Alastair Macdonald

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13 Mar 2018 | 6:12 AM

EU lawmakers roast Juncker over 'stitch-up' promotion of aide

BRUSSELS/STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - The European Parliament savaged EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday for promoting his chief aide to the top of the EU civil service, saying it smacked of cronyism and would fuel mounting public distrust.

14 Feb 2018 | 10:26 PM

Juncker jabs at Macron as EU jobs race heats up

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker chided French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday for failing to form clear Europe-wide party political alliances, as manoeuvring warms up over next year's EU parliament elections.

8 Feb 2018 | 10:19 PM

EU hears and likes change of tune from Germany

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The prospect of a German government that talks big on Europe and opens its pocketbook has thrilled many of its EU allies, even if they are uncertain just how far Chancellor Angela Merkel's new grand coalition will go.

12 Jan 2018 | 11:08 PM

EU executive, chair Bulgaria eye deal with Poland to avert clash

SOFIA (Reuters) - The European Commission and Bulgaria, the incoming EU chair, believe a showdown on suspending Poland from the bloc over democracy concerns can be averted in the coming months, officials said on Friday.

12 Jan 2018 | 5:10 AM

Bulgaria savours EU embrace despite critics

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's government won endorsement from the EU executive on Thursday for its demands to be let in to Europe's more exclusive clubs despite critics at home and abroad who question Sofia's record on tackling corruption.

19 Dec 2017 | 7:11 AM

Austrian leader defends EU credentials in Brussels

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Austria's new chancellor travelled to Brussels on Tuesday on his first foreign trip since being sworn in, aiming to dispel concerns that his coalition with the far right spells trouble for the European Union.

14 Dec 2017 | 12:57 AM

Close ranks - EU braces for 'divisive' Brexit trade talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU negotiators look forward to trade talks with Britain next year once a Brexit divorce deal is endorsed by national leaders on Friday -- but they also worry this might fray the united front states have shown so far in dealing with London.

7 Dec 2017 | 5:33 PM

Exclusive - EU parliament details UK concessions on rights

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain will guarantee rights for as yet unborn children who join EU parents after Brexit and accept EU judges' rulings on such rights, according to a draft European Parliament resolution seen by Reuters on Thursday.

3 Dec 2017 | 11:33 PM

As Brexit deal takes shape, Juncker to meet MEPs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission added to mounting confidence in Brussels that it is set for a Brexit deal with London when it scheduled talks with EU lawmakers ahead of a crunch meeting on Monday with Theresa May.

30 Nov 2017 | 7:39 PM

EU's Tusk to fly to Dublin Friday as Brexit deadline nears

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk will fly to Dublin on Friday afternoon for talks with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar as a deadline looms for a Brexit deal with Britain on the Northern Ireland border.