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UK politics fractures further as 3 Conservatives defect

Brexit-driven cracks in Britain’s political party system yawned wider Wednesday, as three pro-European lawmakers quit the ruling Conservatives to join a new centrist group of independents who oppose the Conservative …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact

The European Union on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that her trip to EU headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations stands no chance of success …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:12 p.m.

EU warns of reduced imports if Trump puts tariffs on cars

The European Union warned U.S. President Donald Trump Monday that the bloc will step back from a commitment to buy more American soybeans and liquid gas if European cars are …


UK’s May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent …


Brexit unease sees UK economy takes a turn for the worse

The British economy has not had a worse year since the global financial crisis and Brexit uncertainty is clearly to blame. The government even admits it.


EU nations endorse Venezuela opposition leader over Maduro

More than a dozen European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign …


EU states called on to recognize Venezuela opposition leader

The European Parliament is calling on the European Union’s member states to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president.


EU won’t budge on Brexit deal as May seeks cross-party unity

European Union leaders offered a united chorus of “No” on Wednesday to Britain’s belated bid to negotiate changes to the Brexit divorce deal, with one official calling on British lawmakers …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

Pro-Brexit British lawmakers were mounting a campaign Monday to rescue Prime Minister Theresa May’s rejected European Union divorce deal in a parliamentary showdown, as major retailers warned the U.K. could …


Businesses sound alarm as UK says prepare for no-deal Brexit

Businesses in Britain and the European Union need to prepare for the possibility the U.K. will leave the bloc in March without an exit deal, senior British and EU officials …


Europe urges Congress to support lifting US sanctions on Russian firm controlled by Putin ally

The European Union is pushing Congress to support Treasury Department plans to lift sanctions on a Russian aluminum company controlled by a Vladimir Putin ally, saying the sanctions have harmed …


May aims to rescue Brexit plan; EU says ball is in UK’s court

British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a rescue mission for her ailing Brexit deal Friday, after the European Union rebuffed her request to sweeten the divorce agreement so she can …


May wins no-confidence vote by lawmakers unhappy over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a political crisis over her Brexit deal Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 1:51 p.m.

U.S. stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

The United States has been blocking progress at the Group of 20 summit on fixing world trade rules, fighting climate change and tackling migration, according to European officials involved in …


Marchers clog streets of London to demand new Brexit vote

Hundreds of thousands of protesters opposed to Britain’s impending exit from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday, demanding a new referendum and to have a say on …


Brexit deal getting closer, European Commission chief says

The chances of Britain and the European Union striking a Brexit deal on their divorce are rising, one of the bloc’s leaders said, amid reports the two sides are moving …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 10:45 a.m.

U.K. leader Theresa May hits back after EU trashes her Brexit plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May challenged the European Union on Friday to break the “impasse” in Brexit negotiations, fighting back after the bloc threw divorce negotiations into doubt by labeling …


EU says Serbia, Kosovo talks end without breakthrough

Serbia’s president refused to meet with his Kosovo counterpart at European Union-backed talks Friday, dashing hopes of an imminent improvement in long-strained relations between the two countries.


Leaders of Germany, Spain pledge united front on migration

The leaders of Germany and Spain on Saturday promoted a shared approach to immigration into the European Union amid growing populist opposition in other EU nations to taking in more …


Beth Baltzan: Europeans are free traders now? That’s rich

After President Donald Trump met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week, tensions between the two economic powerhouses abated, as the United States and the European Union announced an …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 5:33 p.m.

Harley-Davidson, stung by tariffs, shifts some production overseas

Harley-Davidson, up against spiraling costs from tariffs, will begin to shift the production of motorcycles headed for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.


Pro-EU protesters march in London, demand new vote on Brexit

Tens of thousands of anti-Brexit protesters marched Saturday in London to demand a new referendum on leaving the European Union, as a divided Britain marked the second anniversary of its …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

EU imposes tariffs on U.S. peanuts, motorcycles and whiskey

The European Union started enforcing tariffs Friday on American imports like bourbon, peanut butter and orange juice, part of a growing global trade rift that’s likely to intensify over the …


Tariff war could hit Washington state apple sales to Mexico

The Trump administration delivered a gut punch to America’s closest allies Thursday, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Mexico and Canada in a move that prompted fears of …


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 …


EU deplores U.S. tactics in negotiating tariffs

European Union leaders vented their frustration Friday that they only obtained a temporary exemption to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and argue the measure should never have applied to …


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 seeks clarity on whether it will be hit by U.S. tariffs

The European Union is seeking clarity from Washington about whether the 28-nation bloc will be exempt from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, the EU’s top trade official said …


EU, Russia vie for influence in volatile Balkans region

For years, Russia has worked to gain influence in Southeast Europe, using Serbia as a foothold to establish a friendly pocket on a hostile continent.


Thousands in Albania rally, call for government to resign

Thousands supporting Albania’s opposition took to the streets for an anti-government protest Saturday, accusing the Cabinet of links to organized crime and calling for its resignation.