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AnalysisWhat the leaked EU-Canada trade paper means for TTIP

18.08.14 @ 17:47

EU trade negotiators, who like to give as little away as possible, will have been deeply dismayed by the leak of 520 pages of their latest baby: the EU-Canada free trade agreement (Ceta). The document, published by ...

US joins EU on Russia economic sanctions

30.07.14 @ 09:28

The US on Tuesday (29 July) announced a widening of its own Russia sanctions to match the EU's economic sanctions adopted just a few hours previously. "Today, and building on the measures we announced two weeks ago, the ...

AnalysisFrom trade tariffs to trust – TTIP a year on

28.07.14 @ 10:14

When political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic gave negotiators the green light to start talks on a Transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), it was widely seen as an economic 'win-win' - a debt free ...

Deutsche Bank under fire in the US

23.07.14 @ 09:16

Two separate reports by the US central bank and the Senate have criticised Deutsche Bank for having internal irregularities and for helping investment funds to avoid taxes. Documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal ...

US 'willing to talk' to Germany in latest spy dispute

11.07.14 @ 09:55

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hold talks with his US counterpart, John Kerry, on the new spy dispute in the coming days, the US State Department has said. Germany on Thursday (10 July) told a ...

Leaked paper: EU wants 'guaranteed' access to US oil and gas

09.07.14 @ 09:27

The EU wants the US to lift its restrictions on exporting gas and crude oil as part of ongoing trade talks, according to a leaked European Commission document. The strategy paper by the EU executive, obtained by the ...

German-US relations strained by new spy scandal

07.07.14 @ 09:30

Relations between Germany and the US are being strained by a new scandal after the arrest of a German spy who was allegedly also working for the American intelligence services. The US ambassador was invited to give ...

US to extend privacy rights to EU citizens

25.06.14 @ 18:07

The US plans to extend the same rights as Americans have to EU citizens whose data has been breached or misused in the US. The news was announced at an EU meeting of home affairs ministers in Athenson Wednesday (25 June ...

EU trade chief plays down fears over investor protection rules

25.06.14 @ 09:27

The EU’s top trade official has played down fears that rules protecting company interests could spark a wave of litigation from US multinationals, insisting there was “nothing shocking” about the plans. EU and US trade ...

Post EU ElectionsPolish FM said to have called US ties 'worthless'

23.06.14 @ 09:26

Poland may be heading for early elections if an ongoing eavesdropping scandal continues to grow, with foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski, seen as in the running for a top EU job, now caught up in the affair. Sikorski ...

OpinionEuropean tremors have only begun

05.06.14 @ 09:27

When President Obama arrived in Poland earlier this week, it was as two decades of uncritical integration exuberance had faded in Europe. Instead of Brussels, the old continent is again led by a handful of core ...

Obama pledges to defend Poland's security

04.06.14 @ 16:37

US leader Barack Obama has promised to defend Poland and other Nato allies against potential Russian aggression. “I’ve come to Warsaw today - on behalf of the United States, on behalf of the Nato alliance - to reaffirm ...

US unveils $1bn European security plan

03.06.14 @ 15:39

The US has unveiled plans to invest $1 billion in European security in light of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The so-called European Reassurance Initiative, if passed by Congress, is to see more US troops posted to ...

EU and US aim for 2015 trade deal, exclude financial services

16.05.14 @ 08:48

Trade negotiators will look to complete an EU-US trade deal before the end of 2015, senior officials have agreed. But a deal will not include financial services, after the US ambassador all but ruled out discussion of ...

Merkel and Obama bury hatchet on US spying

02.05.14 @ 09:29

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama on Friday (2 May) are poised to mend ties after the exposure of her phone being tapped and millions of Germans spied upon by the National Security Agency ( ...

Protest in EU capital prompts security scare at US embassy

04.04.14 @ 18:33

Stone-throwing protesters prompted a “lock-down” at the US embassy to the EU in Brussels on Friday (4 April), as the US ambassador briefed press on the merits of free trade. The rally saw between 25,000 and 50,000 ...

OpinionA 10-step plan to making the EU a strategic actor

31.03.14 @ 08:30

The European Union’s awkward efforts to shape events in Ukraine and to deter Russia from taking actions that threaten the EU’s interests and values there, like the EU’s massive failures in the former Yugoslavia two ...

