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  1. 21 hours ago

    David Cameron backs Polish PM to head European Council

    David Cameron has offered to back Donald Tusk, Poland’s premier, as the next European Council head, despite a blazing row...

  2. July 25, 2014

    Brussels chiefs urge EU states to approve tough curbs on Russia

    Two of the EU’s most senior figures have urged the bloc’s prime ministers to approve a sweeping set of new sanctions against...

  1. Brussels Blog

    July 25, 2014

    Van Rompuy's letter on Russia: the complete text

    Russian president Vladimir Putin, left, with Van Rompuy at a January summit in Brussels After weeks of equivocation that...

  2. July 17, 2014

    David Cameron opposes Donald Tusk for senior EU job

    David Cameron has opposed the suggested appointment of Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, to a top EU post amid fears...

  3. July 17, 2014

    EU leaders fail to reach deal on top jobs

    A summit of European leaders held to pick the three remaining top EU jobs broke up early Thursday morning with no deal on...

  4. July 16, 2014

    Q&A: The confusing contest for the EU’s top jobs

    After Tuesday’s official coronation of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission, EU leaders at a...

  5. July 13, 2014

    Fresh fight breaks out over top EU roles

    A group of eastern European countries have launched an eleventh-hour bid to block Italy from being handed the post of the...

  6. June 25, 2014

    Allies abandon Cameron ahead of summit

    European allies of David Cameron abandoned the British prime minister on Wednesday ahead of a showdown over EU leadership,...

  7. June 23, 2014

    Cameron prepared to be isolated in challenge on Juncker presidency

    David Cameron on Monday challenged European leaders to outvote him and press ahead with the appointment of Jean-Claude...

  8. June 23, 2014

    Push to secure EU’s remaining top jobs

    Europe’s centre-left prime leaders are mounting an 11th-hour push to secure their share of the EU’s most high-profile jobs...

  9. June 23, 2014

    Herman Van Rompuy urges EU to do less

    The EU should limit its ambitions over the next five years and not take on policy issues that can better be handled by...

  10. June 22, 2014

    Cameron prepares to force Juncker vote

    David Cameron will warn on Monday that European leaders are setting a “dangerous precedent” by deciding to back Jean-Claude...

  11. June 17, 2014

    Germany seeks to avoid clash at Ypres over Juncker job

    The prospect of Britain losing out to Germany in a row over Brussels jobs at an EU summit in Ypres, the first world war...

  12. June 16, 2014

    Cameron faces setback over Juncker

    David Cameron’s campaign to head off Jean-Claude Juncker’s election to the EU’s most high-profile job is facing its most...

  13. June 7, 2014

    Poroshenko vows to unite Ukraine

    Petro Poroshenko was formally sworn in on Saturday as Ukraine’s president, pledging to unite a deeply divided nation while...

  14. June 3, 2014

    David Cameron faces fight to block Juncker

    David Cameron on Tuesday stepped up efforts to block the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the...

  15. June 2, 2014

    Tony Blair calls for ‘manifesto’ to reform EU

    Leaders should set out a “manifesto for change” to address disillusionment with the EU , Tony Blair said on Monday, as the...

  16. May 27, 2014

    Merkel blows open race for top Brussels job

    Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, blew open the race for the European Union’s most high-profile job on Tuesday night,...

  17. May 27, 2014

    Who will gain power in the EU’s post ‘earthquake’ world?

    Europe’s presidents and prime ministers arrive in Brussels on Tuesday night to kick off formal talks over who will lead the...

  18. May 21, 2014

    Predictions of populist takeover in Europe are far fetched

    Few politicians are less prone to alarmism than Herman Van Rompuy, the soft-spoken president of the European Council, which...

  19. May 11, 2014

    How the euro was saved - FT series

    To the astonishment of almost everyone in the room, Angela Merkel began to cry. “Das ist nicht fair.” That is not fair, the...

  20. May 4, 2014

    Voting will not change Europe’s real power balance

    “This difference between the parliament and those who take the real decisions is very clear to the citizens.” The words of...

  21. March 12, 2014

    Ukraine crisis: G7 warns Russia over Crimea occupation

    The Group of Seven industrialised nations, led by the US, on Wednesday delivered a warning to Russia over its occupation of...

  22. January 21, 2014

    Erdogan stirs concern but avoids showdown on visit to Brussels

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, took controversial plans to establish firmer political control of the...

  23. Brussels Blog

    November 25, 2013

    Cheap loans for fiscal reforms. Sound familiar?

    Van Rompuy at last month's EU summit. Will December's summit agree to the contracts? When is a eurozone bailout not a...

  24. November 25, 2013

    Kiev protesters clash with police as anger over EU deal grows

    More than 20,000 demonstrators massed in Kiev on Monday night as protests over Ukraine’s decision to postpone signing...

  25. November 21, 2013

    China and EU agree to talks on bilateral investment treaty

    China and the EU have agreed to negotiate a bilateral investment treaty to boost access to each other’s markets in a sign...

  26. October 29, 2013

    The EU would be better led by Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde

    Imagine an EU led, 12 months from now, by Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde That would catch the world’s attention. Is...

  27. Brussels Blog

    October 23, 2013

    EU summit: Leaked draft conclusions

    Herman Van Rompuy during a public appearance at the European Council building on Wednesday EU leaders are gearing up for...

  28. September 25, 2013

    EU steps up courtship of Ukraine to wield more influence in east

    The EU is stepping up its courtship of Ukraine amid an escalating contest with Russia for influence in eastern Europe. The...

  29. July 3, 2013

    Angela Merkel shows softer side with drive to help jobless youth

    Angela Merkel summoned 18 fellow European leaders and 28 labour ministers to a summit in Berlin on Wednesday in a determined...

  30. May 22, 2013

    Ireland pledges co-operation on global tax avoidance plan

    Ireland’s prime minister insisted on Wednesday that his country does not cut special deals with foreign companies to help...

  31. May 14, 2013

    Britain could reshape Europe if it would only try

    Is there any point in Britain staying in the EU if it is outside the euro? No, according to increasing numbers of British...

  32. May 8, 2013

    UK role: Cameron takes a defensive stance

    David Cameron’s long-awaited speech on Europe on January 23 was seen by many as the start of Britain’s long goodbye to the...

  33. May 8, 2013

    Fiscal union: Integration put on back burner

    In the waning days of 2012, the EU’s two presidents issued ambitious reports setting out a multiyear timetable for...

  34. April 12, 2013

    Europe to step up tax evasion battle

    EU leaders will take up the issue of tax evasion at their next gathering in May amid signs that the bloc’s debt crisis has...

  35. March 25, 2013

    Japan and EU to start talks on trade deal

    Japan and the EU have agreed to open talks next month over a trade deal in the latest sign of a re-energised global trade...

  36. March 24, 2013

    Cyprus leader in last-ditch bailout talks

    Nicos Anastasiades, the Cypriot president, and his top advisers flew to Brussels on Sunday in a last-ditch effort to secure...

  37. February 28, 2013

    Van Rompuy hits at Cameron on treaty change

    The President of the European Council warned David Cameron on Thursday that Europe would not prioritise treaty change...

  38. February 26, 2013

    Sanctions offer in Iran nuclear talks

    The US and five other world powers have offered Iran some relief from international sanctions over its nuclear programme if...

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