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Trump criticised as NATO strengthens cooperation with EU
"Appreciate your allies, after all you don't have that many," EU Council president Tusk told US president Trump Tuesday, as NATO and the EU signed a joint declaration to strengthen military cooperation.

Migration top priority as Austria takes over EU presidency
"A Europe that protects" is the motto of the Austrian presidency of the Council of the EU, which the country took over from Bulgaria on 1 July, putting migration and security issues at the top of its priority list.

EU summit pledges solidarity in deal on migration
The EU summit agreed Friday to strengthen European solidarity in face of the migration crisis, calling for further measures to stem illegal migration and 'disembarkation platforms' for people saved at sea.

EU states confirm 2030 renewable energy target
EU states gave the green light Wednesday to a provisional agreement on the revision of the renewable energy directive, with a headline target of 32% energy from renewable sources at EU level for 2030.

EU finance ministers close deficit procedure against France
EU finance ministers closed the excessive deficit procedure for France Friday, confirming its deficit has dropped below 3% of GDP. They also issued budgetary recommendations to Hungary and Romania.

EU extends sanctions against Russia over Crimea
EU ministers decided to extend sanctions against Russia for another year Monday, as the EU continued to punish Russia for the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sebastopol.

EU budget for external action
For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase the external action budget to €123 billion, with plans to simplify its structure and make it much more flexible and effective to address today's global challenges.

World leaders at G7 not impressed by Trump
World leaders apart from U.S. president Donald Trump committed at the G7 summit in Canada this weekend to fight protectionism and defend the rules-based international trading system.

Summit reinforces EU links with Western Balkans
A summit between leaders of the Western Balkans and the EU ended Thursday confirming the region's 'European perspective' and a strengthening of cooperation in connectivity, security and the rule of law.

EU moves to tighten cooperation with Cuba
The EU-Cuba Joint Council met for the first time Tuesday, discussing implementation of the Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement which has been provisionally applied since November 2017.

EU foreign ministers call for relaunch of Syria peace talks
The parties involved in the Syrian conflict need to relaunch a political solution in the framework of the UN-led Geneva process, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said at a Council meeting Monday.

EU continues dialogue with Turkey over rule of law
EU leaders conveyed continued concern over the rule of law in Turkey Monday, as Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined them for a wide-ranging discussion on EU-Turkey relations and the way ahead.

EU seeks permanent exemption from U.S. steel tariffs
EU leaders at a summit called on the US Friday to make permanent the temporary exemption from US steel and aluminium tariffs, saying they were an "inappropriate remedy" for global problems of overcapacity.

"Highly likely" Russia behind UK attack: EU summit
At a summit in Brussels, EU leaders condemned Russia Thursday for the recent nerve agent attack in Britain, agreeing to coordinate their response "in the light of the answers provided by the Russian authorities".

Advisers set for tighter EU scrutiny over tax schemes
EU Member States reached political agreement Tuesday on new transparency rules for tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.

EU boosts security in Africa's Sahel region
The EU announces extra funding for the G5 Sahel Joint Security Force to support regional security and fight terrorism, and a reinforcement of international coordination of sustainable development efforts.

EU27 agree negotiating stance on Brexit transition
EU27 ministers adopted a new set of Brexit negotiating directives Monday, detailing their position on a transition period after Brexit, and allowing the EU Commission to start talks with the UK on the issue.

EU removes 8 countries from tax haven blacklist
The European Union removed eight jurisdictions from its list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes Tuesday, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.

EU committed to Jerusalem as shared capital
European foreign ministers reiterated Monday their 'united and clear messages' on the importance of preserving a two-state solution for and the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states.

Priority dossiers under the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency
Bulgaria will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to June 2018. Its Presidency is part of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. This will be the first time Bulgaria has held the rotating presidency since it joined the EU in 2007.

EU offers Iraq support towards more stable future
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the European Commission proposed Monday a strategy for Iraq to address the challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of Da'esh.

Bulgaria EU presidency promises unity in face of Brexit
"United We Stay Strong" is the motto of Bulgaria's presidency of the EU Council, which began 1 January 2018, and underlined the EU's focus on solidarity as pivotal to the EU's future in the face of Brexit.

EU legislative priorities for 2018-2019 - Joint Declaration
The leaders of the three EU institutions, European Commission, Parliament and Council signed today on 14 December 2017 the new Joint Declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for 2018-2019.

EU publishes blacklist of 17 tax havens
European finance ministers published Tuesday the EU's first-ever list of tax havens, or non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, with 17 countries having failed to meet agreed tax good governance standards.

Summit strengthens EU-Africa cooperation
European and African leaders set out their commitment at the close of an EU-Africa summit Thursday to invest in youth for a sustainable future, prioritising investment, education, security and migration.