BRUSSELS , July 25: The European Union is not interested in buying potential COVID-19 vaccines through an initiative co-led by the World Health Organisation as it deems it slow and high-cost, two EU sources told Reuters, noting the bloc was in talks with drugmakers for shots cheaper than $40.

BRUSSELS, July 21: Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever.

BRUSSELS , March 21: The European Commission said on Saturday it had approved three French state aid schemes to support the French economy amid the coronavirus epidemic that would mobilise 300 billion euros (275.2 billion pounds) of liquidity support for affected companies.

BRUSSELS, March 13: The European Union will establish a 37 billion euro (33 billion pounds) investment initiative as part of a package of measures to cushion the bloc’s economies from the impact of coronavirus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.

With the UK deeply divided over Brexit, how people voted in the 2016 referendum is key to which party they will support in the election. The United Kingdom’s contentious 2016 referendum to depart the EU and subsequent years of political rancour have led to an unpredictable general election.

Nov 8: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

November 8, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

Britain’s post-Brexit choices

November 7, 2019 09:19 am

With the UK set to hold a crucial parliamentary election on December 12, it still is not clear whether, when, and how Brexit will happen

LONDON, Oct 31: On the day Britain was supposed to have left the European Union, voters instead faced the start of an election campaign, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledging to overthrow a “rigged system” he said was run by billionaires and tax-dodgers.

LONDON, Oct 26: Britain’s government denied a newspaper report on Saturday that it will seek to weaken workers’ rights after Britain leaves the European Union, with one minister describing the idea as “completely mad”.

LONDON, Oct 26: Britain’s government denied a newspaper report on Saturday that it will seek to weaken workers’ rights after Britain leaves the European Union, with one minister describing the idea as “completely mad”.

Oct 24: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

October 24, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

LONDON, Oct 24: The United Kingdom will ultimately leave the European Union on the terms of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal even though parliament has complicated the timing of the divorce, a senior Downing Street source said.

LONDON, Oct 20: Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite an unsigned letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by his opponents to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay, the government said on Sunday.

BRUSSELS, Oct 17: Britain clinched an eleventh-hour Brexit deal with the EU on Thursday, more than three years after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the bloc, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson still faces a knife-edge vote in parliament to get it approved.

In a dangerous game

October 14, 2019 00:30 am

Unless the rest of the world gets involved, the dangerous game the US and Iran are playing could end in direct confrontation

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, Oct 2: Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the European Union on Wednesday to compromise after Britain came up with its final offer to try to secure a Brexit deal, promising he would not be deterred from leaving on Oct. 31.

LONDON, Sept 27: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday his government will obey the law and remains confident the country can leave the European Union with a deal.

An innovation agenda for Europe

September 18, 2019 01:00 am

Given the high stakes for Europe of being either a digital leader or laggard, the EU urgently needs a radically ambitious innovation and technology agenda

LUXEMBOURG, Sept 16: The European Commission said on Monday that London had still not proposed an alternative to the Irish backstop that has stymied a deal on Britain’s exit from the EU, giving a blunt read-out of a meeting between its president and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

BRUSSELS, Sept 12: Google won a victory on Thursday after Europe’s top court said Germany has to notify the European Commission of a rule allowing publishers to demand a copyright fee from the U.S. tech giant for using news snippets.

Infographics: Brexit: what now?

September 9, 2019 00:05 am

Brexit: what now?

LONDON, Sept 6: British opposition parties said on Friday that they would block Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second bid to call a snap general election in mid-October, setting up showdown with the government over delaying Brexit.

LONDON, Sept 4: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday demanded an Oct. 15 snap election after lawmakers seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit dealt him a humiliating defeat in parliament which he cast as an attempt to surrender to the European Union.

LONDON, Sept 4: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try to call a snap election on Wednesday after lawmakers seeking to prevent him taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal dealt him a humbling parliamentary defeat.

LONDON, Aug 28: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will limit parliament’s opportunity to derail his Brexit plans by announcing his new legislative agenda on Oct. 14 - his boldest move yet in the push to take the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31.

BIARRITZ, Aug 25: Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain’s exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Return of France

August 21, 2019 00:25 am

LONDON – At first blush, the result of the European Parliament election in May, and the subsequent nomination of the European Union’s new leadership team, augur continuity and not disruption for the bloc. Nationalist parties failed to make any significant gains in the election, and then large Western European status quo powers hand-picked federalists for the top EU jobs.

