Eurozone must focus on growth, says Renzi

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The eurozone must focus on growth and abandon an austerity-only approach, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says, ahead of an EU summit.

Ukraine, Russia, EU to finalise gas deal

2014-10-21 19:27

Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union.

EU to consider Ukraine funding request

2014-10-21 17:30

Ukraine has requested an extra €2bn and EU authorities will consider the loan request together with the International Monetary Fund, a spokesperson says.

Syrian ministers, UAE firm hit with sanctions

2014-10-21 15:15

The European Union has imposed sanctions on 12 Syrian ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company.

Jihadists launch fresh assault on Kobane

2014-10-21 11:17

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched a fresh assault on Kobane after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first US airdrop of weapons.

Ebola reaches 'tipping point' as EU meets

2014-10-20 05:53

European foreign ministers are gathering in Luxembourg to try and formalise a joint EU response to combat the Ebola virus amid diplomatic warnings the crisis has reached a "tipping point".

EU, Singapore wrap up negotiations on deal

2014-10-17 16:15

The European Union and Singapore have completed their negotiations on a free trade agreement, the first such deal between the bloc and a South-East Asian country.

Putin: Western sanctions against Russia are absurd

2014-10-16 13:58

Western sanctions against Moscow for its alleged involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine are 'absurd', Russian President Vladimir Putin says in remarks before a visit to Serbia.

UN slams Israel settlements, urges peace talks

2014-10-13 16:55

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has slammed Israeli settlement building and warned against 'provocations' at Jerusalem's holy sites, calling for renewed peace talks to avoid further conflict with the Palestinians.

Malala the 'pride of Pakistan' - PM

2014-10-10 16:15

Malala Yousafzai has been hailed as the "pride of Pakistan" by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for winning the Nobel Peace Prize, as a former fellow pupil said the award was a victory for every girl in the country.

China, EU close to deal on telecoms dispute

2014-10-08 19:30

China and the European Union are closing in on a deal to resolve a long-running telecoms dispute, people close to the matter say.

EU clears Novartis plan to sell animal health

2014-10-03 14:00

EU regulators have cleared the proposed sale of the animal health business of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to US group Eli Lilly.

15 feared dead in Bulgaria explosives blast

2014-10-02 12:23

Fifteen people are feared dead after a blast flattened a Bulgarian explosives plant that decommissioned landmines, with the government saying there was 'minimal' chance of finding survivors.

Winter season heightens Russia-Europe gas game

2014-10-01 12:30

A cat and mouse game is continuing between Europe and Russia over gas supplies as the continent switches into the winter heating season.

Make-or-break hearings for EU's Juncker team

2014-09-28 14:30

The next 10 days could make or break a plan to reshape the European Union under incoming president Jean-Claude Juncker in an attempt to revive the economy.

No plan to undermine UK on bonus

2014-09-26 17:00

Officials say the decision to move oversight of bankers' pay to the EU's justice portfolio has been made before the nomination of Jonathan Hill.

Mugabe berates US, EU over 'evil sanctions'

2014-09-26 06:00

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says the United States and the European Union should remove what he described as their unilateral and illegal sanctions.

EU likely to keep sanctions on Russia

2014-09-25 19:00

The European Union is likely to keep sanctions on Russia when ambassadors meet to assess progress in implementing Ukraine's peace process, diplomats say.

EU aims for Ukraine-Russia gas deal

2014-09-25 13:16

European Energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger says he aims to propose an interim solution to the gas price row between Russia and Ukraine.

Foreign ministers urge immediate Libya ceasefire

2014-09-23 12:43

Foreign ministers from 13 countries plus the EU and UN have called for an immediate truce in Libya and backed moves to try end a bitter power struggle between rival governments.

EU, Nato welcome Scotland referendum result

2014-09-19 12:56

Top EU and Nato officials have breathed a sigh of relief at the outcome of Scotland’s referendum on independence, in which a majority voted against separating from the rest of Britain.

EU food producers to help with Russian ban

2014-09-17 13:30

EU officials have agreed new measures to help food producers hit by a Russian ban on agricultural imports.

World lost precious time in Ebola fight

2014-09-15 22:03

The European Union has urged the international community to make up for precious time lost in the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

A Scottish 'Yes' also means exit from EU, Nato

2014-09-15 11:00

If Scottish voters this week say Yes to independence, not only will they tear up the map of Great Britain, they’ll shake the twin pillar of Western Europe’s postwar prosperity and security – the EU and Nato.

West hits Russia with new sanctions

2014-09-12 09:10

The West has hit Russia with new sanctions over its role in the Ukraine conflict after Kiev admitted losing more ground to the rebels.


