The European Union


  • What Google wants with its $5.5M in lobbying Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:17 PM ET
    Hand touching screen with Google's website displayed

    The company spent $5.5 million lobbying Congress in the first quarter, and its interests are as varied as one might expect.

  • European markets close: Euro banks doing well   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 11:27 AM ET
    European markets close: Euro banks doing well

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including Electrolux and European banks.

  • European finance ministers meeting in Riga were told that just a quarter of the reforms recommended by the European Commission, the EU executive, have been carried out and now that the crisis is easing, the pace of reform is slowing further. Some 24 million people are out of work in the 28- member European Union, or around 10 percent of the working population and...

  • EU approves more GM food as row simmers Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union has authorized the use of more genetically modified food and feed amid a row over whether EU member states should be able to independently ban certain GM products. The EU's executive commission said Friday that it has approved 10 GM foods, including strands of maize, soybean and cotton, after they "have been proved to be safe."

  • Beware of a contagion if Greece leaves EU: UBS   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:43 PM ET
    Beware of a contagion if Greece leaves EU: UBS

    Paul Donovan, MD and senior global economist at UBS, outlines the "hideous" consequences of a "Grexit."

  • This professor still thinks 'Grexit' will occur   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:14 PM ET
    This professor still thinks 'Grexit' will occur

    Despite rapidly running out of cash, Greece continues to alienate its "friends" in the euro zone, says Stefan Auer, associate professor in European Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

  • What's holding back a Greek bailout deal   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:36 PM ET
    What's holding back a Greek bailout deal

    Fariborz Moshirian, director of the Institute of Global Finance and Professor of Finance at the University of New South Wales Business School, says Greece isn't providing details about labor and pension reforms.

  • GENEVA, April 23- Secret negotiations on international trade deals threaten human rights, an independent United Nations expert said on Thursday in comments that appeared aimed at agreements the United States is seeking with the European Union and Pacific nations. The United States, Japan and 10 other countries are racing to conclude the Trans-Pacific...

  • How Europe plans to stop migrant-smugglers Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    Italian police officers look on as shipwrecked migrants line up to receive first aid from Italian Red Cross personnel as they arrive in the Italian port of Augusta in Sicily on April 16, 2015

    European Union leaders Thursday moved to stop deadly migration wave, but the plan faces major political and economic obstacles.

  • EU mulls creation of tech regulator: Report Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 PM ET
    A man walks past a logo at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich April16, 2015. The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results in favour of its Google Shopping service and also launched an antitrust probe into its Android mobile operating system.

    The EU is contemplating the creation of a regulatory body to oversee multiple tech platforms operating in Europe, the WSJ reports.

  • Why is Greece flirting with the Russians? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a joint press conference at the Kremlin on April 8, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

    Is the midst of a financial meltdown, Greece seeks cash and a pipeline deal from the Russians. But any agreement will need EU approval.

  • Greek crisis talks as Tsipras, Merkel meet Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:44 AM ET

    A day ahead of a key meeting of euro zone finance ministers, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

  • *Merkel wants to keep Greece in euro zone, avoid default- EU aide. The leftist Greek premier met the conservative German leader before an emergency European Union summit on migration, a day before euro zone finance ministers meet in Riga to review progress-- or the lack of it-- in slow-moving negotiations between Athens and its international lenders.

  • European markets close: Soft PMI   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    European markets close: Soft PMI

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the Purchasing Managers' Index falling to 53.5 in April from 54.0 in March.

  • The big migrant wave to Europe will be hard to stop Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 2:15 PM ET
    A boat transporting migrants arrives in the port of Messina after a rescue operation at see on April 18, 2015 in Sicily.

    Efforts to thwart a wave of illegal human smuggling face a series of powerful economic forces at work that will be difficult to overcome.

  • European markets close: Greek bonds rally   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    European markets close: Greek bonds rally

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including consumer confidence falling.

  • *U.S. wants Europe to open up to GMs as part of trade deal. The proposal covering GM crops in human food and animal feed upset trading partners, notably the United States, which wants Europe to open its doors fully to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed his disappointment, saying it appeared to divide the European Union into 28 separate markets for...

  • *Gazprom calls charges "unfounded", seeks political agreement. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Union launched a legal attack on Gazprom on Wednesday, stoking tension with Moscow as it accused the Russian gas giant of overcharging buyers in Eastern Europe and hindering competition. The EU's new antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, who a week ago announced a...

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union started legislative work on Wednesday that would allow individual nations to ban the imports of genetically modified crops even if approved by the food safety authority of the 28- nation bloc. Wednesday's proposal by the EU Commission will go to the European Parliament and the member states for further discussion.

  • EU charges Russia's Gazprom gas giant with market abuse Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 6:01 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union on Wednesday charged Russian state energy giant Gazprom of abusing its dominant position in central and eastern EU nations in an antitrust case that will further test tense relations between Brussels and Moscow. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Gazprom is strong-arming customer nations ranging from...