BRUSSELS, June 5 (Reuters) – The world’s leading
industrialised nations vowed on Thursday to seal a series of
free-trade deals that would radically change the shape of global
commerce despite rising popular opposition.
Leaders of the G7 committed themselves to eight far-reaching
accords that would encompass more than 80 percent of the world’s
economy but that effectively sideline China and Russia and have
met with protests, particularly in Europe.
BRUSSELS, June 4 (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
Speaking ahead of a summit of the Group of Seven major
industrialised nations, a meeting Russia was supposed to host
but has been pointedly excluded from because of its seizure of
Crimea, Merkel presented Putin with a straight choice.
BRUSSELS/OTTAWA, June 2 (Reuters) – Canada and the European
Union are struggling to finalise a multi-billion dollar trade
pact six months after political leaders said it was sealed, an
embarrassment for Brussels as it seeks a far bigger deal with
the United States.
Over a celebratory lunch last October, Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper and European Commission President Jose
Manuel Barroso termed the accord “a landmark achievement for the
transatlantic market” that could come into force next year.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders assessed the continent’s dramatically altered political landscape on Tuesday following European Parliament elections and sought a response to a rising tide of voter frustration.
With far-right, anti-EU parties sweeping to unprecedented victories in France, Britain and Denmark and populists gaining ground elsewhere, the 28 leaders faced tough questions about the future direction of European integration.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Stunning victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist, Eurosceptic parties from France and Britain left the European Union licking its wounds on Monday and facing a giant policy dilemma.
Across the continent, anti-establishment parties of the far right and hard left more than doubled their representation amid voter apathy, harnessing a mood of anger with Brussels over austerity, mass unemployment and immigration.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The center right has extended its lead over the center left in the race for dominance in the European Parliament elections this week, a poll showed on Tuesday, but both sides are expected to fiercely contest the presidency of the European Commission.
The European People’s Party (EPP) will take 217 seats in the May 22-25 vote, a five-seat improvement on a week ago, according to an analysis of national surveys by PollWatch 2014, its final forecast before polls open.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union sought on Thursday to counter rising opposition to transatlantic trade talks as hundreds of activists protested against the plans that they say would only benefit big companies fixated on maximizing profits.
A year into talks to create the world’s largest free-trade pact, European farmers, unions and nationalist politicians are trying to sway an uncertain public against the plans, despite studies showing an accord could increase economic growth.