EU parliament pushes Hungary sanctions over Orban policies

By Alastair Macdonald STRASBOURG, Sept 12 : The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to sanction Hungary for flouting EU rules on democracy, civil rights and corruption in an unprecedented step that left Prime Minister Viktor Orban isolated from powerful allies. Hungary said it would seek legal ways to challenge the 448-197 vote it described as […]

EU parliament opens punitive action against Hungary for damaging democracy

By Alastair Macdonald STRASBOURG, Sept 12 : The European Union parliament voted on Wednesday to start a punitive procedure against Hungary for persistently flouting democratic rules. With 448 votes in favour, 197 against and 48 abstentions, the motion passed in the Strasbourg plenary session, the first time the European legislature has triggered the so-called Article […]

EU observers offer mixed picture of first Zimbabwe vote since Mugabe’s fall

By MacDonald Dzirutwe and Joe Brock HARARE, July 30 : Zimbabwe held its first election on Monday since former president Robert Mugabe was ousted in a de facto coup and European Union observers said the vote was “very smooth” in some places and “totally disorganised” in others. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time ally of Mugabe, […]

British reject May’s Brexit plan, some turn to Boris and far right – poll

By Andrew MacAskill LONDON, July 22 : Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union are overwhelmingly opposed by the British public and more than a third of voters would support a new right-wing political party committed to quitting the bloc, according to a new poll. May’s political vulnerability was exposed by the […]

EU’s Tusk says with friends like Trump, who needs enemies?

By Gabriela Baczynska SOFIA, May 16 : U.S. President Donald Trump has “rid Europe of all illusions” by quitting the Iran nuclear deal and seeking trade disputes, the European Union chairman said on Wednesday, underlining the depth of transatlantic discord. The EU’s 28 leaders are gathering in the Bulgarian capital for a dinner discussion on […]

EU to respond to U.S. tariffs within 90 days if not exempt

By Robin Emmott and Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, March 9 : The European Union expects to be excluded from U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs but will go to the World Trade Organization to impose its own measures if Washington presses ahead, EU officials said on Friday. U.S. President Donald Trump set import tariffs on Thursday of […]