EU defends Juncker`s `cool style`

 Aides to European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker went to his defence Tuesday for shirking protocol when he greeted leaders at an EU summit last week, saying he was known for his "cool style". 

`Hello dictator,` Juncker says to Hungary`s Orban

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly greeting him as "dictator" as he arrived at an EU summit in Riga.

EU leaders to pledge rescue for migrants, but no fix for problem

European Union leaders will effectively reverse a cutback in rescue operations the Mediterranean on Thursday to try to prevent record numbers of people drowning as they try to flee war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

Tsipras to meet Merkel Thursday in Brussels: Greek government

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday on the sidelines of an EU summit, the Athens government said as it continues to wrangle with creditors over a new rescue package.

Italy calls for emergency EU summit on migrant crisis

Italy on Sunday called for an emergency summit of European Union leaders following the latest migrant boat tragedy in the Mediterranean.

Merkel sees no reason to despair over Greece

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was no reason to despair over Greece, although she warned that a solution to the country`s debt crisis would not be found at Thursday`s EU summit. 

Greece, Ukraine to dominate EU summit

Greece`s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will plead with European counterparts at a summit in Brussels Thursday to release vital funds to help his debt-laden country stave off a looming cash crunch.

Ukrainian President Poroshenko to attend EU summit Thursday: Tusk

 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the war in his country, EU President Donald Tusk said Wednesday.

Britain's Cameron disrupts summit over EU cash demand

British Prime Minister David Cameron upstaged an EU summit on Friday over a demand from Brussels for extra budget billions from member states, overshadowing talks meant to tackle Europe's stalling economy.

British PM demands crisis talks over EU cash demand

British Prime Minister David Cameron interrupted an EU summit on Friday to demand an emergency finance ministers meeting over a demand from Brussels for an extra 2.1 billion euros from London, sources said.

Russia 'practically' at war with Europe: Lithuanian president

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday warned Russia was practically at war with Europe and urged tougher sanctions against Moscow.

Fresh EU sanctions against Russia `very possible`: Source

A new round of EU sanctions against Russia and pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine was "looking very possible", a diplomatic source said Tuesday on the eve of an EU summit where leaders would make the final decision.

Ukraine leader extends truce with rebels until Monday: Report

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Saturday extended a truce with pro-Russian rebels in the separatist east by another 72 hours, the Ukrainska Pravda news site reported.

Ukraine`s Poroshenko to decide on ceasefire later today

Ukraine`s President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday he will take a decision on extending a ceasefire in the east of the country when he returns to Kiev following an EU summit in Brussels.

Cameron faces defeat in bitter EU jobs battle

Britain`s David Cameron headed for defeat at an EU summit Thursday after being abandoned by his allies in a battle over the next European Commission chief likely to mark Europe`s future.

Hollande to tackle Putin on Ukraine crisis on June 6

French President Francois Hollande announced Tuesday that he will hold `face to face` talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on June 6, with the Ukraine crisis high on the agenda.

EU summit seeks way out of election quagmire

European Union leaders on Monday sought a way to bounce back from the weekend`s landmark elections that saw a partly hostile and largely apathetic public question their project of closer cooperation as never before.

Ukraine PM says EU accord may be signed next week

Ukraine`s new leaders will likely sign a long-awaited political accord with the European Union next week, interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said after talks at the White House.