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Far from being finished, Trump has given the EU a chance to lead the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> This weekend, EU leaders gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome -- the document that created the European Economic Community and ultimately led to the creation of the European Union itself.<p>But there will be one notable absentee in Rome this weekend: British Prime …

Foreign Policy

Exclusive: IMF says Nigeria needs urgent reform-document

| ABUJA<p>The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is expected to warn Nigeria its economy needs urgent reform, according to a report seen by Reuters that could delay talks over $1.4 billion in international loans.<p>The Washington-based fund will urge Nigeria, a major oil producer, to introduce immediate …

Nigeria

Geneva peace talks: Syria warns foreign forces to act legitimately

Round five of the Geneva peace talks on Syria has begun with a warning from the war-torn nation’s chief negotiator.<p>Following a meeting with UN envoy Staffan de Mistura, Bashar al-Ja’afari told the media any military presence on Syrian soil without the government’s prior approval would be considered …

Syria

In pictures: Famine threatens Somaliland

The UN estimates that more than half of the 6.2 million residents of Somalia need emergency food aid. Among those in dire need, the nomadic herders of Somaliland, a breakaway state in Somalia, see their very way of life imperiled by drought.<p>Famine has threatened nearly 20 million people since the …

Africa

Germany urges U.S. to rethink finding on EU steel dumping

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany urged the United States on Friday to rethink a report, commissioned under Barack Obama's administration, that said some European Union countries were dumping steel.<p>Global steel prices have slumped as Chinese producers, which account for about half of worldwide steel …

21st Century

French phrases that language learners just don't get

<b>C'est n'importe quoi</b><p><i>Ni'importe quoi</i> is one of those terms we hear thrown into French sentences a lot, so we naturally try to do the same, but don't …

Language

Philippines leader scolds EU for 'idiotic' drug rehab solution

(Advisory: This story contains strong language in paragraph one and four)<p>Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the European Union on Friday for hypocrisy and called the bloc "sons of bitches" after its lawmakers issued a resolution calling for restraint and a rethink in his bloody war on …

European Union

Medical marijuana – high time the Dutch got their message straight

<b>The Netherlands is a major exporter of medical marijuana, even though it has never been formally approved here as a treatment for Dutch patients. And</b> …

Cannabis

Special Report - How banks lost the ear of Britain's government over Brexit

| LONDON<p>One afternoon in mid-January, Prime Minister Theresa May walked into a meeting room in the Swiss resort of Davos to face Wall Street's most powerful bankers.<p>May had delivered her vision two days earlier for pulling Britain out of the European Union's single market. Now the Wall Street …

Banking

Stricken South Korean ferry raised from the sea bed

An animation video shows the complex and delicate process of the salvage operation to raise the Sewol ferry in South Korea.<p>The ship has been lying on its side at a depth of 44 metres.<p>The operation to raise it began on Wednesday.<p>How far has it got? Officials say the vessel was raised 13 metres above …

Europe

Leaked paper exposes EU countries’ abuse of climate loophole

EXCLUSIVE/ European Union countries exploited loopholes in United Nations forestry rules to pocket carbon credits worth €600 million and the …

Climate Change

Credit Suisse bonuses rise as losses mount

The bank Credit Suisse increased bonuses by 6% in 2016 as further litigation costs ramped up full year losses to CHF2.7 billion ($2.7 billion). Chief …

Financial Services

Europe's financial lifeline from London in doubt

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - For companies in the European Union, London is the chief gateway to finance. Rerouting the financial lines that run through London will be complex, experts say.<p>London dominates wholesale banking in Europe, a 5.8 trillion euro ($6.2 trillion) industry that includes financing …

Banking

EU's Juncker pushes for preliminary deal on Greek bailout by April 7

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday euro zone lenders and Greece should reach a technical deal before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on April 7.<p>In a statement responding to a letter by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras criticizing …

