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EU orders Spain to recover high-speed train test funds

Brussels - The EU ordered Spain on Monday to recover 140 million euros ($150 million) in illegal state aid set aside for a high-speed train test centre that Brussels said was unnecessary.

Iranian radiation student held in Brussels bomb false alarm

Brussels - A language mix-up with an Iranian radiation student triggered a five-hour bomb alert on Wednesday in central Brussels before police detained the man for questioning, police and officials said.

EU defies Brexit with UK greenhouse gases targets

Brussels - The EU unveiled national targets Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gases by 2030, insisting Britain is still legally required to help the bloc meet its UN goal despite being set to leave.

EU probes French state rescue of nuclear firm Areva

Brussels - EU anti-trust regulators opened an investigation into the restructuring of the French state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

NATO head tells Erdogan 'essential' Turkey respects rule of law

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said Turkey must fully respect the rule of law and democratic freedoms, just like any other alliance member, in the aftermath of a failed military coup.

EU grants new aid to struggling milk farmers

Brussels - The EU announced Monday a further 500 million euros ($553 million) for farmers to help reverse the plunge in prices shaking a dairy industry hit by overproduction and a Russian embargo.

Turkey must show 'evidence not allegations' against Gulen: U.S.

Brussels - US Secretary of State John Kerry told Turkey on Monday it must produce evidence to support any extradition request for exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen over the failed coup attempt.

NATO, US, EU warn Turkey on coup crackdown

Brussels - The United States, the European Union and NATO on Monday warned Turkey to respect the rule of law after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government launched a massive crackdown following the failed coup.

Boris Johnson says Britain not abandoning 'leading role' in Europe

Brussels - New British foreign minister and top Brexit backer Boris Johnson pledged Monday Britain would continue to play a leading role in Europe as he met his European Union peers in Brussels for the first time.

Johnson urges EU to leave doors open for Britain

Brussels - New British foreign minister and lead Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson urged the EU Monday to leave its doors open on strategic issues and promised Britain would continue to play a "leading role" in Europe.

EU urges 'peaceful' resolution to South China Sea row

Brussels - The EU urged China and the Philippines to settle peacefully their dispute over the South China Sea but stopped short of pushing Beijing to abide by an international tribunal's ruling against Beijing's claims.

EU's Schulz slams new UK cabinet

Brussels - European Parliament chief Martin Schulz on Thursday took aim at British Prime Minister Theresa May's new cabinet, saying it continued a "dangerously vicious cycle" that will hurt Britain and Europe.

NATO and Russia's thorny relations

Brussels - Relations between NATO and Cold War foe Russia have often been strained since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of its Warsaw Pact military alliance in 1991.

NATO says no 'meeting of minds' with Russia

Brussels - NATO and Russia failed to overcome deep differences over Ukraine Wednesday in their first talks since the alliance approved a troop boost in Eastern Europe, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said.

EU's Tusk looks to 'fruitful working relationship' with new UK PM

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk said he looked forward to a "fruitful working relationship" with incoming British Prime Minister Theresa May who faces the task of negotiating the country's exit from the bloc.

Road to Brexit is full of pitfalls

Brussels - New British Prime Minister Theresa May must lead her country through uncharted territory as it withdraws from the European Union on a journey that could take nearly a decade.

EU asylum overhaul to ease tension over migrants

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday proposed fresh changes to the bloc's uneven asylum rules, in part to stop migrants from choosing some countries over others and sowing tension across the union.Most of the 1.

NATO, Russia to meet after alliance troop boost

Brussels - NATO and Russia on Wednesday hold their first talks since the alliance agreed at a summit in Warsaw to beef up its presence in eastern Europe because of fears over the Kremlin's expansionism.

EU and US launch controversial internet privacy deal

Brussels - The European Union on Tuesday launched a controversial deal with the United States aimed at curbing government spying on European citizens' personal internet data.

Eurozone slams Spain, Portugal on excessive deficits

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers agreed Monday to officially declare Spain and Portugal in breach of the EU public spending rules, a key step to possibly imposing unprecedented penalties against members of the currency bloc.
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