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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 ...

ReviewOn 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 ...

US struggling to contain Europe spying scandal

28.10.13 @ 09:29

The US administration is struggling to cope with conflicting reports about the extent of President Barack Obama's knowledge about National Security Agency (NSA) spying on European leaders. On Sunday (27 October), ...

US spying to trump economy at EU summit

24.10.13 @ 09:28

It's a diplomat's nightmare: after weeks of painstakingly negotiating and rewriting the wording of the EU council's conclusions, the summit gets hijacked by a completely different topic. With no urgent decisions to take ...

Merkel outraged after NSA allegedly tapped her phone

23.10.13 @ 21:49

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (23 October) phoned American President Obama to demand explanations about media reports that her phone was spied upon by US intelligence services. "The chancellor made clear ...

US-France snooping row to spill into EU summit

22.10.13 @ 07:49

France says EU leaders should talk about data privacy at this week's summit in light of the latest US spying revelation. Speaking after an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on Monday (21 October), France's ...

US budget trouble hits EU trade talks

07.10.13 @ 09:28

Talks between the EU and US on a landmark trade deal have been cancelled this week as a result of the continuing government shutdown in Washington DC. US trade officials were expected to arrive in Brussels on Monday (7 ...

FocusWhat does the shale boom mean for transport?

04.10.13 @ 19:37

For good or ill, the shale gas revolution in the United States has turned the global energy market on its head. In a few short years, the US has gone from being a large net importer of gas to an exporter for the first ...

US embassy to EU in phase one of 'shutdown'

02.10.13 @ 17:23

Diplomats at the US mission to the EU can no longer buy office supplies or travel to conferences, as the US "shutdown" begins to bite the state department. The shutdown started on Tuesday (1 October) after opposition ...

EU sets stage for Iran-US breakthrough

24.09.13 @ 09:27

Warm words from top EU diplomats in New York have set the stage for a potential breakthrough in the decades-long confrontation between Iran and the US. EU foreign relations chief Catherine Ashton told press after ...

Snowden among nominees for EU prize

17.09.13 @ 09:26

US whistleblower Edward Snowden is among the seven nominees for the European Parliament's Sakharov prize for freedom of thought. Nominated by Greens and leftists in the European Parliament, Snowden is a former ...

Merkel clashes with rival on euro-rescue, US spying

02.09.13 @ 09:07

A 90-minute TV debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat rival Peer Steinbrueck on Sunday (1 September) mostly revolved around domestic topics, with some tense exchanges on the US spying scandal ...

Germans switch to national email providers after US scandal

29.08.13 @ 10:43

German people are flocking to national email providers and demanding encryption services normally reserved for corporate security in the wake of the US spying scandal, German justice minister Sabine Leutheusser- ...

Obama to visit Sweden after cancelling Putin meeting

08.08.13 @ 09:28

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a bilateral meeting next month with Russian leader Vladimir Putin following Moscow's decision to grant temporary asylum to fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. "We have ...

US spies alerted EU on Van Rompuy hack

17.07.13 @ 09:29

Being spied on by US intelligence can have its perks: When the emails of top EU officials were hacked two years ago, it was the Americans who revealed the infiltration. Back in 2011, two groups, dubbed "Comment" and " ...

Merkel calls for EU data law after US spy affair

15.07.13 @ 10:05

Germany wants stricter EU data protection rules forcing companies like Facebook and Google to tell Europeans what they are doing with their data, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday (14 July). "Germany will make ...

Trade officials 'optimistic' following EU-US talks

12.07.13 @ 22:49

EU and US trade negotiators signalled their satisfaction at the close of the first week of talks aimed at securing a potentially lucrative bilateral trade agreement worth €119 billion per year. “We are very optimistic ...