Raf Casert
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NATO insists it's united at end of raucous, divisive summit
by Raf Casert - July 13, 2018 - 12:14am
At the end of a bewildering, roller-coaster NATO summit, the military alliance's 29 nations somehow pledged continued unity and kept their long commitment to beef up defense spending amid a barrage of biting criticism...
European Union moves against Poland for its new court law
by Raf Casert - July 3, 2018 - 5:16am
The European Union opened another rule-of-law procedure yesterday against Poland over what it sees as flaws in the country's Supreme Court law, intensifying a standoff that could threaten Poland's EU voting rights...
EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers
by Raf Casert - June 25, 2018 - 1:11am
The idea of screening Europe-bound asylum-seekers in North Africa and the Balkans gained support from several European Union leaders yesterday as tensions over how best to handle new arrivals threatened to undermine...
EU leader optimistic of breakthrough in Brexit talks
by Raf Casert - December 4, 2017 - 7:24pm
European Union chief Donald Tusk said yesterday he was "encouraged" by progress in divorce talks with Britain and said that both sides were getting closer to the point where they can start focusing negotiations on...
European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK
by Raf Casert - November 19, 2017 - 8:31pm
Brexit is still well over year away but two European cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union.
Frost, drought hit wine production hard in Europe
by Raf Casert - October 10, 2017 - 6:21pm
Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe's grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent.
Dutch leader says Brexit puts Britain in deep trouble
by Raf Casert - March 15, 2017 - 9:02am
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday questioned British optimism that departing the European Union will lead to a brighter future, saying the United Kingdom could be in for "potentially irreparable harm."
EU, UK take contrasting messages from May's Brexit speech
by Raf Casert - January 19, 2017 - 10:31am
European Union leaders on Wednesday punctured U.K. optimism about a smooth and mutually beneficial divorce between Britain and the EU, declaring that, no matter what British Prime Theresa May thinks, Britain can't...
Foul weather hits Olympics, on the track and at sailing
by Raf Casert - August 16, 2016 - 10:30am
It was hectic for weather forecasters at the Olympics: high winds, driving rain, fire. Only ice was missing. It was a nightmare for the athletes.
Ayana sets world record to open Olympic track program
by Raf Casert - August 13, 2016 - 3:36am
One world record, one Olympic gold. That done, Almaz Ayana can start thinking about her best event.
US, Europe struggle to make progress in free trade talks
by Raf Casert - May 2, 2016 - 9:12am
Talks to create a massive free trade zone between the United States and the European Union continue to be held back because of disagreements on key issues, making success under President Barack Obama's administration...
EU expands battle with Google with Android antitrust probe
by Raf Casert - April 20, 2016 - 10:16am
The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment to its own p...
EU proposes to spend $760 million on aid to migrants
by Raf Casert - March 2, 2016 - 1:41pm
The head office of the European Union on yesterday sought to swiftly push through a proposal to earmark 700 million euros ($760 million) in humanitarian aid to improve the situation for migrants in need of shel...
6 founding EU nations commit to the original unity goals
by Raf Casert - February 10, 2016 - 11:23am
The six founding nations of the European Union on Tuesday stressed their commitment to seek an "ever closer union" ahead of next week's summit where Britain is expected to seek a new agreement to help convince a...
EU: Belgium gave illegal tax breaks totaling $760 million
by Raf Casert - January 11, 2016 - 11:46am
The European Union has ordered Belgium to recover some $760 million in illegal tax breaks from 35 multinationals, its latest ruling against the sweet deals many member states offered to some of the world's biggest...
EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit
by Raf Casert - November 29, 2015 - 3:05pm
European Union leaders eager for Turkey's help in the migrant crisis cautioned against promising too much to their often reluctant partner at a summit in Brussels yesterday, even as Turkey's prime minister declared...
EU report chides Turkey on human rights, freedoms
by Raf Casert - November 10, 2015 - 3:25pm
The European Union on yesterday severely criticized Turkey for a series of flaws in its respect for human rights and democratic standards at a time when the bloc is looking to Ankara to help deal with the migrant...
1000s of farmers protest at EU HQ to protest slumping prices
by Raf Casert - September 7, 2015 - 1:38pm
Thousands of farmers protested outside European Union headquarters on yesterday to demand more aid and higher prices for their milk and pig meat.
EU moves to protect cheese from both sides of divided Cyprus
by Raf Casert - July 28, 2015 - 4:18pm
EU warms, a little, to Belarus as Russia relations freeze
by Raf Casert - March 8, 2015 - 5:44am
The European Union is starting to warm to Belarus again after years of bitter division during which the east European nation was coined as "the last dictatorship" on the continent.
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