Greece

Aid group fears hundreds of migrants drowned off Libya

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish aid organization said Friday that it feared hundreds of migrants may have died off Libya's coast, while Turkish media reported that 11 migrants died and a further four were missing after a boat sank in the Aegean.<p>Video footage on the DHA outlet in Turkey showed half a dozen …

Trauma

Things you should NEVER do when dining in France

With the help of Paris-based cook book author and teacher of French cooking classes, Susan Herrmann Loomis shares some classic faux pas to avoid.<p>Bon …

Foodies

Germany's Merkel does not expect more EU departures after Brexit

Chancellor Angela Merkel does not fear that more countries will leave the European Union, she told a German newspaper as the bloc's leaders prepare to celebrate 60 years of union on Saturday days before Britain files for divorce.<p>Prime Minister Theresa May will next Wednesday launch a two-year …

Euro

Divisions on the road to Rome

After a terror attack on London, the mood will be sombre in Rome tomorrow when EU leaders gather for a special summit to mark the 60th anniversary of …

Europe

Brandenburg Gate turns into giant Union Jack after the terror attack on London’s Parliament

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was illuminated in the colours of the Union Jack as a sign of German solidarity with the UK.<p>More news on euronews.com

Europe

Greece's primary surplus in 2016 higher than forecast: EU official

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone lenders estimate Greece had a primary surplus between 2 and 3 percent of its gross domestic product last year, much higher than the target set under its bailout program and more than previously forecast, an EU official told Reuters on Friday.<p>Better-than-expected …

Greece

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Brussels and Brexit

Four black-and-white photographs line one wall in the private dining room of the president of the European Commission. Each pays homage to past …

Europe

Schaeuble: Trying to keep disadvantages for Britain as small as possible in Brexit

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Friday that the European Union was trying to limit the negative effects of Brexit for Britain but stressed that countries wanting to get the benefits related to the bloc had to make commitments, too.<p>"We need to find a fair path - if Britain still …

European Union

Did London attack expose city's 'weak spot'?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The terrorist attack on Westminster -- the heart of government in Britain since the 16th century -- did not come as a surprise to authorities.<p>In the aftermath of atrocities in France last year, London's most senior police officer warned that an attack was "highly likely" -- a case of "when, …

Terrorism

Vote on 5 scenarios for the future of Europe

It’s another big week for the future of the European Union.<p>EU leaders (minus the Brits) will meet Saturday in the Italian capital to celebrate the …

Europe

Le Pen meets Putin ahead of French presidential election

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen met Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow on Friday, Russian state television reported.<p>"We by no means want to influence the current events but we reserve the right to communicate with all representatives of all political …

World News

Zurich calls on foreigners to become Swiss citizens

The mayor of Zurich has sent letters to foreign residents of the city, urging them to become Swiss citizens before standards become stricter at the …

Switzerland

Former Ukraine Minister Named To Manage Puerto Rico's Financial Crisis

A U.S. board overseeing the finances of the bankrupt territory of Puerto Rico announced that it is hiring Ukraine's former finance minister to steer …

Puerto Rico

Euro zone economy sparkles, lights way for ECB pull-back

| LONDON<p>If the latest surveys of business intentions are to be believed, the euro zone economy is sparkling, growing at a pace that easily explains the hints from some European Central Bank policymakers of a pull-back from their easy-money regime.<p>IHS Markit's euro zone Flash Composite Purchasing …

Economics

These were the 10 biggest European tech stories this week - Tech.eu

Happy Friday!<p>This week, Tech.eu tracked 10 technology M&A transactions and 66 tech funding deals totalling €371 million in Europe, Turkey and …

Startups

EU stalls Russian gas pipeline, but probably won't stop it

BRUSSELS/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Russia has the European Union in a bind.<p>The bloc is divided between eastern European and Baltic Sea countries that see a new pipeline carrying Russian gas across the Baltic making the EU a hostage to Moscow - and those in northern Europe, most especially the main …

Russia