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China and EU strengthen promise to Paris deal with US poised to step away

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Wind turbines in Tianjin. China and the EU say they are determined to forge ahead with Paris and accelerate the global transition to clean energy. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Beijing and Brussels to set up new alliance to reduce global carbon emissions as Donald Trump says he will announce decision later on Thursday

June 1, 2017 — China and the EU will forge an alliance to take a leading role in tackling climate change in response to Donald Trump’s expected decision to pull the US out of the historic Paris agreement. Continue reading China and EU strengthen promise to Paris deal with US poised to step away

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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EU ministers meet after Balkan migrant route shut

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Refugees share a cigarette in front of a fire, during a rainy day, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border at a refugee camp, near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, March 9, 2016. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA
The scheduled two-day meeting will tackle various areas including a proposed deal with Turkey and the restoration of the visa-free Schengen zone

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 10, 2016) — EU interior ministers were set to meet in Brussels Thursday, March 10, to discuss the migrant crisis after western Balkan nations slammed shut their borders, exacerbating a dire humanitarian situation on the Macedonian frontier.

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Austria launches migrant cap despite EU anger

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TOUGHER ASYLUM POLICIES. A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who declared that they will seek asylum in Germany or Austria, board the train to Croatia at the train station in the south Serbian city of Presevo, January 25, 2016. Photo by EPA
Vienna says the measures are necessary because a German-backed EU plan for Turkey to stem the flow of migrants setting off from its coast is not yet working

VIENNA, Austria (Feb. 19, 2016) — Austria’s new daily cap on asylum seekers entered into force Friday, February 19, in a move that the European Commission has described as “plainly incompatible” with European Union laws.

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EU, Turkey to hold special migration summit in March

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SPECIAL MEETING. European Council President Donald Tusk gives a press conference at the end of the first day of a two-day EU summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 19, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA
EU officials say thousands of migrants are still crossing the Aegean daily from Turkey after more than one million made the perilous journey last year in the greatest such movement in the bloc’s history

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 19, 2016) — The EU and Turkey will hold a special summit in early March to push forward a deal to stem the migration crisis, European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday, February 19.

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EU in final push for difficult ‘Brexit’ deal

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The Union flag (R) and European Union flag (L) hang over Europa House in London, Britain, January 17, 2013. Andy Rain/EPA
The quest to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union faces its moment of truth this week

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 14, 2016) — The quest to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union faces its moment of truth this week, with EU chief Donald Tusk touring key capitals in a final push for a deal at a crucial Brussels summit.

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