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Top EU lawyer rejects complaints against new tobacco rules

Luxembourg - A senior lawyer for the EU's top court on Wednesday rejected claims, including by US tobacco giant Philip Morris, that the bloc's new law on plain packaging and banning flavours was illegal.

Eurozone bailout rescues Greece's top bank

Luxembourg - The eurozone's bailout fund rescued Greece's largest bank on Tuesday, launching a recapitalisation process that is a crucial part of the country's third loan programme in five years.The European Stability Mechanism unlocked 2.72 billion euros ($2.

Op-Ed: ECJ safeguards EU citizens’ rights with Safe Harbor ruling

Luxembourg - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has taken another step towards strengthening the European Union and helping to ensure the European integration will leave a lasting legacy, with its recent ruling that invalidates the transatlantic Safe Harbor clause.

EU demands halt to Russia strikes on moderate Syrian rebels

Luxembourg - The EU demanded Monday the "immediate" halt of Russian air strikes against moderate Syrian rebel groups and warned a lasting peace was impossible under Moscow-backed President Bashar al-Assad.

EU, US seek 'quick solutions' to data deal void

Luxembourg - Brussels and Washington want "quick solutions" to the legal void left by the collapse of a transatlantic data deal on which major companies like Facebook depend, a senior EU official said Friday.

EU to fight rise in online hate speech

Luxembourg - EU justice ministers met Friday in a bid to combat a rise in hate speech and xenophobia spread through social media as Europe grapples with an unprecedented influx of refugees.

EU to speed up deportations to tackle migrant crisis

Luxembourg - European Union nations agreed on Thursday to speed up the deportation of failed asylum seekers as they took a harder line toward tackling the worst migration crisis since World War II.

EU court backs ban on prisoners voting

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that countries can ban prisoners from voting in elections if they have been convicted of a serious crime, in a case Britain was watching closely.

EU agrees greater transparency on tax deals after LuxLeaks scandal

Luxembourg - EU ministers agreed on Tuesday to a mandatory system for national authorities to automatically exchange information on secret tax deals made with multinationals, a decision made in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal.

Facebook blow as EU court quashes transatlantic data deal

Luxembourg - Facebook and other Internet giants could be barred from sending European citizens' personal information to the US after the EU's top court on Tuesday struck down a key transatlantic data deal in the wake of the Edward Snowden scandal.

Eurozone presses Greece on reforms as recession forecast to drag on

Luxembourg - Eurozone finance ministers on Monday urged Athens to swiftly implement the tough reforms at heart of its huge bailout as new forecasts showed Greece's economy stuck in recession well into 2016.

Double Dutch barred in Amsterdam brothels

Luxembourg - The EU's top court ruled Thursday that Dutch brothel owners must share a language with the sex workers who display their wares in the shop windows of Amsterdam's notorious red-light district.

No break for Nestle as EU rejects Kit Kat claim

Luxembourg - Swiss food giant Nestle failed Wednesday in a bid to get the EU's top court to let it trademark the shape of its four-fingered Kit Kat chocolate bar in Britain.

EU's Moscovici says 'no worries' over outcome of Greece vote

Luxembourg - EU Economics Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Saturday said he felt "no worries" over the outcome of elections in Greece on September 20 and that the new government would back the country's huge bailout, no matter the result.

EU ministers to meet September 14 for urgent migrant talks

Luxembourg - European Union home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks on September 14 in Brussels on the continent's escalating migration crisis, the Luxembourg government said on Sunday.

France, Germany to take 21,000 migrants

Luxembourg - France and Germany agreed Thursday to accept some 21,000 asylum-seekers and refugees as part of EU efforts to deal with the flood of migrants seeking refuge from conflicts across North Africa and the Middle East.

EU prolongs Russian economic sanctions for six months

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers formally agreed Monday to prolong to January 2016 damaging economic sanctions against Russia to ensure it fully implements Ukraine peace accords, officials said.

EU launches Mediterranean migrant military mission

Luxembourg - EU foreign ministers formally approved Monday the launch of the first phase of a military operation to target people smugglers in the Mediterranean, officials said.

EU calls Greek crisis summit as talks end without deal

Luxembourg - The EU called an emergency eurozone summit next week after Greek debt talks ended Thursday without a deal, sparking warnings of an "accident" that could push Athens out of the euro if there is no breakthrough by the end of the month.

IMF rules out Greek payment delay

Luxembourg - International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde warned Greece Thursday it would get no leeway on a huge debt payment as EU ministers warned they were looking at a "plan B" for a possible default.
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