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European Union: Economic and political union of European states
The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe. Its members have a combined area of 4,233,255.3 km2 (1,634,469.0 sq mi) and an estimated total population of about 447 million. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states in those matters, and only those matters, where members have agreed to act as one. EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries and regional development. For travel within the Schengen Area, passport controls have been abolished. A monetary union was established in 1999, coming into full force in 2002, and is composed of 19 EU member states which use the euro currency.

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Britain's row with Greece over treasures spills into Brexit tensions

A long-running dispute between Britain and Greece over ancient treasures has spilled into tensions over Brexit after a demand for the return of stolen cultural artefacts was added to the draft of a..
Reuters - Published

Slovak far-right leader on trial for hate speech may play election kingmaker

Slovakia's far right leader began the year on trial on charges of spreading hate but could end up as kingmaker in a tight parliamentary election next week, adding to nationalist challenges confronting..
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European ambassadors 'blocking' closer ties between EU and Moldova, says President Igor Dodon [Video]European ambassadors 'blocking' closer ties between EU and Moldova, says President Igor Dodon

European ambassadors 'blocking' closer ties between EU and Moldova, says President Igor Dodon

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Sadiq Khan visits European Parliament in Brussels [Video]Sadiq Khan visits European Parliament in Brussels

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan meets European Parliament President David Sassoli in Belgium. Ahead of the visit, Mr Khan said that Londoners who are heartbroken over Brexit should be allowed to keep their..

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Brexit briefing: 317 days until the end of the transition period [Video]Brexit briefing: 317 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:50Published

EU to end Mediterranean anti-smuggler mission and tackle Libya arms flow [Video]EU to end Mediterranean anti-smuggler mission and tackle Libya arms flow

#EU foreign ministers have agreed to end the bloc's anti-smuggler operation in the #Mediterranean and launch a new drive targetting the #UN #Libya #armsembargo.View on euronews

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EU warns Facebook: don't 'push away' responsibility over regulation [Video]EU warns Facebook: don't 'push away' responsibility over regulation

The social media giant has called for 'more oversight and accountability' for tech companies, ahead of anticipated new EU proposals on policing.View on euronews

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We won't accept supervision in post-Brexit deal, UK tells EU [Video]We won't accept supervision in post-Brexit deal, UK tells EU

"To think that we might accept EU supervision on so-called level playing field issues simply fails to see the point of what we are doing", the British negotiator David Frost said in a speech he gave on..

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EU ministers back new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo [Video]EU ministers back new mission to enforce Libya arms embargo

Foreign ministers agree on creating new mission to block entry of arms, since current rule is routinely flouted.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:58Published

Facebook sees risks to innovation, freedom of expression ahead of EU rules [Video]Facebook sees risks to innovation, freedom of expression ahead of EU rules

Facebook warned of threats to innovation and freedom of expression on Monday, ahead of the release of a raft of rules by the European Union this week and in the coming months to rein in U.S. and..

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Brexit briefing: 318 days until the end of the transition period [Video]Brexit briefing: 318 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.

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Hungary's Orban lashes out at slow EU growth, 'sinister menaces' and George Soros [Video]Hungary's Orban lashes out at slow EU growth, 'sinister menaces' and George Soros

Hungary's Orban lashes out at slow EU growth, 'sinister menaces' and George Soros

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 03:52Published

EU must develop 'appetite for power' says foreign policy chief Josep Borrell [Video]EU must develop 'appetite for power' says foreign policy chief Josep Borrell

EU must develop 'appetite for power' says foreign policy chief Josep Borrell

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UK to outline post-Brexit trade vision as France warns both sides could 'rip each other apart' [Video]UK to outline post-Brexit trade vision as France warns both sides could 'rip each other apart'

France’s foreign minister warns the UK and EU could ‘rip each other apart’ in upcoming negotiations, as Britain prepares to set out a robust position.View on euronews

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"Europe has to develop an appetite for power," says the EU's Borrell. [Video]"Europe has to develop an appetite for power," says the EU's Borrell.

European Union governments need to be willing to intervene in international crises or risk prolonging paralysis in their foreign policy, the EU's top diplomat said on Sunday (February 16). Adam Reed..

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Brexit briefing: 319 days until the end of the transition period [Video]Brexit briefing: 319 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:50Published

US targets Airbus as it raises import tariffs on EU aircraft [Video]US targets Airbus as it raises import tariffs on EU aircraft

Tariffs were introduced in October after the WTO ruled that the EU was found to have illegally subsidised Airbus.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:00Published

Brexit briefing: 320 days until the end of the transition period [Video]Brexit briefing: 320 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:50Published

Google calls on European court to dismiss antitrust fine [Video]Google calls on European court to dismiss antitrust fine

Google on Friday called on Europe's second-top court to throw out what it called an eye-catching 2.4 billion euros ($2.6 billion) EU antitrust fine, saying there was no factual or legal basis to the..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:01Published

EU health ministers meet to discuss prevention of Coronavirus in Europe [Video]EU health ministers meet to discuss prevention of Coronavirus in Europe

