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Juncker says would like Britain to rejoin EU after Brexit


STRASBOURG EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker renewed an offer to Britain on Wednesday to stay in the European Union and said he hoped that even if it goes through with Brexit it would apply to rejoin the bloc.


Romanian president picks Dancila as new PM, graft in spotlight 6:21pm GMT

BUCHAREST Romania's President Klaus Iohannis appointed European Parliament lawmaker Viorica Dancila as prime minister-designate on Wednesday, the country's third head of the government in a year and its first female premier.


Romanian president to pick new premier, eyes on anti-corruption drive 4:59pm GMT

BUCHAREST When Romanian President Klaus Iohannis appoints Romania's third new prime minister in a year, his choice will mostly be judged on whether it will hamper or facilitate the European Union state's struggle to stamp out high-level corruption.

EU suspends Kenya water conservation funding after tribesman killed 4:26pm GMT

NAIROBI The European Union has shelved a 3.6 billion shilling (£25.3 million) water conservation assistance scheme to Kenya after forest guards killed a member of a community indigenous to one of the forests involved in the project.


EU set to hit top Venezuelan officials with sanctions - diplomats 3:23pm GMT

BRUSSELS Seven senior Venezuelan officials are likely to face European Union sanctions from next week, including the country's powerful chief justice, diplomats said, as the EU seeks to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to resolve a political crisis.


Second vote not undemocratic, Irish PM says on Brexit 2:02pm GMT

STRASBOURG It would not be "anti-democratic" for Britons to reverse their Brexit vote in a second referendum, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said at the European Parliament on Wednesday, but he denied working to promote one.


Irish PM accuses EU states of hypocrisy over corporate tax 1:50pm GMT

STRASBOURG Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar accused fellow EU states of hypocrisy over corporate tax on Wednesday and appeared to point a finger at France in particular as he rejected claims in the European Parliament that Ireland was a tax haven.


Deutsche Bank to move fewer London jobs than expected due to Brexit 1:41pm GMT

FRANKFURT Deutsche Bank expects to move fewer staff than some senior officials had expected from London to the continent following Britain's departure from the European Union.


EU expected to give states more leeway to cut sales tax rates 11:17am GMT

BRUSSELS European Union states will get more leeway to set lower sales tax rates or even scrap them on some goods, under a draft law seen by Reuters that would reform the EU's centralised rate-setting mechanism for value-added tax (VAT).


Syrian opposition calls on Trump and EU to put pressure on Russia and Iran 16 Jan 2018

LONDON U.S. President Donald Trump and European Union leaders should increase pressure on President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran to return to talks to end Syria's civil war, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Monday.