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Spain foreign minister gives up MEP seat with eye on EU top job

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MADRID Spain's acting foreign minister Josep Borrell gave up his newly won European Parliament seat on Wednesday to remain in the Socialist administration at home and stay in the running for a senior job in the EU executive.

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'Do or die' Brexit could destroy government, warns PM hopeful Hunt 11:45am EDT

LONDON Foreign minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at rival Boris Johnson's "do or die" pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 no matter what, saying the frontrunner to become prime minister could destroy Brexit and the government.

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UK's Johnson's Brexit bill tactics 'foolish', says Merkel ally 9:48am EDT

BERLIN A threat made by Boris Johnson, frontrunner to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May, to withhold payment of Britain's divorce bill with the European Union is a "foolish" tactic, an ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

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Merkel: We stand by the 'Spitzenkandidat' system, but it's complicated 8:12am EDT

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she still fully supported the 'Spitzenkandidat' system for choosing who should lead the European Commission but acknowledged that it would be difficult as the European Parliament was so fragmented.

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Irish economy could contract in no-deal Brexit, PM says 7:40am EDT

DUBLIN Ireland's fast growing economy could suddenly contract if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, a prospect that has become more likely, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

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Large carmakers including Volkswagen, FCA could face 2021 EU emissions fines: study 6:52am EDT

FRANKFURT Volkswagen and FiatChrysler could face penalties of up to 1.83 billion euros ($2.08 billion) and 746 million euros respectively, if they fail to meet the European Union's emissions targets set for 2021, according to AlixPartners. | Video

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UK's Johnson warns EU against any 'Napoleonic' tariffs in no-deal Brexit 3:31am EDT

LONDON Boris Johnson, the favorite to become British prime minister, said he was prepared to lead Britain out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31 and said any EU attempt to impose trade tariffs would be akin to a Napoleonic-era blockade. | Video

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Factbox: EU leaders prepare for another fight over who gets bloc's top jobs Jun 25 2019

BRUSSELS The European Union's 28 leaders will meet on Sunday evening for a second attempt to decide who will take over the bloc's top five jobs under the next mandate.

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Timeline: Key dates for Britain's Brexit crisis Jun 25 2019

LONDON Britain is due to appoint a new prime minister and attempt to renegotiate the terms of its Brexit deal, all before Oct. 31, when it is scheduled to leave the European Union.

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Factbox: No-deal Brexit - what it might mean for UK economy Jun 25 2019

LONDON Boris Johnson, the front-runner to be Britain's next prime minister, has raised the prospect of a shock for the world's fifth-biggest economy by pledging to leave the European Union on Oct. 31 without a transition deal if necessary.