BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) – The European Commission has
proposed dropping a ban on South African citrus imports to keep
orange juice on Europe’s breakfast tables this summer but said
it could be re-imposed if shipments contain a fungal disease.
The European Union, which buys 1 billion euros ($1.4
billion) of South African citrus exports every year, banned
mainly oranges, lemons, and tangerines from South Africa late
last year because of a fungal disease found in shipments.
BRUSSELS, April 25 (Reuters) – The European Union must not
retreat behind national borders to pull out of its economic
slump, said Guy Verhofstadt, a prominent supporter of a federal
Europe who is seeking the presidency of the European Commission.
In a call to counter the rise of populist parties that
reject the power of Brussels, the former Belgian prime minister
said only a stronger EU could end record unemployment and revive
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain, Sweden and Poland are pushing the European Union to send judicial and police advisers to Ukraine to help stabilize the country, according to a document seen by Reuters, a proposal likely to irritate Russia.
An EU mission would seek to rebuild Ukraine’s police and legal system in the short-term to help combat sporadic violence in the country of 46 million people and lay the groundwork for implementing a proposed free-trade deal with the European Union.
BRUSSELS, April 8 (Reuters) – Hungarian Prime Minister
Viktor Orban broke EU law when he fired the head of the
country’s data protection agency, the European Court of Justice
said on Tuesday, in a ruling likely to reignite tensions with
Brussels over Hungary’s reforms.
Orban, who won re-election on Sunday by a landslide,
curtailed the independence of the agency in 2012 when he removed
its chief Andras Jori almost three years before the end of his
term, the court said, ruling in favour of the European
Commission that brought the case.
BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – The European Central Bank will get ready to make large-scale asset purchases but is still a long way off embarking on such a plan and will first assess whether the inflation outlook has changed, ECB policymakers said.
Faced with inflation rates running far below its target, the ECB last week opened the door to turning on its money-printing presses with so-called “quantitative easing” (QE) to boost the euro zone economy.