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European Commission approves Shell's purchase of BG Group 02 September 2015, 23:20 CET
The European Commission gave its approval Wednesday of Royal Dutch Shell's planned acquisition of Britain's BG Group in a deal that must also be cleared by Australian and Chinese regulators.

France, Germany and Italy call for reform of asylum rules 02 September 2015, 22:18 CET
Germany, France and Italy called for an overhaul of laws on the right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the European Union, Italy's foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Greek opposition conservatives nudge ahead of Syriza: poll 02 September 2015, 22:17 CET
Eighteen days ahead of snap elections, Greece's conservative opposition New Democracy party has for the first time taken a slender lead over the ruling left-wing Syriza, an opinion poll showed Wednesday.

EU tensions mount as fresh migrant wave arrives in Athens 02 September 2015, 20:45 CET
Tensions between European Union countries escalated Wednesday over how to tackle the huge influx of refugees and migrants, as thousands more arrived on the Greek mainland, hoping to push north.

'Difficult' to finish EU-Cuba talks this year 02 September 2015, 19:16 CET
The EU and Cuba have made good progress in normalisation talks but getting an accord this year, the stated aim of both sides, may prove difficult, an EU official said Wednesday.

EU set to extend Ukraine sanctions by six months 02 September 2015, 18:43 CET
The EU will extend sanctions for another six months against Ukrainian and Russian figures accused of backing pro-Moscow rebels fighting for independence from Kiev, EU sources said on Wednesday.

Ukraine ceasefire undermined, EU extends sanctions 02 September 2015, 17:54 CET
Two civilians were killed Wednesday in eastern Ukraine, undermining fresh efforts to end simmering violence as the European Union agreed to extend sanctions against individuals deemed responsible for the conflict.

Eurozone unemployment lowest for three years 02 September 2015, 17:42 CET
Unemployment in the eurozone fell to its lowest level for three and a half years in July, raising hopes that economic recovery in the single currency area is taking hold, official data showed on Tuesday.

Migrant crisis threatens to complicate Britain's EU reform push 02 September 2015, 17:39 CET
After a lengthy summer break, Prime Minister David Cameron is buckling down for months of hard graft over Britain's referendum on leaving the EU, which could be complicated by Europe's migrant crisis.

Orban to meet Juncker as migrant crisis deepens 02 September 2015, 16:49 CET
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is to host talks Thursday with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to look at further steps to help Hungary grapple with an unprecedented wave of migrants.

Europe in new migrant standoff as figures show scale of crisis 01 September 2015, 23:39 CET
Hundreds of migrants were in a standoff with police outside Budapest's main rail station Tuesday as new figures highlighted the unprecedented scale of the European Union's refugee crisis.

French watchdog to probe ex-Alcatel-Lucent chief's EUR 14m payout 01 September 2015, 19:29 CET
France's markets watchdog said Tuesday it would examine a deal that could see the former head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent receive around 14 million euros as part of its buyout by Finland's Nokia.

EU to step up action against Mediterranean people smugglers 01 September 2015, 19:28 CET
The EU is preparing to step up action against people smugglers in the Mediterranean, actively seizing the boats which carry thousands of hapless migrants to Europe, officials said Tuesday.

Tusk condemns racism, xenophobia against migrants 01 September 2015, 19:26 CET
EU President Donald Tusk condemned Tuesday xenophobic reactions to a record influx of refugees and migrants pouring into Europe.

Britain set to change EU referendum question 01 September 2015, 18:11 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron's government is poised to change the question for voters in an upcoming referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union, his spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Macedonia opposition MPs end 15-month parliament boycott 01 September 2015, 15:42 CET
Macedonia's opposition socialists on Tuesday returned to parliament after a 15-month boycott following a disputed election that saw the Balkan country plunged into political crisis.

EU 'concerned' by Turkish arrest of British reporters 01 September 2015, 13:37 CET
The European Union expressed concern Tuesday about Turkey's arrest of two British journalists working for US-based media outlet Vice News, who have been remanded in custody on terror charges.

EU says deadly Kiev clashes 'very worrying' 01 September 2015, 00:20 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed concern over "very worrying" deadly clashes in Kiev as Ukrainian lawmakers backed an autonomy plan for rebel regions on Monday.

Tsipras still has the edge in pro-euro Greece, say analysts 01 September 2015, 00:18 CET
With just three weeks to go before Greece's snap elections, analysts say charismatic ex-premier Alexis Tsipras remains popular with an electorate determined to stay in the euro -- even if it means more painful austerity.

Belgium plans collection of plane, train, ferry users' data 01 September 2015, 00:18 CET
Belgium on Monday unveiled plans for a controversial system to collect data on all airline passengers, as well as international train and ferry travellers, in the wake of a foiled attack on a train running between Belgium and Paris.

Poland mulls raising refugee quota 01 September 2015, 00:16 CET
Poland could increase its uptake of refugees to help the European Union cope with an unprecedented influx of migrants, Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said on Monday.

Refugee crisis tests Europe's core ideals: Merkel 01 September 2015, 00:16 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday for EU action on the migrant crisis, saying it was testing the core ideals of universal rights at the heart of the European Union.

Europe ministers call for more train patrols, named tickets after France attack 31 August 2015, 17:23 CET
European ministers called for more multinational patrols and tickets marked with passengers' names on major continental trains in the wake of last week's foiled jihadist attack.

Google rejects EU anti-trust charges as 'wrong' 31 August 2015, 17:21 CET
US Internet search giant Google on Thursday rejected accusations by EU anti-trust regulators that it illegally abuses its market dominance, in its first formal reaction to allegations by Brussels earlier this year.

Alcatel-Lucent chief defends EUR 14m payout 31 August 2015, 17:17 CET
The head of telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent rejected government pressure Monday to renounce bonuses which could see him receive around 14 million euros as part of its buyout by rival Nokia.