EU countries on Monday gave European firms legal cover to operate in Iran despite the US pullout from the nuclear deal, after a report that the Trump administration has rejected calls by Brussels for an exemption from sanctions.
Authorities in Moscow have charged members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot with "violation of spectators' rights" and illegally wearing police symbols when they ran onto the field during the World Cup final.
US President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin talked one on one behind closed doors for two-plus hours before the American leader declared their meeting was off to a "very, very good start for everybody."
Owners of Volkswagen diesel cars will be able to have a software update of their car's engine for free until 2020, EU commissioner for consumers rights Vera Jourova announced on Monday. When the Dieselgate scandal broke in 2015, the German carmaker pledged to remove, before 2019, a defeat device designed to cheat on emissions tests from some 8.5m cars.
Airbnb, a website for home rentals, has breached EU consumer rules, the EU Commission said Monday, as it gave the US company until the end of August to propose changes or face sanctions. The commission said Airbnb should make it clear whether an accommodation is offered by an individual or a professional, provide greater details of the price, and tweak its terms of service to make it fairer to consumers.
US President Donald Trump sits down with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki, Finland on Monday for a meeting that comes amid heightened tensions with Europe and an ongoing inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday that he sees "no perspective in the short term" for EU-China talks . At an EU-China summit in Beijing, he said that "if China wishes to open up it can do so." Juncker, with European Council president Donald Tusk, met Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang. They said they hope to conclude soon a bilateral investment agreement.
Italy on Sunday evening accepted the docking of a boat with some 450 migrants on board, after France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Malta pledged to take 50 people each. Czech PM Andrej Babis refused to do so, saying it would be a "road to hell". Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini, who had so far refused to open the country's ports to boats with migrants rescued by NGOs, claimed "political victory".
Italy said Saturday that Malta and France had agreed to take 100 of the 450 migrants who were rescued from a fishing boat in the Mediterranean, claiming victory in the latest standoff but demanding even greater European solidarity.
The European Commission on Friday opened an investigation into the acquisition of French train manufacturer Alstom by Germany's Siemens, over concerns it "may reduce competition in the supply of several types of trains and signalling systems." The commission said the operation could "deprive European rail operators of a choice of suppliers and innovative products, and lead to higher prices." The investigation will be closed by the end of November.
US president Donald Trump said Friday his threatening a post-Brexit US-UK trade deal may have been "too brutal" for UK prime minister Theresa May. He also said their relationship was "the highest kind of special." At a joint press conference, May insisted that her Brexit position "provides the platform for Donald and me to agree an ambitious deal that works for both countries."
US President Donald Trump said on Friday he looked forward to finalising a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, marking an abrupt change from a newspaper interview when he said Prime Minister Theresa May's strategy would kill such an agreement.