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BRUSSELS | EU says Serbia, Kosovo talks end without breakthrough

BRUSSELS — Serbia’s president refused to meet with his Kosovo counterpart at European Union-backed talks Friday, dashing hopes of an imminent improvement in long-strained relations between the two countries. Hopes of a breakthrough had been relatively high after a territory swap had been suggested as part of a package to normalize relations between Serbia and … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU says Serbia, Kosovo talks end without breakthrough

PRESEVO, Serbia | Official says Serbia, Kosovo leaders won’t meet in Brussels

PRESEVO, Serbia — The presidents of Serbia and Kosovo will not meet each other as planned during talks in Brussels Friday that are taking place after the idea was floated that the former foes could swap territory to end their long-running dispute. The notion would likely see a part of southern Serbia centered on the … Continue reading PRESEVO, Serbia | Official says Serbia, Kosovo leaders won’t meet in Brussels

BRUSSELS | Germany, some EU partners oppose Serbia-Kosovo land swap

BRUSSELS — Germany and some of its European Union partners say they fear that a possible land-swap between Serbia and Kosovo could open up old wounds in the Balkans rather than resolve their differences. NATO intervened in 1999 to stop a bloody Serb crackdown on Albanian separatists in Kosovo. Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Germany, some EU partners oppose Serbia-Kosovo land swap

BRUSSELS | EU official wants to do away from winter-summer time change

BRUSSELS — It could be summer time all year long for countries in the European Union. The European Commission decided Friday it will push the EU parliament and member states to ditch the system of twice-yearly changes to the time following a citizens’ consultation. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the German ZDF network on … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU official wants to do away from winter-summer time change

BRUSSELS | EU, US explore goods tariffs pact amid trade tensions

BRUSSELS  — The European Union’s top trade official says the bloc is in exploratory talks with the United States to see whether it would be possible to reach a limited trans-Atlantic agreement on the tariff of goods. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that “this could be, possibly, a more limited trade agreement focused … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU, US explore goods tariffs pact amid trade tensions

BRUSSELS | The Latest: Greek police arrest migrants over mugging death

BRUSSELS — The Latest on Europe’s migrant crisis (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Greek police say they have arrested three migrants allegedly responsible for a fatal mugging in which a man fell to his death from a cliff on a hill popular with tourists in central Athens earlier this month. A police statement says two … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: Greek police arrest migrants over mugging death

BRUSSELS | Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet

BRUSSELS — Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place. The UNESCO World Heritage site on Thursday opened up the cobblestones of its market square for a giant display of flowers depicting scenes and symbols from Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet

BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

BRUSSELS — The United States and the European Union said Tuesday that they are seeking details about the arrest of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, but they sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with … Continue reading BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat