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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EU’s Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Hungarian PM Viktor Orban to Brussels | AFP

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels. IMAGES

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EU warns UK there is no strength in ‘splendid isolation’ | AFP

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen warns the United Kingdom that there is no strength in “splendid isolation”, as the European Union’s three top officials promise a new dawn for their bloc and warn Britain that it would lose the benefits of close ties after Brexit. SOUNDBITE

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EU Commission chief: Brexit day will be ‘tough and emotional’

The European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, has warned Britain that it would not get the β€œhighest quality access” to the European Union’s market after Brexit unless it made major compromises. She predicted that Jan. 31, the day Britain is set to leave the European Union, would be a “tough and emotional day”.

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 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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Juncker regrets not speaking up against Brexit ‘lies’

Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he regrets accepting a request by former U.K. prime minister David Cameron not to speak up during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.
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EU ‘have done all in our power’ for orderly Brexit: Juncker | AFP

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says that the European Union has done “everything in (its) power” to ensure an orderly departure from the United Kingdom, while the Brexit deal awaits ratification by the British Parliament.

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EU ‘have done all in our power’ for orderly Brexit: Juncker | AFP

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says that the European Union has done “everything in (its) power” to ensure an orderly departure from the United Kingdom, while the Brexit deal awaits ratification by the British Parliament. SOUNDBITE

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EU leaders arrive for day two of summit in Brussels | AFP

EU leaders arrive at the European Commission in Brussels for the second day of the EU summit after they endorsed a hard-fought Brexit deal with Britain. IMAGES of EU leaders arriving

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Juncker says no need for Brexit ‘prolongation’ with new deal | AFP

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker hails the Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU saying it is a ‘fair’ deal which provides ‘certainty’. SOUNDBITE

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