Ukraine, Russia meet to finalise gas deal

2014-10-21 20:35

Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies as their energy ministers meet in Brussels for talks brokered by the European Union's energy commissioner.

Honeywell, DuPont fingered for collusion

2014-10-21 18:30

The European Commission has taken action against US chemical companies Honeywell and DuPont on suspicion that of collusion.

Russia bans fruit, vegetables from Ukraine

2014-10-21 15:30

Russia will impose a temporary ban on fruit and vegetable imports from Ukraine because of a lack of labelling, says Russia's agricultural watchdog.

Ukraine, Russia, EU meet to finalise gas deal

2014-10-21 14:00

Russia and Ukraine aim to resolve an impasse over natural gas supplies as their energy ministers meet for talks brokered by the European Union.

Ebola hysteria grips US, children removed from school

2014-10-20 14:33

Hundreds of parents reportedly removed their children from a Mississippi middle school fearing that they could get infected with Ebola after the school’s principal travelled to Africa.

EU to scale up Ebola response

2014-10-19 12:42

European foreign ministers are set to meet under pressure to scale up their response to the Ebola epidemic after warnings it could become the "disaster of our generation".

SA challenges EU over citrus block

2014-10-16 17:34

South Africa has turned to the World Trade Organisation over European Union threats to ban citrus because of a disease, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

EU pushes back green funding deadlines

2014-10-15 18:00

European government officials have approved a proposal to delay deadlines for final investment decisions of Europe's first commercial-scale carbon capture.

EU ministers to hold anti-Ebola talks

2014-10-13 14:44

The EU has called a meeting of health ministers to discuss the possible screening of travellers from Ebola-hit West African countries, officials say.

EU declassifies papers on US trade talks

2014-10-09 19:15

The European Union has decided to publish confidential papers setting out its negotiating position for a controversial trade deal with the United States.

EU closes probe into internet firms

2014-10-03 18:00

The European Union found that companies providing internet connectivity in the bloc did not illegally hamper competition, following unannounced inspections.

Shelling in Ukraine kills Red Cross worker

2014-10-03 11:22

Shelling in the centre of the main rebel-held city in Ukraine's east has killed a Swiss Red Cross worker, tearing badly at a weakly observed four-week truce.

Europe's credibility at stake on budget policy

2014-10-01 15:15

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that it is up to each European country to deliver on its promise of sound budget policies.

EU budget: how much wiggle room is there?

2014-09-30 14:30

Interpreting how much wiggle room the EU treaties offer has become a new source of contention among governments.

Ukraine's winter gas problem may be over

2014-09-26 18:30

The European Union has proposed a gas deal between Ukraine and Russia that would guarantee Ukraine at least 5 billion cubic metres of gas for the next six months.

EU banking watchdog to clamp down on banks

2014-09-26 10:30

The European Union's banking regulator is planning to clamp down next month on banks whose pay policies are designed to sidestep the EU's incoming bonus cap.

Banks must probe stress rumours - watchdog

2014-09-25 19:15

The European Union's markets watchdog has warned banks to investigate any rumours about how they have fared in the central bank's banking sector health check.

Germany wants investment clause scrapped

2014-09-25 18:45

Germany will not sign a trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless an investment protection clause is removed, says Germany's economy minister.

Qatar not a gas 'alternative' to Russia

2014-09-23 14:00

Qatar has no plans to pitch in as an alternative supplier as Europe seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas.

Bainimarama becomes Fiji’s prime minister

2014-09-22 11:07

Voreqe Frank Bainimarama has been sworn in as Fiji's prime minister, after his party won the island nation's first general election since he led a military coup in 2006.

Top court rejects Zim’s complaint over EU sanctions

2014-09-18 16:51

The European Union’s top court has rejected the complaint of a Zimbabwean businessman and former government official who was hit by EU sanctions and was briefly detained at a British airport in 2007.

Greenland gets whale hunting quota amid criticism

2014-09-16 12:19

Aboriginal Greenlanders will be allowed to kill more than 200 whales each year from 2015 to 2018 under a subsistence quota granted by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

Big firms brace for global carbon price rollout

2014-09-15 11:01

An increasing number of big corporations expect governments worldwide to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to help tackle climate change and some are already factoring in the cost to guide future investment decisions.

Scottish independence vote on a knife edge

2014-09-12 13:00

An opinion poll has showed next week's referendum on Scottish independence on a knife edge, with 52% of people against ending the nation's 300-year-old union with the rest of the UK.

EU imposes new economic sanctions on Russia

2014-09-12 09:03

The European Union has put a new round of sanctions into effect against Russia, including restrictions on financing for some Russian state-owned companies.

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