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EU to allow countries to scrap tampon tax 18 March 2016, 12:05 CET
The European Union said Thursday it will give its 28 member states the option of completely removing a tax on tampons which feminists had denounced as unfair.

Regime critics released in Azerbaijan amnesty 17 March 2016, 17:32 CET
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Thursday freed 14 jailed rights activists and opposition politicians in an amnesty, a move welcomed by the European Union and rights activists.

White House jabs London mayor over Brexit outburst 14 March 2016, 22:42 CET
The White House mocked Boris Johnson's accusations of "exorbitant hypocrisy" Monday, saying the United States had every right to weigh in on Britain's Brexit debate.

EU readying Libya sanctions: Mogherini 14 March 2016, 18:42 CET
The EU has started work on sanctions against Libyan figures who hold up agreement on a national unity government meant to bring peace to the war-torn country, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Monday.

Iran missile tests don't breach nuclear deal: EU 14 March 2016, 18:37 CET
Iran's recent ballistic missile tests are not in violation of its nuclear deal and the European Union is not considering sanctions at this stage, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday.

Brexit could lead to higher air fares: study 14 March 2016, 13:31 CET
Flights between Britain and Europe could jump in price if the country votes to leave the European Union, according to a report commissioned by the Association of British Travel Agents released on Monday.

EU agrees to stand firm against Russia 15 March 2016, 11:14 CET
The European Union must stand up to Russia to defend core political and security interests but can still try to find common cause on issues such as the Syrian conflict, the bloc's foreign ministers said Monday.

EU promises more relief for crisis-hit farmers 14 March 2016, 13:41 CET
The EU said Monday it was looking for support from the European Investment Bank at crisis talks in Brussels aimed at helping dairy and other farmers hit hard by plunging prices.

EU suspends Burundi government aid over violence 14 March 2016, 18:10 CET
The European Union, Burundi's biggest aid donor, on Monday suspended all direct funding to the government for ignoring human rights and failing to stop a wave of deadly violence.

Obama due in Britain in April to make pro-EU case: report 14 March 2016, 00:52 CET
US President Barack Obama will head to Britain next month and make the case for the UK to stay in the European Union, a British newspaper reported Sunday.

Most French also want vote on EU membership: UK study 12 March 2016, 22:15 CET
Most French people want to follow Britain by holding a referendum on the country's European Union membership, although they would likely vote to remain in the bloc, a British study has shown.

Social democrat leaders in Paris to map EU's future 12 March 2016, 13:57 CET
French President Francois Hollande on Saturday welcomed more than a dozen Social democrat leaders from the European Union to Paris to discuss the migrant crisis and how to jump-start economic growth.

EU anti-fraud agency may sue after chief loses immunity 11 March 2016, 18:35 CET
The EU's anti-fraud agency says it may go to the bloc's highest court after its chief was stripped of his diplomatic immunity over claims that he illegally listened in on a phone call during a corruption investigation.

Archbishop of Canterbury says migration fears are valid 11 March 2016, 11:36 CET
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, said Friday that people were entitled to fear the impact of mass migration, in his first intervention in Britain's EU referendum debate.

EU anti-fraud chief loses immunity in corruption row 10 March 2016, 19:34 CET
The EU's anti-fraud chief has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity and could face questioning by Belgian investigators in a case linked to the 2012 resignation of a European Commissioner in a lobbying scandal, officials said Thursday.

Five top European labour reform efforts 09 March 2016, 15:33 CET
As France saw a wave of protests over proposed labour law reforms on Wednesday, here is a run-down of efforts taken by five major European Union countries in recent years to shake up their struggling job markets:

Report Queen Elizabeth 'backs Brexit' denied 09 March 2016, 11:27 CET
A report by a British tabloid that Queen Elizabeth II is in favour of the country leaving the European Union was quickly denied on Tuesday by the former deputy prime minister.

Germany's Schaeuble snubs debt relief for Greece 08 March 2016, 14:57 CET
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned Tuesday he opposed debt relief for Greece, a day after eurozone ministers agreed to consider the possibility in upcoming bailout talks.

EU membership strengthens economic 'dynamism': BoE 08 March 2016, 16:50 CET
Britain's membership of the European Union reinforces the country's economic "dynamism" but leaves it more exposed to financial shocks, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday.

Boris Johnson slams crushing of Brexit supporter 06 March 2016, 18:57 CET
London mayor Boris Johnson on Sunday accused supporters of the campaign to stay in the European Union of crushing a business leader for publicly backing a Brexit.

EU urges Turkey to respect media freedom after newspaper seized 05 March 2016, 18:26 CET
The European Union on Saturday urged Turkey to respect media freedom after Turkish police seized top-selling opposition newspaper Zaman, days before the two sides hold a summit on the migrant crisis.

British business boss suspended over Brexit support: report 05 March 2016, 12:50 CET
The head of a British business lobby group has been suspended for recommending that Britain votes to leave the European Union in June's referendum, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

Treason at dinner: Tory Brexit rifts turn nasty 04 March 2016, 12:17 CET
The plot was hatched over a slow-roasted shoulder of lamb: two Conservative heavyweights decided to defy Prime Minister David Cameron over Europe, igniting a feud that is creating a bitter rift in the party.

No Albania EU membership without justice reform: Mogherini 04 March 2016, 06:02 CET
Albania must carry out a "deep reform" of its justice system before it can be considered for European Union membership, the bloc's foreign policy chief said during a visit to Tirana.

Brexit would create 'less stable' Europe: German finance minister 03 March 2016, 16:37 CET
The European Union would be "less stable" if Britain votes to leave, in a referendum on membership in June, Germany's finance minister told a British business conference Thursday.