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Facebook moving most users from protection of EU privacy law

Facebook is set to comply with strict new privacy rules in Europe next month, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly that those protections will be available around the world. …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 1:50 p.m.

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months.


EU nations mull expulsions, other measures against Russia

Several European Union countries said Friday they plan to take measures against Russia over the poisoning of a former spy, and some may follow the U.K.’s lead in expelling Moscow’s …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 8:21 a.m.

Britain’s EU partners agree to terms for post-Brexit ties

The European Union agreed on guidelines Friday that will govern negotiations on future relations and trade with Britain after Brexit, almost exactly a year before the country leaves the bloc.


UK’s May urges EU unity against Russia as Kremlin slams UK

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged European Union leaders on Thursday to unite and condemn Russia for not respecting international rules or borders, while Moscow slammed the U.K. as untrustworthy …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 5:29 p.m.

EU approves Bayer takeover of Monsanto after concessions

The European Union has approved Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but says they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 4:06 p.m.

Aid groups slam EU-Turkey deal, as asylum applications drop

The number of people applying for asylum in Europe has dropped to levels similar to those recorded before the wave of migrant arrivals in 2015, the European Union’s statistics agency …


Envoys hail Brexit progress but no Irish border breakthrough

Negotiators from the European Union and Britain on Monday hailed major progress in the Brexit talks, but conceded there had been no breakthrough on keeping open the Irish border.


EU criticizes Turkey’s offensive in Syrian town of Afrin

The European Union’s top diplomat criticized Turkey on Monday over its military offensive in a northern Syrian town, calling on Ankara to ensure that fighting eases in the conflict-torn country.


EU releases list of U.S. products that could face duties

The European Union on Friday published a list of U.S. products it plans to introduce duties on if the 28-nation bloc is not exempted from President Donald Trump’s steel and …


EU turning the screws on Britain over post-Brexit relations

The European Union turned the screws on Britain Wednesday, insisting that Prime Minister Theresa May’s ambition to maintain an intense post-divorce partnership where it could pick and choose in which …


EU border chief warns migrant pressures will stay high

The number of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean will remain high this year, with more expected to arrive through Spain, the head of European Union border agency …


EU says UK must make its mind up on future trade relations

The European Union’s Brexit negotiator warned Monday that the time has come for the U.K. to clarify what relationship it wants with the bloc once it leaves, and warned that …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 9:28 a.m.

EU warns Britain it can have no say during Brexit transition

The European Union on Monday warned Britain that it cannot expect to have a say in EU decision-making once it leaves, including during a transition period from next year meant …


EU fines Qualcomm for paying Apple to use its microchips

The European Union on Wednesday slapped a $1.23 billion fine on U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm for abusing its market dominance in the lucrative sector of components in smartphones and tablets for …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

EU imposes sanctions on 7 senior Venezuelan officials

The European Union imposed economic and travel sanctions Monday against seven senior Venezuelan officials accused of human rights abuses or breaching the rule of law in the crisis-ridden country.


Germany’s Merkel closer to breaking impasse over new government

Chancellor Angela Merkel took a significant step toward ending Germany’s lengthy political impasse by securing a preliminary agreement Friday to enter formal coalition talks with a center-left party. The deal …


Lead Brexit campaigner urges EU flexibility on trade

A top campaigner for Britain to leave the European Union is urging the bloc to back down and include the U.K.’s vast financial services sector in talks on their future …


Germany, Turkey take small steps toward friendlier ties

The German and Turkish foreign ministers took small steps Saturday toward restoring friendlier relations after more than a year of tension between their countries, but they made clear that significant …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 5:42 p.m.

New blow for Uber as top EU court says it’s a taxi company

Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 8:28 a.m.

EU takes historical step threatening Poland with sanctions

The European Union’s executive arm triggered proceedings against Poland on Wednesday over Warsaw’s contentious overhaul of the justice system, a move that could lead to unprecedented sanctions as Brussels struggles …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 3:57 p.m.

U.K. leader says there’s new optimism in Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday there is a new sense of optimism about negotiations over Britain’s departure from the European Union, insisting that a preliminary deal has given fresh …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

U.K., EU claim Brexit breakthrough; eye talks on future ties

Britain and the European Union hammered out a deal early Friday that allows Brexit talks to finally move on to the all-important issues of trade and the future relationship between …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 4:30 p.m.

EU blacklists 17 nations as tax avoidance havens

The European Union on Tuesday put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Future of Irish border remains an obstacle in Brexit talks

The European Union and Britain ended a flurry of top-level diplomacy on Monday without a deal on the terms of divorce. But they said they were within striking distance of …


EU takes tough approach to Brexit as talks enter key weeks

The European Union’s top Brexit negotiator on Monday took an uncompromising approach to the Brexit talks over the next few crucial weeks, saying it’s up to Britain to offer solutions …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

EU official Tusk likens Poland policies to ‘Kremlin plan’

European Council President Donald Tusk has strongly criticized the policies of the ruling right-wing party in his native Poland, prompting an angry retort from the prime minister.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 10:06 p.m.

EU: Greece bailout planners failed to anticipate recession

Auditors from the European Union’s executive Commission say massive bailout programs for Greece were not properly planned and failed to anticipate the recessionary effect of austerity measures.


Brexit talks resume amid warnings that time is running out

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain again that time is running out to reach an agreement, as officials from the two sides met Thursday for an abbreviated round …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 10:42 a.m.

Reports: U.K. police widen investigation into Harvey Weinstein

British media reported Tuesday that police have widened their investigation into sexual assault claims against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.