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Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S. allegations that its equipment poses a national security risk. Company executives inaugurated the Huawei European Cybersecurity Center, which will allow the wireless … Continue reading Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

BRUSSELS | Swedish teen leads Belgian students on 7th climate march

BRUSSELS (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg is joining Belgian students who are skipping classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels to draw more attention to fighting climate change. The 16-year-old Thunberg first addressed a European Union conference, chiding adults for their inaction in the face of such climatic global … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Swedish teen leads Belgian students on 7th climate march

United States | Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik

United States – MODERATOR: Good morning. Thank you. And thank you, everyone, for joining us this morning for this background call on Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik. Joining us today are [Senior Administration Official One]. And we also have [Senior Administration Official Two]. They’ll give a brief overview of … Continue reading United States | Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw, Brussels, and Reykjavik

BRUSSELS | The Latest: UK leader arrives in Brussels for Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:10 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived at European Union headquarters in Brussels in a new attempt to reopen talks with the EU on the Brexit divorce agreement. She was welcomed by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and will also meet with European … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: UK leader arrives in Brussels for Brexit talks

BRUSSELS | EU slashes its forecasts for eurozone economic growth

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union officials have slashed their growth forecast for the 19 countries that use the euro, saying even the reduced estimate was vulnerable to “large uncertainty” from slowing growth in China and weakening global trade. The EU’s executive Commission cut the forecast for this year to 1.3 percent from 1.9 percent in … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU slashes its forecasts for eurozone economic growth

BRUSSELS | The Latest: Corbyn sets out Brexit demands in letter to May

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:20 a.m. The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party has written to Prime Minister Theresa May, spelling out what he wants in exchange for backing the government’s Brexit plan. In the letter, Jeremy Corbyn again demanded permanent British membership in a customs union, which … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: Corbyn sets out Brexit demands in letter to May

BRUSSELS | UK leader travels to Brussels seeking Brexit breakthrough

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Brussels in a new attempt to reopen talks with the European Union on the Brexit divorce agreement and will meet with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. With the planned departure date of March 29 closing in, May is expected … Continue reading BRUSSELS | UK leader travels to Brussels seeking Brexit breakthrough

BRUSSELS | Macedonia takes big NATO membership step as key text signed

BRUSSELS (AP) — The small Balkan country of Macedonia took a big step Wednesday toward becoming the 30th member of NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance. In a move that marked the end of a long dispute with Greece over Macedonia’s name, and less than two decades after NATO deployed troops to the country as … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Macedonia takes big NATO membership step as key text signed

BRUSSELS | EU rejects merger deal to create regional rail giant

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities on Wednesday rejected a massive rail merger deal between France’s Alstom and Germany’s Siemens in what the two nations had hoped would have created a global competitor to stand up to China. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said it would have created a near monopoly in the European market, … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU rejects merger deal to create regional rail giant

BRUSSELS | Belgian climate minister denounces protest marches as plot

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian environment minister has been forced to climb down over accusations that the massive climate demonstrations in Belgium over the past weeks were a plot and that she had state security confirmation. Though regional environment minister Joke Schauvliege said Tuesday she had no such information from state security services, she said … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Belgian climate minister denounces protest marches as plot

BRUSSELS | A tunnel, a hole in the floor: Belgium ponders bank heist

BRUSSELS (AP) — It was anything but a false alarm. When police reacted to a warning call at a bank in Antwerp’s famed diamond center, they found the vault door still secured. It was only after they forced their way inside that they realized the sheer audacity of the robbery that had taken place — … Continue reading BRUSSELS | A tunnel, a hole in the floor: Belgium ponders bank heist

BRUSSELS | Tunnel, hole in floor only clues in Belgian mystery robbery

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police in Antwerp are looking for clues in a robbery in the Belgian city’s famous diamond district that had all the hallmarks of a classic Hollywood heist movie. Though police have so far Monday been unable to quantify what the robber or robbers made off with from the deposit boxes, they do … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Tunnel, hole in floor only clues in Belgian mystery robbery

BRUSSELS | Belgian premier resigns as coalition comes under pressure

BRUSSELS— Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has resigned amid pressure on his government after the biggest party in his coalition quit over his support for the U.N. global compact on migration. Michel told Belgian lawmakers Tuesday that “I am taking the decision to offer my resignation. I am now going to see the king” to … Continue reading BRUSSELS | Belgian premier resigns as coalition comes under pressure

United States | Senior State Department Official Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Brussels, Belgium

United States – SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL: I’m glad to have you guys along. I’m happy to talk about pretty much anything you want to talk about, and [Moderator], jump in, but I thought I’d give you a few top lines on why the trip is important, some of the meetings that are going to … Continue reading United States | Senior State Department Official Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Brussels, Belgium

United States | Secretary Pompeo To Travel to Brussels

United States – U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Brussels, Belgium, on December 3 – 5. Secretary Pompeo will participate in the semi-annual meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers to review progress made in implementing the agenda agreed by NATO Heads of State and Government at the Brussels Summit in July. Secretary … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo To Travel to Brussels

United States | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Travel to Geneva and Brussels

United States – Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asia Affairs Alice Wells will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, and Brussels, Belgium November 26-30, 2018. In Geneva, Ambassador Wells will join Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale who will lead the U.S. delegation at the Geneva Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan … Continue reading United States | Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Travel to Geneva and Brussels

BRUSSELS | EU calls for sanctions against Italy over budget

BRUSSELS — The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday that its budget plans are in serious breach of the rules underpinning the euro single currency and said that the country should face sanctions. The European Union’s executive arm, which supervises national budget plans, has invited eurozone countries to examine its assessment in two weeks and, … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU calls for sanctions against Italy over budget

BRUSSELS | EU warns Italy over budget, signals possible legal action

BRUSSELS— The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday that its budget plans are in serious breach of the rules underpinning the euro single currency and that the country could face legal action. The European Union’s executive arm, which supervises national budget plans, has invited eurozone countries to examine its assessment in two weeks and, if … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU warns Italy over budget, signals possible legal action

BRUSSELS | EU signals possible legal action against Italy over budget

BRUSSELS — A top EU official says Italy’s draft budget for next year is in breach of the rulebook underpinning the euro and he is signaling the start of a legal procedure against the country over the spending plan. European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters Wednesday that “Italy’s draft budgetary plan is in particularly … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU signals possible legal action against Italy over budget

LONDON | UK’s May appeals to public on Brexit, braces for more blows

LONDON— British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed directly to voters to back her Brexit plan Friday as she waited to see whether rivals within her party have gained enough support to launch a leadership challenge. May answered questions from callers on a radio phone-in, the day after she vowed to stay in office and see … Continue reading LONDON | UK’s May appeals to public on Brexit, braces for more blows