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Jun 28, 2015

Rift with Greece sets Europe into uncharted territory

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s grand project to bind its nations into an unbreakable union by means of a common currency lurched into uncharted waters after EU governments refused funding to save Greece from defaulting on its debts.

While finance ministers of the other 18 euro zone states chorused their insistence that Greece would remain inside the bloc, exasperation with the leftist government’s decision to reject creditors’ final offer and instead call a referendum was manifest and some officials spoke privately of expelling Athens.

Jun 26, 2015

Migration plan exposes EU rifts, tough bargaining ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Hours of late-night squabbling in Europe’s highest council of state left EU leaders licking political wounds on Friday and preparing for weeks of hard bargaining over a plan to cope with a flood of migrants from the south.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called finding a common EU solution to the hundreds of thousands fleeing by sea and land from Africa and the Middle East the “biggest challenge” Europe had faced in her decade in power – greater than the Greek and wider euro zone debt crises and Russian action against Ukraine.

Jun 26, 2015

Cameron pitches new EU deal at summit overshadowed by Greece

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron told European Union leaders on Thursday he needed a new deal to keep Britain as a member, opening a struggle over the bloc’s future at a summit preoccupied with keeping Greece from crashing out.

Freshly re-elected last month, Cameron faces difficult negotiations if he is to persuade other EU members to accept new terms for the United Kingdom before a referendum by the end of 2017 on whether Britain will stay or go.

Jun 25, 2015

From menu of crises, Greece eats into Europe’s agenda

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have a daunting list of long-running crises on their plates — notably migrants crowding in at their southern borders, Russia growling in the east, Britain’s threat to quit and a desperate need to create jobs.

But Greece’s looming bankruptcy next week forced its way on to a packed first-day agenda of the Brussels summit on Thursday, causing increasingly frustrated fellow leaders to again demand Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stop asking them for favours and go and cut a cash-for-reform deal with their finance ministers.

Jun 25, 2015

From menu of crises, Greece risks eating Europe’s dinner

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders faced a daunting list of crises as they began their summit on Thursday, notably migrants crowding in at their southern borders, Russia growling in the east, Britain’s threat to quit and a desperate need to create jobs.

But a battle of wills between Greece and its creditors that threatens to disrupt the euro single currency looked set to take up part of the 24-hour Brussels summit, despite frustrated leaders’ efforts to push the issue down to their weary finance ministers to solve.

Jun 24, 2015

EU states at odds on eve of summit on migration crisis

BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria threatened to reimpose controls on its Hungarian border and Britain considered adding security around the French port of Calais on Wednesday as divided EU leaders prepared to debate how to stem a flood of desperate migrants.

On the eve of a Brussels summit looking for ways to spread the load of receiving hundreds of thousands fleeing poverty and war in Africa and the Middle East, the frontier rows across the 28-nation bloc were a reminder that the stakes are high.

Jun 24, 2015

British PM Cameron to pitch EU renegotiation amid Greek, migrant crises

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron will pitch his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the European Union at a summit on Thursday as leaders of the 28-member bloc grapple with an influx of migrants and the prospect of a Greek default.

Just over 42 years since Britain first joined the precursor to the EU, Cameron is trying to win a new settlement before holding a referendum on membership by the end of 2017.

Jun 24, 2015

PM Cameron to pitch EU renegotiation amid Greek, migrant crises

BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) – Prime Minister David Cameron
will pitch his renegotiation of Britain’s relationship with the
European Union at a summit on Thursday as leaders of the
28-member bloc grapple with an influx of migrants and the
prospect of a Greek default.

Just over 42 years since Britain first joined the precursor
to the EU, Cameron is trying to win a new settlement before
holding a referendum on membership by the end of 2017.

Jun 23, 2015

Hungary defies EU over migrants as crisis mounts

BRUSSELS/BUDAPEST (Reuters) – In a challenge to European leaders before a summit that aims to tackle a refugee crisis, Hungary unilaterally suspended an EU asylum program on Tuesday, saying it was overburdened by illegal migrants.

As Italy said its ships had rescued 3,700 migrants at sea since Monday and Libyans threatened military action against EU moves to curb human trafficking, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government demonstrated Budapest’s frustration with proposals to spread asylum seekers around the continent by refusing to take any more migrants sent there under EU regulations.

Jun 22, 2015

EU proposes more euro zone integration as Greece totters

BRUSSELS, June 21 (Reuters) – As Greece threatens new shocks
for the euro zone, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker laid
out a vision on Monday for tighter joint control over the
currency zone’s economies, including, one day, a potential
common euro zone treasury.

In a report issued in cooperation with the European Central
Bank and other EU bodies, the European Commission president
proposed more help for states in distress, combined with tougher
discipline for countries that miss fiscal targets.

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