EU drills into corporate protection clause in US trade deal

27.03.14 @ 19:45

The European Commission launched a 90 day public consultation on Thursday (27 March) in a bid to address "misconceptions and misrepresentations" about plans to include controversial rules on investor protection into an ...

EUobservedOn being 'Obama-ed'

27.03.14 @ 09:27

Well, he finally made it to the EU capital. There was much anticipation. And quite considerable upheaval. US president Barack Obama does not travel lightly: almost 900 people accompanied him. It was pageantry of a ...

Obama speaks to star-struck audience in Brussels

27.03.14 @ 09:24

Obama, following his pledge of solidarity with the EU on Ukraine on Wednesday (26 March), delivered a 40-minute speech to an audience of some 2,000 at the Palais des Beaux Arts centre in Brussels. Despite his late show, ...

EU and US pledge solidarity in face of Russia

26.03.14 @ 18:01

Barack Obama and top EU officials have described America and Europe as a fortress of justice against Russia, but indicated that Ukraine is on the other side of the wall. The US leader in his first visit to the EU ...

OpinionEU should press Obama on drone secrecy

26.03.14 @ 13:16

Trade and the crisis in Ukraine are likely to dominate the agenda during US President Barack Obama’s first official visit to Brussels on March 26. But the European Union and Nato leaders also should use the summit to ...

Ukraine crisis expected to dominate EU-US summit

26.03.14 @ 09:28

US leader Barack Obama has come to the EU capital for the first time since he took office in 2009. The good-will visit revolves around four events: a morning ceremony at a US military cemetery on the outskirts of ...

AgendaObama in Brussels this WEEK

21.03.14 @ 16:37

EU capital Brussels will be pulling out all the diplomatic stops this week as it plays host to US President Barack Obama. The President will attend the EU-US summit in Brussels on Wednesday (26 March) in what will be ...

Germany opposes EU-US investor protection scheme

15.03.14 @ 14:51

EU and US trade negotiators completed the fourth round of trade talks on Friday (14 March), but were tight-lipped after Germany joined France in calling for controversial rules on investor rights to be left out of an ...

Trade talks 'honeymoon' over, business chiefs warn EU

28.02.14 @ 19:41

The 'honeymoon phase' of talks aimed at brokering a landmark EU-US trade deal are over, business leaders have warned. Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Athens to coincide with a meeting of EU trade ministers ...

Report: NSA spying on German ministers instead of Merkel

24.02.14 @ 09:06

The US intelligence service, the NSA, has allegedly expanded its surveillance of German government officials since being ordered by President Barack Obama to stop spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag ...

Germany and France to hold talks on protecting EU data from NSA

17.02.14 @ 09:28

German leader Angela Merkel has said she will hold talks with France on creating “safe communication networks” in the EU in the wake of the US spy scandal. She said in her weekly podcast on Sunday (16 February) that: “ ...

EU bids to end US dominance in internet control

14.02.14 @ 09:29

The European Commission wants to end US control over the governance of the internet, according to a report published Wednesday (12 February). The EU paper on "Europe's role in shaping the future of Internet governance" ...

EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact

12.02.14 @ 09:28

A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the US being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force. "What is non-negotiable are food safety standards ...

US makes light of 'curse words' on EU

07.02.14 @ 09:23

The US is trying to laugh off a leak in which it denigrates EU diplomacy on Ukraine, while blaming Russia for a "new low" in spy craft. A state department spokesowman, Jen Psaki, on Thursday (6 February) indirectly ...

Former German chancellor: US has 'no respect'

06.02.14 @ 09:28

Gerhard Schroeder has said the US has "no respect" for Germany after media reported that his phone had also been tapped during his term as Chancellor. "Tapping the phone of a Chancellor - this clearly goes too far," ...

Obama advisor: Pipeline deals could see US spy on EU leaders

27.01.14 @ 14:53

Major economic deals, which look as if they could cause “difficulties” for the US, are a legitimate reason to spy on EU leaders, a US intelligence oversight panelist has said. “If Germany were making an economic deal ...

US imposes Ukraine sanctions, EU voices 'worry'

22.01.14 @ 11:55

The US has imposed sanctions on Ukrainian officials deemed guilty of ordering violence against pro-EU protesters. Its embassy in Kiev said on Wednesday (22 January): “In response to actions taken against protestors on ...

EU commission freezes US talks on company protection

21.01.14 @ 21:30

The European Commission has halted EU-US trade talks related to legal protection for companies and launched a three-month public consultation on the matter. Negotiations between EU and US trade officials began last ...

Snowden scandal to cost US cloud companies billions

20.01.14 @ 09:25

The US cloud industry faces up to €25.8 billion in lost revenues following revelations about US-led snooping on EU citizens. “The surveillance revelations will cost the US cloud computing industry USD 22 to 35 billion ...

Obama promises not to spy on EU leaders

18.01.14 @ 16:57

US President Barack Obama has said he will not spy on EU leaders or conduct economic espionage, but will continue snooping on ordinary US and EU citizens. He made the pledge in a TV speech on Friday (17 January) in ...

UK rejects German 'no spy' pact, report says

16.01.14 @ 09:29

The UK is reportedly opposed to a no-spy pact being crafted by EU states, despite months of German-led negotiations. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday (15 January) reported that the pact is designed to ...

EU-US trade talks could become 'another Acta'

18.12.13 @ 09:18

EU-US free trade talks risk following the same path as Acta, the controversial anti-counterfeit treaty which collapsed in 2012. The European Commission spent several years negotiating the Acta treaty, a multilateral ...

OpinionEU and US both threatened by secret trade talks

16.12.13 @ 09:06

Negotiations between the United States and European Union for a free trade agreement, which resume this week in Washington, represent one of the biggest threats we have seen in our lifetimes to progress towards our ...

Brussels nervous on public reaction to EU-US trade talks

27.11.13 @ 09:27

The European Commission last week discussed with member states how best to go about communicating a EU-US trade deal to the public and national media. The meeting took place on Friday (22 November) and was attended by ...

German coalition draft: More powers for EU foreign service

26.11.13 @ 10:37

Germany's upcoming government will not change its eurozone policy, but wants more powers for the bloc's foreign service and a "special relationship" with Russia, according to a draft coalition agreement to be signed off ...

UK allowed US to trawl data of Britons

21.11.13 @ 09:28

The former UK government under Tony Blair granted the US intelligence service, the National Security Agency (NSA), permission to spy on millions of Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing. A joint investigation by The ...

Trade deal 'won't loosen standards,' EU and US officials ay

18.11.13 @ 11:21

The latest round of talks on an EU-US trade deal concluded on Friday (15 November) with negotiators playing down suggestions that an accord would undercut a raft of rules on consumer protection and environmental ...

Tech giants plead innocence to MEPs on US snooping

12.11.13 @ 09:28

Executives from three of the world's biggest IT firms - Facebook, Google and Microsoft - have told MEPs they did not give US intelligence services "unfettered" access to people's private data. Their denials came in a ...

EU-US free trade talks restart in Brussels

11.11.13 @ 09:27

For over a century in the developed world, the concept of free trade was based on the principle of no tariffs. But in 2013 the economic map has changed. Although many countries still impose tariffs or duties on products ...

AgendaTrade and finance dominate Brussels this WEEK

09.11.13 @ 12:53

Trade and finance will dominate life in the Brussels bubble this week, with officials resuming the second round of talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the US on Monday (11 November). The ...

US urges EU not to halt trade talks over spy affair

06.11.13 @ 09:46

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged European leaders not to let the NSA snooping scandal derail EU-US trade talks. Speaking in Warsaw on Tuesday (5 November) after meeting his Polish counterpart, Radek Sikorski, ...

Europeans spy just as much, US intelligence chiefs say

30.10.13 @ 09:26

US intelligence chiefs told Congress on Tuesday (29 October) that European allies gather data for them and that they also try to spy on top leaders. The snap hearing was organised amid diplomatic rifts with France, ...

US to 'review' spying activities amid European outrage

29.10.13 @ 09:10

US President Barack Obama is calling for a review of his intelligence services, with their spying activities having caused an unprecedented rift with EU allies. Speaking to ABC News on Monday (28 October), Obama refused ...