House of Lords likely to attach conditions to Brexit bill - Mandelson
The House of Lords is likely to attach conditions to legislation giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger the country's exit from the European Union, a former MP from the Labour Party.. Read More
Germany aims to deport record number of rejected asylum seekers in 2017
Germany deported a record 80,000 migrants denied asylum last year and that figure will rise again in 2017, a top official said, as Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to win back conservative voters.. Read More
Britain has voted for out, so get on with it say EU officials
'I'm a bit in, I'm a bit out, maybe tomorrow I'll be back' ... -- this isn't on,'' Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker chided last week. ''You're either in, or you're out.'' Tony Blair wants.. Read More
Finnish parliament confirms same-sex marriage law
Finland's parliament voted down on Friday a citizens' petition demanding the repeal of a law that will allow same-sex marriages, securing the future of the law that will come into force next month... Read More
Mattis warns of 'arc of instability' on Europe's edge
U.S. President Donald Trump's defence secretary, in his debut trip to Europe, warned of an ''arc of instability'' on Europe's periphery and told nervous allies that the United States would stand with.. Read More
Don't turn IS fight into battle against all Muslims - German minister
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen warned on Friday against turning the fight against Islamic State into a battle against all Muslims. ''We should take care not to turn this fight into.. Read More
How do you say deja vu in Greek?
It seem as if we have been here before: the euro zone fretting that a crisis with Greece will balloon out of all proportion while the government in Athens says it will not impose one euro more in.. Read More
Petition challenge leaves Budapest 2024 Olympic bid in balance
Budapest edged closer on Friday to a possible withdrawal of its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, dealing a potential further blow to global organisers' attempts to find a city to host the event following.. Read More
Germany's Schaeuble says EU must assume more active global role
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday the European Union must take on a bigger international role, saying the answer to crises from security to climate change, was to stick together.. Read More
Former All Black Carter apologises after drink-driving reports
Former New Zealand fly half Dan Carter has issued an apology in response to French media reports that he failed a drink-driving test in Paris on Wednesday night. The three-times World Player of the.. Read More
European parliament calls for robot law, rejects robot tax
European lawmakers called on Thursday for EU-wide legislation to regulate the rise of robots, including an ethical framework for their development and deployment and the establishment of liability for.. Read More
Germany urges fair business environment for its carmakers in China
Germany wants China to create a fairer business environment for foreign companies, especially German carmakers seeking to tap into Beijing's drive for greener cars, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told.. Read More
France says U.S. position on Middle East peace 'confused and worrying'
France considers the U.S. position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ''confused and worrying'', its foreign minister said on Thursday, reacting to U.S. President Trump's dropping of the America's.. Read More
Strike by Berlin ground staff prompts 200 flight cancellations
Around 200 flights were cancelled ahead of a strike over pay by ground staff at Berlin's two airports expected to start later on Thursday. There were 146 cancellations at Tegel and 54 at Schoenefeld.. Read More
Norwegian Air expects Brexit vote to hit demand for UK - Spain routes
Norwegian Air, Europe's third-largest budget airline by passenger numbers, expects Britain's vote to leave the European Union to hit demand from some British customers, its CEO said on Thursday. ''.. Read More
Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia
Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between.. Read More
Fillon probe stays open as Le Pen rises in French presidential polls
Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon's woes piled up on Thursday when France's financial prosecutor chose to pursue a probe into the fake-work scandal that has dogged him, and as far-.. Read More
Canada's Trudeau tells EU - the world needs you
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the European Union on Thursday as an unprecedented model for peaceful cooperation, in a speech to EU lawmakers that contrasted sharply with the critical.. Read More
Finnish MPs discuss repealing same-sex marriage days before it becomes law
Finland's parliament was on Thursday set to debate repealing a law allowing same-sex marriage, acting in response to a citizens' petition just two weeks before the law was due to come into force... Read More
Greece says 'not a euro more' in cuts as EU officials call for speedy deal
European Union officials urged Greece and its lenders on Thursday to conclude a long-overdue bailout review quickly to safeguard economic recovery but Athens said it wouldn't ask ''a euro more'' from.. Read More
NATO European allies to jointly buy planes, set up new elite HQ
European NATO allies agreed on Thursday to jointly buy planes and submarines and possibly open a new command headquarters for elite troops as Europe seeks to show the United States it is serious about.. Read More
Pence's mission in Europe - clarify Trump's foreign policy vision
