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Turkey's Erdogan praises 'clean' crackdown on foes 20 December 2014, 23:18 CET
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday praised the "clean" legal process against his opponents that has been sharply criticised by the EU and included a warrant for arch-foe Fethullah Gulen as well as a wave of arrests.

Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen 20 December 2014, 02:37 CET
An Istanbul court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU.

EU launches new trade dispute with US over Boeing subsidies: WTO 19 December 2014, 20:10 CET
The EU launched Friday a fresh trade dispute at the World Trade Organization, charging that the United States was providing "billions of dollars" in unfair subsidies to help Boeing build its new 777X jet.

Turkey court arrests TV chief on 'terror' charges 19 December 2014, 20:23 CET
A Turkish court on Friday remanded in custody the head of a national TV network and three ex-police officers on terrorism charges, in a case linked with a top foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has strained EU ties.

Mogherini to visit Iraq 19 December 2014, 15:34 CET
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini will visit Iraq next week for talks with government and Kurdish leaders as the country struggles to drive back Islamic State jihadi fighters.

Anti-austerity, free trade protest snarls Brussels EU quarter 19 December 2014, 15:15 CET
Several thousand people demonstrated against austerity and a massive EU-US free trade deal in central Brussels Friday, burning an effigy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel near the European Commission headquarters.

Ukraine peace talks to resume Sunday, or Monday: Hollande 19 December 2014, 13:45 CET
Peace talks between Ukraine's leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels could take place Sunday or Monday in the Belarussian capital Minsk in the presence of Russian and OSCE envoys, French President Francois Hollande said.

EU leaders want US trade deal signed end-2015 19 December 2014, 13:04 CET
EU leaders agreed at a summit Thursday to push for the signing of a huge but controversial free trade deal with the United States by the end of 2015.

EU needs years-long Russia strategy, new leader warns 19 December 2014, 13:00 CET
The European Union must thrash out a strategy for Russia that lasts for many years, and looks past sanctions that have hammered Moscow's economy, the bloc's new leader Donald Tusk warned Thursday.

EU leaders baulk at money for Juncker investment plan 18 December 2014, 21:57 CET
EU leaders approved an ambitious investment plan on Thursday but without putting up the "hard cash" demanded by European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

Juncker dealt setback on EU investment plan 18 December 2014, 19:03 CET
European leaders were set Thursday to approve an ambitious investment plan but without adding more money, dealing a setback to commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

EU could 'de-escalate' sanctions if Russia shifts on Ukraine: France 18 December 2014, 18:22 CET
The EU could de-escalate sanctions against Russia if Moscow delivers on commitments to end the crisis in Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.

Turkey media bosses to be charged with 'terror group membership' 18 December 2014, 17:51 CET
Two anti-government Turkish media chiefs arrested during controversial weekend raids that have strained ties with the European Union are to be charged with membership of a terrorist group, reports said Thursday.

Mogherini urges Putin to make 'radical change' in attitude 18 December 2014, 17:53 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in attitude to end the crisis sparked by Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

German parliament supports extending Greece bailout 18 December 2014, 17:53 CET
The German parliament Thursday backed plans to extend a credit programme for Greece, with Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble voicing hope for a "happy ending" to Athens' economic and political woes.

EU can't sign up to key rights convention, court rules 19 December 2014, 20:21 CET
The EU's top court ruled on Thursday that the bloc cannot join the bedrock European Convention on Human Rights as planned because to do so would undermine its own laws.

Euro-MPs slam Venezuela opposition 'persecution' 18 December 2014, 17:56 CET
The European Parliament on Thursday strongly condemned Venezuela for the "persecution" of the democratic opposition and urged Caracas to free political prisoners.

EU leader wants 'tough, responsible' Russia strategy 18 December 2014, 17:41 CET
EU president Donald Tusk said leaders meeting at a summit in Brussels on Thursday must adopt a "tough and responsible" strategy toward Russia following its intervention in Ukraine.

EU 'violated human rights' in forcing austerity on Greece 18 December 2014, 17:54 CET
Four years of stringent austerity have caused an "unprecedented" assault on human rights in Greece for which the EU and the IMF must share the blame, a rights group said Thursday.

EU leaders press Russia, urge new investment 18 December 2014, 22:01 CET
European Union leaders urged Vladimir Putin to make a "radical change" in his stance on Ukraine Thursday as they boosted sanctions against Crimea despite fears of economic blow-back from Russia's spiralling financial crisis.

Daimler makes EUR 600m provision for EU antitrust probe 18 December 2014, 17:54 CET
German auto giant Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz vehicles, said Thursday that it was setting aside an additional 600 million euros to cover a potential European Union antitrust fine.

EU approves new Crimea sanctions 18 December 2014, 13:42 CET
The EU imposed additional sanctions Thursday on Crimea, banning all investment and cruise ships from its ports to force home the message the bloc will not recognise Russia's "illegal annexation" of Ukraine territory.

EU court says obesity can be disability 18 December 2014, 18:04 CET
The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.

Top EU court rejects British visa rule 18 December 2014, 13:20 CET
The EU's top court on Thursday found Britain at fault for demanding that non-EU citizens with resident permits issued in other member states must obtain a visa before entering the country.

Oil price, euro fall spur German business confidence 18 December 2014, 13:12 CET
German business confidence rose again in December, the Ifo economic institute said Thursday, as the prospects for Europe's biggest economy grew sunnier.