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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)

Volkswagen can be sued anywhere in EU, says top court

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:35 AM

This is another setback for Volkswagen as it faces a wave of cases stemming from its emissions scandal

DIESELGATE. The logo of Volkswagen in Hanover, Germany, on September 22, 2015. File photo by Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/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)

EU, UK warn of big differences as Brexit talks move to London

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:29 PM

The talks this month are being held in a more limited format than earlier rounds, in hopes that a more personal encounter can deliver a breakthrough

DIFFERENCES. 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

Pakistan Int'l Airlines suspended in Europe over fake pilot license scandal

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency tells Pakistan International Airlines 'they have lost their confidence' in the carrier

PLANE. A man looks on as a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxis on the runway at the airport in Islamabad. Photo by Farooq Naeem/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 says 'essential' that freedoms be protected in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Hong Kong police say they arrested at least 180 people on Wednesday, July 1 – including 7 under a new national security law – as thousands of protesters defy a ban to rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China

PROTESTS. Riot police (L) deploy pepper spray toward journalists (R) as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale De La Rey/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

EU trade chief Hogan drops out of WTO race

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:55 PM

European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan says he will instead focus on challenges confronting the EU

EU TRADE CHIEF. European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2020. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/European Commission-Audiovisual Service

Merkel, Macron meet as Germany takes on high-stakes EU presidency

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:52 PM

Berlin's chairing of the bloc will be its last with Merkel in charge, and could be the one that defines the legacy of the leader dubbed the 'eternal chancellor'

ANGELA MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on June 24, 2020 at the Chancellery in Berlin. (Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/AFP

EU, Britain intensify talks on post-Brexit future

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Hopes are that the intensification of the discussions will make it possible to deliver results after previous sessions, of mainly videolink talks, achieved little

BREXIT UNCERTAINTY. Union and European flags flutter in the breeze in central London. File photo by Niklas Hallen/AFP

Stars help raise billions in EU vaccine drive

Jun 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Dwayne Johnson, Miley Cyrus, and Coldplay are among the performers in the star-studded fundraiser

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

Virus lockdown could fuel radicalization – Europol

Jun 23, 2020 - 11:36 PM

Europol director Catherine De Bolle says the pandemic's worldwide economic and social impacts could escalate existing discontents

Europe 2020 auto sales to plunge record 25% – industry group

Jun 23, 2020 - 8:10 PM

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association calls on governments to help the car industry recover and safeguard jobs

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 urges China to reconsider Hong Kong security law

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:32 AM

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says she had warned the Chinese leaders that Hong Kong owes its economic success to its autonomy from Beijing

Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / 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

EU hits Ressa verdict, urges PH to protect free press

Jun 16, 2020 - 11:55 PM

'We expect the Philippines, like all countries, to uphold its international human rights obligations and protect and promote fundamental freedoms,' says the European Union External Action Service

UPHOLD PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EU takes aim at Apple in landmark antitrust cases

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) The European Commission also launches an in-depth investigation into Apple Pay, due to concerns the payment system is shutting out rivals

APPLE AND THE EU. People queue before the opening of the new Apple Store Liberty, the first Italian flagship store of Apple in Milan, on July 26, 2018. File photo by Piero Cruciatti/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

Media calls on EU to crack down on online disinformation

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:15 PM

Broadcasters, publishers, and journalists call on the European Commission to implement 'much stronger measures' to combat disinformation on internet platforms such as Google and Facebook

Pompeo talks to EU ministers as rifts fester

Jun 15, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The meeting between EU foreign ministers with US counterpart Mike Pompeo kicks off a crunch week for US-Europe ties

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

EU backs Twitter in Trump fact-check row

Jun 10, 2020 - 7:47 PM

The European Commission's top official on countering disinformation praises Twitter for tagging two claims made by Trump last month about postal ballots in US elections

EU accuses China, Russia of virus disinformation campaigns

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:41 AM

The European Commission also accuses major online platforms of doing too little to help fact-checkers tackle the 'infodemic'

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

'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)

Britain, EU in post-Brexit trade talks stalemate

May 15, 2020 - 10:05 PM

EU negotiator Michel Barnier says 'no progress has been possible on the more difficult subjects,' despite Britain now having provided suggested texts in almost all areas of disagreement

Migrant smuggling set to surge as coronavirus lockdown eases – Europol

May 15, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Europol said in its latest report that illegal migration slowed down during the coronavirus lockdown, but was bound to shoot up once restrictions are lifted

EU virus recovery plan delayed by clashing visions

May 15, 2020 - 10:20 AM

Critics fear that the commission will use creative accounting to puff up the numbers by claiming that spending will be multiplied by as much as 45 times by private investment in the real economy

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

EU approves 7 billion euros in French state aid to Air France

May 04, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Without this approved aid, 'Air France would likely face the risk of bankruptcy,' says the European Commission

MAJOR ORDER. Air France-KLM is buying 60 Airbus A220-300 planes. Image from Airbus

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

U.S. passes new stimulus, EU divided as virus costs soar

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:25 AM

In Europe, the worst-hit continent with 110,000 deaths, EU leaders haggle by video conference over their own package that could top one trillion euros

BERNIE. Pedestrians walk past a mural that appears to show Bernie Sanders' eyes, in downtown Los Angeles, California during the coronavirus pandemic on April 14, 2020. Photo by Robyn Beck/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 announces 15 billion euros to fight coronavirus worldwide

Apr 08, 2020 - 10:46 AM

Beating the pandemic in Europe alone is not enough, officials say, pointing out that if coronavirus continues to rage elsewhere in the world, it will simply return in time

LONELY. A roadside fruit vendor waits for customers during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Allahabad on April 2, 2020. Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP