Bush to Blair: 'Get beyond' Kyoto

AUCHTERARDER, Scotland, July 7 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted defeat Thursday in trying to entice U.S. President George Bush to join the Kyodo environmental protocol.

Rich EU states call for aid boost

BRUSSELS, July 6 (UPI) -- The five most generous aid-giving states in the world have called on G8 leaders meeting in Scotland to increase aid to poor countries by $50 billion a year.

Blair announces review of EU model

LONDON, July 1 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair Friday announced a wholesale review of whether the European welfare system is fit for the modern world.

EC president raises doubts about Turkey

BRUSSELS, June 23 (UPI) -- The president of European Commission, contrary to British Prime Minister Tony Blair's expectation, has raised doubts about Turkey's entry into the EU.

Signs of closing U.S.-Europe rift

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- A European Commission leader praised the atmosphere of his meeting with President Bush, the tone of which signals a return to strong U.S.-Europe relations.

EU chief calls for constitution pause

BRUSSELS, June 15 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has joined the chorus of EU leaders calling for a pause in the ratification of the bloc's constitution.

Bono presses EU on aid

BRUSSELS, June 9 (UPI) -- Bono, the lead singer for rock group U2, Thursday urged EU leaders to honor a recent pledge to double aid to developing countries by 2015.

Britain leads plans to shelve EU vote

LONDON, June 3 (UPI) -- Britain is planning to shelve plans for a referendum on the European constitution after the emphatic no votes in Holland and France.

'No plan B' for EU Constitution

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- Europe has "no plan B" if the French or Dutch reject the European Constitution, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday.

Barroso urges France to vote pro-EU

PARIS, May 18 (UPI) -- The French economy will be destabilized if French voters reject the proposed European Union constitution, the EU Commission president said Wednesday.

Russia, EU begin accession road-map talks

MOSCOW, May 10 (UPI) -- Senior European Union and Russian officials began talks in Moscow Tuesday to lay out the framework for Russia's eventual accession into the union.

Britain pressured to give up rebate

PARIS, March 24 (UPI) -- France's president wants an end to Britain's approximately $5 billion budget rebate from the European Union, but London is warning Paris to forget about it.

EU summit another missed opportunity

BRUSSELS, March 23 (UPI) -- As European Union leaders concluded their economic summit on Wednesday bestowing congratulatory remarks on the success of the Lisbon relaunch and confirming fur
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

EU dampens fears over services law

BRUSSELS, March 22 (UPI) -- Fears that the European Union's services directive may be embroiled in France's debate over the upcoming referendum on the European constitution has prompted EU
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

EU stability pact reform causes ripples

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok's fears that the two-day spring summit in Brussels starting Tuesday will be dominated by talks on easing restrictions on the
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

Brussels, Paris clash over EU constitution

BRUSSELS, March 18 (UPI) -- Tensions between leaders of the European Union and France have erupted publicly after a series of conflicts that could scotch the proposed EU constitution.

EU cuts red tap to push growth

BRUSSELS, March 16 (UPI) -- The European Union released a new package Wednesday to cut-red tape, tackle excessive regulation and help to strike a balance between costs and benefits of legi

UPI Energy Watch

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- For a total of $19 billion, Qatar Petroleum signed two separate liquefied natural gas (LNG) agreements with ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch/Shell Group on Feb. 27 to
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, Energy Correspondent

Italian and Spanish: Sine qua non in EU

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The European Union is struggling with a dispute over languages that arose when German appeared to replace Italian and Spanish at some EU affairs.

Kyoto Protocol takes effect

KYOTO, Japan, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The Kyoto Protocol, which requires developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2012, took effect Wednesday.

Macedonia: ready for EU negotiations

BRUSSELS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Macedonia said it will try to become the next Balkan state to join the European Union, setting a timetable for accession by 2010.

EU VP says Europe economy is worse

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- In a 15-minute speech to foreign ambassadors, financial experts and business men and women, newly elected European Parliament Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca tried to answer the question on the minds of 450 million European Union citizens: "Why is
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent

EU: Europe needs U.S., U.S. needs Europe

BRUSSELS, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday Europe and the United States need each other "more than ever."

France balks at EU single job market plan

BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- France has vowed to fight a European Union plan to create a single job market for professionals such as doctors throughout the 25 member countries.

Barroso launches revitalization of Lisbon

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- After five years of "limited success" meeting economic goals aimed to revitalize the European Union's economy, European Union President Jose Manuel Barroso unve
DONNA BORAK, UPI Business Correspondent
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