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Juncker's new EU Commission takes office

Brussels - The new European Commission led by EU veteran Jean-Claude Juncker formally took office Saturday, promising to "get down to work" as Europe faces a host of political and economic challenges.

Back to Cold War as Russia probes NATO defences

Brussels - Nuclear-capable Russian bombers in European airspace, NATO intercepts, a foreign submarine in Swedish waters -- the fall-out from the Ukraine crisis feels like a return to Cold War days.

EU, Russia, Ukraine seal breakthrough gas accord

Brussels - Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine through the winter in an EU-brokered, multi-billion dollar deal signed by the three parties in Brussels on Thursday.

Ukraine-Russia gas talks resume with hopes of breakthrough

Brussels - Hopes of a breakthrough rose Thursday as the EU opened the latest round of talks aimed at persuading Russia to resume gas deliveries to war-torn Ukraine in time for winter.

UN, EU condemn rebel vote in Ukraine amid NATO-Russia tensions

Brussels - The international community on Wednesday condemned Moscow over its plans to recognise separatist polls in Ukraine as NATO warned of "unusual" Russian military manoeuvres in European airspace.

Angry Cameron vows not to pay new British EU bill

Brussels - David Cameron furiously rejected a demand from Brussels for more than two billion euros in backdated charges at a summit Friday, setting up a new showdown over Britain's place in the EU.

EU boosts Ebola aid for west Africa to 1.0 billion euros

Brussels - European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said."EU will increase financial help to 1.

EU leaders seal landmark 2030 climate deal

Brussels - European Union leaders agreed Friday what they hailed as the world's most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

EU leaders struggle for 'difficult' climate deal

Brussels - European Union leaders warned it would be tough to seal a high-stakes climate change deal as they began talks Thursday on a pact aimed at making Brussels a global trailblazer for decades to come.

Europeans schedule unprecedented soft landing on comet

Trying to unlock part of the mystery of life on Earth, the European Space Agency revealed Wednesday where it will attempt an unprecedented soft landing on a comet.

Belgian minister's Nazi collaboration remarks spark uproar

Brussels - Belgium's new interior minister sparked uproar Monday after saying that Flemish collaborators with the Nazi occupiers in World War II "had their reasons", touching a raw nerve in a sharply divided country.

Belgium's new right-wing coalition takes office with young PM

Brussels - Belgium's new right-wing coalition government was sworn in Saturday after four months of horsetrading with francophone liberal leader Charles Michel becoming the country's youngest prime minister since 1840.

EU's Juncker looks for new Slovenian to complete line-up

Brussels - The EU's Jean-Claude Juncker was in urgent talks with Slovenia to find a new commissioner on Thursday after its nominee humiliatingly resigned in a move that could prevent the Brussels boss taking office on time.

Belgium Islamist 'no different to Pussy Riot', trial hears

Brussels - A hardline Islamist accused of inspiring dozens of young Belgians to fight jihad in Syria is no different from feminist activists Femen and Pussy Riot, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

EU parliament rejects commissioner in blow to Juncker

Brussels - The European parliament overwhelmingly rejected Slovenia's EU Commission nominee in a blow to Jean-Claude Juncker Wednesday, but the incoming president managed to push through divisive candidates from France, Britain and Spain.

Charles Michel, Belgium's youngest PM in 174 years

Brussels - Belgium's Charles Michel, who became prime minister on Tuesday, is a 38-year-old French-speaking liberal who is now one of the youngest leaders in Europe.

EU's Juncker faces pressure to reshuffle team

Brussels - The European Union's incoming boss Jean-Claude Juncker was under pressure Tuesday to reshuffle his new team after parliamentarians savaged several of his candidates in confirmation hearings.

EU's Juncker in bitter battle for new team

Brussels - The EU faced a round of political bloodletting Thursday as the European Parliament savaged the French, British and Spanish candidates for Jean-Claude Juncker's new executive team.

EU worried by new Ukraine fighting despite truce

Brussels - The European Union expressed concern Thursday about new fighting in eastern Ukraine that has killed both civilians and soldiers despite a truce agreed last month between pro-Russian rebels and government troops.

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday decided to keep in place biting economic sanctions on Russia over its alleged backing of pro-Kremlin insurgents who have largely ignored a four-week Ukrainian truce.
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