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[Focus] Google says EU antitrust charges are 'wrong'

7 hours 8 min ago
Google announced that it has sent Brussels “evidence and data to show why the [EU's] concerns are unfounded”

Greek bank deposits fall despite cash controls

7 hours 15 min ago
Greek bank deposits fell by a further €1.4 billion in July, despite the introduction of strict capital controls preventing Greeks from withdrawing more than €420 per week.

Nato ready to help EU navies on sea migrants, if asked

7 hours 27 min ago
Nato says it's still ready to help the EU's anti-migrant smuggler operation, as phase two - seizing boats in international waters - gets under way.

[Ticker] Death toll higher than 70 in Austria refugee lorry

7 hours 51 min ago
The number of people found dead in a lorry left on an Austrian motorway Thursday is above 70, the Austrian government said Friday. The people, thought to be refugees, suffocated in the truck coming from Hungary. The police is still searching for the drivers and possible smugglers.

[Ticker] Frontex chief seeks more help for member states

7 hours 52 min ago
The EU needs "increased co-operation to help member states on the ground," Fabrice Leggeri, the head of Frontex, the EU border agency, told France's Le Figaro. He said Frontex and the European Commission are "working to extend Frontex's mission", especially to "rapidly" deport failed asylum claimants.

[Ticker] Spain records pre-crisis level growth

7 hours 53 min ago
Spain's economy grew by 1 percent in the second quarter of 2015, according to data published Thursday. It is the highest rate in eight years. A 1 percent increase of household consumption and more investment in capital goods and cultivated assets drove this growth. Unemployment remains at 22 percent.

[Ticker] US heavy weapons to be deployed in Poland next year

7 hours 54 min ago
The United States will deploy heavy weapons in Poland in 2016, Polish defense minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Thursday. The equipment will be based in the west and north-east of the country, in the first deployment of US heavy weapons in a former Soviet bloc country, amid tensions with Russia.

[Ticker] Syriza ahead in first poll of Greek election

7 hours 54 min ago
Syriza, the party of outgoing PM Alexis Tsipras, is supported by 23% of voters ahead of the 20 September election, according to a poll published Friday by the Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper. New Democracy (conservative) is second with 19.5%, and Syriza's coalition partner is Anel under the 3% threshold.

[Opinion] Where does the US-Chinese turmoil leave Europe?

7 hours 56 min ago
US markets are in turmoil. China is following in the footprints. What about Europe?

[Ticker] Estonia plans fence on Russian border

27 August, 2015 - 17:33
Estonia will build a 110km-long fence along its border with Russia, "to create ideal conditions for border guarding and to ensure the security of Estonia and the Schengen area", the interior ministry spokesman told AFP press agency on Thursday. Construction is planned to start in 2018 for completion in 2019.

EU free movement put into question at Vienna summit

27 August, 2015 - 17:16
EU politicians are threatening to dismantle the bloc’s free-movement rights amid calls to revamp asylum rules.

[Ticker] Woman named as caretaker PM in Greece

27 August, 2015 - 16:58
The president of the Greek supreme court, Vassiliki Thanou, was named as caretaker prime minister Thursday, after Alexis Tsipras resigned to call new elections. It is the first time a woman heads a Greek government. She will stay until the snap general election, slated for 20 September.

[Ticker] EU navies' migrant operation to enter phase two

27 August, 2015 - 15:53
The EU's foreign policy chief Mogherini said discussions are underway in Brussels to allow the EU's naval operation - EUnavfor Med - "to act in the high seas to tackle the criminal networks in a more effective way.” The operation, launched in June, is currently in a surveillance-only phase.

Juncker promises Ukraine visa-free travel

27 August, 2015 - 14:24
Commission president Juncker has said he’ll back EU visa-free travel for Ukrainians by the end of the year, despite the political climate on migration.

[Ticker] Dozens of migrants found dead in truck in Austria

27 August, 2015 - 13:57
Over 30 refugees were Thursday found dead in a truck in Austria close to the Hungarian border, as German chancellor Merkel and Balkan leaders gathered in Vienna to discuss the European migration crisis. "Another terrible incident, illustrating the urgent need for quick and determined common action", EU commissioner Hahn commented.

[Ticker] EU set to propose Ukraine visa-free travel

27 August, 2015 - 12:40
European Commission president Juncker said in Brussels Thursday, alongside Ukraine leader Poroshenko, commission services are likely to propose an EU visa-free travel pact with the 45mn-strong war-torn country by the end of the year. Juncker added he has "no doubt" EU states'll endorse the proposal despite the EU migrant crisis.

[Ticker] Dutch report on MH17 due in October

27 August, 2015 - 12:22
The Dutch Safety Board has announced Thursday its investigation into the cause of the crash of the MH17 flight in eastern Ukraine last year, will be published on Tuesday 13 October. The independent agency said it will inform relatives of the 289 victims prior to publication of the report.

[Ticker] Dutch coalition parties at odds over refugees

27 August, 2015 - 08:39
Labour leader Diederik Samsom wrote in a Dutch newspaper article Thursday he wants an end to the Dublin regulation, the current EU rules on asylum applications. But his coalition party, Mark Rutte's Liberals, want to keep the rules, which say that the country of arrival should process asylum seekers.

[Ticker] Russia and Egypt consider free-trade area

27 August, 2015 - 08:38
Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday Russia would help Egypt build a nuclear power plant and strengthen Russian-Egyptian relations, Al-Jazeera reports. Putin also mentioned "a possible creation of a free-trade zone between Egypt and the Eurasian Economic Union", whose member states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

[Ticker] Ukraine and pro-Russia forces promise to stop fighting

27 August, 2015 - 08:38
Pro-Russia fighters and Ukraine agreed Wednesday that as of next Tuesday (1 September), they will stop violating the February ceasefire, news agencies report. The deal came one day after the monitoring mission of the OSCE observed "an increase in ceasefire violations compared with the previous days".