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  • BRUSSELS, May 17- U.S. and EU officials will meet next week in Washington for more talks about risks to air travel after a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday did not, as some industry watchers had expected, extend a cabin ban on large electronics devices. "The United States and the European Union reaffirmed their commitment to continue working closely together on...

  • PARIS, May 17- France's outgoing defence minister was appointed to run a newly created Europe and Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and an ardent European took over his old portfolio, cementing President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to give the 28- nation EU new impetus. A close ally of Macron, she ranks above Le Drian in the government hierarchy, and becomes only the...

  • PARIS, May 17- France's outgoing defense minister was appointed to run a newly created Europe and Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and an ardent European took over his old portfolio, cementing President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to give the 28- nation EU new impetus. A close ally of Macron, she ranks above Le Drian in the government hierarchy, and becomes only the...

  • BRUSSELS, May 17- The European Commission will propose extending by 10 years its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. A transatlantic row over possible risks to human health has prompted investigations by congressional committees in the United States, and in Europe has forced a delay to a...

  • BRUSSELS, May 17- The European Commission will propose extending by 10 years its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. A transatlantic row over possible risks to human health has prompted investigations by congressional committees in the United States, and in Europe has forced a delay to a...

  • BRUSSELS, May 17- U.S. and European Union officials will meet next week in Washington D.C. for more talks about risks to air travel, but no extension of a cabin ban on large electronics devices was announced after the two sides met in Brussels on Wednesday. "The United States and the European Union reaffirmed their commitment to continue working closely together on...

  • BRUSSELS, May 17- U.S. and European Union officials will meet next week in Washington D.C. for more talks about risks to air travel, but no extension of a cabin ban on large electronics devices was announced after the two sides met in Brussels on Wednesday. "The United States and the European Union reaffirmed their commitment to continue working closely together on...

  • ATHENS, May 17- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday he was optimistic of a positive outcome when euro zone finance ministers meet in Brussels on Monday to discuss the progress of Greece's bailout and the disbursement of new loans. Athens needs the funds to repay 7.5 billion euros of debt maturing in July. Tsipras has urged Greece's...

  • BRUSSELS, May 17- U.S. and European Union officials will meet next week in Washington D.C. to further discuss risks to air travel and solutions for protecting passengers, the European Commission said on Wednesday after the two sides met in Brussels.

  • BRUSSELS/ ROME, May 17- The European Commission launched legal action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to respond to allegations of emission-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler, in a procedure that could lead to the country being taken to court. Italy had asked the European Union to postpone its plan to launch legal action against Rome over emissions at Fiat...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union is loosening rules on state aid to simplify government investments in airports and ports. EU rules require governments to notify the bloc's executive Commission in advance of many public investment plans, to ensure they don't distort competition. Member countries will be allowed to invest up to 150 million euros in sea ports and...

  • BRUSSELS— Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban— and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban— the same details that U.S. On Wednesday, in a secure room in Brussels, officials...

  • BRUSSELS, May 16- The European Union will launch legal action against Italy on Wednesday for failing to police allegations of emissions-test cheating by Fiat Chrysler properly following the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, EU sources said. EU regulators say Italy has failed to convince them that the so-called defeat devices used to modulate emissions on its...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has removed all airlines from Benin and Mozambique from its air safety blacklist after the companies addressed the bloc's safety concerns. EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said Tuesday that the airlines' removal from the blacklist showed their reforms and cooperation have paid off. Four carriers were added to the list...

  • Merkel listened politely before pointing out that Erdogan had been lobbing vitriol at Germany and its European allies for weeks, denouncing them as the descendents of Nazis. He appeared unaware that Ankara and Berlin were in the midst of a fierce diplomatic row over whether Turkish ministers should be allowed to campaign in Germany for a referendum on...

  • LONDON, May 16- London is good at clearing euro-denominated derivatives deals and there is no case to shift the business to the continent after Brexit, the policy chief for Britain's financial sector said on Tuesday. The combative stance of Catherine McGuinness, newly appointed head of policy for the City of London financial district, contrasted with the more...

  • Merkel listened politely before pointing out that Erdogan had been lobbing vitriol at Germany and its European allies for weeks, denouncing them as the descendents of Nazis. He appeared unaware that Ankara and Berlin were in the midst of a fierce diplomatic row over whether Turkish ministers should be allowed to campaign in Germany for a referendum on...

  • BRUSSELS— In a case that could affect future relations between the European Union and Britain, the EU's highest court said Tuesday that key parts of a trade deal with Singapore must be approved by each member state, which would further complicate the bloc's decision-making. The court said Tuesday that the international trade deal agreed on in 2013 with...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union and U.S. transport and security officials will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss U.S. plans to broaden an in-flight ban on laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe. European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday that the high-level talks are "to jointly assess any new threats and work toward a common...

  • *EU says investment agreement with China is urgent. BEIJING, May 15- The need for an EU-China investment agreement is urgent and would be the easiest way for Chinese President Xi Jinping to meet pledges of making China's economy open to the world, European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen said on Monday. Xi promised $124 billion on Sunday for his new Silk...