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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

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

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

European Union chiefs sign Brexit deal ahead of parliamentary vote

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:05 PM

On Thursday, diplomats from the EU member states will approve the deal in writing. Then, on Friday, January 31, Britain spends its last day in the EU before leaving the bloc at 2300 GMT as clocks strike midnight in Brussels.

BREXIT. A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Trump relaunches trade battle with Europe

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:14 PM

'The European Union is tougher to deal with than anybody. They've taken advantage of our country for many years.' US President Donald Trump says

TRADE BATTLE. US president Donald Trump gestures flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

British MPs set to finally seal Brexit deal

Jan 09, 2020 - 2:11 PM

(UPDATED) The House of Commons will rush through a final day of hearings and ratify Prime Minister Boris Johnson's divorce deal with Brussels, drawing a line under an extraordinary period of political chaos

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. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AFP

Von der Leyen skeptical on Huawei in Europe – report

Dec 27, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Critics say Huawei is too close to Beijing and could by law be forced to hand over data to Chinese intelligence services

Visitors walk past the booth of Huawei promoting its P30 Pro smartphone at the international electronics and innovation fair IFA in Berlin on September 6, 2019. - Exhibitors from more than 100 countries will be presenting their latest products during the fair running from September 6 to 11, 2019. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)

EU competition chief Vestager gains power in new Commission

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

'This commission will be a geopolitical commission, I want the European Union and thus the commission to be the guardian of multilateralism,' says new European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen

TOP TEAM. European Commission President German Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference to announce the names of the new European commissioners, on September 10, 2019 at the European Commission in Brussels. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Incoming EU chief calls for 'new pact' on migration

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Italy wants other EU countries to take in their fair share of the arrivals of migrants

EU CHIEF. Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference following a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on July 16, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

European Parliament narrowly elects Germany's Von der Leyen to EU top job

Jul 17, 2019 - 1:10 PM

German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen becomes the first woman to head the EU's executive arm

Newly elected European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks as she attends a news conference following a vote on her election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on July 16, 2019. German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected president of the European Commission on July 16, after winning over sceptical lawmakers. The 60-year-old conservative was nominated to become the first woman in Brussels' top job last month by the leaders of the bloc's 28 member states, to the annoyance of many MEPs.  FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

New EU chief makes first trip to Brussels

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The EU's new president-elect Ursula von der Leyen meets Jean-Claude Juncker for talks a day after pledging to present her 'vision for the next 5 years for Europe' within a fortnight

NEW LEADER. Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) meets with German Defence minister and newly-appointed EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 4, 2019. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

European Parliament chooses new president, completing top EU jobs

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The vote for president completes the roster of the EU's 5 most important jobs, with the others settled on July 2 at the end of 3 days of negotiation among the EU's 28 national leaders in Brussels

EU. Flags of European Union fly next to flags of EU countries at the European Parliament on July 2, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France, during the inaugural European Parliament session. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

German defense minister defends Stanford claims on CV

Oct 11, 2015 - 9:58 PM

German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen is caught in a storm over allegations she plagiarized parts of her doctoral thesis – an assertion the minister has firmly denied

WOMAN LEADER. German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen looks on as she attends the second day of the Nato Defense Ministers council at alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on June 25, 20015. File photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Fierce battles in Ukraine; OSCE team freed

May 04, 2014 - 12:07 PM

As OSCE inspectors go free violence ramps up in various parts of Ukraine with more than 50 people dying in clashes nationwide

FREE. Axel Schneider, head of the freed members of Organization for Security and Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) military observers, Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen, German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen and her Czech counterpart Martin Stropnicky, hold a press conference in Berlin, Germany, 03 May 2014. EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA