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Turkey, EU meet on refugee crisis 29 November 2015, 04:27 CET
European Union leaders will offer Turkey cash and a boost for its membership bid in exchange for its cooperation with the migrant crisis at a summit Sunday, although key issues remain to be hammered out.

Arrested journalists urge EU not to compromise on rights in Turkey talks 28 November 2015, 23:33 CET
Two Turkish journalists charged with "spying" over their reports about Ankara's alleged arms supplies to Syrian rebels urged the EU on Saturday not to compromise on human rights and press freedom as it looks to Turkey to help stem Europe's migrant crisis.

Netherlands to appeal EU demand for Starbucks back taxes 27 November 2015, 21:38 CET
The Dutch government said Friday it will appeal an EU ruling that Starbucks must pay some 30 million euros ($34 million) in back taxes for enjoying an "illegal" tax break.

Danes more likely to adopt EU justice rules after attacks: poll 27 November 2015, 18:40 CET
One in five Danes is more likely to vote in favour of scrapping the country's opt-out on EU justice rules after the November 13 Paris attacks, a poll published on Thursday showed.

French car makers top European list of low CO2 emitters 27 November 2015, 18:39 CET
French manufacturers topped the list of European cars and vans with the lowest carbon emissions, the European Environment Agency said in a report published on Thursday.

EU hopes new Argentine government will help Mercosur trade talks 27 November 2015, 17:47 CET
The EU said Friday it hopes the election of a centre-right government in Argentina will give new impetus to stalled talks on a free trade pact with Mercosur, the Latin American bloc.

Turkey to win concessions for migrant help at EU summit 27 November 2015, 15:29 CET
European Union leaders hold a summit with Turkey on Sunday, with Ankara set to win a boost for its membership bid and a cash pledge in exchange for its help stemming the flow of migrants.

EU says charges against Turkey journalists are 'worrying' 27 November 2015, 13:43 CET
The European Union said Friday spying charges filed against two Turkish journalists after they alleged Ankara's secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria were "worrying".

EU risks falling like Roman Empire over refugees: Dutch PM 27 November 2015, 12:57 CET
Europe risks collapsing like the Roman Empire over the refugee crisis, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has warned according to the Financial Times, as his country gears up to be the next EU president.

Major French firms explore CentrAm opportunities 27 November 2015, 03:17 CET
Representatives from a dozen major French companies concluded a four-day Central America visit on Thursday exploring opportunities under a budding trade and political pact between the region and the EU.

EU expresses concern over election violence in Venezuela 27 November 2015, 02:32 CET
The European Union Thursday expressed concern about rising violence linked to Venezuela's elections after the murder of a leader of the opposition, which appears poised to win control of parliament for the first time in 16 years.

Euro-MPs urge 'independent' probe into MSF hospital strike 26 November 2015, 17:50 CET
The European Parliament urged Thursday an "independent" investigation into the US bombing of an MSF hospital in Afghanistan which killed 30 people in an attack the military blamed on human error.

'Brussels bubble' works from home to beat terror alert 26 November 2015, 15:48 CET
While Brussels was shut down by its biggest ever terror alert, the huge EU and NATO bureaucracy kept on churning, even if some staff had to work from their homes in Europe's institutional capital.

EU to open new chapter of Turkish membership talks 26 November 2015, 15:46 CET
Turkey's minister of European Union affairs said Thursday that Brussels had agreed to open a new chapter in stalled membership talks with Turkey by mid-December, following an EU-Turkey summit this weekend.

EU reassures Ukraine despite overtures to Russia 26 November 2015, 15:44 CET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Tuesday the European Union had assured him it would keep its focus on Kiev despite efforts by some of the bloc's members to enlist Russia in a coalition against the Islamic State.

EU must limit migrant numbers: French PM 26 November 2015, 15:44 CET
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday urged the European Union to limit the number of migrants it allows into the bloc, following heightened security concerns after the Paris attacks.

Annual HIV infection record for Europe in 2014 26 November 2015, 15:40 CET
Europe registered a record number of HIV infections in 2014, driven by cases in Russia and immigrants who acquired the virus after arrival, the EU and the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Jihadists using migrant crisis as cover: Czech president 24 November 2015, 20:28 CET
Jihadists are using the migrant crisis as cover to slip into the European Union, Czech President Milos Zeman said on Tuesday, urging his country's military to prepare to defend its borders.

Poland's eurosceptic government retires EU flag from press room 24 November 2015, 19:02 CET
Journalists gathered Tuesday in the press room of Poland's new conservative government discovered that the blue and gold star-studded European Union flag normally on display was gone, leaving only its red-and-white Polish counterpart.

Eurozone approves bailout payment to Greece 24 November 2015, 16:34 CET
Eurozone finance ministers approved a two billion euro payment to Greece on Monday, declaring that Athens had successfully met the strict reform commitments demanded in the country's bailout.

Tusk urges all to stay 'cool headed' after Russian jet downed 24 November 2015, 16:34 CET
European Union president Donald Tusk called for calm on Tuesday after Turkey, a candidate for membership of the bloc, shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border.

ECB launches 20-euro note with enhanced security 24 November 2015, 16:30 CET
The European Central Bank on Wednesday will launch into circulation a new 20-euro banknote with enhanced security features to foil counterfeiters.

Law officials plan global strike at 'dark markets' 24 November 2015, 16:24 CET
European, US and Australian law enforcement officials met Tuesday in the Netherlands to plan a crackdown on illegal online markets trading in everything from drugs to child pornography, Dutch prosecutors said.

UK poll shows shift in favour of 'Brexit' 24 November 2015, 15:12 CET
A majority of Britons want to leave the European Union, according to a new opinion poll on Tuesday.

Turkey PM to attend summit with EU leaders on November 29 24 November 2015, 13:33 CET
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will attend an extraordinary summit with EU leaders next week to improve bilateral ties and tackle the migrant crisis, his office announced on Monday.