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Brexit supporters wave Union flags as they watch the big screen in Parliament Square in central London on January 31, 2020. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP
Brexit supporters wave Union flags as th […]

Close-run Brexit talks underline political dilemma for UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's brinkmanship has brought UK-EU talks down to the wire and his choice boils down now to a barebones deal or serious economic disruption in the middle of the pandemic
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outside 10 Downing Street in central London on January 8, 2020, ahead of a meeting. Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson a […]

UK PM to talk to EU chief as Brexit talks run out of time

Britain's PM Boris Johnson will talk to EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday as both sides blame each other for blocking progress in post-Brexit trade talks ahead of a key EU summit
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the crisis linked with the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von […]

EU hopes to heal rifts in debate on post-virus plan

Europe's scattergun approach to the coronavirus epidemic has called into question the EU's ability to rise to the challenge, but Brussels hopes its economic recovery plan will mark a turning point
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 27, 2020, amid the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von […]

Battle ahead for EU’s 750-bn-euro recovery plan

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has proposed a 750-billion-euro post-virus recovery fund for Europe and urged sceptical member states to back it.
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen give a joint press after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) […]

Europe’s leaders furious over Trump’s unilateral travel ban

European officials reacted with surprise and anger after US President Trump imposed a trans-Atlantic travel ban they fear will hurt economies already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic
European Council President Charles Michel (L), Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (R) and Parliament President David Sassoli (C) give a press conference on Brexit at the EU Parliament in Brussels, on January 31, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
European Council President Charles Miche […]

EU turns page on Brexit, moves on to trade talks

A resolute European Union sought Friday to turn the page on Brexit and move on to negotiating a looser, less favourable trading relationship with its departing British partner
Combo shows IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (L) at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 and newly-appointed EU commission head Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg on July 3, 2019. Photos: Saul Loeb / AFP and Frederick Florin / AFP
Combo shows IMF Managing Director Christ […]

New EU team smashes glass ceiling but new challenges loom

EU leaders have broken the glass ceiling in naming two women to the bloc's top jobs but questions remain over whether they and their two male colleagues can rise to the challenges ahead