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.
(Oct. 24)

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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French bird ‘glue hunter’ defends controversial hobby | AFP

In Marseille, a bird “glue hunter” defends this Provençal tradition, which is denounced by the League for the Protection of Birds and the European Commission. Daniel Portalis admits he is among a “dying breed” of hunters, but says claims of animal cruelty are “wide of the mark”.

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Juncker ‘moved and devastated’ by Chirac death, says spokesperson | AFP

The president of the European Commission and former Luxembourg premier Jean-Claude Juncker is “moved and devastated” to learn of the death of former French leader Jacques Chirac, says a European Commission spokeswoman. SOUNDBITE

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Juncker: UK has put forward no “concrete and operational” alternatives to backstop

Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet made any concrete proposals to replace the backstop.

No visible breakthrough in Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held their first face-to-face talks Monday, without any visible signs of a breakthrough on an elusive Brexit deal. (Sept. 17)

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Luxembourg PM tells Johnson ‘the clock is ticking’ on brexit | AFP

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel tells British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that ‘the clock is ticking’ on Brexit after Johnson skipped the joint media conference between the two following Brexit talks with the European Commission chief that offered no breakthrough. SOUNDBITE

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Von der Leyen: Brexit not the end of British ties | AFP

The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, says that Brexit would be the start of a new relationship between the UK and the EU. SOUNDBITE

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The European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining how the European Union works. European Commission’s next chief Ursula von der Leyen unveiled her new executive team on Tuesday that, from November 1, will take on a range of tricky challenges, from climate change to an unpredictable US and the Brexit aftermath.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Von der Leyen announces Timmermans will head EU Green Deal | AFP

The European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen announces that Dutch politician Frans Timmermans will head the European Green Deal. Starting November 1, the new team will take on a range of tricky challenges, from climate change to an unpredictable US and the Brexit aftermath. SOUNDBITE

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The European Union | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating and explaining how the European Union works. European Commission’s next chief Ursula von der Leyen unveiled her new executive team on Tuesday that, from November 1, will take on a range of tricky challenges, from climate change to an unpredictable US and the Brexit aftermath.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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EU says UK backstop position unrealistic

The European Commission has deplored the fact that a letter from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to European Council President Donald Tusk “does not provide legal operational solutions to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland.”

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EU battle lines drawn as Johnson takes UK reins

The European Commission is reiterating that the Brexit withdrawal agreement will not be reopening. The Commission tells Britain’s new PM Boris Johnson that the existing deal is “the best and only agreement possible.” (July 26)

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Von der Leyen pledges ‘green deal’ for Europe in first 100 days | AFP

European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen pledges to propose a “green deal” for Europe in her first 100 days in office, which would see a carbon-neutral continent by 2050. SOUNDBITE

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Von der Leyen ‘ready’ to back Brexit delay if needed | AFP

European Commission president nominee Ursula von der Leyen says she is prepared to extend Britain’s exit from the EU beyond the October 31 deadline if necessary. SOUNDBITE

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EU nominee von der Leyen faces sceptical parliament | AFP

Was an intense two-week political operation to woo European lawmakers long enough to win German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen the top job in Brussels? The 60-year-old conservative will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission if she secures a majority in the Strasbourg assembly. IMAGES

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Jean-Claude Juncker and Ursula von der Leyen meet in Brussels | AFP

The outgoing President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and his nominated successor Ursula von der Leyen meet at the European Commission in Brussels. Von der Leyen, a minister for the past 14 years under German Chancellor Angela Merkel, still has to be approved by the European parliament in a vote scheduled for mid-July before she can take over. IMAGES

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Newly elected EU chiefs meet | AFP

The new President of the European Commission, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, meets with the new President of the European Parliament, Italian social democrat David Sassoli. IMAGES

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