Optimism in Europe after eurozone finance ministers reached a last-minute deal to bailout embattled Cyprus. As Cypriots brace for tough reforms, EC president Barroso vowed to help the country navigate the transition.
Greece's "enormous contribution" in handling migration has been extolled by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Ending her two-day visit to Athens, she said the 28-member EU must do more to protect its external border.
Merkel and Tsipras discussed Greece's return to economic stability as well as immigration and Macedonia. Protests, banned in hopes of avoiding scenes similar to her last visit, were quelled by police using tear gas.
Royal Bank of Scotland Group has applied for a German banking license so it can maintain access to European markets after Brexit. The owner of ABN-AMRO will upgrade its Frankfurt branch.
The EU is set for a makeover in 2019, but familiar problems — populism, trade disputes, migration and budget deficits — continue to weigh on the bloc. DW's Bernd Riegert takes a look at what to expect this year.
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