Latest European Union News

EU criticizes France for excessive debt, putting pressure on Macron during election campaign

Jun. 19, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday criticized France for running up excessive debt, a stinging rebuke at the height of an election campaign where President Emmanuel Macron is facing a strong challenge from the extreme right and the left. The EU...

Strict asylum rules and poor treatment of migrants are pushing people north to the UK

Jun. 19, 2024 06:21 AM EDT

AMBLETEUSE, France (AP) — The rising tide crept above their waists, soaking the babies they hugged tight. Around a dozen Kurds refused to leave the cold waters of the English Channel in a futile attempt to delay the inevitable: French police had just foiled their latest attempt to reach the...

For Trump it's MAGA, but Hungary's Orbán is going MEGA at the European Union's helm for six months

Jun. 18, 2024 10:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary’s populist government announced on Tuesday that its upcoming presidency of the European Union will be held under the motto “Make Europe Great Again,” but played down any parallels with Donald Trump’s MAGA movement in the United States. “This is a...

China targets Europe's farmers, and not its automakers, in response to EU tariffs on electric cars

Jun. 18, 2024 08:56 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government is taking aim at European farmers instead of German automakers by launching an investigation into European Union pork imports, just days after the EU said it plans to impose provisional tariffs on China-made electric vehicles. The Commerce...

Landmark EU nature restoration plan gets the green light despite months of protests by farmers

Jun. 17, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Monday gave final approval to a major and long-awaited plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc, a divisive issue after months of protests by farmers who argued that EU environmental and climate laws were driving them toward bankruptcy. ...

EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

CLIMATE GLIMPSE: Scorching Northern Hemisphere heat leads to deaths and wildfires

Jun. 17, 2024 08:43 AM EDT

The United States is bracing for chaotic weather this week, with the South set to experience another heat wave following a short respite from searing temperatures earlier this month. The National Weather Service expects some areas to reach temperatures so high they'll hit new daily records. ...

EU countries give final approval to major plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc

Jun. 17, 2024 05:02 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU countries give final approval to major plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc.

Sweden frees an Iranian man convicted over 1988 mass executions in exchange for 2 men held by Iran

Jun. 15, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran and Sweden carried out a prisoner swap Saturday that saw Tehran release a European Union diplomat and another man in exchange for an Iranian convicted in Stockholm of committing war crimes over his part in 1988 mass executions in the Islamic Republic. ...

G7 leaders agree to lend Ukraine billions backed by Russia's frozen assets. Here's how it will work

Jun. 14, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy democracies have agreed to engineer a $50 billion loan to help Ukraine in its fight for survival. Interest earned on profits from Russia’s frozen central bank assets would be used as collateral. Details of the deal were...