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence heads to Europe this week to meet with allies seeking clarity on the Trump administration's foreign policy strategy and its stance towards Russia after the resignation.. Read More
Former U.S. Justice Department official warns Europe on election hacking
A former Justice Department official who served in the Obama administration said European countries must be willing to respond forcefully to efforts by Russia or others to use cyber attacks to meddle.. Read More
Austria to sue Airbus over suspected Eurofighter fraud
Austria's defence ministry is set to file a lawsuit against Airbus accusing the group of wilful deception and fraud linked to a 2 billion euro ($2.1 billion) order of Eurofighter jets in 2003, APA news.. Read More
Dutch government proposes law to block telecom takeovers
The Dutch government on Thursday proposed legislation that would give it power to block or undo mergers in the telecommunications sector. The Netherlands is gearing up for a national election on.. Read More
Europe ready to embrace first copies of biotech cancer drugs
Treatment with two important cancer drugs is about to get much cheaper in Europe with a cut-price copy of Roche's blood cancer drug Rituxan likely to hit the market imminently followed by a rival to.. Read More
EU and Canada secure clearance to kick-start free trade deal
The European Union and Canada secured clearance on Wednesday for their contentious free trade deal and the removal of import duties that supporters say will boost growth and jobs on both sides of the.. Read More
Protectionism and political risk threaten euro zone economy revival
Potential anti-establishment upsets in national elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany, alongside a global rise in protectionism pose the biggest threats to the euro zone economy, according.. Read More
EU border agency sees 2017 migrant arrivals via Libya same as last year
The European Union should expect as many migrants crossing from Libya this year as last, when a record number disembarked in Italy, the head of the bloc's border agency said on Wednesday. Some.. Read More
Germany raids apartments of four Turkish imams suspected of spying
German police on Wednesday raided the apartments of four imams suspected of conducting espionage on behalf of the Turkish government against followers of U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, accused by.. Read More
EU preparing early China summit in message to Trump
The European Union is preparing an early summit with China in April or May in Brussels to promote free trade and international cooperation in the face of a more protectionist and inward-looking Washington.. Read More
Lufthansa and pilots reach pay deal, but clash over cost cuts
Lufthansa and a pilots' union have accepted pay recommendations from a mediator, though the German airline said it planned to offset the cost by using more crew on cheaper contracts in a move that could.. Read More
Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins
Campaigning for the Dutch election began on Wednesday with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the European.. Read More
Bike-promoting Belgian minister finds own cycle stolen
A Belgian minister arrived by bike to a news conference to promote cycling on Tuesday, only to find it had been stolen when he left half an hour later. Ben Weyts, minister of mobility for the Dutch.. Read More
Russian foreign ministry says Crimea will not be returned to Ukraine
Russia will not hand back control of Crimea to Ukraine, Russia's foreign ministry said on Wednesday, responding to comments from the White House that the United States expected the Black Sea peninsula.. Read More
Rebel French lawmaker raps presidential candidate Fillon
France's scandal-hit presidential candidate Francois Fillon came under renewed attack from within his conservative camp on Wednesday ahead of planned talks with former president Nicolas Sarkozy that.. Read More
Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins
Campaigning for the Dutch election kicks off on Wednesday with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the.. Read More
EU proposes voting changes to stem growing euroscepticism
The European Union's decision-making process should be changed to ensure states openly take a stand on controversial issues, the EU Commission proposed on Tuesday, in a move aimed at tackling growing.. Read More
Paris museum gets an Airbus A380 superjumbo
France honored the A380 superjumbo with a place in its national aerospace museum on Tuesday, granting it equal status with the Boeing 747 even as questions pile up over the future of the industry.. Read More
Merkel attempts to speed up deportations of failed asylum seekers
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Tunisian counterpart on Tuesday she wanted to speed up repatriation of failed asylum seekers after a rejected Tunisian awaiting deportation killed 12 people.. Read More
British Airways mixed fleet cabin crew to strike for another four days
British Airways cabin crew members working for the carrier's mixed fleet are to strike for a further four days from February 22nd, trade union Unite said on Tuesday. The strikes come after the union.. Read More
Playboy brings back nudes, a year after ditching them
Playboy magazine is returning to its roots, bringing nudes back just a year after abandoning full frontal shots of women saying they had become outdated. Under the headline ''Naked is Normal,'' the.. Read More
Suspected Istanbul nightclub attacker wanted to kill Christians
An Islamist gunman, who has confessed to the killing of 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day, told a court that he had aimed to kill Christians during his attack, Hurriyet newspaper.. Read More
