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EU looks beyond Obama to clinch free trade deal

Bratislava - A last-gasp push to seal a landmark free trade deal between the European Union and the United States before the end of Barack Obama's presidency has failed, EU ministers agreed on Friday.

EU ministers scramble to salvage US trade deal

Bratislava - European trade ministers scramble Friday to salvage talks on a massive free trade deal with the US amid growing calls in key powers France and Germany to abandon negotiations.

EU vows post-Brexit 'vision' in six months

Bratislava - European Union leaders agreed at a post-Brexit summit Friday to forge a new "vision" within six months to restore faith and unity in the bloc as it plans a future without Britain.

Merkel says EU in 'critical situation'

Bratislava - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Friday that the European Union faces a "critical situation", as she arrived in Bratislava for a summit to chart a post-Brexit future."We are in a critical situation.

Hollande says France 'cannot be alone' on EU defence

Bratislava - France can take the lead in European defence cooperation, but cannot do it all on its own, French President Francois Hollande said Friday as EU leaders held crunch post-Brexit talks.

EU in 'critical situation' after Brexit, warns Merkel

Bratislava - German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Friday that the EU faces a "critical situation", as European leaders sought to plot the bloc's post-Brexit future at a summit without Britain.

EU countries set sights on Apple tax bonanza

Bratislava - Budget-squeezed EU countries will ask Brussels for a share of the billions in Irish back taxes ordered from Apple, officials said on Saturday, bringing further problems to the tech giant after the lacklustre launch of the iPhone 7.

EU army not 'any time soon': Mogherini

Bratislava - The EU is not going to get an army of its own in the near future but in the meantime it should play a greater security role, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said Friday.

Slovak PM says more attacks likely, blames migrants

Bratislava - Slovak President Robert Fico on Friday said he believed there is a high risk that fresh attacks will occur in Europe, and he blamed migrants for the threat.

Russia 'more dangerous than IS' says Poland foreign minister

Bratislava - Russia is more dangerous than the Islamic State group, Poland's Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told reporters Friday during a visit to Slovakia.

Roma face uncertain future amid Slovakia's nationalist surge

Kosice - His mouth open wide, four-year-old Milos is intent on managing a plate of fish and potatoes using adult-sized cutlery -- a meal all too rare for the many Roma children living in squalor in Slovakia.

Slovakia's Fico seals coalition deal for third term

Bratislava - Leftist Premier Robert Fico sealed a coalition deal with three rightwing and centrist parties Wednesday, handing his party a third term in office and averting the risk of an early election ahead of Slovakia's EU presidency.

Slovakia's Fico inches closer to clinching third term as PM

Bratislava - Slovakia's leftist Premier Robert Fico inched closer to forging a governing coalition Monday, after marathon talks with three right-wing and centrist parties resulted in a "complete proposal of programme priorities" and further negotiations.

Slovakia's Fico step closer to securing third term as PM

Bratislava - Slovakia's leftist Premier Robert Fico came a step closer to securing a governing coalition Saturday, after a right-wing party that emerged as kingmaker from last weekend's general election vowed its support.

Slovak far-right makes poll gains on fear of migrants

Bratislava - A Slovak extreme right nationalist party made spectacular gains in weekend elections thanks to anti-migrant sentiment in the EU member state and Prime Minister Robert Fico's decision to tap into it on the campaign trail, analysts say.

Slovakia's leftist PM tasked with forming new government

Bratislava - Slovakia's president said Monday he will ask leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico, who won weekend elections but lost his parliamentary majority, to try to form a coalition government.

Slovakia's Fico loses majority amid extreme right gains

Bratislava - Slovakia's leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico said Sunday he would begin difficult coalition talks after winning elections on an anti-refugee platform but losing his parliamentary majority.

Slovakia's Fico eyes victory in boon to EU's anti-refugee east

Bratislava - Slovaks voted in a general election Saturday forecast to hand firebrand leftist Prime Minister Robert Fico a third term on the back of a staunchly anti-refugee platform.

Czech, Slovak PMs the latest to slam Greece on migrant crisis

Bratislava - The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Tuesday criticised Greece's handling of the migrant crisis and urged the fellow EU member to tighten its borders with Bulgaria and Macedonia to staunch the influx of people.

Slovakia files court challenge to EU migrant quotas: PM 

Bratislava - Slovakia said Wednesday it had mounted a legal challenge to the EU's plan to distribute 160,000 asylum-seekers among member states under a quota system.
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