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Italy says 'arrogant' France risks becoming 'No.1 enemy' on migration


MILAN Italy on Saturday said "arrogant" France risked becoming its "No.1 enemy" on migration issues, a day before European leaders convene in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting on the divisive issue.


EU to respond to any U.S. auto tariff move - report 23 Jun 2018

PARIS The European Union will respond to any U.S. move to raise tariffs on cars made in the bloc, a senior European Commission official said, the latest comments in an escalating trade row.


Deal on debt? Jaded Greeks ask what's in it for them 23 Jun 2018

ATHENS Greeks were unimpressed by a debt relief package from euro zone finance ministers on Friday, jaded by years of austerity which has pushed a third of the population into poverty and shredded the government's popularity.


It's a tie! Greek PM marks debt deal with sartorial twist 23 Jun 2018

ATHENS After long insisting he would only wear a neck tie when Greece's debt problem was settled, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras duly did so on Friday, after euro zone peers offered debt relief that marks a turn away from the country's long crisis.


Euro gains on growth data, Italian assurances to stay put 22 Jun 2018

NEW YORK The euro climbed on Friday as traders were encouraged by improved regional economic growth data and new assurances by Italian politicians that their nation would not leave the single currency.

EU watchdog to tighten outsourcing rules for banks ahead of Brexit 22 Jun 2018

LONDON The European Union's banking watchdog has proposed tighter rules for lenders that want to outsource essential operations such as IT, saying Brexit could trigger a big rise in such arrangements.


French exceptionalism? Bankers, billionaires balk at Macron's elitism 22 Jun 2018

PARIS Perhaps only in France would a billionaire and one of the nation's most powerful bankers both publicly chastise the president for neglecting ordinary people.


Slovenian parliament elects speaker as coalition talks continue 22 Jun 2018

LJUBLJANA The Slovenian parliament elected Matej Tonin, head of the conservative New Slovenia party (NSI), as parliamentary speaker on Friday in its first session after the June 3 election.


Greek carrier Aegean signs $5 billion order for Airbus A320 neo planes 22 Jun 2018

ATHENS Greece's largest carrier Aegean Airlines signed a $5 billion (3.7 billion pounds) deal with Airbus for up to 42 aircraft to renew its fleet of single-aisle planes, stay competitive and add capacity for future expansion.


Italy finance minister mixes cautious, defiant tones on EU debut 22 Jun 2018

LUXEMBOURG Italy's new finance minister said on Friday he will aim at respecting European Union fiscal rules to try to calm market jitters over the new Italian government, but attacked a Franco-German plan to reform the bloc's banking sector.


Bavarian conservatives heading towards 'German Brexit' over migration: SPD leader

BOCHUM, Germany The leader of Germany's Social Democrats on Saturday vowed to oppose a push by Bavarian conservatives to crack down on migration, in defiance of conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, warning the dispute could lead to a "German Brexit".

Italy says 'arrogant' France could become main enemy on migration

PARIS Italy on Saturday said "arrogant" France risked becoming its "No.1 enemy" on migration issues, a day before European leaders convene in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting on the divisive topic.


Italy says Malta not taking in migrant ship is 'inhumane'

ROME Italy said on Friday Malta had refused to take in a Dutch-flagged ship carrying more than 200 rescued migrants and said the decision was "inhumane", 10 days after shutting its own ports to a migrant vessel.

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