For decades, plastic straws have been essential props for cocktail makers, smoothie lovers and fast food addicts. But that may be starting to change.
The European Commission is proposing significant cuts in the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to make up for the imminent departure of Britain as a financial contributor.
The European Commission has said it is taking Germany, Britain, France and three other countries to the bloc's highest court for failing to comply with EU air quality standards.
US renewables group Invenergy says it has begun arbitration against Poland, claiming it will lose hundreds of millions of dollars after the country reneged on its commitments to build wind farms.
EU countries have voted for a near-total ban on insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, in what campaigners called a "beacon of hope" for the winged insects.
The European Union has unveiled plans for all plastic packaging in Europe to be recyclable by 2030 and to phase out single-use plastic like coffee cups to fight pollution.