European Commission VP Maros Sefcovic leaves after divorce treaty talks | AFP

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic leaves after discussing the EU’s and UK’s existing divorce treaty with Michael Gove in London.

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European Commission VP Maros Sefcovic leaves post-Brexit trade talks | AFP

European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic leaves post-Brexit trade talks with Michael Gove in London. The UK had imposed a deadline of last week’s EU summit for a deal, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was ready to walk away and prepare for a no-deal exit after five decades of EU membership. However, senior minister Michael Gove said on Sunday 18 October 2020 he was still hopeful there would be an agreement, telling TV interviewers the door remained “ajar” if the EU would change its position.

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Von der Leyen meets Czech PM Babis ahead of EU summit | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen meets the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, in Brussels for the European summit. Babis will also represent Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who is in isolation after having been in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.

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EU chief von der Leyen calls to ‘intensify’ post-Brexit talks | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calls for trade talks with London to be intensified after the end of the last scheduled round of negotiations on future ties between Europe and Britain. SOUNDBITE

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Spain’s Pedro Sanchez meets EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen | AFP

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels. of the two leaders meeting

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EU chief calls for ‘European Health Union’ amid pandemic | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calls for building “a European Health Union” in her first State of the EU address to MEPs. SOUNDBITE

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EU: von der Leyen ‘respects’ Commissioner Hogan’s decision to resign | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says she “respects” EU Commissionner Phil Hogan’s decision to resign, after a week of pressure over a breach of coronavirus guidelines. SOUNDBITE

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EU does not recognise Belarus election result | AFP

The European Union does not recognise the outcome of the presidential election in Belarus says European Commission President Charles Michel, adding that the controversial vote was “neither free nor fair”.

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EU chief urges Europe to ‘put aside prejudices’ and back virus recovery | AFP

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen urges EU countries to “put aside the old prejudices” as she presents a coronavirus recovery plan to the European Parliament that calls for billions of euros to be given to the hardest-hit member states.

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Billions raised for virus vaccine ‘powerful’ show of solidarity: WHO | AFP

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hails an international fundraising telethon as a powerful show of “global solidarity”. The fundraiser, hosted by Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, saw world leaders pledge 7.4 billion euros ($8.1 billion) towards research for a vaccine against coronavirus. SOUNDBITE

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EU chief ‘concerned’ about Hungary virus emergency law | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expresses concern over a coronavirus emergency law in Hungary that has given nationalist premier Viktor Orban sweeping powers.

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Coronavirus: EU chief proposes Europe-wide unemployment guarantee | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the EU will propose a bloc-wide guarantee that could raise 100 billion euros ($109 billion) to aid strained national unemployment schemes as millions of jobs are hit by efforts to slow the coronavirus outbreak.

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EU warns virus-era political reforms must be ‘limited’ | AFP

The European Commission says that coronavirus emergency measures by EU countries must be “limited”, after Hungary’s nationalist leader Viktor Orban took on sweeping powers.

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EU to suspend budget rules to help face virus crisis | AFP

The European Commission says that the EU will suspend its strict rules on public spending to allow governments to open the money taps to face the coronavirus pandemic. SOUNDBITE

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EU promises ‘whatever Italy needs’ to fight virus | AFP

The European Commission promises to provide Italy with whatever support it needs to overcome the challenge of the coronavirus, after complaints that Brussels had been slow to react. SOUNDBITE

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The EU ‘disapproves’ of US ban on travel from Europe | AFP

The EU “disapproves” of Trump’s “unilateral” decision to impose a ban on travellers from Europe, European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer tells a news briefing, reading from a joint statement by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel. SOUNDBITE

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Greta Thunberg takes part in a demonstration in front of EU institutions | AFP

Young climate activist Greta Thunberg joins dozens of young activists from Fridays For Future to demonstrate in front of the European Commission, calling for more concrete action against climate change from the European Union.

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Greenpeace projects a burning earth on EU Commission on eve of climate law | AFP

Greenpeace activists project a burning earth on the European Commission building to call on the EU to act faster on global warming on the eve of the Commission’s presentation of the climate law. IMAGES

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Those seeking to test EU unity ‘will be disappointed’: von der Leyen | AFP

“Those who seek to test Europe’s unity will be disappointed. We will hold the line and our unity will prevail,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says after visiting the border area with the Greek prime minister and chiefs of the European Council and European Parliament. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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EU will provide Greece ‘all the support needed’ in migrant crisis: von der Leyen | AFP

The European Union will provide Greece “all the necessary operational support” to help tackle the migration surge from neighbouring Turkey, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says. The EU dispatched its highest officials to Turkey and Greece amid concern over a fresh migrant crisis and allegations that Ankara was trying to “blackmail” the bloc by opening its borders to thousands of refugees seeking to flee to Europe. IMAGES

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EU raises coronavirus risk level to ‘medium to high’ | AFP

The European Union’s disease control agency says it has increased its risk level for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits the EU Emergency Response Coordination Centre.

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EU chief to visit Greek border over migrant crisis (von der Leyen) | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the EU chiefs will visit the Greek border on Tuesday the 3rd of March over the migrant crisis. IMAGES

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EU raises coronavirus risk level to ‘high’ from ‘moderate’: Von der Leyen | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces that the EU’s disease control agency has increased the coronavirus risk level to ‘high’ from ‘moderate’. IMAGES

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EU continuing ‘no deal’ Brexit preparations: spokesperson | AFP

The European Commission is continuing to prepare for a “no deal” Brexit, according to a Commission spokeswoman, as negotiations are due to open next week. SOUNDBITE

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets EU’s Ursula von der Leyen | AFP

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Speaker of The United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi before their bilateral meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. IMAGES of their meeting

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