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EU urges Balkan reform but cool on accepting new members
by Lorne Cook - May 18, 2018 - 2:08am
European Union leaders on yesterday encouraged Balkan countries to continue on the path of EU-oriented reform but were cool on any of the six joining the bloc in the near future.
France wants EU expansion freeze amid Balkans war warning
by Lorne Cook - April 18, 2018 - 2:20am
French President Emmanuel Macron on yesterday ruled out any expansion of the European Union until the bloc is reformed, as a top EU official warned that the volatile Balkans could face a return to war if countries...
EU Brexit chief urges Britain to keep up the momentum
by Lorne Cook - October 17, 2017 - 8:41pm
The European Union's Brexit negotiator urged the British government yesterday to keep up the momentum in negotiations on leaving the bloc if it wants the talks to advance to a new phase in December.
France lashes Russia over Syria; Aleppo seeks EU help
by Lorne Cook - December 16, 2016 - 8:41am
French President Francois Hollande accused Russia on Thursday of reneging on its pledges in Syria, as a local leader in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo appealed to Europe to send monitors to help ensure...
EU's most widely use language, English, endangered by Brexit
by Lorne Cook - June 29, 2016 - 9:07am
Of all the myriad challenges facing the European Union with the pending departure of Britain, one unlikely issue that 
Questions to answer about the EU's migrant deal with Turkey
by Lorne Cook - March 15, 2016 - 5:02pm
It's being hailed as a breakthrough, but the European Union's tentative deal with Ankara to send back thousands of migrants is fraught with legal complexities.
EU, UN criticize Balkan police crackdown on Afghan migrants
by Lorne Cook - February 23, 2016 - 3:18pm
The European Union and the United Nations on yesterday criticized new police restrictions that can block Afghan asylum-seekers from traveling along main migrant route through the Balkans into Western Europe.
Pressure mounts as EU migration strategy bogs down
by Lorne Cook - January 20, 2016 - 12:48pm
Pressure built on yesterday for European Union leaders to overcome their differences and tackle the refugee emergency amid criticism that Europe's migrant strategy is unraveling fast.
Questions and answers about free movement in Europe
by Lorne Cook - January 4, 2016 - 2:32pm
Six countries in Europe's document-free travel area now have wide-ranging border checks in place following Denmark's decision on yesterday to tighten controls on its southern border with Germany.
France urges EU to act faster against extremist funding
by Lorne Cook - December 8, 2015 - 3:25pm
France urged its European Union partners on yesterday to speed up efforts to cut off funds to extremists groups, nearly a month after the Paris attacks.
EU lashes nations for foot-dragging on migrant pledges
by Lorne Cook - October 27, 2015 - 4:11pm
The European Union appealed to member countries on yesterday to deliver on promises to deal with the refugee emergency, warning that the EU's credibility is at stake.
EU holds more migration talks as calls for answers grow
by Lorne Cook - September 22, 2015 - 3:17pm
The European Union's two emergency meetings on the migration crisis this week won't provide any quick solutions to ease the plight of tens of thousands of people seeking sanctuary in Europe.
Europe's passport free travel area explained
by Lorne Cook - September 2, 2015 - 10:12pm
Desperate to halt the flow of migrants fleeing conflict or poverty, some European countries have begun erecting fences and tightening border controls. 
Belgium lays to rest heroine who saved countless GI lives
by Lorne Cook - August 29, 2015 - 2:43pm
A Congo-born nurse was laid to rest in a quiet corner of Belgium on yesterday, surrounded by emissaries from the King and the United States, politicians and a military honor guard.
EU rules out changes to passport-free travel area
by Lorne Cook - August 24, 2015 - 3:13pm
The European Union on yesterday ruled out changing Europe's passport-free system of travel despite mounting pressure over a thwarted attack on a multinational rail line and a large influx of migrants into the E...
EU unveils draft laws to end sweetheart tax deals
by Lorne Cook - March 19, 2015 - 5:52am
The European Union plans to oblige member countries to share details of tax agreements made with big companies and end the practice of sweet deals made in secret.
Germany urges its partners, Iran to grab nuclear deal
by Lorne Cook - March 17, 2015 - 5:13am
Germany on yesterday urged its international partners and Iran "to seize the opportunity" to negotiate an end to the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program ahead of an end-of-month deadline.
EU nations get deal on rules for investment fund
by Lorne Cook - March 11, 2015 - 3:10am
The European Union on yesterday took a major step toward a 315 billion euros ($356 billion) investment plan to encourage the private sector to launch higher risk projects like broadband and energy networks.
Liberia calls for Ebola 'Marshall Plan' to rebuild economies
by Lorne Cook - March 4, 2015 - 7:27am
Liberia's president on yesterday called for an Ebola "Marshall Plan" to help rebuild economies in West African nations devastated by the virus.
Google: YouTube is so overloaded staff cannot filter content
by Lorne Cook - January 29, 2015 - 3:30am
BRUSSELS — Internet giant Google said yesterday that its video-sharing website YouTube is so inundated that staff cannot filter all terror related content, complicating the struggle to halt the publication...
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