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Swiss minister: 'Inconceivable' EU would sever ties over immigration

BERN, Switzerland, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Switzerland's defense minister says it's "inconceivable" the European Union will sever its bilateral pacts with the nation after its vote to curb immigration.

Reding: EU won't renegotiate free movement deal with Switzerland

STRASBOURG, France, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The EU would not renegotiate its bilateral agreements with Switzerland should Swiss voters restrict immigration, a European Commission official has warned.
French president skipping winter Olympics

French president skipping winter Olympics

Dec. 16 (UPI) --French President Francois Hollande will not be attending the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February 2014.
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Digital EU agenda about trust, not barriers

BRUSSELS, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Data protection efforts in the European Union are about confidence building and rights, not barriers, an EU leader in charge of digital issues said Wednesday.

U.S. diplomacy beats spying, EU leader says

BRUSSELS, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said it was a good confidence building measure for U.S. lawmakers to discuss surveillance concerns in Brussels.

U.S. spy allegations cause 'regrettable tensions'

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Cybersecurity issues unveiled by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden have led to "regrettable tensions" between the EU and United States, both governments said.

European Commission proposes wider definition of small claims

BRUSSELS, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- The European Commission on Tuesday proposed extending the limit on small claims complaints to allow European businesses more access to the system.

European Union mulls new rules on data privacy aimed at U.S.

BRUSSELS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The European Union says it is close to finalizing new rules aimed at curbing questionable transfers of data from EU countries to the Unites States.

France planning to return Roma immigrants to Bulgaria

PARIS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- France plans to return Roma immigrants to Bulgaria because their way of life puts them at odds with the French people, the interior minister says.

European Commission seeks to step up fight against 'legal highs'

BRUSSELS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Brussels could pull newly discovered "legal highs" from the market immediately under new enforcement measures proposed this week by the European Commission.

Juncker resigns, Luxembourg to hold snap elections

LUXEMBOURG, July 11 (UPI) -- Luxembourg, which has not had a government fall in a century, will hold new elections after its prime minister resigns Thursday amid a secret service scandal.

EU demands more U.S. respect for privacy

STRASBOURG, France, July 3 (UPI) -- Members of the international community who consider themselves strong allies do not spy on each other, the European Commission's vice president said Wednesday.

EU frustrated with U.S. spying

BRUSSELS, June 20 (UPI) -- Members of the European Union should enact policies that would protect the privacy of its citizens against U.S. surveillance, members of Parliament said.

Leaks have damaged U.S., allies security, Holder tells EU officials

DUBLIN, Ireland, June 15 (UPI) -- Leaks about U.S. surveillance programs have been extremely damaging, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told a group of European Union government ministers.

White House got EU to drop anti-NSA spying measure

BRUSSELS, June 13 (UPI) -- The White House got the European Union to drop a measure that could have blocked covert U.S. agencies from spying on EU citizens, The Financial Times reports.

Hungary awaiting specifics on EU objections to constitutional changes

BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 2 (UPI) -- Hungary is awaiting "concrete objections" from the European Commission over controversial changes to its constitution, Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi says.
EU says Google policy breaches laws

EU says Google policy breaches laws

BRUSSELS, March 1 (UPI) -- Changes to Google's privacy policies now in effect are in breach of European Union laws, the EU's justice commissioner says.

EU wants a pause on Google privacy policy

BRUSSELS, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- European officials have asked Google to put its recently announced privacy policy changes on hold while they ensure they don't breach data protection laws.

EU ponders new data protection laws

BRUSSELS, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- European Union officials say companies that violate data protection laws being proposed could be fined up to 2 percent of their global annual income.

EU pushes rules for data cloud privacy

BRUSSELS, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- European users of software that accesses online "data clouds" should have their data privacy rights respected by non-EU nations, a top Brussels official says.

EU backs release of wanted ex-KGB general

SOPOT, Poland, July 20 (UPI) -- The European Union's justice commissioner is backing Austria's refusal to send a former KGB general to Lithuania where he is wanted for killings in 1991.

EU leader seeks to boost women on boards

BRUSSELS, July 13 (UPI) -- The European Union's corporations will suffer if they don't put more women on their boards of directors, the bloc's gender equality commissioner said.

EU backs right to be 'forgotten' online

BRUSSELS, March 18 (UPI) -- The European Union wants to create a legal "right to be forgotten" online, but getting embarrassing material off the Web is easier said than done, experts say.
EU calls for stricter privacy rules online

EU calls for stricter privacy rules online

BRUSSELS, March 17 (UPI) -- European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says she will introduce stringent privacy rules to protect users of Internet social networking sites.
France skirts Roma expulsion punishment

France skirts Roma expulsion punishment

STRASBOURG, France, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The European Commission has decided not to start infringement procedures against France over its expulsion of Gypsies, an EU official says.
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