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Spain's Rajoy says 'critical point' reached in Catalonia

Brussels - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday his government has reached a "critical point" as it seeks to use emergency measures to stop Catalonia's separatist bid.

EU's Tusk says reports of Brexit deadlock 'exaggerated'

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk said Friday that reports of a deadlock in Brexit talks were "exaggerated", after leaders agreed at a summit to start internal preparations to unlock the next phase of negotiations.

'No deal' Brexit could cost 1.2 million EU jobs: Belgian minister

Brussels - The European Union could lose 1.2 million jobs if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal, Belgium's economy minister said Friday, warning that his own country would suffer a "catastrophic" impact.

EU leaders back May with first step to Brexit trade talks

Brussels - EU leaders threw British Prime Minister Theresa May a lifeline in Brexit talks on Friday, agreeing at a Brussels summit to start preparations for the next stage of negotiations.

Merkel calls for cut to Turkey EU funding

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday led calls for a cut to EU funding linked to Turkey's membership talks, to signal the bloc's unhappiness at Ankara's crackdown in the wake of a failed coup.

EU to consider further measures against N. Korea: summit text

Brussels - The EU is to consider stepping up measures aimed at punishing North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes, in a summit agreement approved by leaders on Thursday.

Give me Brexit deal I can 'defend' at home, May tells EU

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged European leaders on Thursday to allow negotiations to move forward on a Brexit deal she could "defend" to voters and her divided party.

EU sees 'real chance' to shut migrant route from Libya

Brussels - The EU on Thursday pledged more money for Italy's work with Libya to stem migrant flows to Europe, with Brussels seeing a "real chance" to close the central Mediterranean route.

EU swings behind Madrid in escalating Catalan crisis

Brussels - The EU closed ranks behind Spain in the Catalan crisis Thursday, saying there was "no space" for outside intervention by the bloc as France and Germany voiced strong support for Madrid.

Merkel, Macron back Spain in Catalan crisis

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron voiced strong support for Madrid in the Catalan independence crisis on Thursday, backing the Spanish government's response to the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Swedish PM opposes Macron call to slow trade deals

Brussels - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Thursday he opposes moves to put the brakes on free trade deals, as French President Emmanuel Macron prepared to urge EU leaders to slow down on new agreements.

Brexit no-deal would be 'catastrophic': British opposition

Brussels - British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn warned Thursday that failing to reach a Brexit deal would be "catastrophic" for industry, as London's divorce negotiations with the European Union teeter on the brink.

May pleads for Brexit deal she can sell at home

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May pressed EU leaders Thursday for a Brexit deal she can "defend" at home as her counterparts said at a summit in Brussels that there were encouraging signs of progress in the talks.

May to urge EU leaders to speed up Brexit talks

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May will appeal to European Union leaders at a crunch summit in Brussels on Thursday to push forward the deadlocked Brexit negotiations.

No Brexit breakthrough coming at summit: EU's Tusk

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk on Wednesday warned Britain not to expect any breakthrough in Brexit negotiations at a European summit this week, saying London needed to come up with more concrete proposals.

Toxic fumes force EU summit out of new HQ

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it is moving this week's leaders' summit out of its new 320-million-euro headquarters into a neighbouring building after chemical fumes from the kitchen sickened several people.

EU demands Israel 'reconsider' West Bank settler homes plan

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday demanded Israel reconsider plans for nearly 1,300 settler homes in the West Bank, saying they were illegal under international law and undermined the prospects for peace.

EU's Tusk proposes two-year reform blitz

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

EU toughens conditions on Brexit gesture to May

Brussels - EU leaders have hardened their conditions on a goodwill Brexit gesture to Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit this week, according to a new draft of their statement on Monday.

May and Juncker agree to 'accelerate' Brexit talks

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said they agreed after talks Monday to "accelerate" efforts for a Brexit deal ahead of a decisive EU summit this week.
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