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EU calls Russia's NGO law a 'worrying step' 24 May 2015, 17:02 CET
The EU said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a "worrying step" by enacting a law banning what Moscow deems to be undesirable non-governmental organisations.

Varoufakis admits recording stormy Riga meeting 24 May 2015, 15:52 CET
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis admitted Sunday on his personal blog that he recorded a reportedly stormy April 24 meeting in Latvia with his European counterparts, a precaution he often takes.

Greeks back government's red lines, but want to keep euro 24 May 2015, 11:07 CET
Cash-strapped Greeks remain supportive of the leftist government's tough negotiating style, according to a new poll published Sunday, but hope for a deal with creditors that will keep the euro in their wallets.

Britain's opposition to back EU referendum bill 24 May 2015, 02:22 CET
Britain's centre-left opposition Labour party will support Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for a referendum on European Union membership but will make the case to stay, party leaders told the Sunday Times.

Greek premier defiant as bailout talks enter 'homestretch' 23 May 2015, 23:19 CET
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday he believes a bailout deal with creditors is nearing, yet remained adamant that there are strict limits to demands Athens will accept.

'Hello dictator,' Juncker says to Hungary's Orban 22 May 2015, 16:59 CET
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

Spain confident of Greek debt deal 'within coming days' 21 May 2015, 20:27 CET
Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Thursday he expects Greece will reach an agreement with its bailout creditors in the "coming days" which would save the cash-strapped country from default.

Airbus flies into Britain's 'Brexit' debate 21 May 2015, 20:10 CET
European plane maker Airbus became the latest business heavyweight Thursday to come out in favour of Britain remaining part of the European Union, as a debate over a planned referendum intensifies.

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan 19 May 2015, 23:27 CET
Italy will recover hundreds of bodies from a boat which capsized in April in a bid to prevent the collapse of an EU plan to tackle the migrant crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Hungary's Orban angers EU over death penalty, migrants 20 May 2015, 14:11 CET
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban angered EU lawmakers and officials Tuesday by insisting that Budapest had the right to debate closing the door to migrants and reintroducing the death penalty.

EU promises more transparency to meet eurosceptic demands 20 May 2015, 13:09 CET
The European Commission promised Tuesday to slash bureaucracy and increase transparency to meet demands led by eurosceptic Britain that the EU mind its own business and give Member States more say.

EU Parliament lifts immunity for Sarkozy aide 19 May 2015, 17:20 CET
The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of a French lawmaker wanted for questioning by judges over a scandal relating to the funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.

Russia drops opposition to EU-Ukraine trade deal starting 2016 18 May 2015, 20:09 CET
Russia has dropped its demands for a further delay in a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal at the heart of the Ukraine crisis and accepts that it will now begin next year, the European Union said Monday.

Greece in final stretch of troubled loan talks 19 May 2015, 13:09 CET
Greece on Monday entered the final stretch of tortuous talks with its international creditors on a bankruptcy-saving loan deal, with the government calling for a breakthrough by the end of the month.

British manufacturing giant breaks ranks on 'Brexit' 18 May 2015, 14:19 CET
A top British manufacturing firm has broken ranks with much of the business community by saying Monday that leaving the European Union would make no difference to Britain's ability to trade.

EU denounces Morsi death sentence 17 May 2015, 22:12 CET
The European Union denounced Sunday the death sentence handed down against Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and at least 100 others, noting the penalty stemmed from a flawed trial.

Greece will not cut salaries and pensions in loan talks: PM 15 May 2015, 21:37 CET
Greece's left-wing government will not abandon its refusal to cut salaries and pensions in tough talks with its EU-IMF creditors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Friday.

Luxembourg PM first gay EU leader to marry 15 May 2015, 20:24 CET
Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel married his gay partner on Friday, becoming the first European Union leader to enter into a same-sex union in a symbol of growing social change across the continent.

'Clarity' on British EU referendum needed: Bank of England 14 May 2015, 12:02 CET
Bank of England governor Mark Carney on Thursday said that "clarity" was needed about a planned referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.

Britain's Osborne warns EU not to underestimate reform drive 12 May 2015, 11:59 CET
Britain's finance minister George Osborne on Tuesday warned his EU partners not to underestimate his government's determination to seek reform of the bloc ahead of a planned referendum on British membership.

Greece to face cash crunch in 'couple of weeks': Varoufakis 11 May 2015, 21:02 CET
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned Monday that his debt-wracked country would face a cash crunch within two weeks, and was in an urgent need of the last tranche of rescue funds from its 240-billion-euro bailout.

Cameron could hold British EU membership vote in 2016 11 May 2015, 21:34 CET
David Cameron could bring forward a referendum on Britain's EU membership to next year instead of 2017 to cut short an impending battle on two fronts -- in Brussels and against Eurosceptics in his own camp.

Greece avoids default with IMF payment but warns of imminent crisis 12 May 2015, 11:56 CET
Greece narrowly averted a default Tuesday that could have seen it crashing out of the euro, but warned it faced another cash crunch within two weeks without a bailout deal with its EU financiers.

Greece says it is paying EUR 750m due Tuesday to IMF 11 May 2015, 19:19 CET
Greece has begun the transfer of 750 million euros to the International Monetary Fund one day before the payment is due, the finance ministry said on Monday.

Greece to repay IMF but eurozone deal far off 11 May 2015, 19:08 CET
Greece said on Monday it would meet a huge IMF payment deadline to avoid a catastrophic default but despite some progress in talks with its eurozone partners a bailout deal still seemed far out of reach.