Credit: FRANCE 24 English     Duration: 01:33Published

Brexit briefing: 321 days until the end of the transition period [Video]Brexit briefing: 321 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we take a look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:50Published

Budapest's mayor snubs Orban by lobbying EU for direct access to climate change cash [Video]Budapest's mayor snubs Orban by lobbying EU for direct access to climate change cash

Budapest's mayor snubs Orban by lobbying EU for direct access to climate change cash

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EU lists Cayman Islands, Panama as tax havens, spares Turkey

European Union finance ministers added Panama, the Seychelles, the Cayman Islands and Palau to the EU's blacklist of tax havens, while giving Turkey more time to avoid being listed, an EU document said..
Reuters - Published

'North Macedonia, Albania will deliver,' EU enlargement chief says

North Macedonia and Albania can deliver on the reforms required to join the European Union, the EU enlargement commissioner said on Tuesday, in the latest sign that the Balkan neighbors are set to..
Reuters - Published

Britain won't heed EU rules to win free trade: PM aide

Britain will not be threatened into following EU rules in the future by talk of economic rifts and is ready to trade with the bloc on basic international terms if needs be, Prime Minister Boris..
Reuters - Published

Britain will develop its own regime to control state aid: Frost

Britain will develop its own system for regulating state aid and controlling subsidies after its post-Brexit transition period is over, London's negotiator for the long-term relationship with the..
Reuters - Published

Britain OK with basic Australia-type trade with EU if free-trade deal impossible: PM aide

Britain is ready to trade with the European Union on basic international terms that the bloc currently follows with Australia if a more ambitious free trade agreement cannot be reached, Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

UK's Frost says ready for 'Australia-terms' FTA if EU still has doubts

Britain's negotiator with the European Union said on Monday that London was prepared to accept an "Australia-style" free trade agreement with the bloc if its member states continue to have doubts about..
Reuters - Published

Britain won't accept EU oversight on fair competition after Brexit, PM's aide to say

Britain will not accept EU supervision of so-called level playing field guarantees of fair competition in any new relationship between the two after Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's EU advisor,..
Reuters - Published

EU agrees new Libya sea patrols after Austria lifts veto

The European Union will launch a new naval and air mission in the eastern Mediterranean to stop more arms reach warring factions in Libya, foreign ministers agreed on Monday, after Austria lifted its..
Reuters - Published

EU extends arms embargo against Belarus, travel ban on four individuals

The European Union on Monday extended until Feb. 28, 2021, an arms embargo on Belarus and an asset freeze against four nationals from the ex-Soviet republic, according to a statement.
Reuters - Published

Two fathers demand action against Japan over parental child abduction

Two European fathers who live in Japan will urge EU lawmakers this week to increase pressure on Tokyo to tackle parental child abduction by changing a law that does not recognize joint child custody..
Reuters - Published

EU must develop 'appetite for power', Borrell says

European Union governments need to be willing to intervene in international crises or risk prolonging paralysis in their foreign policy, the EU's top diplomat said on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Pull yourselves together for EU's sake, German Greens urge CDU

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), embroiled in a leadership crisis, must unite and keep their ruling coalition stable as Germany takes on the rotating European Union presidency this..
Reuters - Published

Macron opens door to North Macedonia, Albania EU accession talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that if the results of an EU Commission report in March on North Macedonia and Albania were positive, he would back opening negotiations for them to..
Reuters - Published

Turkish court acquits novelist accused of Kurdish militant ties

An Istanbul court acquitted novelist Asli Erdogan on Friday of charges of terrorist group membership, in one of a series cases which have fueled concern among European Union states and rights groups..
Reuters - Published

Let's stick together on security, Germany's Kramp-Karrenbauer tells UK

The EU and Britain have a shared interest in retaining close security ties after Brexit, Germany's defense minister told Reuters in an interview.
Reuters - Published

Europe, United States criticize Georgia over opposition leader's jailing

The European Union and the United States urged Georgia to reinforce democracy on Wednesday after an opposition leader was jailed for a second time in a case activists say is politically motivated.
Reuters - Published

Brexit or not, EU tells Britain to tweak transport levy or face court

Brexit may be done, but the European Union's executive served a reminder on Wednesday that Britain is not yet free from its laws, demanding that it change transport levies or face proceedings in front..
Reuters - Published

Cyprus, Portugal among states rebuked by EU over delays in money-laundering reforms

The European Commission has sent legal warnings to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands and five other EU states over their delays in applying new anti-money laundering rules adopted at European Union..
Reuters - Published

Austria blocking EU Libya sea patrols over migrants, diplomats say

Italy is prepared to consider a resumption of maritime patrols in the Mediterranean, a senior official said, but diplomats said Austria is sticking to its objections, in a blow to European efforts to..
Reuters - Published

EU's Borrell warns of violence if Israel annexes Jordan Valley

The EU's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, urged Israel on Tuesday not to annex the Jordan Valley, a large swathe of the occupied West Bank, warning of Palestinian protests if it went ahead.
Reuters - Published

Britain and EU split over financial market access

Britain wants a stable relationship with the European Union for "decades to come" in financial services, finance minister Sajid Javid said on Tuesday, only to receive an instant rebuttal from Brussels.
Reuters - Published

