EU to impose duties on U.S. imports Friday after Trump tariffs

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, June 20 : The European Union will begin charging import duties of 25 percent on a range of U.S. products on Friday, in response to U.S tariffs imposed on EU steel and aluminium early this month, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The move confirms a tit-for-tat dispute that could escalate […]

EU Parliament committee votes for tougher EU copyright rules to rein in tech giants

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS, June 20 : Google, Facebook , Microsoft and other tech giants could face more curbs on their market power after a European Parliament committee voted in favour of tougher copyright rules on Wednesday. The copyright rules, proposed by the European Commission two years ago, are designed to take account of […]

European business lobby says time is running out for China’s reforms

By Michael Martina BEIJING, June 20 : Time is running out for Beijing to fulfil its reform promises if it hopes to maintain stable growth, a top European business lobby said on Wednesday, contending that the roots of U.S.-China trade tensions began in China. Despite the Chinese government’s repeated pledges to further open its economy, […]

EU leaders worried over Irish border issue in Brexit talks-draft

By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, June 19 : European Union leaders will express concern on Friday over a lack of progress in talks with London on how to avoid reimposing controls at the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. Leaders of the 27 countries that will remain in the EU after […]

“Shameful” handling of migrant ship shows need for EU asylum reform : UN

By Tom Miles GENEVA, June 13 : U.N. refugee chief Filippo Grandi urged the European Union on Wednesday to sort out its “shameful” refugee policy after both Italy and Malta turned away a ship carrying hundreds of migrants. Some 629 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, have been in the central Mediterranean since Sunday aboard the […]

Britain’s May defuses revolt in parliament over Brexit plans

By Elizabeth Piper, Andrew MacAskill and William James LONDON, June 12 : Prime Minister Theresa May defused a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans on Tuesday but only after having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain’s departure from the European Union. After winning Tuesday’s ballot over changes to a future “meaningful […]