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Luxembourg becomes first European country to legalize cannabis

Aside from a relaxed approach to criminalization in The Netherlands, cannabis use has been heavily restarted in the European Union. This is set to change with Luxembourg becoming the first member state to legalize use.

EU delays decision on North Macedonia, Albania membership bids

Luxembourg - The European Union on Tuesday delayed a decision on whether to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia until October, dealing a fresh blow to the Balkan states' hopes.

Germany, UK warn Iran over uranium plans as EU urges caution

Luxembourg - Germany and Britain on Monday warned Tehran not to breach uranium stockpile limits set by the 2015 nuclear deal, as the EU's diplomatic chief dismissed Iranian threats as "political dialectics".

EU must step up diplomacy on Venezuela crisis: Spain

Luxembourg - EU and Latin American efforts to resolve the Venezuela crisis peacefully are too slow and must be accelerated, Spain's foreign minister Josep Borrell said Monday.

Poland bows to EU court reversal of Supreme Court retirements

Luxembourg - Poland on Monday bowed to a ruling by the EU's top court ordering it to suspend a law that had lowered the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges amid concerns about judicial independence.

Britain can unilaterally revoke Article 50, says top EU court lawyer

Luxembourg - EU countries can unilaterally end the divorce process from the bloc, the legal advisor to the union's top court said Tuesday in a closely watched case launched by anti-Brexit politicians in Britain.

Can Brexit be stopped? EU court hears Scottish case

Luxembourg - Lawyers acting for a group of Scottish politicians argued before the top European court Tuesday that the British parliament should have the power to unilaterally halt the countdown to Brexit.

EU top court orders Poland to suspend Supreme Court retirements

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court on Friday ordered Poland to "immediately suspend" its decision to lower the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges, which it said threatens judicial independence.

EU top court orders Poland to suspend Supreme Court retirements

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court on Friday ordered Poland to "immediately suspend" its decision to lower the retirement age of its Supreme Court judges, which it said threatens judicial independence.

Barnier calls for more time to find Brexit deal

Luxembourg - The EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Tuesday called for more time to reach a deal with London, as fears grow about Britain crashing out of the union with no agreement in place.

EU adopts new chemical weapons sanctions

Luxembourg - The EU set up a new sanctions mechanism targeting those who use and develop chemical weapons on Monday, as part of a crackdown in the wake of the Skripal attack.

Divided EU ministers agree auto emission curbs

Luxembourg - EU ministers battled Tuesday over the extent of emission cuts to be imposed on carmakers, in the wake of a warning by UN experts on the dangers of global warming.

France, Benelux to propose EU aid for Africa in return for migrant help

- France and the three Benelux countries on Thursday launched a plan to offer EU funds to African countries in return for help stemming the flow of migrants to Europe.

EU extraditions to Britain should continue until Brexit: court

Luxembourg - EU countries should continue extraditions to Britain until it leaves the bloc next year, despite claims that Brexit could cause uncertainty for suspects, the legal advisor to the union's top court said Tuesday.

EU court extends GMO rules to new techniques

Luxembourg - Plants and animals created by new techniques of genetic modification should be treated as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and follow European rules aimed at preventing damage to the environment and health, the EU's top court said on Wednesday.

EU member states can refuse arrest warrants: ECJ

Luxembourg - The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday authorised EU members to refuse arrest warrants issued by Poland if they doubt defendants will get a fair trial there.

EU judges offer no 'break' in Kit Kat trademark war

Luxembourg - The European Union's top court on Wednesday ordered the EU's intellectual property office to "reconsider" Kit Kat's bloc-wide trademark, prolonging Nestle's decade-long battle to claim exclusive rights over the chocolate bar's distinctive shape.

Liquid crystals: New smart material in use

Liquid crystal shells have a number of interesting applications and they are being heralded as a new smart material. Applications being discussed include autonomous driving to anti-counterfeiting technology.

Poland sees end to EU differences

Luxembourg - Poland told its EU partners Tuesday that differences over reforms of the judiciary, which Brussels says undermine the rule of law and may merit punishment, were coming to an end.

EU to open Macedonia, Albania accession talks June 2019

Luxembourg - The European Union agreed Tuesday to open negotiations to join the bloc with Albania and the ex-Yugoslav republic of Macedonia starting in June next year, provided certain conditions are met.
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