Seize chance to make peace, U.N. envoy urges Cypriots
A United Nations envoy has urged the rival sides on the divided island of Cyprus to seize an opportunity for peace, warning it could be years before such a chance arose again. In recent months Greek.. Read More
Germany's AfD votes to expel lawmaker who criticised Holocaust memorial
Right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) members voted on Monday to expel one of the party's state leaders who criticised a memorial in Berlin to victims of the Nazi Holocaust and said history should.. Read More
7,000-year old mystery statue goes in display in Athens
A bird-like statuette dating back 7,000 years has mystified archaeologists in Greece who still do not know exactly what it is, or where it came from. The ''7,000-year-old enigma,'' as it has.. Read More
Anti-Muslim campaign backfires as Swiss ease naturalisation path
Swiss people's growing familiarity with foreigners living in their neighbourhoods and a step-by-step path to citizenship helped doom the far right's efforts to exploit anti-Muslim sentiment in a vote.. Read More
EU sees euro zone economy risk and sharp drop in UK growth
The European Commission said on Monday that uncertainty about U.S. policies, Brexit and elections in Germany and France would take their toll on the euro zone economy this year. It forecast euro.. Read More
At least four killed in avalanche at French skiing station
At least four people have been killed in an avalanche at the Alpine skiing station of Tignes, local authorities said on Monday. Authorities added that emergency services were also looking for.. Read More
VW talks with union break down, leaving costs deal in limbo
Volkswagen's talks with unions over the implementation of its turnaround plan were broken off on Monday, both sides said, leaving in limbo a deal on cost-cutting following the carmaker's damaging diesel.. Read More
EU clears German plan for electric vehicle charging network
The European Commission said on Monday it had approved German plans for an infrastructure network for charging electric vehicles across the country. The plan, at a total cost of 300 million euros.. Read More
France's Macron seen winning French presidential vote
Independent Emmanuel Macron will easily beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a runoff in the French presidential election, but the outcome of a knockout between her and conservative Francois Fillon.. Read More
Germany wants Greece in euro zone, EU Commission sends top official to Athens
Germany on Monday backed Greece to stay in the euro zone and Brussels dispatched a senior official to Athens to persuade reluctant Greeks to take on further reforms to salvage its bailout accord... Read More
Germany rules out attack in Hamburg airport closure
German authorities said on Sunday the leak of a corrosive substance through the air conditioning system at Hamburg airport was not an attack, adding that police were investigating the incident that.. Read More
French Finance Minister says ECB never tries to manipulate euro rate
The European Central Bank never tries to manipulate the euro exchange rate to achieve trade or competitive policy goals, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said in an interview published Monday, rejecting.. Read More
Northern Ireland's peace generation frozen out by politics of war
The sudden collapse of a power-sharing agreement that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland has angered a younger generation who feel robbed of their future by the failure of politicians.. Read More
Monsieur Brexit; European negotiator prepares for battle with UK
The veteran French negotiator must strike a deal that will satisfy remaining member states Michel Barnier has a dealmaker's flair for gauging what the other side can accept but as Theresa May.. Read More
World War Two bomb forces massive evacuation in Greece
A World War Two bomb forced a massive evacuation in Greece's second-largest city on Sunday, but also gave a group of stranded refugees a rare day-trip to the museum. The bomb was deactivated.. Read More
Embarrassment as US Tennis Association plays Nazi-era German national anthem by mistake
German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany's national anthem during a Federation Cup tie.. Read More
Europe to invest in renewables despite Trump - electricity lobby
European utilities will not reduce their investments in renewables if U.S. President Donald Trump lowers U.S. climate goals, encouraged by Chinese and EU political commitments to low carbon energy.. Read More
EU could save 50 billion euros by applying pollution and waste laws
European Union nations could save 50 billion euros (£43 billion) a year by fully carrying out existing environmental laws in areas such as air pollution and waste, the European Commission.. Read More
Austrian authorities seeking Hitler double seen around birthplace
Austrian authorities are investigating reports of a man appearing in public in Adolf Hitler's birthplace as the Nazi dictator's double, including the distinctive moustache, haircut and clothing. ''.. Read More
Juncker says Britain may divide EU over Brexit talks
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he fears Britain will divide the European Union's 27 remaining members by making different promises to each country during its Brexit negotiations.. Read More
Trump signals support for Ukraine in letter to Lithuanian president
U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed support for an undivided Ukraine in a letter to Lithuania's president, using language similar to his predecessor Barack Obama that is likely to be welcomed.. Read More
