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EU's new Mediterranean migrant rescue mission starts Saturday 31 October 2014, 18:56 CET
The EU will launch a new search and rescue mission for migrants in the Mediterranean on Saturday, the European Commission said, after Italy confirmed it would end its "Mare Nostrum" operation.

Italy ignores pleas, ends boat migrant rescue operation 31 October 2014, 18:53 CET
Italy on Friday ignored the pleas of aid agencies and confirmed the end of its search and rescue operation "Mare Nostrum", responsible for saving tens of thousands of boat migrants stranded in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean rescues 'not pull-factor' for migrants 31 October 2014, 15:42 CET
The International Organization for Migration rejected Friday allegations that an Italian operation to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean had inspired a surge in the numbers attempting the perilous journey to Europe.

EU says Burkina Faso people must decide own future 31 October 2014, 16:52 CET
The EU called Friday for the people of Burkina Faso to have the final say in who governs the west African country, as President Blaise Compaore stepped down after mass protests.

Growth, jobs top new European Commission agenda 31 October 2014, 11:53 CET
Boosting growth, cutting near-record jobless queues and making member states stick to tough budget rules are just some of the tasks the new European Commission must quickly get to grips with.

Juncker's new Commission takes office 31 October 2014, 11:36 CET
The new European Commission formally takes office Saturday under Jean-Claude Juncker, whose skills at getting things done in the labyrinthine corridors of power in Brussels face their biggest challenge yet.

EU calls for end to Burkina Faso violence, urges dialogue 30 October 2014, 20:13 CET
The European Union called for an end Thursday to violence in Burkina Faso and urged a "constructive dialogue" after protestors set parliament ablaze in an uprising against long-standing President Blaise Compaore.

EU extends Belarus sanctions for a year 31 October 2014, 11:23 CET
The European Union on Thursday extended sanctions against Belarus for an additional year, saying Minsk had not made enough progress on human rights to justify any other course.

British coalition collapses EU referendum bill 29 October 2014, 12:42 CET
A bid to set in law a proposed British referendum on EU membership failed on Tuesday, with both parties in the coalition government blaming the other.

Boat migrants in EU's hands as Italy weighs future of rescue mission 28 October 2014, 10:14 CET
The EU will launch a patrol mission in the Mediterranean on Saturday amid warnings the number of boat migrant deaths could rise with Italy mulling pulling the plug on its own rescue mission.

Britain faces off against EU over budget payment 27 October 2014, 19:44 CET
Britain headed for a showdown with the European Commission on Monday as Prime Minister David Cameron brushed off an EU payment demand despite warnings he must pay up or face fines.

Ukraine's pro-West parties negotiate coalition 27 October 2014, 18:44 CET
The pro-Western winners of Ukraine's parliamentary poll entered coalition talks Monday, but attacks by pro-Russian insurgents in the east highlighted the obstacles to their ambitious promises of peace and deepening ties with the European Union.

Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill 25 October 2014, 11:38 CET
David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.

Merkel urges Putin to support solution to Ukraine gas dispute 24 October 2014, 15:52 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone call Friday to throw his weight behind a quick resolution of an ongoing gas dispute with Ukraine as winter looms.

British PM demands crisis talks over EU cash demand 24 October 2014, 13:13 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron interrupted the EU summit on Friday to demand an emergency finance ministers meeting over a demand from Brussels for an extra EUR 2.1 bn from London, sources said.

Anger in Britain over EU's 'thirsty vampire' payout demand 24 October 2014, 12:17 CET
A demand for Britain to pay an extra 2.1 billion euros ($2.6 billion) to the European Union shows the EU is a "thirsty vampire", eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage said on Friday, as lawmakers voiced anger over the move.

Britain's Cameron in new row over EU demand for extra EUR 2.1 bn 24 October 2014, 09:34 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron faces a fresh showdown with the EU after Brussels on Thursday demanded an extra 2.1 billion euros from Britain because its economy is thriving while Europe stalls.

British DJ withdraws satirical track for anti-EU party 22 October 2014, 20:20 CET
A former British DJ on Wednesday withdrew a song he released in honour of the anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) sung in a mock Caribbean accent, following a wave of criticism.

Britain's Farage saves EU Parliament group 20 October 2014, 18:31 CET
British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage said he had saved his European Parliament group from collapse on Monday after recruiting a Polish legislator from a far-right party.

EU court orders Tamil Tigers' removal from terror list 16 October 2014, 20:18 CET
A European court on Thursday ordered Brussels to remove Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers from an EU terror list, but said the group's assets should stay frozen pending further legal action.

British-led eurosceptic group in EU Parliament collapses 16 October 2014, 20:13 CET
British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage's group in the European Parliament has collapsed, ending a short-lived alliance that he formed with Italian populist Beppe Grillo after elections in May.

Red tape bonfire 'could keep Britain in EU': report 14 October 2014, 23:53 CET
Plans by Brussels to slash the red tape that businesses face could help keep Britain in the European Union, the man behind the proposals Edmund Stoiber said on Tuesday.

US, Iran keep pushing for elusive nuclear deal 14 October 2014, 23:32 CET
Iran's foreign minister warned Tuesday of "numerous" gaps in troubled nuclear talks with world powers but both he and US counterpart John Kerry, due in Vienna Wednesday, insisted a deal remains possible by a November 24 deadline.

Bosnia holds vote amid mounting discontent and economic woes 09 October 2014, 11:05 CET
Bosnia holds general elections Sunday against the backdrop of mounting social discontent as well as ethnic disputes and rampant corruption that are blocking its entry into the European Union.

New Brussels No. 2 promises a less intrusive EU 07 October 2014, 18:30 CET
Dutch politician Frans Timmermans, the right-hand man of incoming EU head Jean-Claude Juncker, on Tuesday promised to restore confidence in Brussels by making it simpler and less intrusive.