Latest European Commission News

Italy gets new tranche of EU funds as dust settles from vote

Sep. 27, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Commission signed off Tuesday on the next 21-billion-euro ($20.2 billion) tranche of Italy’s pandemic recovery funds, a welcome infusion that comes amid questions about whether Giorgia Meloni and her euroskeptic party, which won the national election, will be able to...

Global Citizen Festival generates $2.4 billion in pledges

Sep. 26, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 10th anniversary of the Global Citizen Festival, which included performances from Metallica, Mariah Carey and Usher, generated more than $2.4 billion in commitments to fight extreme poverty and disease. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, U.S....

EU, US question Serbia's EU commitment after Russia deal

Sep. 26, 2022 14:09 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The European Union and the U.S. on Monday questioned Serbia’s proclaimed commitment to join Europe’s 27-nation bloc after Belgrade signed an agreement with Moscow pledging long-term “consultations” on foreign policy matters amid Russia's war in Ukraine. ...

Italy's EU partners vigilant as far right set to take power

Sep. 26, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Italy’s European Union partners are signaling discomfort, even vigilance, after Italy, one of the bloc’s founding members, swung far to the political right. The result of Italy's latest election raises troubling questions about whether Rome will maintain its commitments to EU...

West works to deepen sanctions after Putin heightens threats

Sep. 24, 2022 14:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — How do American leaders and their allies intend to respond if President Vladimir Putin seeks to escalate his way out of a bad situation on Ukraine’s battlefields, and makes good on renewed threats of annexing territory or even using nuclear weapons? At least to...

EU talks up Russia sanctions but consensus may prove elusive

Sep. 22, 2022 06:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union appears determined to respond to new Russian attempts to annex parts of Ukraine with more sanctions, but finding a consensus among member countries is becoming increasingly difficult as measures meant to punish Moscow bite into their own economies. ...

Gates Foundation prods UN, honors inspiration as Goalkeepers

Sep. 21, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates combined characteristic optimism with sobering questions about persistent gender inequality and hunger at an event focused on reaching global development goals that the Gateses' foundation convened on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. ...

Germany nationalizes country's biggest gas importer Uniper

Sep. 21, 2022 07:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday that it has agreed to nationalize the country's biggest natural gas importer, Uniper, expanding state intervention in the industry to prevent an energy shortage resulting from Russia's war in Ukraine. The deal with Uniper builds on...

Hungary appeals for time, as EU weighs hefty fund freeze

Sep. 20, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary needs time and is urging its European Union partners to be “tolerant,” the country's justice minister said Tuesday, after the bloc's executive branch recommended suspending billions of euros in funding over concerns about democratic backsliding and the possible...

At UN, leaders confront COVID's impact on global education

Sep. 19, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

With COVID-related school disruptions setting back children around the world, activists implored world leaders Monday to prioritize school systems and restore educational budgets slashed when the pandemic hit. The summit on transforming education, held at the U.N. General Assembly...