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EU rejects Swiss request for freedom of movement talks: source 24 July 2014, 18:22 CET
The EU on Thursday formally rejected Switzerland's request to renegotiate their freedom of movement accord so as to take into account a Swiss vote earlier this year to limit immigration, EU sources said.

Bulgaria PM resigns ahead of snap polls to end crisis 23 July 2014, 20:25 CET
Bulgaria's Socialists-backed Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski handed in the resignation of his cabinet Wednesday ahead of snap elections that will seek to end months of political turmoil in the European Union's poorest country.

EU foreign ministers tackle tougher Russia sanctions 22 July 2014, 14:20 CET
EU foreign ministers tackled tougher Ukraine crisis sanctions against Russia Tuesday, divided as to how far to go and with British-led calls for an arms embargo putting France on the spot.

Lithuania slams French warship deal with Russia during Ukraine crisis 22 July 2014, 10:12 CET
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite said Tuesday the European Union was compromising its values to protect trade ties with Russia, pointing to a French warship agreement with Moscow.

British foreign secretary would vote to leave EU 21 July 2014, 18:00 CET
Britain's new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed Sunday he would vote to leave the EU unless London can repatriate powers from Brussels.

EU takes next step towards Russia Ukraine sanctions 21 July 2014, 18:00 CET
The European Union on Friday took the next step towards imposing tougher sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis by agreeing the legal basis for widening its list of targets.

Round of EU-US trade talks end amid protests 21 July 2014, 18:03 CET
EU and US negotiators ended a sixth round of trade liberalisation talks on Friday by vowing to maintain transparency, as anti-globalisation protesters nearby urged the project be scrapped.

Serenades and some advice for Merkel on her 60th birthday 17 July 2014, 15:29 CET
Quirky tributes poured in for German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she celebrated her 60th birthday on Thursday, along with some advice from her former mentor, elder statesman Helmut Kohl.

Russia says new US sanctions unacceptable, threatens retaliation 17 July 2014, 00:31 CET
Russia on Thursday called new US sanctions outrageous and unacceptable, and threatened retaliation after Washington and the European Union ramped up punitive measures against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

EU toughens Russia sanctions over Ukraine 17 July 2014, 00:23 CET
European Union leaders agreed to tighten sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis on Wednesday, including moving to punish Russian firms that back actions to undermine Kiev.

Britain wants economic job for new Commissioner 16 July 2014, 20:22 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron says he will push for Britain to get one of the EU's top economic jobs as he defended his choice of a relative unknown to be the country's next European Commissioner.

UK's eurosceptic cabinet reflects public views: minister 16 July 2014, 11:42 CET
British Prime Minister David Cameron's newly eurosceptic cabinet reflects the increasing prevalence of anti-EU feelings in the country, a newly promoted minister said Wednesday.

Cameron's eurosceptic reshuffle boosts 'Brexit' risk: analysts 16 July 2014, 11:17 CET
David Cameron has dramatically hardened his government's eurosceptic stance for a battle with Brussels, but may have weakened his hand while increasing the risk that Britain could crash out of the EU, analysts said.

Emergency data law passed in British lower house 16 July 2014, 11:13 CET
Britain's lower house of parliament voted in favour of emergency legislation to allow police and security services to continue accessing Internet and mobile phone data following angry exchanges between lawmakers on Tuesday.

US readies unilateral sanctions on Russia 16 July 2014, 10:47 CET
The United States signalled Tuesday it could go it alone on toughening sanctions on Russia if Europe does not agree to increase pain for Moscow over its "destabilizing" policies in Ukraine.

Fresh EU sanctions against Russia 'very possible': source 15 July 2014, 23:02 CET
A new round of EU sanctions against Russia and pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine was "looking very possible", a diplomatic source said Tuesday on the eve of an EU summit where leaders would make the final decision.

Merkel gives pep talk to Balkan EU hopefuls 15 July 2014, 17:23 CET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday gave a pep talk to Balkan nations seeking integration with the European Union, saying Berlin would "not abandon" its support for the aspiring members.

EU top jobs jigsaw puzzle falls into place 15 July 2014, 17:15 CET
EU leaders are set to tackle the jigsaw of the bloc's top jobs after the European Parliament approved former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the European Commission Tuesday.

Britain nominates low-key eurosceptic as Commissioner 16 July 2014, 13:38 CET
Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday nominated House of Lords leader Jonathan Hill to be Britain's next European Commissioner, picking a low-key veteran for a key period that will feature a possible referendum on leaving the EU.

Juncker's bid for top EU job goes to parliament vote 15 July 2014, 12:42 CET
Jean-Claude Juncker made a heartfelt plea to revive both Europe's economy and spirit as he laid out his vision for the future if parliament approves him Tuesday as head of the European Commission.

Britain's Hammond, 'quiet man' who could make noise in Europe 15 July 2014, 16:56 CET
Philip Hammond, named Britain's new foreign secretary on Tuesday, is an arch-eurosceptic who wants to leave the European Union unless London retakes significant powers from Brussels.

Lithuania opposes Italian for EU foreign policy job 15 July 2014, 17:08 CET
Lithuania said Tuesday it would oppose Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini's bid to become European Union foreign policy chief, reflecting concerns in eastern Europe over the bloc's policy on Russia.

Balkans leaders urge cooperation to boost economies 15 July 2014, 10:24 CET
Heads of state of eight Balkan countries urged Monday closer economic ties between them as a key means for reviving and making competitive their small economies.

Juncker's bid for top EU job goes to vote in parliament 15 July 2014, 10:24 CET
The EU's newly-elected parliament decides Tuesday whether to name Jean-Claude Juncker as next head of the powerful European Commission, but with some MEPs opposed, the vote could be tight.

EU resumes cooperation with Guinea-Bissau 14 July 2014, 18:42 CET
The European Union is to resume cooperation with Guinea-Bissau after a three-year break following "free and credible" elections held in the tiny west African nation in May.