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UK PM May's 'lonely' Brexit photo goes viral

London - Social media on Friday mocked embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May over a photograph of her sitting alone in a room awaiting EU Brexit talks, calling it a "metaphor" for her isolated position.

EU's Tusk says reports of Brexit deadlock 'exaggerated'

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk said Friday that reports of a deadlock in Brexit talks were "exaggerated", after leaders agreed at a summit to start internal preparations to unlock the next phase of negotiations.

EU leaders back May with first step to Brexit trade talks

Brussels - EU leaders threw British Prime Minister Theresa May a lifeline in Brexit talks on Friday, agreeing at a Brussels summit to start preparations for the next stage of negotiations.

Merkel calls for cut to Turkey EU funding

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday led calls for a cut to EU funding linked to Turkey's membership talks, to signal the bloc's unhappiness at Ankara's crackdown in the wake of a failed coup.

EU to consider further measures against N. Korea: summit text

Brussels - The EU is to consider stepping up measures aimed at punishing North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes, in a summit agreement approved by leaders on Thursday.

EU sees 'real chance' to shut migrant route from Libya

Brussels - The EU on Thursday pledged more money for Italy's work with Libya to stem migrant flows to Europe, with Brussels seeing a "real chance" to close the central Mediterranean route.

EU swings behind Madrid in escalating Catalan crisis

Brussels - The EU closed ranks behind Spain in the Catalan crisis Thursday, saying there was "no space" for outside intervention by the bloc as France and Germany voiced strong support for Madrid.

Merkel, Macron back Spain in Catalan crisis

Brussels - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron voiced strong support for Madrid in the Catalan independence crisis on Thursday, backing the Spanish government's response to the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Swedish PM opposes Macron call to slow trade deals

Brussels - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said Thursday he opposes moves to put the brakes on free trade deals, as French President Emmanuel Macron prepared to urge EU leaders to slow down on new agreements.

Brexit no-deal would be 'catastrophic': British opposition

Brussels - British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn warned Thursday that failing to reach a Brexit deal would be "catastrophic" for industry, as London's divorce negotiations with the European Union teeter on the brink.

May pleads for Brexit deal she can sell at home

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May pressed EU leaders Thursday for a Brexit deal she can "defend" at home as her counterparts said at a summit in Brussels that there were encouraging signs of progress in the talks.

May to urge EU leaders to speed up Brexit talks

Brussels - British Prime Minister Theresa May will appeal to European Union leaders at a crunch summit in Brussels on Thursday to push forward the deadlocked Brexit negotiations.

Toxic fumes force EU summit out of new HQ

Brussels - The EU said Wednesday it is moving this week's leaders' summit out of its new 320-million-euro headquarters into a neighbouring building after chemical fumes from the kitchen sickened several people.

EU's Tusk proposes two-year reform blitz

Brussels - EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

EU summit to throw Britain a Brexit bone

Brussels - EU leaders are set to extend an olive branch to British Prime Minister Theresa May at a summit in Brussels this week in a bid to break a deadlock in Brexit negotiations.

Toxic fumes sicken 20 at EU HQ, summit plans unchanged

Brussels - Twenty people were taken ill due to noxious fumes in the kitchens of the EU's new Europa building in Brussels on Friday but officials insisted a summit of the bloc's leaders at the venue next week will go ahead as planned.

EU to propose Google, Facebook tax in 2018, says Juncker

Tallinn - The EU will propose a new tax on tech giants such as Google and Facebook next year despite opposition by several states that fear a blow to their economies, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday.

'Miracles' needed for Brexit progress, EU warns

Tallinn - The EU warned Friday that Britain needs a miracle to unlock the next phase of Brexit talks by next month, as leaders discussed the post-Brexit reform vision of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Merkel says France, Germany 'agree' on EU reform

Tallinn - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday hailed a deep consensus between France and Germany on the future of the EU in her first reaction to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious EU reform speech.

Merkel backs Macron reform plans at EU dinner

Tallinn - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday hailed French President Emmanuel Macron's new vision for Europe as EU leaders held a frank debate on reforming the bloc.

EU 'digital summit' upstaged by Germany and Brexit

Brussels - A summit of European Union leaders in Estonia intended to chart out a digital future for the continent is set to be upstaged by less utopian issues including Brexit and the unexpected rise of the far right in Germany.

Trump says US to target firms doing business with N. Korea

New York - US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime.

Pacific islands can't tackle climate change alone: World Bank

Apia - Climate change will hit the Pacific harder than anywhere else on Earth and the region's tiny island nations need major international aid to deal with the challenge, the World Bank said Thursday.

Anti-G20 rioter jailed in Germany in first trial

Hamburg - A 21-year-old Dutchman was handed jail time by a German court Monday in the first trial over violent riots against the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, local media reported.

Madrid pushing for Eurozone budget: PM

Madrid - Spain will call for a eurozone budget and finance minister to oversee it at an August 28 summit with France, Germany and Italy, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday.

Balkans summit aims to lock region into EU fold

Trieste - Seven EU and six Western Balkan nations hold an annual summit Wednesday in Trieste, with leaders hoping to bolster security in one of the continent's more vulnerable flanks and forge closer ties.

German minister compares G20 rioters to 'neo-Nazis, terrorists'

Berlin - Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday compared the far-left and anarchist radicals who rampaged through the G20 summit host city of Hamburg to "neo-Nazis and Islamist terrorists".

Third night of G20 clashes between police, protesters

Hamburg - Fresh clashes erupted early Sunday in the streets of Hamburg following the end of the G20 summit, with protesters setting fire to a number of vehicles, police said.

G20: Compromise on climate change, but at what cost?

Hamburg - G20 countries have managed to avoid a total bust-up with Donald Trump over climate change, leaving the door open for Washington to return to the Paris Agreement -- but at the cost of risky concessions.

Trump cuts isolated figure on world stage

Washington - During a difficult visit to Europe Donald Trump appeared out of sync with traditional allies, struggling to show that unorthodox strategies toward rival powers Russia and China can deliver results.
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