New EU chief in Ethiopia for first trip outside bloc | AFP

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Ethiopia, her first trip outside Europe since assuming her post, for meetings expected to touch on migration and support for African security operations.

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EU to respond ‘as one’ to US tariff threat to France | AFP

The European Union will answer tariff threats by the United States against France “as one” and urged Washington to engage in dialogue. SOUNDBITE

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EU’s Tusk and Charles Michel arrive at commission ahead of handover ceremony | AFP

European Council President Donald Tusk and his successor Charles Michel arrive at the EU Commission ahead of the handover ceremony in Brussels. IMAGES of the two arriving

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EU chief wins over MEPs with vow to build green superpower | AFP

Brussels’ next top official Ursula von der Leyen will take office on Sunday after winning a comfortable parliamentary majority for her plan to make the EU a green superpower.

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EU parliament approves von der Leyen commission | AFP

The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, wins a comfortable majority to approve her line-up of top officials. Members of the European Parliament voted by 461 to 157 to approve the new European Commission, with only 89 abstentions. The new team will take office on Sunday. IMAGES

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Gordon Sondland Testifies on Trump’s Ukraine Quid Pro Quo

Trump’s EU ambassador testifies today, with a bombshell that ties the Ukraine pressure campaign directly to the president.

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Trump held off Zelensky meeting in ‘quid pro quo’ for probe: envoy to EU | AFP

The US ambassador to the European Union tells an impeachment hearing that he was following the orders of President Donald Trump in seeking a “quid pro quo” from Ukraine. “Mr. Giuliani’s requests were a quid pro quo for arranging a White House visit for President Zelensky,” Sondland says. SOUNDBITE

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Tusk: UK will be ‘second rate player’ after Brexit

European Union Council President Donald Tusk said Wednesday that the United Kingdom will be a second-rate player once it leaves the bloc, squeezed in between the likes of the EU, the United States and China. (Bruges, Belgium. Nov. 13, 2019)

Merkel: Brexit will place competitor on EU doorstep

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at a conference in Berlin, cautioned that Brexit was a “painful outcome” that would make Britain a third country “basically living on our doorstep as a competitor.” Merkel said she is optimistic that Britain would be able to approve a withdrawal deal.

Scotland leader Sturgeon promises new independence vote

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, says country’s vote to remain in EU in the 2016 Brexit referendum has been ignored by U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and promises to hold new independence referendum.

Ex-Speaker Bercow on Brexit, Britain’s options, and variations of “or-derrr”

Former British House of Commons speaker John Bercow told The Associated Press that he believes the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum is not binding, and that leaving the EU would harm the country.

Barnier: Brexit is “school of patience”

EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says that talks on a free trade deal with the United Kingdom once the country has left the bloc might be as tough as the Brexit talks over the past years. Barnier told the Web Summit in Lisbon that already by next summer it will be clear if the transition period to agree on future relations will have to be extended beyond the end of next year.
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Britain – EU relations | AFP Animé

Videographic examining Britain’s troubled relationship with the European Union. European Union members agreed Monday to postpone Brexit for up to three months, stepping in with a decision less than 90 hours before Britain was due to crash out with no divorce deal.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Barnier ‘happy’ with EU ambassadors decision to delay Brexit | AFP

EU Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier says he is ‘happy’ the 27 EU Ambassadors in Brussels accept the British request for a postponement of Brexit. SOUNDBITE 1ST-IMAGES

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Divided Britain debates next move on Brexit

As Britain’s leaders continue to debate how to move ahead on Brexit, the the country awaits a decision from Brussels about whether the EU will delay the U.K.’s scheduled no-deal exit in just over a week. (Oct. 23)

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Brexit: Scotland’s Sturgeon says ‘bad deal’ will do ‘real damage’ to UK | AFP

Speaking at a joint press conference in London with the Scottish and Welsh Prime ministers, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she believes the Brexit deal negotiated between the UK and the EU is a ‘bad deal and a bad bill’, insisting that those who voted in favour of it are doing ‘real damage’ to the UK. SOUNDBITE

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