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SOFIA, Bulgaria | Chinese premier praises EU, says free trade must be upheld

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Free trade and international cooperation must be upheld to avoid slowing down the global economy, the Chinese premier told peers from central and eastern Europe Saturday. Premier Li Keqiang also praised the European Union, calling the 28-member bloc an “indispensable force” and important for global peace, stability and prosperity. Li, China’s No. … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Chinese premier praises EU, says free trade must be upheld

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Iran deal: Merkel cautious on compensation after US pullout

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled Thursday that it won’t be feasible to offer wide-ranging compensation to European companies affected by U.S. sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program. President Donald Trump last week withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but European signatories vowed to salvage it. Trump’s move means that … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Iran deal: Merkel cautious on compensation after US pullout

SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU to Trump: stop threatening us with tariffs

SOFIA, Bulgaria — The European Union has called on U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to stop threating it with tariffs on steel and aluminum, saying Thursday it is prepared to discuss trade — but not at gun-point. In March, Trump slapped tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum, but … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU to Trump: stop threatening us with tariffs

SOFIA, Bulgaria | Ireland warns Brexit talks could collapse over border issue

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is warning Britain to explain how it plans to keep open his country’s border with Northern Ireland or face the possible collapse of a Brexit deal. Varadkar said Thursday: “We need to know that it’s workable and legally operable, and we’ve yet to see anything that remotely … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | Ireland warns Brexit talks could collapse over border issue

SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU demands an end to Trump tariff threats

SOFIA, Bulgaria — The European Union is calling for an end to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to slap tariffs on EU steel exports as a new deadline looms for the duties to enter force. French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that “it’s Europe’s economic sovereignty, and what we are demanding is that we are … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU demands an end to Trump tariff threats

SOFIA, Bulgaria  | EU urges Balkans reform, cool on accepting new members

SOFIA, Bulgaria — European Union leaders are encouraging Balkans countries to continue on the path of EU-oriented reform but they are reluctant to say when any of the six might be able to join the bloc. At a summit in Bulgaria Thursday, the EU’s Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said that “the whole process is merit … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria  | EU urges Balkans reform, cool on accepting new members

SOFIA, Bulgaria | US stocks veer mostly higher in morning trade; oil slides

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal. In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe’s biggest ally, … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | US stocks veer mostly higher in morning trade; oil slides

SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU chief lashes out at Trump amid new push to save Iran deal

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A top European Union official branded President Donald Trump selfish and capricious Wednesday as EU leaders gathered to count the likely economic damage U.S. policies might inflict on the bloc and to try to rescue the Iran nuclear deal. In a striking rhetorical assault on the leader of Europe’s biggest ally, … Continue reading SOFIA, Bulgaria | EU chief lashes out at Trump amid new push to save Iran deal