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France's far-right National Front party reaffirms anti-EU stance

PARIS France's far-right National Front party reaffirmed on Saturday its anti-European Union stance while admitting voters' concerns over its policy to quit the euro, at the end of a two-day meeting aimed at analysing its defeat in this year's election.


May to stay as PM until at least 2020, close ally predicts 8:16pm BST

LONDON British transport minister Chris Grayling, one of Prime Minister Theresa May's closest cabinet colleagues, has predicted she will remain in the job until at least 2020 and could even fight another national election.


EU antitrust regulators say probing possible German car cartel 6:11pm BST

BRUSSELS EU antitrust regulators are investigating allegations of a cartel among a group of German carmakers, the European Commission said on Saturday, a measure that could result in hefty fines for the companies.


Merkel's Bavarian ally opposes Macron's euro zone reform plans - Der Spiegel 3:47pm BST

BERLIN A senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies rejected French President Emmanuel Macron's plans to reform the euro zone by installing a joint finance minister and creating a common budget, in an interview published on Saturday.


Hammond told Goldman Sachs he wants long Brexit transition - source 21 Jul 2017

LONDON British finance minister Philip Hammond told the board of U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs that he was pushing for a lengthy transition period after Britain leaves the European Union, a source familiar with the talks said.


Brexit transition should include access to EU workers, says senior minister 21 Jul 2017

LONDON British firms should have access to European Union workers during a post-Brexit transitional period, a senior minister said on Friday following reports of a cabinet agreement that the EU's free movement rules could continue to apply for up to two years.


Poland ejects protesters from ancient forest despite EU calls to halt logging operation 21 Jul 2017

WARSAW Security guards in Poland's Bialowieza Forest have forcibly ejected protesters who sought to stop the felling of trees in one of Europe's last primeval woods, a project that has drawn the threat of a European Union lawsuit.


Support for Catalan independence slips as referendum nears 21 Jul 2017

MADRID Support for Catalonia's independence from the rest of Spain has fallen to its lowest level since a separatist campaign gained traction in 2012, but still remains a close call ahead of an October referendum on secession, a survey showed on Friday.

French banks pledge 1,000 post-Brexit jobs in Paris 21 Jul 2017

PARIS French bankers pledged to create 1,000 jobs in Paris as part of a plan to shift their operations out of London once Britain leaves the European Union, following a meeting with France's finance minister, Bruno Le Maire.


Britain to link future farm support to environmental benefits 21 Jul 2017

LONDON Future financial support for British farming would be linked to environmental benefits rather than land ownership, government minister Michael Gove said on Friday.


Macron to discuss Ukraine with Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron will call the leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine on Monday to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine, his office said in a statement, as world powers step up efforts to try to end the violence in the region.

Wounded National Front seeks way back after French poll failures

PARIS Top officials from France's far-right National Front gather on Friday to find a way back from successive election failures, and senior members said everything from the party's name to its vow to restore the franc currency were up for review. | Video

Rome risks water rationing as drought-hit lake set to go offline

ROME Authorities have ordered a halt to pumping water out of a lake near Rome following a prolonged drought, a decision that could force city officials to impose water rationing in the Italian capital.

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