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Tenth of wild bee species risk extinction in Europe: study 19 March 2015, 20:14 CET
Nearly 10 per cent of some 2,000 species of European wild bees are threatened with extinction, according to a study released by the European Commission on Thursday.

EU leaders in minute's silence for Tunis victims 19 March 2015, 17:51 CET
European Union leaders observed a minute's silence Thursday as they began a summit overshadowed by the deadly attack on a Tunis museum.

Merkel rules out Greece breakthrough at EU summit 19 March 2015, 17:44 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel squashed hopes of a breakthrough on Greece's debt troubles at a European summit in Brussels Thursday despite pleas from Athens for bold action to end the crisis.

Zagreb mayor forfeits EUR 2m bail 19 March 2015, 16:05 CET
Zagreb's mayor, being held on an abuse of power charge, has forfeited his record two-million-euro bail after allegedly interfering with the investigation against him, a court decided on Thursday.

EU seeks new Ukraine-Russia gas deal by June 19 March 2015, 17:42 CET
The EU has set June as a target to clinch a new deal for Russia to supply gas to Ukraine through the following winter and secure supplies to Europe, an EU official said Thursday on the eve of three-way talks in Brussels.

Iran, world powers 'far' from nuclear deal: European negotiator 19 March 2015, 13:17 CET
Iran and major powers remain "pretty far" from a deal aimed at preventing Tehran getting nuclear weapons, a European diplomat in crunch talks in Switzerland said Thursday while hitting out at Tehran's negotiating tactics.

Bank borrowing in ECB loan programme beats expectations 19 March 2015, 13:06 CET
The European Central Bank pumped more than twice the expected liquidity into the financial system Thursday via private-sector loans, under the third round of a lending programme to boost the eurozone economy.

Ukraine warns EU to avoid sanctions split 19 March 2015, 12:58 CET
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk warned EU leaders Thursday to keep the pressure on Russia and not allow President Vladimir Putin to exploit their differences over sanctions.

Creditors 'not letting Greek gov't govern': deputy PM 19 March 2015, 12:53 CET
Greece's deputy prime minister accused EU-IMF creditors of preventing his radical government from doing its job, while admitting that his country is being strangled by a cash shortage.

Merkel sees no reason to despair over Greece 19 March 2015, 11:07 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was no reason to despair over Greece, although she warned that a solution to the country's debt crisis would not be found at Thursday's EU summit.

Pakistan says executions won't impact EU trade deal 19 March 2015, 13:04 CET
Pakistan on Thursday said its lifting of a six-year-old moratorium on the death penalty would not impact a lucrative trade deal with the European Union which has strongly condemned the move.

Greece 'danger' dominates EU summit 19 March 2015, 12:52 CET
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will plead with European counterparts at a summit in Brussels Thursday for cash to keep his country afloat and in the euro as officials warned that the situation was becoming "dangerous".

German couple pays Greece EUR 875 in WWII 'damages' 18 March 2015, 21:43 CET
A German couple visiting Greece were hailed as heroes by the local press Wednesday after paying 875 euros to a town hall in what they said were World War II reparations.

Tsipras, Merkel, Hollande, EU officials to meet Thursday on Greece 18 March 2015, 21:42 CET
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet the French and German leaders plus the EU's top officials late Thursday to plead Athens's case for relaxing the terms of its bailout programme, an official said.

Germany's Schaeuble says time 'tight' for Greece 18 March 2015, 18:12 CET
Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned on Wednesday that time was "tight" for debt-wracked Greece as it seeks solutions with European leaders to try to break a deadlock over planned reforms.

France tells EU reforms must preserve growth 18 March 2015, 17:52 CET
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that EU rule-breaking France would meet all commitments to fix its bloated budget, but refuse any measures that weakened growth.

Greek parliament adopts anti-poverty law despite EU row 18 March 2015, 21:52 CET
The Greek parliament on Wednesday overwhelmingly adopted a "humanitarian crisis" bill to help its poorest people, ignoring apparent pressure from the European Union to halt the legislation.

Scores injured in anti-austerity riots against ECB's new HQ 19 March 2015, 11:17 CET
Violent clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany's financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters .

Moscovici says no EU 'veto' on Greece anti-poverty law 18 March 2015, 13:07 CET
The European Union will not prevent Greece passing a law helping its poorest citizens, a senior EU official said Wednesday, rejecting reports it wanted the measures dropped because they clashed with Athens' bailout commitments.

EU congratulates Netanyahu, insists on relaunching peace process 18 March 2015, 22:31 CET
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his election victory Wednesday but stressed the need to relaunch the Middle East peace process which he appeared to repudiate during the campaign.

EU unveils clampdown on tax avoidance after LuxLeaks 19 March 2015, 13:04 CET
The EU intensified efforts to fight rampant tax avoidance by multinationals on Wednesday in its first major effort to counter the LuxLeaks scandal that poured embarrassment on commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

Moscovici says no EU 'veto' on Greece anti-poverty law 18 March 2015, 12:17 CET
The European Union will not prevent Greece passing a law helping its poorest citizens, a senior EU official said Wednesday, rejecting reports it wanted the measures dropped because they clashed with Athens' bailout commitments.

Draghi says criticism of ECB is 'unfair' 18 March 2015, 12:49 CET
European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said Wednesday it was "not fair" to label the ECB as the main perpetrator of unpopular austerity in Europe as protestors clashed with police outside.

Injuries, arrests as anti-ECB rally turns violent 18 March 2015, 11:27 CET
Demonstrators clashed with German police in Frankfurt Wednesday, with cars set ablaze and stones thrown ahead of a huge protest rally against the opening of the European Central Bank's new headquarters.

Pakistan executes nine more prisoners 18 March 2015, 11:34 CET
Pakistan on Wednesday hanged nine more jailed murderers, officials said, taking the number of convicts executed over the past two days to 21, as the European Union condemned the executions.