahead of the European Council in Kortrijk, Belgium, 26 June 2014. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

EU, Cameron face summit showdown over top job for Juncker

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:53 AM

While leaders can try to appease Cameron by offering London a top job in Brussels the dispute threatens to fuel eurosceptic sentiment in Britain before a 2017 referendum on leaving the EU

Georgia to sign EU association agreement on June 27: Van Rompuy

May 14, 2014 - 9:13 PM

Georgia hopes the agreement will bring the country closer to its main foreign policy objective full membership in the 28 nation bloc

EU calls Crimea referendum 'illegal', to decide new sanctions

Mar 17, 2014 - 12:48 AM

UPDATED The European Council and European Commission said the referendum is illegal and illegitimate and its outcome will not be recognized

Russia faces global outcry over Ukraine

Mar 03, 2014 - 8:53 AM

UPDATED US Secretary of State John Kerry leads warnings from around the globe that Moscow risks being stripped of its coveted seat as one of the Group of Eight nations and could face a damaging economic fallout

ON GUARD. Ukrainian military stand inside the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol, Ukraine, 02 March 2014. Alexey Furman/EPA

Ukraine leader agrees to scrap anti-protest laws

Jan 28, 2014 - 9:09 AM

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk also formally turned down the post of prime minister

AT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2-L) speaks with opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk (3-R), Vitali Klitschko (2-R) and Oleh Tyagnybok (R) during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 January 2014. Andriy Mosienko/EPA/Pool

EU warns on 'urgently reviewing' Egypt ties

Aug 18, 2013 - 6:46 PM

Further escalation of violence could have unpredictable consequences for Egypt and its neighbors EU leaders said

Egyptian riot policemen get in the community services hall of Cairo's Al-Fath mosque where Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi held up on August 17.  Photo by AFP/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

Aquino talks OFW, disaster with Euro leaders

Nov 05, 2012 - 6:34 PM

Aquino meets with European leaders on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting in Laos