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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.