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European Union: Economic and political union of European states
The European Union (EU) is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. It has an area of 4,475,757 km2 (1,728,099 sq mi) and an estimated population of about 513 million. The EU has developed an internal single market through a standardised system of laws that apply in all member states in those matters, and only those matters, where members have agreed to act as one. EU policies aim to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within the internal market, enact legislation in justice and home affairs and maintain common policies on trade, agriculture, fisheries and regional development. For travel within the Schengen Area, passport controls have been abolished. A monetary union was established in 1999 and came into full force in 2002 and is composed of 19 EU member states which use the euro currency.

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France's Macron says no-deal Brexit would be Britain's fault

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said a no-deal Brexit would be of Britain's own making and not the European Union's, adding that any trade deal London cut with Washington would not..
Reuters - Published

Merkel: With imagination, Irish 'backstop' issue can be solved in 30 days

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested on Wednesday that Britain and the EU could find a solution to the sticking point of the Irish backstop in the next 30 days, a possible signal she is willing to..
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Union

Boris Johnson: We must lose the backstop to make a Brexit deal [Video]Boris Johnson: We must lose the backstop to make a Brexit deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tells his German counterpart Angela Merkel and assembled members of the press that the Irish backstop arrangements must be dropped from any proposed Brexit deal with the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:01Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson [Video]German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Boris Johnson is heading to Berlin and Paris to "see if there's movement" on the European side in an effort to break the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:01Published

Danish PM says cancellation of Trump visit won't hurt good U.S. relations [Video]Danish PM says cancellation of Trump visit won't hurt good U.S. relations

Denmark's prime minister said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's cancellation of a state visit after Denmark rebuffed his interest in purchasing Greenland would not affect close relations..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:25Published

Johnson told EU is united over Brexit stance [Video]Johnson told EU is united over Brexit stance

The European Union has restated its "single united position" over Brexit as Boris Johnson prepares for talks with the leaders of its most influential nations. The Prime Minister is set to meet German..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:22Published

Fiat-Renault deal hints lift European shares [Video]Fiat-Renault deal hints lift European shares

Car industry shares drove a rebound in European stock markets on Wednesday, helped by an Italian newspaper report suggesting merger talks between Fiat Chrysler and Renault have gained some traction in..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:14Published

Countdown to Brexit: 71 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 71 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31 2019. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Donald Trump: The EU has not treated the UK very well [Video]Donald Trump: The EU has not treated the UK very well

While answering questions from the press at the White House during a bilateral meeting with the President of Romania, the US President Donald Trump said that dealing with the European Union is very..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:57Published

Boris Johnson vows to enter EU talks 'with a lot of oomph' despite backstop differences [Video]Boris Johnson vows to enter EU talks 'with a lot of oomph' despite backstop differences

The Prime Minister has said he will enter talks with EU leaders "with a lot of oomph" as differences between the UK and EU's position over the Withdrawal Agreement remain. Boris Johnson is due to meet..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:10Published

Jeremy Corbyn tells PM to 'wise up' on Brexit [Video]Jeremy Corbyn tells PM to 'wise up' on Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn has called for Boris Johnson to get an extension to stay in the European Union, saying Labour will argue for Remain if it comes to a choice between a no-deal Brexit and staying in the..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:16Published

EU rejects UK request to scrap 'Irish backstop' provisions in Brexit accord [Video]EU rejects UK request to scrap 'Irish backstop' provisions in Brexit accord

UK and EU leaders appear to have hardened their positions on reopening Brexit negotiations, throwing more doubt on any breakthrough before the October 31 deadline.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:00Published

Countdown to Brexit: 72 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 72 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31 2019. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Johnson to EU: Let's replace Irish backstop with alternative Brexit pledge [Video]Johnson to EU: Let's replace Irish backstop with alternative Brexit pledge

Boris Johnson launched his attempt to reopen Brexit negotiations, writing to Donald Tusk seeking the removal of the Irish backstop.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:24Published

