Europe not using good economic growth to reform, IMF says

By Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS, May 15 : European economic growth is strong, mainly thanks to domestic demand, but governments are not taking sufficient advantage of the good times to reduce their debt and implement reforms, the International Monetary Fund said in a forecast on Tuesday. The IMF forecast that growth in advanced European economies, mainly […]

Europeans push last bid to salvage Iran deal, but work on plan B

By John Irish and Robin Emmott PARIS/BRUSSELS, May 3 : European powers still want to hand Donald Trump next week a plan to save the Iran nuclear deal, but they have also started work on protecting EU-Iranian business ties if the U.S. president makes good on a threat to withdraw, six sources told Reuters. Trump, […]

EU wants coordinated vaccine push against measles, other diseases

By Kate Kelland Undated, Apr 26 : The European Commission urged EU member states on Thursday to cooperate more closely in fighting diseases such as measles and flu, saying vaccines against them were among the most powerful and cost-effective public health measures. Setting out the Commission’s plans, health and food safety commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis said […]

Italy seizes ship that picked up migrants in Mediterranean

By Steve Scherer ROME, March 19 : Italian authorities seized a charity’s ship on suspicion it had helped illegal immigration by picking up migrants in the Mediterranean instead of letting Libya’s coastguard take them back to North Africa, the aid group said. The Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms picked up 218 migrants who were in […]

Italy seizes rescue ship that stopped migrants’ return to Libya

By Steve Scherer ROME, March 19 : An Italian court has seized a charity ship on charges that its crew helped illegal immigration by rescuing more than 200 migrants from boats before Libya’s coastguard could move in to take them back to Africa, the aid group said. The case highlighted an increasingly highly charged stand-off […]

At least 16 dead as migrant boat sinks off Greek island

By Lefteris Papadimas ATHENS, March 17 : Sixteen people, including at least five children, drowned on Saturday when the small boat they on capsized in the Aegean Sea, Greek coast guard officials said. The incident occurred off Greece’s Agathonisi island, which is close to the Turkish coast. The nationality of the victims was not immediately […]