EU leaders were focussing on reforms at their final summit of the year -- like boosting economic competitiveness. But so far they've only agreed on a time frame.
The European Union's 28 member countries have all increased their share in renewable energy generation in a bid to meet ambitious 2020 targets. But the jumps made in individual nations revealed vast differences.
The European Union is preparing fresh sanctions against Russia in response to the ongoing crisis in Crimea. This comes as NATO announced it was to deploy reconnaissance aircraft in Poland to monitor events in Ukraine.
Cuba has agreed to start talks on normalizing ties with the EU, after decades of difference. Brussels insists that any thaw in relations - particularly in trade terms - will require Havana to give assurances on rights.
A fresh report by the European Patent Office has shown Siemens and Bosch are the most active German companies when it comes to filing patents. Only Samsung has applied for more product protection procedures in Brussels.
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