US whiskey industry staggering as exports to EU fall through the floor [Video]US whiskey industry staggering as exports to EU fall through the floor

Since the imposition of tariffs, on June last year, the exports of U.S. whiskey fell more than 20%. If the EU - U.S. conflict gets worse, 'around 11,000 jobs are at stake'.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:10Published

Johnson, Corbyn sing different tunes on Brexit [Video]Johnson, Corbyn sing different tunes on Brexit

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday (August 19) called on Germany and France to compromise on Brexit, cautioning that the United Kingdom would be ready to leave the European Union without a..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:01Published

Boris Johnson still confident of agreeing a deal with EU [Video]Boris Johnson still confident of agreeing a deal with EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is still confident of agreeing a deal with the European Union despite increased preparations for a no-deal exit. Mr Johnson spoke during a visit to the Royal..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:10Published

Countdown to Brexit: 73 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 73 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31 2019. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

In A No-Deal Brexit, UK Will Suffer Food, Medicine Shortages [Video]In A No-Deal Brexit, UK Will Suffer Food, Medicine Shortages

There are less than 75 days until Britain is set to exit the European Union. Now, a leaked government report reveals the disastrous effects a no-deal Brexit would unleash on the country. According to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:52Published

A year after EU tariffs, whiskey makers struggle [Video]A year after EU tariffs, whiskey makers struggle

U.S. whiskey makers are struggling one year after the European Union imposed tariffs of 25 percent on what had been a booming business. Nathan Frandino has more.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

Leaked Brexit documents show 'worst case scenario' [Video]Leaked Brexit documents show 'worst case scenario'

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times. But ministers say..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:44Published

Countdown to Brexit: 74 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 74 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31 2019. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker cuts holiday short for ‘urgent surgery’ [Video]EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker cuts holiday short for ‘urgent surgery’

EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker cuts holiday short for ‘urgent surgery to remove gallbladder’

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:30Published

Countdown to Brexit: 75 days until Britain leaves the EU [Video]Countdown to Brexit: 75 days until Britain leaves the EU

Britain is set to leave the European Union on October 31 2019. Here we take a look at the latest figures behind Brexit.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

Six EU nations to take in migrants: Italy's PM [Video]Six EU nations to take in migrants: Italy's PM

The Italian prime minister has also accused Interior Minister Matteo Salvini of being obsessed with blocking immigration.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published

Sterling jumps on bid to thwart no-deal Brexit [Video]Sterling jumps on bid to thwart no-deal Brexit

The pound was set for its biggest weekly gain in nearly 2 months as a plan by opposition lawmakers to thwart a no-deal Brexit gained traction. Plans for a post-Brexit deal with the US, though, are..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:27Published

 

UK's Johnson tells Merkel: We want a deal but EU must compromise

Britain wants to do a swift Brexit deal but the "undemocratic" Irish border backstop must be axed in full to prevent a no-deal exit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on..
Reuters - Published

Merkel: Solution to Irish 'backstop' possible in 30 days

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested on Wednesday that Britain and the EU could find a solution to the sticking point of the Irish backstop in the next 30 days, a possible signal she was willing..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson sees ample scope for Brexit deal if backstop goes

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was confident he could renegotiate Britain's exit from the European Union if the bloc lifted its requirement for a "backstop" to ensure free movement across..
Reuters - Published

UK miscounted EU, other immigrants before Brexit vote

Britain has undercounted its long-term immigrants from the European Union by almost a quarter of a million and overestimated how many non-EU students stayed in the country after their studies,..
Reuters - Published

UK's Corbyn invites lawmakers to meet next week to discuss how to stop no-deal Brexit

UK Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn MP has invited leaders of other political parties and senior lawmakers from across parliament to meet to discuss all tactics available to stop Britain leaving..
Reuters - Published

Budge on Brexit, British PM Johnson to tell Merkel in Berlin

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without one.
Reuters - Published

