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Jun 24, 2014

As EU’s ‘Juncker summit’ looms, Britain spurns olive branches

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union officials have offered Britain several olive branches to try to prevent a summit on Friday ending in isolation and defeat, but Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected them, preferring to make a stand on principle.

EU officials have asked what post in the European Commission Britain might want, what its top priorities for the coming years are and how it thinks the biggest EU jobs should be assigned, but Cameron has avoided the discussion.

Jun 23, 2014

Battle over Juncker underlines EU parliament’s ‘adulthood’

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In early May, before the saga over whether Jean-Claude Juncker should become the next president of the European Commission had reached this week’s slow-building climax, a pointed question was posed at a briefing in Brussels.

Had it been left up to European Union leaders alone to come up with a Commission candidate, a senior EU official was asked, would Juncker naturally have come top of the list?

Jun 13, 2014

Jean-Claude Juncker: Federalist danger man or skilled fixer?

BRUSSELS, June 13 (Reuters) – Four months ago, Jean-Claude
Juncker would have struggled to have his name recognised in much
of Europe. Now he could be forgiven for wishing people would
shut up about him.

As the top candidate of Europe’s largest centre-right
political group, which won the European elections last month,
the former prime minister of Luxembourg is in pole position to
become the next president of the European Commission.

Jun 13, 2014

HOLD//INSIGHT-Jean-Claude Juncker: Federalist danger man or skilled fixer?

BRUSSELS, June 13 (Reuters) – Four months ago, Jean-Claude
Juncker would have struggled to have his name recognised in much
of Europe. Now he could be forgiven for wishing people would
shut up about him.

As the top candidate of Europe’s largest centre-right
political group, which won the European elections last month,
the former prime minister of Luxembourg is in pole position to
become the next president of the European Commission.

Jun 12, 2014

Anti-euro German AfD joins Cameron’s EU parliament group

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron faced new tensions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday after his group in the European Parliament voted to accept Germany’s anti-euro AfD party into its political family.

The European Conservatives and Reformists, which Cameron formed in 2009 after withdrawing from the European People’s Party, Europe’s main center-right group, voted narrowly in favor of letting Alternative fuer Deutschland into the bloc.

Jun 11, 2014

Juncker’s campaign manager quits for job in London

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The manager of Jean-Claude Juncker’s campaign to become the next president of the European Commission has accepted a job with an international financial organization in London, raising questions about Juncker’s candidacy.

Martin Selmayr, a senior Commission official who took unpaid leave to run Juncker’s election campaign, has been appointed EU director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Commission said on Wednesday.

Jun 5, 2014

With Russia outside the tent, G7 takes aim at Moscow

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and its allies used the first Group of Seven meeting without Russia in 17 years to condemn Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and threaten hard-hitting sanctions if President Vladimir Putin does not help restore stability.

Meeting in Brussels rather than the Black Sea resort of Sochi – a snub to Russia which was supposed to have hosted the G8 – Western powers and Japan delivered strong rhetoric, even if the EU’s commitment to further sanctions remains in doubt.

Jun 5, 2014

‘No majority’ for any Commission candidate, says Italy’s Renzi

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – There is no clear backing for Jean-Claude Juncker or anyone else to become the next president of the European Commission, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday.

After talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France’s Francois Hollande and Britain’s David Cameron on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Brussels, Renzi said the first goal was to define the priorities for the next Commission and then decide on the right candidate to head the institution.

Jun 5, 2014

G7 willing to step up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world’s leading industrialised nations threatened on Wednesday to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias continue to operate at will.

While Ukraine was able to hold a largely peaceful presidential election last month, the situation in the east near the Russian border remains volatile, with armed groups attacking Ukrainian government forces and occupying state buildings.

Jun 4, 2014

G7 leaders meet without Russia, take firm line on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to help stem violence in eastern Ukraine and said the West would not hesitate to impose stricter economic sanctions on Russia if it failed to cooperate.

Speaking ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven major industrialised nations, a meeting Russia was supposed to host but has been excluded from because of its seizure of Crimea, Merkel presented Putin with a straight choice.

    • 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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