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Jun 3, 2014

G7 powers meet without Russia in summit snub over Ukraine

BRUSSELS, June 4 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations meet without Russia for the first time in
17 years on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of
the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s
part in destabilising eastern Ukraine.

The two-day Group of Seven summit, taking place in Brussels
rather than the previously planned Russian Black Sea resort of
Sochi, will cover foreign policy, economics, trade and energy
security.

May 28, 2014

Merkel’s hesitation on Juncker opens race for EU Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s diluted support for Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to be European Commission president has thrown the field open to other candidates, although it will be weeks before a single nominee emerges.

While Merkel did not rule Juncker out after talks with EU leaders on Tuesday, she acknowledged there was opposition to his candidacy and said a range of top EU jobs could only be decided in negotiations running until late June.

May 27, 2014

After seismic elections, EU leaders assess damage

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders, stunned by a big Eurosceptic protest vote in European Parliament elections, agreed on Tuesday to seek a package deal of appointments to top EU jobs with an economic agenda to win back public confidence.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the 28-nation bloc’s most powerful leader, acknowledged that her center-right party’s candidate, former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker, may not end up heading the executive European Commission.

May 27, 2014

Britain’s Cameron looks to rally support at EU summit

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an assault against “business as usual” at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday, calling on fellow EU leaders to set simpler priorities that meet the concerns of frustrated voters.

After resounding victories for the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark, and a strong performance by populist or Eurosceptic groups in many other EU countries in European elections, Cameron is under pressure to shore up his position at home and deliver on long-promised changes in Europe.

May 27, 2014

UK’s Cameron rallies support ahead of post-election EU summit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron will launch an assault against “business as usual” at a summit in Brussels on Tuesday, calling on his fellow EU leaders to set clearer and simpler priorities that address the concerns of frustrated voters.

After resounding victories for the far-right in Britain, France and Denmark, and a strong performance by populist or Eurosceptic groups in many other EU countries in European elections, Cameron is under pressure to shore up his position at home and deliver on long-promised changes in Europe.

May 26, 2014

Determined Juncker sets out case to head European Commission

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The battle for the presidency of the European Commission, arguably the most powerful job in Brussels, began in earnest on Monday after the centre-right secured a clear victory in European Parliament elections.

Former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, the centre-right’s choice for Commission president, brushed off questions about his candidacy, saying the job was effectively his for the taking.

May 26, 2014

French far right in ‘earthquake’ win as Europe votes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eurosceptic nationalists scored stunning victories in European Parliament elections in France and Britain on Sunday as critics of the European Union more than doubled their seats in a continent-wide protest vote against austerity and unemployment.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the breakthrough by Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front in one of the EU’s founding nations a political “earthquake”.

May 26, 2014

French far right in ‘earthquake’ win as Europe votes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Eurosceptic nationalists scored stunning victories in European Parliament elections in France and Britain on Sunday as critics of the European Union more than doubled their seats in a continent-wide protest vote against austerity and unemployment.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the breakthrough by Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration, anti-euro National Front in one of the EU’s founding nations a political “earthquake”.

May 25, 2014

Europe votes on ‘Super Sunday’ with far-right in spotlight

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European elections culminate on “Super Sunday” when the remainder of the EU’s 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European Union centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left.

Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland are among the major EU member states voting on Sunday, representing the bulk of the 388 million Europeans eligible to cast ballots and elect the 751 deputies to sit in the European Parliament from 2014-2019.

May 24, 2014

EU set for election ‘Super Sunday,’ with far-right vote in spotlight

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European elections reach their culmination on “Super Sunday” when the remaining 20 of the EU’s 28 countries go to the polls, with the vote expected to confirm the dominance of pro-European centrists despite a rise in support for the far-right and left.

Germany, France, Spain and Poland are among the major EU member states voting on Sunday, representing the bulk of the 388 million Europeans eligible to cast ballots and elect the 751 deputies to sit in the European Parliament from 2014-2019.

    • About Luke

      "Luke is bureau chief for Reuters in Brussels. The 25-strong, multimedia bureau covers all European Union issues, from trade, energy and agriculture to foreign policy, competition, regulation and economic affairs. The bureau is also responsible for coverage of NATO and Belgian politics, economics and company news. In his beat, Luke covers foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East and Iran, and writes about EU economic policy. He was previously based in London, where he was defence correspondent, and before that had postings in Jerusalem, Baghdad, Rome and Johannesburg."
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      1997
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