KATHMANDU, Aug 17: Nepal has made progress in implementation of State Safety Program (SSP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), according to Aviation Safety Report 2019. Nepal has SSP implementation rate of 72.31%.

KATHMANDU, Aug 15: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai, has said efforts were on to remove Nepal's aviation sector from the blacklist of the European Union. Minister Bhattarai said this while releasing the 'Aviation Safety Report 2019' published by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) in the capital city on Thursday.

BRUSSELS, July 3:  European Union governments picked Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva as the bloc’s candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund after more than 12 hours of talks on Friday that highlighted the EU’s internal divisions.

KATHMANDU, July 18: Expressing its concern over the long-delayed transitional justice process, Germany, a key European Union (EU) member, has urged Nepal to conclude the remaining aspects of the peace process at the earliest possible.

BRUSSELS, July 16: European Union foreign ministers on Monday turned up the pressure on Turkey after approving an initial batch of sanctions against the country over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.

BRUSSELS, July 15: European Union nations are looking to deescalate tension in the Persian Gulf area and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal despite the pullout of the United States and the re-imposition of sanctions.

BRUSSELS, July 1: Marathon talks of European Union leaders dragged into a second day Monday as they sought to narrow down a list of candidates for key posts at the helm of the 28-nation bloc amid deep divisions over how to best balance political, geographic and gender considerations.

Boris’s big lie

July 1, 2019 09:41 am

BRUSSELS – Three years after the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the UK is no closer to figuring out how to leave the European Union, and what comes next, than it was when the result was announced. And now a Conservative Party leadership election to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May is in full swing. To those of us watching from the outside, the debate between the candidates confirms that they have learned nothing whatsoever from the past two years of negotiations with the EU.

HANOI, June 30: The European Union signed a landmark free trade deal with Vietnam on Sunday, the first of its kind with a developing country in Asia, paving the way for tariff reductions on 99% of goods between the trading bloc and Southeast Asian country.

UNITED NATIONS, June 27: The European Union (EU) on Wednesday firmly supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, regretted over U.S. withdrawal from the deal and asked Iran to implement the agreement.

BRUSSELS, June 21: The European Union (EU) now has "a new Strategic Agenda for the EU setting the priorities and direction for 2019-2024," Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said Thursday on his twitter account.

BRUSSELS, June 16: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on the European Union to aim for a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, far more than the bloc’s current target for a 40% reduction.

LONDON, June 10: Several of the leading candidates to become Britain’s next prime minister and take on the challenge of delivering Brexit will launch their leadership campaigns on Monday, as the crowded contest officially begins.

SEOUL, June 10: South Korea and Britain have agreed in principle to sign a separate free trade deal ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union in late October, South Korea’s trade ministry said on Monday.

Britain after Trump and Brexit

June 9, 2019 01:05 am

LONDON – After three days of pomp and ceremony that presented an image of a seemingly unchanging Britain, US President Donald Trump has now departed London. But beneath the veneer of pageantry, Britain is consumed not only by a stalled Brexit and the unending debate about it, but also by a far more profound crisis of identity: a struggle to rediscover what it is to be British.

SEOUL, June 2: Airlines urged regulators on Sunday to coordinate on software changes to the Boeing 737 MAX in a bid to avoid damaging splits over safety seen when the aircraft was grounded in March.

LANGEOOG, May 25: Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald’s restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above.

BEIJING, May 20: Cases of European firms forced to transfer technology in China are increasing despite Beijing saying the problem does not exist, a European business lobby said, adding that its outlook on the country’s regulatory environment is “bleak”.

Democratic lessons from the EU

May 19, 2019 00:25 am

WARSAW – Criticizing European Union institutions, and demanding that they be reformed, is a popular pastime. But as the EU’s unified front in the never-ending Brexit negotiations has made clear, European institutions are remarkably effective in managing political diversity. Perverse as it may sound to some, nation-states can learn from Europe in addressing their own democratic deficits.

LONDON, May 18: The British government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill needs to include another public vote when it is presented to MPs again next month, the Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Saturday.

BRUSSELS, Mayq 13: The European Union fully supports the international nuclear accord with Iran and wants rival powers to avoid any further escalation over the issue, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday.