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In Britain, much ado but few answers about immigration

LONDON — When Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, the terms of their accession imposed migration restrictions within the union for another seven years. Now they’re being lifted on Jan. 1, Britain is scrambling to block new residents’ access to state services amid fears about a flood of new immigrants.

US Spying a 'Slap in the Face': EU Lawmaker

European leaders warned on Monday that the alleged bugging could derail major trade talks, with France's President Francois Hollande saying that Europe would hold off on any negotiations until it was sure the US spying had ended.

EU decides to wait for Germany

BRUSSELS — European leaders certainly seemed happy as they wrapped up their last meeting before the long summer break. But many of the summit’s headline decisions represent refinements and recycling of previous measures rather than a major breakthrough in tackling the EU's economic crisis.

Eastern Europe: corrupt states or true democracies?

BRUSSELS — The turmoil comes almost a decade after most countries of the former Soviet Bloc joined the European Union, hailed at the time for promising to cement their transformation into stable western democracies. As the EU prepares to add Croatia as its 28th member July 1, however, some are raising questions about the real impact of the union’s eastward expansion.

The EU gets a new member

ZAGREB, Croatia — Two decades after war tore this small country apart, Croatia will become the 28th member of the European Union on July 1 following an accession process that’s lasted a dozen years. Some may raise an eyebrow at the thought that anyone would want to join the crisis-ridden union.

European Union to ban refillable olive oil jugs

Olive oil addicts, beware: the European Union has moved to ban refillable olive jugs and bowls from restaurant tables, and will now require all olive oil to be served in pre-packaged and factory made bottles, equipped with a dispensing nozzle.

Cyprus financial troubles raise hopes for reunification

BRUSSELS — Very little has changed in North Nicosia ever since a Turkish invasion cleaved Cyprus in half nearly 40 years ago. Turkish Cypriots still live in international isolation, scraping by on handouts from Ankara. But just a short stroll across the border separating the world’s last divided capital is like entering another world, modern and prosperous. Or at least it has been until now.

EU enlargement: the real answer to ethnic tensions in the Balkans

Commentary: Albanian PM sees this as a key to peace, stability and security for Albania.
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Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha arrives at the EU Headquarters for a European People's Party (EPP) enlarged summit on Dec. 13, 2012 in Brussels. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
TIRANA, Albania - Five countries in the Balkans, including Albania and neighboring nations, are at various steps along the path to full membership in the European Union. Recent headlines – and our region’s history – serve as reminders why it is so important that all five nations join the EU, not only for our own economic futures, but also for the peace and stability of our region, our continent and the entire world.
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Will cheese derail the plan to save the Western economy?

BRUSSELS — Supporters of a free-trade agreement between the United States and the European Union say it could strengthen the world's largest economic partnership, boost global growth and set the standard for international trade agreements. However, the reality may be far less splendid: Such deals depend less on grand visions and more on haggling over the minutiae of product standards, veterinary safety or hidden subsidies. 

Why a ‘small’ bailout for little Cyprus is a big deal

Commentary: Letting one member fail can be contagious for the rest of the euro zone.
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People walk past closed shops in the old town of Nicosia, Cyprus, on Jan. 26, 2013. The bailout of Cyprus is garnering much less attention than did the help provided to other struggling euro zone members. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)
The bailout of Cyprus is garnering much less attention than did the help provided to other struggling Euro Zone members. Cyprus is tiny, and rescue or no rescue, the euro will remain largely unaffected. Or so the argument goes.
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