History repeats itself as UK’s Cameron risks party schism over EU vote

By Kylie MacLellan LONDON, Jan 17 : Hoping to hold together a party with a small majority in parliament and facing resignations, the British prime minister takes the unusual step of letting members of his cabinet oppose the government ahead of a referendum on Europe. The year was 1975 and that leader was Labour’s Harold […]

European economy would suffer if free-travel zone collapses – EU’s Juncker

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Jan 15 : EU citizens would have a harder time finding jobs and the economy would suffer should Europe’s internal passport-free zone collapse under the pressure of the migration crisis, the head of the bloc’s executive said today. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker conceded it would not be easy to curb […]

Polish media controls an attack on independence – broadcasters

By Miranda Alexander-Webber BRUSSELS, Jan 14 : The new Polish government’s decision to take control of public radio and television is a worrying attack on media independence, the head of the European Broadcasting Union said today, joining a chorus of condemnation of the move. The comments came a day after the European Union began an […]

EU Parliament delays vote on car pollution limits

By Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, Jan 14 : The European Parliament delayed today a vote on whether new car pollution testing rules are too lax, as the biggest political group argued rejecting a draft law could further postpone the introduction of stricter rules. With political momentum strong for tougher emission measures after the Volkswagen scandal, […]

EU extends Iran sanctions relief in technical measure ahead of deal

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Jan 14 : The European Union extended today its suspension of economic sanctions against Iran for two weeks, a technical measure to give time for the implementation of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that officials say is imminent. The suspension of some sanctions on Iran, which were due […]