British, Spanish EU nominees in trouble

Britain`s controversial choice for the key EU financial services job stumbled at the first hurdle with Brussels lawmakers Wednesday, while Spain`s candidate for the incoming European Commission also faced a tough time.

Russia says EU mustn`t re-export gas to Ukraine: Report

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak warned Friday that Europe is contractually not allowed to re-export gas to Ukraine and could see its supplies cut if it did so.

EU HQ among possible Belgium jihadist targets: Reports

European Commission was among possible targets for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, reports said Saturday, as the Belgian authorities cracked down in an effort to thwart extremist attacks.

World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott
World`s top coaches reject the idea of 2018 World Cup boycott

Coaches from some of the world`s top teams have played down chances of a sporting boycott of Vladimir Putin`s showpiece 2018 football World Cup as a penalty for stoking the crisis in Ukraine.

China, Russia to build seaport: Report

China and Russia will build one of the largest ports in northeast Asia on Russia`s Sea of Japan coast, reports said, in a further sign of the powerhouses` growing alliance.

New EU Commission to be unveiled, draft line-up offers clues

Germany and Belgium could hold two of the most powerful posts in the next European Commission, taking on trade and antitrust regulation respectively, according to a draft version of the line-up for the new EU executive seen by Reuters.

EU criticises Russia`s ban on food imports from West

The European Union has criticised Russia`s ban on food imports from the West as "politically motivated" and threatened to take "appropriate action" after fully assessing the extent of Kremlin`s measures.

EU wants to help Italy with boat migrants, but not share burden

As EU ministers met Tuesday to discuss how to help Italy deal with thousands of boat immigrants washing up on its shores, the European Commission said the refusal of member states to be flexible on asylum requests was fuelling the crisis.

First UK poll after Juncker battle shows rising support for EU exit

Public support for Britain to leave the EU is growing again after falling to a multi-year low, according to the first survey published since EU leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission.

Juncker named to top EU job in bitter blow for Britain

Jean-Claude Juncker has been named as the next president of the European Commission with backing from most EU leaders, dealing a bitter blow to opponent David Cameron and threatening to increase the chances of Britain leaving the bloc.

New EU leader picked despite British opposition

European Union leaders have chosen former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker to become the 28-nation bloc`s new chief executive, according to a top official.

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.

Merkel says `no tragedy` if Juncker vote not unanimous

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday it will be "no tragedy" if her favoured candidate for European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, is elected with less than a unanimous vote.

EU chief urges Russia, Ukraine to strike deal in gas row

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso pressed Russia and Ukraine on Monday to resolve a dispute that has effectively halted gas supplies to the ex-Soviet state.

EU reject complaint against Financial Fair Play

The European Commission has rejected the only complaint filed against UEFA`s new Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, a source close to the process told AFP on Tuesday.

EU aims to complete Google antitrust deal this year

The European Commission said on Tuesday it still aims to wrap up an amicable anti-trust settlement with Google this year despite fresh complaints against the US Internet giant.

Ukraine government to meet European Commission in Brussels on May 13

Interim Ukraine premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his government will hold talks in Brussels on May 13 with the European Commission to examine further support from the 28-nation bloc, the EU executive said Monday.

Ukraine to get one bn euro loan from EU

The European Commission agreed Monday to supply a new tranch of 1-billion-euro (about $1.38 billion) loan to Ukraine, to help the country reduce short-term balance of payments and fiscal vulnerabilities.

FIFA imposes transfer ban on FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona received a jolt on Wednesday as the FIFA Disciplinary Committee imposed sanctions on the club for the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.

`Difficult` for an independent Scotland to join EU: Barroso

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso warned today that it would be "difficult, if not impossible" for an independent Scotland to join the European Union.