EU wins Greek backing to extend Russia sanctions

34 minutes ago

European Union foreign ministers have extended existing sanctions against Russia, holding off on tighter economic measures.

EU to complete capital markets union by 2019

2015-01-27 17:30

The European Union will put in place its 'capital markets union' by 2019, starting with quick wins like encouraging direct investment in businesses, an EU document shows.

Little support for Greek debt write-off

2015-01-27 09:45

Eurozone ministers have spoken out against the idea of writing off Greek debt, hours after a new government advocating such a move was overwhelmingly elected.

EU open to Greek debt extension, not relief

2015-01-26 19:00

Europe has given signs that it may give Greece time to pay its debt, but seems unwilling to give in to the new government's demands of debt forgiveness.

EU privacy watchdogs to review stance

2015-01-21 17:00

Europe's data privacy watchdogs will meet in coming days to discuss revising their earlier opposition to countries sharing airline passenger data.

EU lifts ban on mangoes from India

2015-01-20 19:30

Mangoes from India can once again be imported into the EU, the bloc's executive body says after the country made progress on ensuring that the fruit is free of pests.

EU hails 'serious' Iran nuclear talks

2015-01-19 13:41

Negotiators for Iran and six global powers striving to reach a complex deal on Tehran's nuclear programme had 'serious and useful' discussions in Geneva and will meet again next month, the EU say.

SA game exports could surge if EU gives access

2015-01-16 17:01

SA could boost the value of its exports of game meat more than fivefold from the levels it had before a ban if it wins the right to resume sales to the European Union.

Cyprus Airways name, logo up for sale

2015-01-15 10:45

Cyprus says it wants to sell off the name and logo of Cyprus Airways with the aim of finding an investor to create jobs for some of the airline's 550 axed staff.

EU forced to rethink TTIP investment clause

2015-01-14 09:30

The European Union will review a contested investor dispute mechanism in its free trade negotiations with the United States.

EU reps meet Zambian ruling party candidate

2015-01-09 17:56

Zambia's governing party candidate in this month's presidential election has held a closed-door meeting with European Union officials in Lusaka's posh Kabulonga area.

Euthanasia debate rages as court mulls Frenchman’s’ life

2015-01-07 18:31

Europe's human rights court will decide whether a man in a vegetative state should be taken off life support in a case that has torn his family apart and ignited a fierce euthanasia debate in France.

Struggling Croatia heads to the polls

2014-12-26 08:18

Croatia's piano playing president Ivo Josipovic is tipped to lead the field when voters in the European Union's newest member vote, as the country struggles with severe economic crisis.

Farmers, unions defy EU-US trade talks

2014-12-19 20:00

Farmers and trade unionists are protesting against a EU and US plan to set up a trans-Atlantic free trade zone.

EU calls for free trade deal with US in 2015

2014-12-19 09:45

The European Union and the US should do do everything possible to finish negotiating their landmark free trade deal in the new year, say EU leaders.

EU bans investment in Crimea

2014-12-18 16:30

The European Union has banned investment in Crimea, halting European help for Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration.

EU reaches deal on capping card payment fees

2014-12-18 10:15

An initial deal on capping fees charged for paying with debit or credit cards across the 28-nation European Union has been reached by negotiators.

EU shines light on dirty money

2014-12-17 14:00

The European Union has agreed on rules to stamp out tax evasion and stop dirty money from being channelled through anonymous companies.

Ghana must cut 'ghost workers' to get aid - EU

2014-12-17 07:34

Ghana must remove 'ghost workers' from its public sector payroll before the European Union resumes budget support suspended a year ago, the EU ambassador to the country says.

EU investment plan may be delayed

2014-12-15 20:00

The European Union's vaunted investment plan, which still await agreement, will be discussed by the bloc's 28 leaders.

EU resumes aid to Mali

2014-12-12 17:35

The EU has resumed aid to Mali which it suspended in June due to suspected irregularities in government spending, including the purchase of a $40m presidential jet, Mali government says.

Still possible to limit global warming

2014-12-10 08:13

The world still has a chance to limit global warming to safer levels, but time is running out.

Poland feels loss of millions who moved abroad

2014-12-05 12:10

After 1.2 million of its citizens migrated in the ten years since Poland joined the European Union, the country is counting the economic and social cost.

Russia's pipeline falls victim to Ukraine crisis

2014-12-02 09:30

Russia's $40bn South Stream gas pipeline project has fallen victim to plunging energy prices and the political standoff between the European Union and Moscow.

UK's Cameron to curb benefits for immigrants

2014-11-28 14:09

In bid to placate immigration critics, David Cameron says Britain will curb benefits for EU migrants.