Italy hopes Rome summit will revive flagging EU
EU leaders will renew their marriage vows for the troubled bloc in Rome next month but may acknowledge that in future, certain member states will move closer to some partners than to others, Italy's.. Read More
EU's Mogherini says U.S. will fully implement Iran nuclear deal
The European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said on Friday she was reassured during meetings with the Trump administration that the United States was committed to the full implementation.. Read More
Four arrested in southern France for planning a Paris attack
Four people have been arrested in and around the southern French city of Montpellier on suspicion of planning an imminent terrorist attack in France, the interior ministry said on Friday. Police.. Read More
Greece's lenders move to patch up differences on bailout, Athens may baulk
Euro zone lenders and the International Monetary Fund have agreed to put aside differences and present a united front at a meeting with Greece in the latest bailout impasse, a step towards agreeing.. Read More
Libyan mayors say Europe's migration crisis should not be dumped on them
Mayors from Libya's desert south to northern shores fear a deal struck between Tripoli and Rome to fund migrant holding centres in the north African country will simply shift Europe's migration.. Read More
Unrealistic to see UK/EU trade deal in two years - EU representative
It is unrealistic for Britain to expect to negotiate its exit from the European Union and reach a free trade agreement in two years and both will probably need an implementation phase, the head.. Read More
Pressure on scandal-hit Fillon as polls point at disapproval
Seven out of 10 French voters want conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon to step down, an opinion poll by Odoxa for France Info radio said on Friday as a scandal over alleged ''fake work.. Read More
French farmer who helped migrants cross from Italy gets suspended fine
A French farmer who brought illegal migrants into France from Italy was handed a 3,000 euros (2,559 pounds) suspended fine on Friday for his actions. Cedric Herrou, from the Roya valley region on.. Read More
EU plans more legal action against governments soft on car emissions cheating
The European Union plans more legal action soon against governments that have failed to police emissions test cheating by carmakers in the wake of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, a top official said.. Read More
Romanian justice minister resigns after graft debacle
Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache resigned on Thursday after a decree on corruption that he had drafted triggered a week of mass street protests, international criticism and finally an embarrassing.. Read More
European police vow to coordinate more in race against Islamist threat
European police officials have agreed to boost coordination and expand counterterrorism efforts to fight a growing network of Islamist militants, Europe's police agency and German authorities said on.. Read More
NATO allies lock in U.S. support for stand-off with Russia
Immediately after Donald Trump was elected, U.S. diplomats urged Lithuania to rush through an agreement to keep American troops on its soil, reflecting alarm that the new, Russia-friendly U.S. president.. Read More
France's Fillon asks financial prosecutor to drop fake work inquiry
A lawyer for French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon said on Thursday he had asked the financial prosecutor to drop an inquiry into allegations that Fillon's wife had been paid for.. Read More
'No time to waste', EU's Hahn tells Macedonia's leaders as crisis festers
The European Union's enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, on Thursday urged Macedonia's political parties to reach a swift agreement on the formation of a new government and put an end to the Balkan.. Read More
Air France pilots union sceptical about new low-cost plans
Air France's two main pilots unions expressed scepticism about the French airline's plans to create a new low-cost company on Thursday. Air France, part of Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM, unveiled.. Read More
Greece should quit euro zone, get debt relief, German party leader says
Greece should leave the euro zone and then be given debt relief, the head of Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) told a German radio station on Thursday. Greece should, however, remain in.. Read More
Polls show French far-right Le Pen winning election first round, but losing knockout
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen looks set to win the first round of France's presidential election in April, according to a new survey issued on Thursday, with other polls indicating she will lose the.. Read More
Denmark joins race to host EU drug agency instead of London after Brexit
The Danish government on Wednesday teamed up with the former head of drug company Novo Nordisk in its campaign to become the new host of the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA) after Britain.. Read More
Hungary plans to detain migrants while asylum requests assessed
Hungary plans to detain migrants while their asylum requests are assessed, a ruling party lawmaker said on Wednesday, a proposal that human rights campaigners said could be illegal. The plan will.. Read More
France's Fillon makes appeal to voters, retains party backing
Conservative French presidential candidate Francois Fillon appealed to voters on Wednesday via a newspaper column to back his campaign, trying to claw back support after losing his place as frontrunner.. Read More
Merkel says EU must seek trade deals elsewhere if no joy with U.S.
