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 agrees on fund to create a million jobs

2014-11-26 13:15

The European Commission will set up a new fund with €21bn of capital that it hopes can unlock some €300bn of largely private investment to create a million jobs.

EU eyes funds to leverage investment plan

2014-11-25 11:40

The European Commission is likely to decide to shift some of its budget into special financial instruments to promote private investment.

Biden: Time to act on energy security

2014-11-23 13:30

US Vice President Joe Biden says Europe must improve its energy security, warning of Russia's "track record" in using energy supplies as a weapon.

Qatar Airways takes swipe at European carriers

2014-11-19 15:15

Qatar Airways chief has taken a swipe at legacy carriers which complain of competition from Gulf carriers, accusing them of being "inefficient".

EU budget talks break down

2014-11-18 20:00

Disagreement on how to use income from fines levied by the European Union has stalled progress on the 2015 budget.

Starbucks' Dutch tax deal may be illegal: EU

2014-11-14 11:00

A deal between Starbucks and Dutch authorities may be illegal state aid as it allows the coffee chain to make payments on a lower corporate income tax base.

EU nations to block GMO crops

2014-11-12 07:38

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to block genetically modified crops.

EU foreign policy chief calls for Gaza rebuilding

2014-11-08 22:34

The European Union's new foreign affairs chief is urging Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to work together to begin reconstruction of the war-shattered territory in earnest.

EU immigrants boost to UK economy

2014-11-05 13:50

Immigrants to Britain from the European Union have contributed more than £20bn to the British economy since 2001.

Polish apple growers demand funding

2014-11-04 18:30

Some 300 Polish apple growers have demonstrated outside the prime minister's office to demand national funds to offset losses due to the Russian import ban.

EU slashes eurozone growth predication

2014-11-04 14:15

Economic growth in the eurozone will be lower than previously expected, hovering around the 1% mark in both 2014 and 2015.

EU's Triton rescues migrants

2014-11-01 21:51

More than 200 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean on the first day of a new sea patrol mission run by the European Union.

EU takes Russia to WTO over paper

2014-10-31 16:16

The European Union has launched a trade dispute at the World Trade Organisation to challenge Russia's treatment of European exports.


$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.

Air pollution costs EU up to €189bn

2014-11-25 22:08

Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to €189bn in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland

French, UK banks push EU to revise reform plans

2014-11-24 13:39

French and British banks are urging the European Commission to reconsider plans to isolate high-risk trading activities at big banks.

EU plan to fight Chinese exports dead - Italy

2014-11-21 17:20

A plan to fight unfair Chinese exports "is dead", Italy says, with the European Union split over how to deal with countries that dump goods in Europe.

Open up to our beer, EU tells Japan

2014-11-19 14:45

Japan and the European Union’s possible deal could result in the world’s biggest free trade deals if Tokyo and Brussels are to agree, says the EU document.

EU committed to tackling ISIS beheading

2014-11-17 12:31

The European Union says it remains "fully committed" to tackling the threat posed by ISIS after the beheading of Peter Kassig.

Cameron: Russia sanctions could increase over Ukraine

2014-11-14 07:36

Russia's actions in eastern Ukraine are unacceptable and could draw greater sanctions from the US and EU, British Prime Minister David Cameron says.

EU extends ban on deep-sea shark fishing

2014-11-11 13:35

EU nations have extended their ban on deep-sea shark fishing for the European fleet for at least another two years, with only Spain and Portugal voting against.

Pakistan takes EU to WTO over PET trade

2014-11-05 17:58

Pakistan has launched a trade dispute at the World Trade Organisation to challenge the European Union's punitive duties on exports of polyethylene terephthalate.

French farmers dump manure in protest

2014-11-05 10:00

A group of more than 300 farmers have dumped around 100 tonnes of manure and rotten vegetables in Chartres in protest at falling food prices.

Eurozone is fragile, warns Merkel

2014-11-04 18:20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the eurozone is extremely fragile, making clear that Europe's biggest economy will not borrow more to invest.

South Africa’s looming water disaster

2014-11-03 09:12

As load shedding strikes, and we bemoan the country's power woes, an even bigger worry lurks ominously, if government doesn't spend 100 times more to secure our water supply.

Cyprus court ruling opens way for bailout funds

2014-10-31 17:00

The Cypriot supreme court has ruled as unconstitutional four bills on bank foreclosures whose passage by parliament prompted international lenders to halt payments.

Zim to receive funds as EU lifts sanctions

2014-10-31 08:34

The EU has lifted trade sanctions against Zimbabwe and will resume direct aid this weekend, when some sanctions imposed over alleged rights abuses expire.

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