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From 1960s prefab to glass palace: NATO to finally move home

26 May 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Almost two decades in the making, NATO's new billion-dollar headquarters was finally handed over to the Western alliance by its Belgian builders on Thursday, just in time for U.S. President Donald Trump on his maiden visit.

Trump faces rougher reception in NATO, EU meetings

25 May 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday intensified his accusations that NATO allies were not spending enough on defence and warned of more attacks like this week's Manchester bombing unless the alliance did more to stop militants.

France, Germany to agree to NATO role against Islamic State - sources

25 May 2017

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - France and Germany will agree to a U.S. plan for NATO to play a bigger role in the fight against Islamic militants at a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday, but insist the move is purely symbolic, four senior European diplomats said.

NATO's feel-good meeting aims to impress Trump

23 May 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Ribbon-cutting, jets overhead and a dinner in a new, billion-dollar headquarters: Donald Trump's first meeting at NATO on Thursday is choreographed to impress a U.S. president who called the Western alliance "obsolete".

EU and China to hold summit on June 2, focus on climate

11 May 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and China will hold a summit in Brussels on June 2, four EU officials said, the first since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump that has united the two economic powers against global warming and trade protectionism.

Missing in action? EU sees its soft power wane

4 May 2017

VALETTA (Reuters) - As the European Union's foreign ministers met recently in a baroque palace in Malta, Finland's top diplomat quipped that despite the grandeur of their surroundings, they were all merely "doctors and welders", trying "to sew things up" in the world.

Myanmar, EU at odds over Rohingya rights mission

2 May 2017

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union clashed on Tuesday with the visiting leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, by publicly supporting an international mission to look into alleged human rights abuses by the country's security forces against Rohingya Muslims.

Turkey's EU dream is over, for now, top official says

2 May 2017

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan has turned its back on joining the European Union, at least for now, the bloc's top official dealing with Ankara said, offering economic cooperation instead if both sides can restore friendly ties.

EU tries to move beyond insults with Turkey

28 April 2017

VALLETTA (Reuters) - France and Germany sought a new deal with Turkey on Friday to repair relations with President Tayyip Erdogan but would not say whether the Turkish leader's new powers and his crackdown on opponents had ended the country's EU ambitions.

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