The European Union will have to press ahead quickly to secure trade deals with other countries if it does not reach an agreement with President Donald Trump's new U.S. administration, German Chancellor.. Read More
Romanian government survives no-confidence motion over graft debacle
Romania's Social Democrat-led government easily survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Wednesday, three days after mass street protests forced it into an embarrassing U-turn over a graft decree.. Read More
Turkey sacks 4,400 more civil servants, including teachers and police
Turkey has dismissed more than 4,400 civil servants including teachers, police officers and academics over their suspected links with terrorist organisations, a decree showed late on Tuesday, in the.. Read More
Out of pocket, Italians fall out of love with the euro
When the Italian central bank's deputy governor joined a radio phone-in show last week, many callers asked why Italy didn't ditch the euro and return to its old lira currency. A few years ago.. Read More
Erdogan and Trump agree to act jointly against Islamic State in Syria
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call overnight to act jointly against Islamic State in the Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa, both controlled by the.. Read More
EU states must issue visas on humanitarian grounds - court adviser
EU states must give entry visas to people at risk of torture or inhuman treatment, the European Court of Justice's top adviser said on Tuesday, a move which critics have said could open up a new route.. Read More
Germany says will use G20 presidency to fight protectionism
Protectionism is the wrong answer to the challenges facing the world, and Germany must fight to safeguard free trade, which guarantees wealth and prosperity for all, the German government, industry.. Read More
France's Hollande says ramp-up of Israeli settlements opens way to annexation
The ramp-up of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories opens the way to their annexation, French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday. Israel passed a law on Monday retroactively.. Read More
Merkel says in Europe's interests to have good ties with U.S.
Germany and Europe have an innate interest in having strong ties with the United States, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, adding that NATO members would discuss the alliance's future in light.. Read More
Merkel urges Putin to help end violence in eastern Ukraine
German leader Angela Merkel urged Russia's Vladimir Putin in a telephone call on Tuesday to use his influence on separatists in eastern Ukraine to stop the violence there, and the two agreed on the.. Read More
UK government will not renegotiate Brexit deal if rejected by parliament
The British government would not seek further negotiations with the European Union if parliament votes down its proposed Brexit deal, junior Brexit minister David Jones said on Tuesday. Earlier.. Read More
NATO troops deploy in Lithuania, underscoring commitment to defence
Germany and NATO on Tuesday underscored their commitment to beefing up the defence of eastern Europe's border with Russia as the first of four new battalions under the North Atlantic alliance's banner.. Read More
Ireland challenges Facebook in threat to cross-border data pact
Ireland's privacy watchdog has launched a bid to refer Facebook's data transfer mechanism to the European Union's top court in a landmark case that could put the shifting of data across the Atlantic.. Read More
EU watchdog says too soon for new blockchain rules
No specific European Union rules are needed to regulate blockchain for the time being given the sector's still limited reach, the bloc's securities watchdog said on Tuesday. The conclusion from the.. Read More
Turkish mayor suggests U.S. based cleric plotting earthquake to harm economy
The mayor of Ankara suggested on Tuesday that the U.S.-based cleric blamed for last year's failed coup might now be plotting an earthquake, with the help of foreign powers, to damage the Turkish economy.. Read More
German police raid far-right group that wants new Reich
German police on Tuesday raided 15 locations in three different states where members of a far-right group that maintains the World War Two German Reich continues to exist were engaged in forging documents.. Read More