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Barroso tells court he is victim of slander 10 July 2014, 12:40 CET
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told the EU's General Court he was a victim of slander as he testified Monday in a case involving influence-peddling in the tobacco industry.

Eurozone leaders in tussle over budget rules 07 July 2014, 20:05 CET
Leaders from struggling eurozone economies continued a push to loosen strict EU budget rules Monday despite firm opposition from Germany, which feels that flexibility must be matched by structural reform.

Asylum requests shoot up in Europe 07 July 2014, 19:19 CET
Almost half a million people requested asylum in Europe last year, 30 per cent more than in 2012 and the highest number yet registered, official figures showed Monday.

Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China trade deal 07 July 2014, 18:31 CET
Switzerland has one-upped its European Union neighbours with a free trade deal with China that its politicians and business sector say is crucial to boosting ties with the world's second-largest economy.

Why does Europe hate GM food and is it about to change its mind? 07 July 2014, 18:30 CET
While the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and China and many other countries have warmly embraced genetically modified crops, Europe remains the world's big holdout.

Boeing outpaces Airbus in plane orders: data 06 July 2014, 17:49 CET
US aerospace group Boeing left European rival Airbus in its slipstream when booking new plane orders in the first half of the year, figures released Friday by Airbus showed.

EU targeting Amazon tax deals in crackdown: report 07 July 2014, 18:31 CET
The European Union is looking to add online shopping giant Amazon to a wide-ranging probe into preferential tax deals offered to multinationals by three member states, a report said on Friday.

Italy calls on UN refugee agency to help Libya with refugees 04 July 2014, 15:22 CET
Italy called Friday for the UN's refugee agency to help the newly elected Libyan government deal with the huge flow of immigrants and asylum seekers setting off from its coasts for Europe.

Juncker seeks more women for new Commission 04 July 2014, 15:23 CET
Jean Claude Juncker, the controversial nominee to take over the European Commission later this year, is worried at the lack of women being proposed by member states to join his team, a source said on Friday.

China's trade policies still too opaque: WTO members 03 July 2014, 20:14 CET
World Trade Organization member states on Thursday urged China to make its trade policies more transparent amid a "striking" lack of clarity on its rules.

EU Parliament vote on Juncker set for July 15 03 July 2014, 16:47 CET
Euro-MPs are to vote July 15, a day earlier than scheduled, on Jean-Claude Juncker's controversial nomination to take the helm of the powerful European Commission.

Russia bans Moldova meat, courts rebels after EU accords 03 July 2014, 20:16 CET
Russia has banned meat exports from Moldova and made a fresh overture to its rebel region of Transdniestr after the ex-Soviet country defied Moscow by signing an association deal with the European Union.

EON cuts EUR 1 bn from debt through bond buyback 03 July 2014, 16:45 CET
German energy giant EON on Thursday said it will cut its debt by one billion euros ($1.4 billion) through a bond buyback financed by recent asset sales.

Commissioner criticises Italy for lax refugee processing 03 July 2014, 15:41 CET
Italy is falling short in its duty to properly register would-be refugees, many of whom end up using the country as a transit point for other EU states, a European commissioner said on Thursday.

Google hit by 70,000 'right to be forgotten' requests 04 July 2014, 15:24 CET
More than 70,000 people have already asked Google to delete links about them under Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling, with some of the world biggest news sites the first to be hit.

EU observers raise alarm over Afghan election fraud 03 July 2014, 13:30 CET
European Union observers on Thursday called for an anti-fraud audit into Afghanistan's election to be hugely expanded, describing data from many polling stations as "very worrying".

Russian absorption of Moldova's rebel region 'not on agenda' 03 July 2014, 13:25 CET
Russia has signed a raft of fresh economic agreements with Moldova's breakaway region but stopped short of discussing absorbing Transdniestr, the rebel statelet's leader said on Thursday.

EU court annuls asset freeze on ex Syria minister 04 July 2014, 15:24 CET
An EU court on Thursday said it had overturned a travel ban and asset freeze on a former Syrian minister due to lack of proof of his links with the regime after leaving office.

EU "extremely concerned" after Palestinian teen killing 02 July 2014, 23:13 CET
The European Union condemned on Wednesday the killing of a Palestinian teenager in an apparent revenge attack, saying it was "extremely concerned" about the potential for more violence.

Vodafone gets EU green light for Spanish Ono takeover 03 July 2014, 15:47 CET
The European Commission has approved the acquisition by telecom giant Vodafone of Spanish cable firm Ono judging that the transaction posed little threat to competition.

Europe has lost its soul, says Italy's Renzi 03 July 2014, 12:47 CET
Italy's popular new premier, Matteo Renzi, addressing the European Parliament as Italy takes up the six-month EU presidency, on Wednesday likened the European Union to a "tired" and "bored selfie" whose greatest challenge was to "find its soul."

EU rubbishes waste in drive for green growth 03 July 2014, 16:43 CET
The EU wants to ban the dumping of all recyclable rubbish in landfill sites as part of a social and economic revolution to re-use, repair and recycle.

EU boosts telecom tie-ups, clears deal for Germany's E-Plus 03 July 2014, 12:48 CET
The European Commission paved the way Wednesday for the creation of Germany's biggest mobile company when it cleared the acquisition of E-plus in Germany, a unit of Dutch KPN, by Telefonica of Spain.

Putin slams US, says Europe 'natural partner' 01 July 2014, 19:24 CET
President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the conflict in Ukraine as the culmination of Western efforts to contain Russia and sought to play Moscow's "natural partner" Europe against the United States.

EU preparing new Russia sanctions, but no decision yet 01 July 2014, 13:32 CET
The European Union is preparing new sanctions against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine but no decision has been taken yet, EU diplomats told AFP on Tuesday.