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EU extends freeze on some Iran sanctions 25 November 2014, 22:01 CET
The European Union on Tuesday extended a freeze on certain sanctions against Iran after negotiations aimed at curbing the country's nuclear programme were prolonged by seven months.

Pope starts whirlwind visit to European institutions 25 November 2014, 11:59 CET
Pope Francis began a lightning visit to European institutions in Strasbourg on Tuesday where he was expected to call for a "tired" Europe hit by economic crises and surging nationalism to reclaim a leadership role.

EU likely to extend freeze on some Iran sanctions: source 24 November 2014, 22:22 CET
The European Union is likely to extend a freeze on certain sanctions against Iran after negotiations over the country's nuclear programme were prolonged by seven months, a diplomatic source said Monday.

Italy welcomes 'strategic partner' Egypt in from the cold 24 November 2014, 22:54 CET
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday hailed Egypt as a "strategic partner" of Italy and Europe in the latest sign of Cairo's rehabilitation on the international stage.

German finance minister wants EU to have budget veto powers 23 November 2014, 13:12 CET
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Sunday the European economic and monetary affairs Commissioner should have veto powers over national budgets that breach eurozone criteria.

British anti-EU party takes second seat in blow for Cameron 21 November 2014, 13:57 CET
Britain's UK Independence Party celebrated winning its second parliament seat in a blow for the government that further fragments the political landscape ahead of next year's general election.

Britain's UKIP set for landmark poll win 21 November 2014, 11:03 CET
Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP) was set to claim its second seat in parliament, as votes were counted early Friday in the town of Rochester, potentially foreshadowing a political upheaval at next year's general election.

Juncker to unveil giant investment plan 21 November 2014, 12:17 CET
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will next Wednesday unveil his long awaited EUR 300 bn investment plan to boost jobs and growth in the EU's flagging economy.

EU says Iran must make 'strategic decision' in talks 20 November 2014, 19:08 CET
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini urged Iran to compromise in tense talks on its nuclear programme Thursday, saying Tehran must take a "strategic decision" to win a landmark deal.

EU to use 'LuxLeaks' documents in tax probe 21 November 2014, 11:02 CET
The EU said Thursday it will use the so-called "LuxLeaks" documents to decide whether to widen its probe into Luxembourg's tax deals, in a row that has embroiled new Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker.

EU rejects Britain bonus cap challenge 21 November 2014, 11:02 CET
The top EU court's advisor on Thursday rejected Britain's legal challenges to a cap on banking bonuses, forcing Prime Minister David Cameron's government into an embarrassing U-turn.

EU flag removed from Hungary parliament in identity row 19 November 2014, 20:33 CET
Hungarian opposition deputies were on Wednesday stopped for the third time in two weeks from bringing the EU flag into the country's parliament as part of an ongoing tussle over European identity.

EU to reveal lobbying in transparency push 19 November 2014, 20:16 CET
The EU announced plans to make top officials publicly declare meetings with lobbyists as part of plans by under-fire new European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to boost transparency.

Luxembourg PM slams EU single tax plans 19 November 2014, 20:13 CET
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said he was firmly opposed to harmonising tax policies in the EU, a report said Wednesday, hitting back after an investigation exposed his tiny country as a global tax haven.

France warns against 'scaremongering' on Britain in EU 18 November 2014, 11:33 CET
French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron warned against "scaremongering" over Britain's EU membership as he visited London on Monday in an attempt to defend his government's reform record.

Russia expels diplomats as EU set for new Ukraine sanctions 17 November 2014, 12:25 CET
Russia expelled several Polish diplomats for spying on Monday, deepening the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War as the EU eyed fresh sanctions against Moscow over the violence in Ukraine.

EU poised for fresh Russia sanctions over Ukraine 17 November 2014, 11:23 CET
European Union foreign ministers will discuss Monday hitting Russia with fresh sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, but they must keep the door open to Moscow, new foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said.

Migrant surge across Med continues as Italy rescues 900 15 November 2014, 17:09 CET
Italian authorities said Saturday that more than 900 people had been rescued at sea in 24 hours, in a blow to hopes that the approach of winter would stem the flow of migrants attempting perilous crossings of the Mediterranean.

Britain's Major warns 'real possibility' of EU exit 13 November 2014, 20:22 CET
Former prime minister John Major on Thursday warned there was a "real possibility" that Britain will leave the European Union in a referendum and called for more immigration controls.

Iran, world powers fight to save nuclear deal 11 November 2014, 18:22 CET
Iran and world powers sought Tuesday to avoid a nuclear deal falling apart on November 24, with a top Russian official expressing optimism and urging key countries to "build bridges".

British lawmakers back EU justice measures after row 13 November 2014, 18:49 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron's government won a bid to sign up to EU justice measures after a bruising and dramatic row in parliament on Monday.

Iran nuclear talks 'tough, direct and serious': US 10 November 2014, 22:22 CET
Talks in Oman on Iran's suspect nuclear program, which ran into an unexpected second day between world powers and Tehran, were "tough, direct and serious," a US official said Monday.

British government under fire over European vote 10 November 2014, 22:30 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron's government came under fire in parliament on Monday for apparently backing out of a vote on joining an EU-wide arrest warrant system under a threat of rebellion by eurosceptic lawmakers.

Cameron defends EU plan as business leaders speak out 10 November 2014, 22:38 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday defended his plans for EU reforms in front of Britain's business leaders, as a top executive warned against "shutting ourselves off from the world".

British businesses are 'overwhelmingly' pro-EU 10 November 2014, 18:10 CET
The majority of British businesses would vote to stay in the EU in a referendum, a senior business leader said on Monday as he warned that increasing eurosceptic rhetoric risked "shutting ourselves off from the world".