The official 'Leave' campaign behind the 2016 victory in the UK referendum on Brexit has been fined and reported to the police, after a nearly two-year investigation. The Electoral Commission found that 'Vote Leave' had overspent by £500,000 (€565,000) on a £7m limit on campaign spending, and had colluded with another Brexit group, 'BeLeave'. The head of the commission also said Vote Leave had "resisted our investigation from the start."
The global economy could suffer a €430bn loss in GDP as a result of a trade war between the US and the rest of the world, the International Monetary Fund has warned, adding that the US itself would be "especially vulnerable". The IMF said the proposed new tariffs risked lowering global growth by 0.5 percent by 2020. The US would find itself "the focus of global retaliation", the fund warned.
EU and Chinese leaders agreed on a joint statement to pledge more cooperation to uphold multilateralism - but concrete trade issues remain to be solved.
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.
The European Union is a "foe", while America must "engage" with Russia, Trump has said, in what the EU called "fake news".
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Monday that he sees "no perspective in the short term" for EU-China talks on a free trade agreement. 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.
"There is a Chinese egoism that we cannot overlook," says Jo Leinen, the head of the European Parliament's China delegation, as EU and Chinese leaders meet in Beijing.
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".
Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin, global trade, and Brexit will dominate the EU agenda this week, as well as a major EU-China summit in Beijing.
Top EU and Chinese officials meet next week in Beijing as unilateral US measures push the two sides closer together despite major disputes between the trading giants.
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 Sun newspaper interview 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."
The majority of the Italian parliament will reject Ceta, the EU-Canada free trade agreement, when it is put to a vote for ratification, deputy prime minister Luigi di Maio, from the Five Star Movement, said on Friday in a meeting with Italy's main farming union. The agreement, which as signed in 2017, needs to be ratified by all EU national parliaments as well as several regional parliaments.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker suffered from a "very painful attack of sciatica accompanied with cramps", a condition that affects his ability to walk, his spokesman said Friday - after a video showed him supported by several leaders at the Nato summit on Wednesday triggered rumours of drunkenness. He added that Juncker, who travels to Asia over the weekend, is "well and following his programme fully" after taking "standard medication".
The suggestion that Russians themselves play a role in the condition of their state today is often dismissed as "xenophobic" or "Russophobic". But if not addressed, the evils of nationalism, chauvinism, and imperialism will continue even after Putin is gone.
The European Commission has cancelled a call for funding free wireless internet hotspots in EU cities due to an IT error. According to an email revealed by Belgium's Le Soir, the IT system did not take into account the different EU time zones, thus preventing some cities applying "on an equal basis" in the first-come, first-served application procedure. A new call will be opened later.
Trump hoped to befriend Putin at a showcase summit in Helsinki, following US president's attacks on Nato and British leaders this week.
On his first official visit to the UK, US president Donald Trump tosses out plans for a bilateral trade deal based on Theresa May's Brexit blueprint.
Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, on Thursday launched a computer game based on the football World Cup. The game, named Crimeleague challenges players to collect cards of the 25 most wanted fugitives and win a Europol goody bag. "By completing the team, you are familiarising yourself with the faces and the crimes of some of Europe's most dangerous criminals on the run," Europol said.