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Britain looking to push Brexit talks with E.U. onto trade

The European Union and Britain started a third round of Brexit negotiations on Monday with EU negotiator Michel Barnier testily berating the British government for what he perceives as a …


EU probes Bayer’s planned buyout of Monsanto

The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog said Tuesday that it has launched a probe into German chemical maker Bayer’s planned acquisition of U.S. seed and weed-killer company Monsanto.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 1:38 p.m.

Britain seeks smooth rules to resolve legal disputes after Brexit

Britain says rules governing judicial cooperation with the European Union should stay much as they are now after Brexit to prevent international business disputes and divorce battles from becoming longer …


UK is said to set out more detailed Brexit vision next week

The U.K. is preparing to give further details of its approach to Brexit next week when it lays out positions in at least three different areas that it wants to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

Pence says future of Balkans is ‘in the West’

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the future of Europe’s Balkan nations is in the West, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the region as Russia works to assert its …


E.U. still open to sanctioning Poland over judicial overhaul

The European Union’s executive arm remains open to triggering sanctions against Poland for limiting judicial independence despite the Polish president’s decision to veto parts of a controversial legal overhaul, a …


In Google vs. the EU, a $2.7B fine could just be the start

Google’s parent company Alphabet can easily afford the $2.7 billion write-down it’s taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But it might find it harder to shrug off …


E.U. parliament threatens veto on Brexit over citizens’ rights

The European Parliament on Monday set itself on a collision course with Britain, making a damning assessment of British proposals on EU citizens’ rights after the U.K. leaves the European …


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 5:58 p.m.

Trump and E.U. offer starkly different trade visions at G-20

Competing visions of world trade are set to collide at the Group of 20 summit of world leaders in Hamburg, Germany, this week.


EU, Japan have ‘agreement in principle’ on free trade deal

The European Union and Japan have agreed “in principle” on a free trade deal that will affect an overwhelming majority of commerce between the two economic giants and will be …


U.K. to pull out of fishing deal that let others in its waters

Britain is pulling out of an agreement that permits fishermen from five other countries to operate in U.K. waters, the first step in reasserting control over its fishing industry as …


Europeans line up behind Paris accord, free trade before G-20

European leaders said Thursday they are ready to defend the Paris climate accord and free trade when they face President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit. German Chancellor …


As thousands seek safe havens, migrant pressures grow in Europe

Italy’s leader pressed his European Union allies Thursday to take in more migrants, saying the relentless arrival of tens of thousands on Italy’s shores is putting his country under enormous …


Google fined record $2.7 billion in European antitrust case

The European Commission has hit Google with a record $2.7 billion fine after concluding that the search giant unfairly favored its comparison-shopping service over others.


EU weighs retaliatory measures as U.S. eyes steel tariffs

The European Union’s top trade official says the bloc is preparing retaliatory measures in case the United States goes ahead with plans to impose steel tariffs on imports.


Brexit: May offers hope for EU citizens, wins guarded praise

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised Thursday that EU citizens will not be immediately kicked out of Britain when it leaves the union and says their fate will be a …


UPDATED: Sat., June 10, 2017, 4:14 p.m.

U.K. leader May strikes tentative deal with N. Ireland party

The two top aides to British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned Saturday, shouldering some of the blame for an election that proved a disaster for the Conservative Party, a headache …


World economy seen picking up; political uncertainty a risk

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has predicted in its latest global outlook report that world growth would accelerate from 3 percent in 2016 to 3.6 percent in 2018.


EU nations set tough negotiating mandate for Brexit talks

The 27 European Union nations handling Britain’s exit from the bloc set a tough negotiating mandate for the talks, the EU’s chief negotiator said Monday, stressing that the discussions would …


High Turkish support for Erdogan in EU worries Europeans

Ayhan Ogelge lives in Austria. But his heart is in his Turkish homeland and beats for its president, even as Europe’s democracies raise the alarm over the Turkish leader’s push …


French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork Monday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his …


EU eying rules that could move key London financial market

The European Union is preparing new rules that could force a key financial market, and potentially thousands of jobs, to leave London once Britain exits the bloc.


British leader accuses EU officials of election interference

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday accused European Union officials of trying to influence the U.K. elections, ratcheting up tensions with Brussels over her country’s departure from the bloc.


Brexit gets nasty as EU accuses Britain of unrealistic aims

In public, Britain and the European Union say they want an amicable divorce. Behind the scenes, things are getting nasty.


May brushes off EU calls to settle Brexit divorce bill first

Britain’s prime minister has brushed off calls for her country to settle its “divorce bill” from the European Union before beginning trade talks, saying she was confident she could secure …


European Central Bank says economy is ‘increasingly solid’

The European Central Bank kept its stimulus program and interest rates unchanged Thursday even though it conceded that the economy of the 19-country eurozone is becoming stronger.


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential runoff May 7.


China, EU push message of free trade, engagement

Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement …


EU imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

The European Commission has imposed anti-dumping duties on steel products from China to stop them flooding Europe’s struggling steel market.


UK said to brace for EU backlash as May readies Brexit notice

Theresa May’s government is increasingly concerned the European Union will seek to punish the U.K. for leaving the bloc, amid claims the prime minister hasn’t done enough to charm her …