Coronavirus outbreak seen so far having 'marginal' impact on EU economy: sources

The coronavirus outbreak is expected at this stage to have only a "marginal" impact on the European Union's economy, two EU officials told Reuters on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU should offer UK 'equivalence' on financial services: UK's Javid

The European Union should continue to recognize Britain's financial services industry as meeting equivalent regulatory standards when a Brexit transition period ends next year, finance minister Sajid..
Reuters - Published

Swiss government lobbies for EU ties as 'Brexit moment' looms

The Swiss government on Tuesday urged voters to reject a referendum brought by the right-wing Swiss People's Party to end an accord with the European Union on the free movement of citizens.
Reuters - Published

We can agree on high standards, EU's Von der Leyen urges UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ambition on social protection and climate action and said this could form the basis of level playing..
Reuters - Published

Let's agree social, climate ambitions, EU's Von der Leyen urges UK

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen praised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ambition on social protection and climate action and said this could form the basis of level playing..
Reuters - Published

Swiss government warns against cancelling EU free-movement pact

The Swiss government on Tuesday urged voters to reject a referendum push by the right-wing Swiss People's Party to end an accord with the European Union on the free movement of citizens.
Reuters - Published

Cambodia PM says country 'will not bow down' a day before EU trade decision

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was defiant on Tuesday, a day before the European Union is to decide whether to end the country's special trade preferences over human rights concerns, saying the..
Reuters - Published

EU's top diplomat under fire again for 'Greta syndrome' remark

The European Commission had to apologize again on Monday for a comment by foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who had questioned young people's commitment to the fight against climate change, referring..
Reuters - Published

Cambodia garments, possibly losing EU trade status, now hit by coronavirus

At least four textile factories in Cambodia may suspend operations because of delays to the supply of raw materials from China caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the labour ministry said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Polish judiciary changes are a 'destruction': EU commissioner

Poland's overhaul of its judiciary constitutes "destruction" not reform, EU Values and Transparency Commissioner Vera Jourova said in an interview published on Saturday, amid growing concern that..
Reuters - Published

Trump ousts two officials who testified against him in impeachment

Two days after President Donald Trump's impeachment acquittal, his administration on Friday ousted two officials - Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union..
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U.S. Ambassador to EU Sondland says Trump intends to recall him from his post

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified in President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry, said on Friday that Trump intends to recall him from his post.
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Migrants in Serbia protest for passage to Hungary and EU

Dozens of migrants, trapped in Serbia, set out in freezing and windy weather on Thursday to walk about ten kilometers to the Hungarian border, demanding free and secure passage toward Western Europe,..
Reuters - Published

Bomb on British-bound lorry intended for Brexit day, Northern Irish police say

Northern Irish militants hoped a bomb they planted on a haulage lorry last week would take a ferry across the Irish Sea and explode in Britain at the time it left the European Union, police said on..
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Serbia should accept EU expansion reforms, president says

Serbia should accept the European Union's proposed changes to the way it admits new countries, which could smooth the path toward membership for Balkan countries, President Aleksandar Vucic said on..
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About 500,000 EU citizens yet to apply for UK residency after Brexit

An estimated 500,000 European Union nationals in Britain have yet to apply for a new immigration status, which most will need to remain in the country after Brexit.
Reuters - Published

Women with defective French breast implants may claim damages only in France: EU court adviser

Victims of defective breast implants made by French company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) may only get compensation if they had the procedure in France, an adviser at Europe's top court said on Thursday,..
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French change of tone boosts Balkan states' hopes of joining EU

France has welcomed the European Union's proposed changes to the way it admits new countries, which could smooth the path towards membership for Balkan countries after President Emmanuel Macron blocked..
Reuters - Published

EU aims to admit six Balkan states under reformed process: commissioner

The European Union still aims to admit the Balkan nations of Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia into the bloc, new EU enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said on..
Reuters - Published

EU's new foreign policy chief to meet Pompeo in Washington

Josep Borrell, the new EU foreign policy chief, will hold talks in Washington on Thursday and Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, the European..
Reuters - Published

French port town dreams of becoming post-Brexit duty-free haven

Authorities in Calais are lobbying the French government to create a duty-free zone for British shoppers that would cover the entire port town in northern France if a future trade deal between Britain..
Reuters - Published

EU rejects Trump Middle East peace plan, annexation

The European Union rejected parts of the new U.S. peace plan for the Middle East on Tuesday, saying the plan broke with "internationally agreed parameters", and any Israeli annexation of Palestinian..
Reuters - Published

EU condemns U.S. decision to end ban on anti-personnel land mines

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relax restrictions on the U.S. military's use of anti-personnel land mines was "completely unacceptable", the European Union said on Tuesday in a rare formal..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Key hurdles blocking way to post-Brexit deal

London and Brussels are already sparring over the terms of their future relationship, just days after Britain's historic departure from the European Union.
Reuters - Published

EU to overhaul process for admitting new members in bid to lift French veto

The European Commission will propose changes to the system for letting new countries into the EU to give existing members more say, in a bid to mollify France which has vetoed expansion of the bloc to..
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