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Cameron 'confident' of EU reform deal before UK referendum

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday he was "confident" of striking an EU reform deal to put before British voters by 2017 but warned of "ups and downs" in the process.

'Hello dictator,' Juncker says to Hungary's Orban

Riga - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

UK PM starts EU reform bid warning of 'ups and downs'

Riga - Prime Minister David Cameron launched his bid to recast Britain's relationship with the EU Friday, warning of "ups and downs" before a straight "in-or-out" referendum by the end of 2017.

Cameron makes British reform case to EU peers

Riga - British Prime Minister David Cameron takes his case for far-reaching reform to his EU peers Friday as they meet six former Soviet states, some of whom would gladly swap places with London in the bloc.

French, German leaders hold talks with Greek PM in Riga

Riga - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held "friendly and constructive" debt talks with the leaders of France and Germany but gave no sign of a breakthrough ahead of a crucial June deadline.

Europe migrant terror threat overblown: experts

Brussels - The arrest in Italy of a terror suspect posing as a boat migrant has fuelled nightmare scenarios of jihadist infiltration of Europe, but experts say the threat is overblown and attacks by homegrown extremists are more likely.

Merkel sets tough line at EU summit with eastern partners

Riga - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU's eastern partners not to expect too much of the bloc and warned Russia to mend its ways over Ukraine if it wanted to rejoin the G7 club of top nations.

EU parliament in surprise vote for 'conflict minerals' ban

Strasbourg - European legislators on Wednesday unexpectedly voted in favour of a law requiring firms to ensure they do not use so-called conflict minerals from Africa and other areas that end up funding warlords.

EU lawmakers accuse states of passing buck on migrants

Strasbourg - EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

European Jews fear for safety a year after museum attack

Brussels - A year after a gunman murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Jews across Europe increasingly fear for their safety and warn they are on the frontline of an Islamist war against democracy itself.

Ex-Soviet Georgia urges EU progress, despite Russian pressure

Tbili - Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has warned European Union leaders against letting Russian aggression in Ukraine undermine the bloc's project of building closer links with ex-Soviet nations.

EU, ex-Soviet states meet in Putin's shadow

Varsovia - European Union leaders and six ex-Soviet states hold a summit Thursday focussed on the bloc's Eastern Partnership project, which was designed to bolster mutual ties but has been undermined by Russia's intervention in Ukraine.

Italy to recover shipwreck boat as EU falters on migrant plan

Rome - Italy will recover hundreds of bodies from a boat which capsized in April in a bid to prevent the collapse of an EU plan to tackle the migrant crisis, the prime minister said Tuesday.

Hungary's Orban angers EU over death penalty, migrants

Strasbourg - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban angered EU lawmakers and officials Tuesday by insisting that Budapest had the right to debate closing the door to migrants and reintroducing the death penalty."Hungarians talk straight about tough things.

European opposition could sink Brussels migrant plan

Brussels - Brussels may have to water down controversial plans for quotas to spread Mediterranean refugees around Europe amid growing opposition, unexpectedly led by France, officials said Tuesday.

EU promises more transparency to meet eurosceptic demands

Brussels - The European Commission promised Tuesday to slash bureaucracy and increase transparency to meet demands led by eurosceptic Britain that the EU mind its own business and give member states more say.

EU parliament lifts immunity for Sarkozy aide

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Tuesday lifted the immunity of a French lawmaker wanted for questioning by judges over a scandal relating to the funding of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's 2012 presidential campaign.

Hollande rejects EU migrant quotas but backs better distribution

Berlin - French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that quotas for migrants in Europe were "out of the question" but said he supported a better distribution of refugees between EU countries.

Greece in final stretch of troubled loan talks

Atenas - Greece on Monday entered the final stretch of tortuous talks with its international creditors on a bankruptcy-saving loan deal, with the government calling for a breakthrough by the end of the month.

Russia drops opposition to EU-Ukraine trade deal starting 2016: EU

Brussels - Russia has dropped its demands for a further delay in a landmark EU-Ukraine trade deal at the heart of the Ukraine crisis and accepts that it will now begin next year, the EU said Monday.

EU backs naval mission to end migrant crisis

Brussels - EU nations approved plans on Monday for an unprecedented naval mission starting next month to fight human traffickers responsible for a flood of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

'Terrorists' may use migrant cover to get to Europe: NATO

Brussels - NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Monday that fighters from Islamic extremist groups may hide among the flood of migrants seeking refuge in Europe, increasing the need for an effective response.

EU to back unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers

Brussels - European Union ministers are set to approve plans Monday for an unprecedented naval force to fight people smugglers in the Mediterranean after a series of shipwrecks killed hundreds of migrants.

European battle brewing over 'blood metals'

Brussels - Europe will consider this week whether to follow the United States by bringing in tighter controls on "conflict minerals" from war zones, but critics say the measures risk being watered down.

EU firms up plans to tackle smugglers as more boat migrants rescued

Antalya - The European Union firmed up plans to crack down on people smugglers in the Mediterranean on Thursday as Italy said another 2,000 migrants were rescued at sea.

NATO, EU work to tighten cooperation against 'new threats'

Antalya - NATO and the European Union on Thursday vowed to tighten cooperation against the "hybrid warfare" that the West accuses Russia of using in the battle for influence in the former Soviet Union.

Brussels clashes with Britain over Med migrant plan

Brussels - The European Union clashed with Britain on Wednesday over a plan to save thousands of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, which includes controversial resettlement quotas for refugees.

Britain says Med migrants should be turned back

Brussels - Britain called Wednesday for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to be turned back, threatening to scupper a new European Union plan for quotas to redistribute migrants across the continent.

Mediterranean migrants should be turned back: UK minister

London - Migrants who attempt to reach the European Union by crossing the Mediterranean should be turned back, the British interior minister wrote in an article on Wednesday.

Refugee quotas divide EU: Sources

Brussels - EU plans for binding refugee quotas across the 28-nation bloc could be sunk because Britain, Ireland and Denmark do not have to accept them, European sources said Tuesday.
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