France now sees 'no deal' as baseline Brexit scenario: Elysee source

France believes 'no-deal' is now the most likely Brexit scenario after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanded the European Union reopen the divorce deal and drop the Irish backstop, an official..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk, British PM Johnson to meet in France on Sunday

European Council President Donald Tusk will hold a face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 1030 GMT on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France, Tusk's schedule showed..
Reuters - Published

Merkel aims to work out friction-free Brexit with British PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would discuss how to make sure Britain's divorce from the European Union is as smooth as possible when she holds talks later on Wednesday with British Prime..
Reuters - Published

Germany readies for possible realities, such as disorderly Brexit

Germany is preparing for a no-deal Brexit although Berlin would still prefer an orderly British divorce from the European Union, a German government spokesman said on Wednesday before Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

Trump offers help as UK's Johnson asks Merkel to budge on Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a..
Reuters - Published

Air traffic will not collapse on Brexit - German junior minister

German air transport is prepared for every scenario regarding Britain's planned exit from the European Union, a junior minister said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Five EU states to take in Open Arms migrants, ending standoff

Spain and four other EU states agreed to take in migrants stranded for weeks on the Open Arms rescue ship, EU authorities said on Wednesday, ending a prolonged standoff with the Italian government over..
Reuters - Published

German president: Reopening Brexit talks on backstop unlikely

Germany's president said on Wednesday it was unlikely that negotiations over the so-called Irish backstop, a key point of discord between London and the European Union on Britain's exit from the bloc,..
Reuters - Published

Five EU states to take in migrants disembarked from Open Arms: Commission

Five European Union countries will take in migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship before being allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday night, a European..
Reuters - Published

British PM should have left letter if he wanted results in Berlin, Paris: German lawmaker

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson should not have sent his letter urging the European Union to reopen the Brexit divorce deal if he wanted to achieve results in meetings with European leaders, a..
Reuters - Published

Majority of Britons say any Brexit deal should be put to referendum: poll

Just over half of Britons back any final Brexit deal or agreement being put to a referendum, a poll showed on Wednesday with just over two months until Britain is due to leave the European Union.
Reuters - Published

British PM Johnson urges Merkel to budge on Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to tell German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that unless she agrees to change the Brexit deal, Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a..
Reuters - Published

German Europe Minister: Northern Ireland peace, EU single market non-negotiable

Peace in Northern Ireland and the integrity of the EU single market are non-negotiable for the EU, Germany's Minister for European Affairs Michael Roth said hours before British Prime Minister Boris..
Reuters - Published

EU being a bit negative but we will get there on Brexit deal: UK PM Johnson

The European Union is being "a big negative" about the prospects of reaching a Brexit deal but it can be done, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU rebuffs British PM Johnson's Brexit gambit

The European Union on Tuesday rebuffed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demand that it reopen the Brexit divorce deal, saying Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to an agreed..
Reuters - Published

Merkel: Irish border solution possible, but not by reopening Withdrawal Agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday the EU would think about practical solutions regarding the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but not by revisiting..
Reuters - Published

Britain to 'unshackle' officials from most EU meetings ahead of Brexit

Britain will "unshackle" its officials from most European Union meetings so they can focus on Brexit, reducing attendance by up to half, the Brexit ministry said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Explainer: A guide to the Brexit backstop, and why there's a UK-EU standoff

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a fresh push to drop the so-called Irish backstop from the Brexit deal, renewing a demand the EU has repeatedly rejected.
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson digs in on need to change Brexit deal after EU rebuttal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to reopen the deal to leave the European Union and to replace the Irish border backstop, his office said on Tuesday, stressing the need for a renegotiation..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: EU contests Johnson letter, says backstop only way to keep Irish border open - document

The European Union "contests" British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for the Brexit backstop to be dropped and regrets his bid to scrap a "necessary, legally operative solution" to avoid erecting..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk accuses UK PM Johnson of pushing towards post-Brexit Irish border controls