EU investment plan could create 2.1m jobs

2015-01-28 16:45

The European Commission's €315bn investment plan to spur growth could create more than 2.1 million net new jobs, lowering the bloc's jobless rate by 1%.

ECB divided on money-printing decision

2015-01-27 11:07

How the ECB went from being deeply divided over its stimulus programme to launching a bolder and more open-ended version than most investors had expected.

EU blacklists Sri Lanka over illegal fishing

2015-01-26 19:28

The European Union has blacklisted Sri Lanka for failing to combat illegal fishing, officially banning imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka-flagged vessels into the EU.

Davos debate degenerates over Europe economy

2015-01-22 16:49

Instead of being a serious debate about the merits of monetary stimulus, the panel at Davos quickly degenerated into a skirmish over the European economy.

EU upholds sanctions against Assad’s uncle

2015-01-21 15:51

An EU court has upheld sanctions against the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, dismissing his appeal against the measures.

EU appeals Hamas ruling taking group off terror list

2015-01-19 16:30

The European Union has launched an appeal against last month's EU court ruling that ordered the Palestinian group Hamas removed from its terror list for technical reasons.

EU welcomes 'initial progress' in Libya talks

2015-01-17 14:27

The European Union's top diplomat has welcomed the 'initial progress' made in UN-brokered talks to end Libya's civil war, conducted this week in Geneva.

EU Parliament calls Russia a potential threat

2015-01-15 22:09

The EU parliament has condemned Russia as a "potential threat to the European Union itself" even as the EU foreign policy chief sought to resume dialogue with Moscow.

Austria's ban on gay adoption overturned

2015-01-14 17:58

Austria's highest court has overturned a law that prevents same-sex couples from adopting children, bringing it into line with many European countries.

EU should curb mercury emissions from cremations

2015-01-12 17:02

Environment campaigners are calling for curbs on mercury emissions from human cremations as part of pollution controls that EU authorities will debate.

Merkel: Bar higher to lift Russian sanctions

2015-01-09 13:45

Europe is reportedly hesitant to lift sanctions against Russia until all elements of an agreement between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels are fully implemented.

Suicide blast hits EU vehicle in Kabul

2015-01-05 22:28

A Taliban suicide bomb has hit an EU police vehicle in Kabul days after the Nato combat mission ended in Afghanistan, killing at least one passer-by.

Ukraine abandons non-aligned status

2014-12-23 14:24

Ukraine's parliament has voted to abandon the country's non-aligned status, a move that could be a step toward seeking membership in Nato.

$5.4bn pledged for Gaza, only a fraction delivered

2014-12-19 13:17

Two months after donors pledged $5.4bn to help rebuild Gaza after the war between Israel and Hamas, Palestinian, UN and other officials say barely 2% of the money has been transferred.

EU court says obesity can be disability

2014-12-18 21:02

The European Union's highest court has ruled that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders the overweight person's performance at work.

Israeli minister: Palestine has declared war

2014-12-18 12:00

Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz says that the Palestinian-pushed draft resolution submitted overnight to the UN Security Council is a declaration of war.

Ghana urged to remove 'ghost workers'

2014-12-17 15:01

Ghana must remove "ghost workers" from its public sector payroll before the European Union resumes budget support , says the EU ambassador.

Putin holds late-night Ukraine talks with EU

2014-12-17 13:16

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his French, German and Ukrainian counterparts have agreed in a phone call that talks surrounding eastern Ukraine are to resume as soon as possible.

New EU insurance rules seen spurring deals

2014-12-16 13:47

New, stricter capital rules for Europe's insurers could spur takeovers and consolidation among the region's 5 000 insurers after recent stress tests.

EU funds help Poland build 'ghost' airports

2014-12-15 09:09

The European Union has given Poland more than €100m to build at least three "ghost" airports in places where there are not enough passengers.

European leaders urged to back ECB stimulus

2014-12-12 15:15

The head of the European Central Bank is set to tell European leaders in stark terms at a summit that they need to reform straggling economies.

17 dead in migrant ship off Libya

2014-12-05 17:13

Rescue crews have discovered 16 bodies in a migrant boat off Libya, the first reported deaths since the European Union took over Mediterranean rescue operations, the Italian navy says.

UN calls fossil fuels 'high risk' investment

2014-12-02 16:11

Falling oil prices show the 'high risk' of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the UN's climate chief says at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal to slow global warming.

EU imposes sanctions on Ukraine's rebels

2014-11-29 14:49

The EU has imposed sanctions on the organisers of rebel elections in eastern Ukraine, hitting the separatists with asset freezes and travel bans.

Europe feels sting of Russia sanctions

2014-11-26 14:27

European executives face challenges in doing business with Russia since the West imposed sanctions, this was evident at last month's technology fair in Moscow.

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