Flemish people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29615/all en EU's grand ambitions threatened by budget dispute http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/eus-grand-ambitions-threatened-budget-dispute <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The European Union's grand ambitions to meet the economic and technological challenges of the future look likely to come under threat at difficult talks this week to set the bloc's next longterm budget.</p> <p>Sources at both the European Commission and the European Parliament say EU leaders will be looking to trim a further 20 to 25 billion euros ($30-$35 billion) off the almost trillion-euro ($1.36 trillion) budget for 2014-2020 at a February 7-8 summit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/eus-grand-ambitions-threatened-budget-dispute" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe European Union Flemish people Politics of Belgium Social Issues AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 07:17:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744330 at http://www.globalpost.com Germany won't sign blank cheque to settle EU budget spat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/germany-wont-sign-blank-cheque-settle-eu-budget-spat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A senior German government source warned on Wednesday that Germany would not simply open its chequebook to solve tricky EU budget talks and called for compromise ahead of a leaders' summit this week.</p> <p>Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said there was "never a guarantee of success" ahead of the EU summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels where leaders aim to thrash out a deal on the bloc's seven-year budget.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/germany-wont-sign-blank-cheque-settle-eu-budget-spat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flemish people Germany Herman Van Rompuy Politics of Belgium AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:17:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747652 at http://www.globalpost.com EU leaders face clash over seven-year budget http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/eu-leaders-face-clash-over-seven-year-budget <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European Union leaders head into a fresh clash over the EU's budget at a two-day summit starting on Thursday, with the only certainty being that proposals for several years will be cut back.</p> <p>The volume of EU expenditure, at a time of cuts in national budgets against a broad background of debt and recession, is the main issue dividing the 27 EU member states.</p> <p>One group among those countries that contribute the most, led by Germany and Britain, wants spending cut from the current level of about one percent of EU gross domestic product.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/eu-leaders-face-clash-over-seven-year-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business European Union Flemish people Politics of Belgium Politics of Europe Social Issues AFP Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:46:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5747688 at http://www.globalpost.com EU leaders dig in heels on crunch budget negotiations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-leaders-dig-heels-crunch-budget-negotiations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Frantic talks delayed the start of a tense summit Thursday on the EU's budget -- with Germany unsure of a deal and Britain at loggerheads with France over spending for the rest of the decade.</p> <p>British Prime Minister David Cameron and Czech counterpart Petr Necas each threatened to veto a deal in what would be the second collapse in negotiations after a breakdown in November -- although senior officials have maintained for days that failure is not an option.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-leaders-dig-heels-crunch-budget-negotiations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe European Union Flemish people Law Social Issues AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:31:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748981 at http://www.globalpost.com EU's Van Rompuy delays new budget plan as rifts emerge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/blank-headline-received-11 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS, Feb 7 (Reuters) - European Council President Herman Van Rompuy chose not to present a new budget compromise to EU leaders at a summit on Thursday after sharp splits emerged between key nations over the figures, EU diplomats said.</p> <p>"There will be no new proposals (from Van Rompuy)," said one source on condition of anonymity. The impasse could mean that no new proposal is presented at all on the first night of the two-day summit, a second source said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/blank-headline-received-11" target="_blank">read more</a></p> European Union European Union Flemish people Herman Van Rompuy Herman Van Rompuy Politics of Belgium Politics of Europe Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:00:25 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749321 at http://www.globalpost.com EU budget summit opens hours late http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-budget-summit-opens-hours-late <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>EU leaders opened tough talks over a trillion-euro budget hours late Thursday amid sharp differences over spending cuts and investment for growth and jobs.</p> <p>The meeting got underway almost six hours behind schedule as leaders of the 27-nation bloc held backroom talks and Britain, notably, pressed for huge cuts in EU spending over the rest of the decade.</p> <p>EU president and chair of the talks, Herman Van Rompuy, said as the summit began that he had held productive discussions in recent weeks and was "confident that around this table we can now settle on a final compromise."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-budget-summit-opens-hours-late" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Flemish people Herman Van Rompuy Politics of Belgium AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:30:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749366 at http://www.globalpost.com EU leaders poles apart on crunch budget http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-leaders-poles-apart-crunch-budget <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European Union leaders found themselves poles apart on the bloc's budget for the rest of the decade, with a tense summit opening six hours late Thursday amid efforts to reach a compromise.</p> <p>Key players were at loggerheads with each other, with Britain and France -- whose leaders failed to meet at a planned pre-summit huddle -- the main protagonists in a battle over spending priorities for the 2014-2020.</p> <p>For German Chancellor Angela Merkel the omens were not good as she arrived openly fearing fresh deadlock after a collapse in negotiations already in November.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/eu-leaders-poles-apart-crunch-budget" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Flemish people Law Social Issues AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:30:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749412 at http://www.globalpost.com EU nears deal on budget cuts at marathon summit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-nears-deal-budget-cuts-at-marathon-summit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>EU leaders edged Friday towards a compromise on the bloc's budget for the rest of the decade at an all-night summit, Britain pushing big spending cuts while France fought for funds to slash record European unemployment.</p> <p>Fifteen hours after the meeting began formally in Brussels, European Union president and summit chair Herman Van Rompuy put new figures to the leaders of the 27 member states that would mean a 908.4-billion-euro ceiling for actual payments, several EU sources said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-nears-deal-budget-cuts-at-marathon-summit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe European Union Flemish people Politics of Belgium AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:45:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749699 at http://www.globalpost.com EU 2014-2020 budget deal done: EU's Van Rompuy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-2014-2020-budget-deal-done-eus-van-rompuy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on the bloc's next 2014-2020 budget, summit chair and EU president Herman Van Rompuy said Friday.</p> <p>"Deal done!" Van Rompuy said on Twitter after more than 24 hours of tough talks between the bloc's 27 heads of state and government.</p> <p>"Worth waiting for," Van Rompuy said of arduous talks that began at 1400 GMT on Thursday and lasted through the night.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-2014-2020-budget-deal-done-eus-van-rompuy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Europe Flemish people Politics of Belgium AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:15:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750257 at http://www.globalpost.com EU agrees historic cut to budget after tough talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-agrees-historic-cut-budget-after-tough-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>European Union leaders agreed Friday the first ever cut in the bloc's budget after all-night talks driven by sharp differences over priorities for the next seven years.</p> <p>"Deal done!" summit chair and EU President Herman Van Rompuy said on Twitter after more than 24 hours of tough talks between the bloc's 27 heads of state and government.</p> <p>"There's a lot in it for everybody", he added a short time later, while emphasising that the 2014-2020 austerity budget embodied "a sense of collective responsibility from European leaders."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/eu-agrees-historic-cut-budget-after-tough-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business European Union Flemish people Herman Van Rompuy Politics of Belgium AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 19:45:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750498 at http://www.globalpost.com EU leader warns British exit would 'not come for free' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/eu-leader-warns-british-exit-would-not-come-free <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Britain's plans to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union lack support from other leaders, while an exit from the EU could prove costly, EU president Herman van Rompuy warned Thursday.</p> <p>Speaking at a forum in London, Van Rompuy said that Britain would have a stronger voice in world affairs if it stays inside the 27-member group and compared a so-called "Brexit" to a divorce.</p> <p>"Leaving is an act of free will and perfectly legitimate but it doesn't come for free," Van Rompuy said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130228/eu-leader-warns-british-exit-would-not-come-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Flemish people Herman Van Rompuy Politics of Belgium AFP Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:01:14 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770096 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Van Rompuy tells Britain: leaving EU 'not free' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/update-1-van-rompuy-tells-britain-leaving-eu-not-free <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* No need for treaty changes, Van Rompuy says in London</p> <p>* EU exit would cost Britain dear</p> <p>* Says euro zone has "artillery", but could be aftershocks (Recasts, adds quotes and outside comment)</p> <p>By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew Osborn</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/update-1-van-rompuy-tells-britain-leaving-eu-not-free" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Europe Flemish people Human Interest Politics of Europe Van Rompuy Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:15:51 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5770268 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Europe News Agenda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/afp-europe-news-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:</p> <p>+ EU unveils result of Microsoft anti-trust probe </p> <p>+ Bolshoi acid attack probe focus turns to star dancer</p> <p>+ Italy's Bersani holds talks to break political deadlock</p> <p>BRUSSELS: EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia announces results of an anti-trust investigation into US software giant Microsoft over choice of Web browser on Windows 7. From 1130 GMT. (EU-US-COMPETITION-MICROSOFT)</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/afp-europe-news-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Europe Flemish people Politics of Belgium Social Issues Technology AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:31:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774275 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Europe News Agenda http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/afp-europe-news-agenda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>What's happening in Europe on Wednesday:</p> <p>+ EU unveils result of Microsoft anti-trust probe </p> <p>+ Bolshoi acid attack probe focus turns to star dancer</p> <p>+ Italy's Bersani holds talks to break political deadlock</p> <p>BRUSSELS: EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia announces results of an anti-trust investigation into US software giant Microsoft over choice of Web browser on Windows 7. From 1130 GMT. (EU-US-COMPETITION-MICROSOFT)</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/afp-europe-news-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Europe Flemish people Politics of Belgium Social Issues Technology AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 07:15:57 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774698 at http://www.globalpost.com EU head issues damning pre-summit report http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/eu-head-issues-damning-pre-summit-report <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>EU president Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday issued a damning report card on bloc efforts to complete the single European market, in a summit invitation that appeared to echo criticism made by British Prime Minister David Cameron.</p> <p>In his letter to leaders, seven days ahead of a two-day summit in Brussels, Van Rompuy said an end-2012 deadline to turbo-charge the single market was lamentably missed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/eu-head-issues-damning-pre-summit-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment European Union Flemish people Politics of Belgium Politics of Europe AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:15:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5776294 at http://www.globalpost.com