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Brexit: the view from Brussels

Brussels - Theresa May's proposals for a hard Brexit have met a mixed response in the European Union, where it always takes 28 countries to tango, and where many feel Britain may be dancing with two left feet.

Trump shakes postwar order, in blow to Europe

Brussels - Europe must pull together or risk being sidelined as Donald Trump signals the end of a postwar transatlantic partnership credited with keeping the peace for the past 70 years, analysts and officials say.

EU contacts Trump camp over Iran deal 'misunderstanding': source

Brussels - The European Union has informally contacted the incoming Trump administration to clarify "misunderstanding" about the Iran nuclear deal which he has threated to scrap, an EU diplomatic source said Tuesday.

EU's Tusk says May Brexit speech 'more realistic'

Brussels - European Union president Donald Tusk said Tuesday that British premier Theresa May's speech on her plans for Brexit was "at least more realistic" about what London wanted.

EU says Lithuania can use funds for Russian border surveillance

Brussels - Lithuania can use EU funds to install surveillance systems on its border with Russia's militarised Kaliningrad exclave but not to build a fence, the EU said on Tuesday.

Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord

Brussels - EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe's security needs.

Europe hits back at Trump over 'obsolete' NATO

Brussels - Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the NATO alliance "obsolete" and criticised the German chancellor's open-door refugee policy.

Police release 3 after Brussels anti-terror raids

Brussels - Belgian police have released three people held overnight following anti-terror raids late Saturday in Brussels, local prosecutors said.

Trump betting on EU breakup would be 'sheer folly': envoy

Brussels - The Donald Trump administration would be committing "sheer folly" if it supports the European Union's breakup as it seems to be doing, the outgoing US ambassador to the EU warned Friday.

Experts propose EU levy corporate tax under budget reform

Brussels - A group of experts called Thursday for "substantial reform" of the European Union budget that might see Brussels levy corporate and other taxes to cope better with crises.

Merkel warns 'eternal' US-EU ties not guaranteed

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the EU Thursday it should not rely on "eternal" US support, as concern grows in Europe about Donald Trump's commitment to transatlantic ties.

NATO chief slams 'unacceptable' attempts to influence elections

Brussels - NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that outside attempts to manipulate national elections cannot be tolerated, amid uproar over claims Russian interference helped Donald Trump win the US presidency.

Belgium charges two new suspects over 2015 Paris attacks

Brussels - Belgium has charged two suspects with providing false documents to a man linked to the November 2015 Paris attacks, who later blew himself up on a crowded Brussels metro, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Conservatives vow to battle eurosceptics in European Parliament

Brussels - The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) on Tuesday vowed to battle a growing threat from eurosceptics as it pushed its bid to take over the leadership of the European Parliament.

EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva

Brussels - EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva.

German EU commissioner defends himself over controversial remarks

Brussels - EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger defended himself on Monday over controversial remarks he made about women, homosexuals and Chinese people.

Italy's Five Star rejected by EU parliament liberals

Brussels - The liberal group in the European Parliament on Monday rejected a controversial application by Italy's biggest opposition party, the populist Five Star Movement, to join forces.

Brexit negotiator Verhofstadt running for EU parliament head

Brussels - The European Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt announced Friday his candidacy to lead the assembly, vowing to be a "bridge builder" during turbulent times.

Activists slam German EU man's new job after 'racist' remarks

Brussels - Rights groups said Thursday that Germany's EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger was unfit to run the human resources portfolio because of his divisive record of "racist, sexist and homophobic" remarks.

EU Commission 'regrets loss' of UK ambassador Rogers

Brussels - The European Commission said on Wednesday it regretted that Britain's ambassador to the EU Ivan Rogers had resigned, just as London prepared to launch fraught Brexit divorce negotiations.
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