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Lessons for Mediterranean? Euro force hunting Somali pirates 19 May 2015, 12:24 CET
The hulking P-3C Orion aircraft prepares to take off from a military base in the Horn of African nation of Djibouti, on the latest mission hunting pirates off Somalia's coast.

Libya rejects EU military action against migrant ships 18 May 2015, 19:37 CET
Libya's internationally recognised government rejected Monday any military operation against ships carrying illegal migrants after EU nations approved plans for a naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers.

Russia drops opposition to EU-Ukraine trade deal starting 2016 18 May 2015, 20:09 CET
Russia has dropped its demands for a further delay in a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal at the heart of the Ukraine crisis and accepts that it will now begin next year, the European Union said Monday.

EU approves Spain's Sabadell takeover of Britain's TSB 18 May 2015, 17:29 CET
The EU approved on Monday Spanish lender Sabadell's GBP 1.7-billion (2.3-billion-euro) takeover of TSB, a unit of Britain's bailed-out lender Lloyds.

Bundesbank urges German banks to re-think business model 18 May 2015, 16:57 CET
Germany's banking sector proved its strength during the financial crisis, but needs to examine its business model to increase stability in the future, Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret told AFP in an interview.

Athens quicker to nix reforms than make proposals: Moscovici 19 May 2015, 17:29 CET
Debt-wracked Greece is quick to turn down proposals by its creditors aimed at helping to solve its financial woes, but slow to offer alternatives, Europe's Commissioner for Economic Affairs said Monday.

Spain rejects EU migrant quota plan 18 May 2015, 16:12 CET
Spain rejected on Monday an EU quota system to share the migrant burden among member states, saying it had already done more than its fair share to help asylum seekers.

Cyprus wants bigger EU role in peace talks: negotiator 18 May 2015, 15:52 CET
Cyprus wants the European Union to play a bigger role in peace talks with Turkish Cypriots aimed at reunifying the island, its chief negotiator said on Monday.

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis 18 May 2015, 20:59 CET
EU Member States approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

'Euro-drone' project gets lift-off to challenge US 18 May 2015, 13:47 CET
A European project to build a military drone by 2025 took wing on Monday as Germany, France and Italy signed a deal to start technical work and end their reliance on US- and Israeli-made models.

Greece in final stretch of troubled loan talks 19 May 2015, 13:09 CET
Greece on Monday entered the final stretch of tortuous talks with its international creditors on a bankruptcy-saving loan deal, with the government calling for a breakthrough by the end of the month.

'Terrorists' may use migrant cover to get to Europe: NATO 18 May 2015, 15:55 CET
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Monday that fighters from Islamic extremist groups may hide among the flood of migrants seeking refuge in Europe, increasing the need for an effective response.

British manufacturing giant breaks ranks on 'Brexit' 18 May 2015, 14:19 CET
A top British manufacturing firm has broken ranks with much of the business community by saying Monday that leaving the European Union would make no difference to Britain's ability to trade.

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers 18 May 2015, 12:03 CET
European Union ministers are set to approve plans Monday for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean after a series of shipwrecks killed hundreds of migrants.

EU denounces Morsi death sentence 17 May 2015, 22:12 CET
The European Union denounced Sunday the death sentence handed down against Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and at least 100 others, noting the penalty stemmed from a flawed trial.

Briton among three killed in Taliban attack on EU vehicle in Kabul 17 May 2015, 17:22 CET
Three people including a British national working with the European Union police were killed Sunday when a Taliban militant rammed his explosives-laden car into a foreign convoy in Kabul, the latest attack of Afghanistan's fighting season.

European battle brewing over 'blood metals' 18 May 2015, 14:21 CET
Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.

Greece will not cut salaries and pensions in loan talks: PM 15 May 2015, 21:37 CET
Greece's left-wing government will not abandon its refusal to cut salaries and pensions in tough talks with its EU-IMF creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday.

EU's top diplomat to visit Netanyahu, Abbas next week 15 May 2015, 18:27 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will visit the Middle East next week for talks on the peace process with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, Brussels said Friday.

Central Europeans oppose planned EU refugee quotas 15 May 2015, 16:17 CET
Poland on Friday became the latest European Union member to oppose the bloc's plan for binding quotas on asylum seekers for its 28 member states.

Austria's refugee tent camps are 'worst possible solution': Red Cross 15 May 2015, 15:52 CET
The Red Cross on Friday strongly criticised the Austrian government over its decision to set up tent camps for asylum seekers in response to the rapidly growing influx of refugees.

Luxembourg PM first gay EU leader to marry 15 May 2015, 20:24 CET
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his gay partner on Friday, becoming the first European Union leader to enter into a same-sex union in a symbol of growing social change across the continent.

Bundesbank critical of ECB aid to Greek banks 15 May 2015, 10:27 CET
The head of the German central bank or Bundesbank hit out in a newspaper interview Friday at the ongoing provision of emergency liquidity to Greek banks by the European Central Bank.

Hungary says will fight against EU migrant quotas plan 14 May 2015, 19:12 CET
Hungary opposes the European Union plan for binding quotas across member states to admit migrants, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff said Thursday.

EU firms up plans to tackle smugglers as more boat migrants rescued 14 May 2015, 23:38 CET
The European Union firmed up plans to crack down on people smugglers in the Mediterranean on Thursday as Italy said another 2,000 migrants were rescued at sea.