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World 01 Mar 2017 | 11:37 PM

Bulgaria's caretaker government eyes access to euro 'waiting room'

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria's interim Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said on Wednesday his government wanted to apply formally to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM-2), commonly known as the euro "waiting room", before it hands over power.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 10:40 PM

Brexit battle lines drawn as UK readies divorce papers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Brexit's phoney war is about to become real. It may get bloody.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 10:09 PM

French presidential candidate Fillon postpones visit to Paris farm fair

PARIS (Reuters) - Conservative Francois Fillon promised on Wednesday to fight "to the end" in France's presidential election despite a deepening financial scandal, but his campaign suffered new blows as a top aide resigned and a party backing him suspended its support.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 8:40 PM

U.S. general wants Russia to open up major exercise to observers

VILNIUS (Reuters) - The U.S. Army's top European commander on Wednesday called on Russia to open its major military exercise later this year to observers to assuage the anxieties of its neighbours.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 6:46 PM

Ex-CIA spy held over kidnap avoids extradition from Portugal, will be freed

LISBON (Reuters) - A former CIA officer convicted for involvement in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in Italy won a last-minute reprieve from deportation from Portugal on Wednesday and will be released, her lawyer said.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 5:18 PM

Dutch nationalist Wilders slips to second in poll ahead of March 15 vote

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch nationalist Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders has slipped to second place in the Peilingwijzer poll of polls with two weeks to go until a parliamentary election.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 4:32 PM

Austria's foreign minister suggests halving number of EU commissioners

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has suggested efficiency measures for the European Union including cutting the number of commissioners to 14 and abolishing two existing rules for each new rule it adopted, local media reported on Wednesday.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 4:12 AM

Juncker to present post-Brexit EU white paper on Wednesday

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker will present a white paper to the European Parliament on Wednesday on options for shoring up unity once Britain launches its withdrawal process, a spokesman said.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 4:12 AM

EU should pay more to return African migrants home from Libya, Malta says

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union should step up funding for the United Nation's migration agency to return migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries further south in Africa, the bloc's current president says.

World 01 Mar 2017 | 2:35 AM

Human rights, courts under serious strain in EU - rights body

VIENNA (Reuters) - Core human rights and the institutions that are meant to protect them are under serious pressure across the European Union as it struggles with a large influx of migrants and refugees, the head of the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights said in an interview.