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demands to drop the Brexit backstop came with no "realistic alternatives" and amounted to seeking a return..
Reuters - Published

EU executive says Brexit backstop only way to avoid hard border in Ireland

The European Union executive said the backstop option was the only means identified by both London and the bloc to avoid a return to extensive border checks on the island of Ireland after Brexit.
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk says Johnson letter offered no 'realistic alternatives' to Brexit backstop

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that a letter sent to him by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson included no "realistic alternatives" to the contentious Irish backstop.
Reuters - Published

Finnish PM tells UK's Johnson that EU won't reopen Brexit deal

Finland's Prime Minister Antti Rinne told his British counterpart Boris Johnson that the European Union would not renegotiate the Brexit deal, a spokesman for Rinne said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Britain's Johnson opening Brexit bid: rip out the Irish border backstop

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fired the opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain's divorce from the European Union, demanding that an insurance policy for the Irish border be removed from the..
Reuters - Published

Fate of Brexit deal in hands of the EU: UK Conservative chairman

The European Union needs to show flexibility over the Irish border "backstop" because the issue of whether Britain leaves the bloc with or without a deal is now mainly up to Brussels, Conservative..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson to EU: Let's replace backstop with commitment to alternative arrangements

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to propose replacing the Irish backstop with a commitment to put in place alternative arrangements by the..
Reuters - Published

UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson tells Germany and France: do a Brexit deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on France and Germany on Monday to change their position on Brexit and negotiate a new exit deal for Britain, reiterating his stance that he is ready to leave the..
Reuters - Published

British PM Johnson calls on Germany and France to compromise on Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called on Germany and France to compromise on Brexit, cautioning that the United Kingdom would be ready to leave the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 if..
Reuters - Published

EU says ready for no-deal Brexit, 'British would be the biggest losers'

The European Commission said on Monday that the EU was ready for a no-deal Brexit and that Britain would suffer most under such a scenario.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker to miss G7 summit after surgery: spokeswoman

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will miss the G7 summit in France later this week following surgery to remove his gallbladder, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

Chinese embassy tells Canada to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs

China's embassy in Ottawa warned Canada on Sunday to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs a day after the country issued a joint statement with the European Union in defense of the "fundamental right of..
Reuters - Published

Merkel: We're prepared for any Brexit outcome

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that she would meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday evening to discuss Britain's planned departure from the European Union, adding that..
Reuters - Published

Gibraltar says unable to meet U.S. request to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar refused a U.S. request to seize the Iranian tanker Grace 1 on Sunday, saying it was unable to comply because it was bound by European Union law.
Reuters - Published

UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages, says contested leaked document

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, according to leaked official documents reported by the Sunday Times, but whose..
Reuters - Published

No-Deal Brexit document leaked by former minister: UK government source

Documents detailing the negative impact of a no-deal Brexit were leaked by a former minister in an attempt to try and influence the government's negotiations with the European Union, a government..
Reuters - Published

Leaked Brexit documents show worst-case scenario: minister

Leaked British government documents warning of the impact of a no-deal Brexit are based on a worst-case scenario, said Michael Gove, the minister in charge of coordinating preparations for leaving the..
Reuters - Published

UK faces food, fuel and drugs shortages in no-deal Brexit: Sunday Times, citing official documents

Britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the European Union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in Ireland, official government documents..
Reuters - Published

UK parliament cannot stop Brexit, Johnson to tell Macron and Merkel

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the Westminster parliament cannot stop Brexit and a new deal must be agreed if Britain..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker cuts holiday short for urgent surgery: statement

The outgoing head of the European Union's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery, his press team said in a statement on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Deforestation in Brazil, vote in Argentina endanger EU-Mercosur pact

Brazil's backsliding on Amazon conservation under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and a likely Peronist return to power in Argentina could delay or even derail ratification of an EU-Mercosur trade..
Reuters - Published

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