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Going Dutch: Look out, German coalition talks could be long

Sep. 28, 2021 04:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — As Europe's economic powerhouse Germany embarks on the task of piecing together a new ruling coalition after Sunday's knife-edge election, observers need only look to its neighbors, Belgium and the Netherlands, to see how tricky the process can be. ...

The Latest: US, others issue security alert at Kabul airport

Aug. 25, 2021 22:49 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia on Thursday advised its citizens in Afghanistan not to travel to Kabul’s airport, where there as a “very high threat of a terrorist attack.” Australians in the airport’s vicinity were advised to move to a safe location and await...

Poland, Belgium end Afghan evacuation as clock ticks down

Aug. 25, 2021 22:24 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and Belgium ended their evacuations from Afghanistan, but other European nations vowed Wednesday to press on for as long as possible, as the clock ticks down on a dramatic airlift of people fleeing Taliban rule ahead of a full American withdrawal. ...

EU court rejects Catalan lawmaker's immunity case request

Jul. 30, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's general court on Friday dismissed a request to suspend the lifting of parliamentary immunity for three former top Catalan officials who fled Spain fearing arrest over a secessionist push they led in the region. The European...

Belgian govt announces breakthrough in migrant hunger strike

Jul. 21, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government announced a breakthrough Wednesday that it hoped would end a hunger strike by several hundred migrants seeking to collectively obtain legal residency. The chairman of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo’s Liberal party, Egbert...

Belgium's royals lead a day of mourning for flood victims

Jul. 20, 2021 14:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's king and queen visited the flood-stricken town of Verviers to lead the nation in a minute of silence Tuesday to remember those who died, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a second tour of the disaster zone in her country and pledged rapid help to those who...

Rescuers race to prevent more deaths from European floods

Jul. 16, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In one flooded German town, the ground collapsed under family homes. In another, floodwaters swept through an assisted living center, killing 12. Rescue workers across Germany and Belgium rushed Friday to prevent more deaths from some of the Continent's...

The Latest: Belgium govt raises flood death toll to 20

Jul. 16, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

The Latest on deadly flooding in Europe: BRUSSELS — Belgium’s government says the death toll from unprecedented flooding in parts of the country has risen to 20. Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden said Friday that emergency workers were trying...

Migrant hunger strike puts pressure on Belgian government

Jun. 30, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A hunger strike by hundreds of migrants living in Belgium without legal permission is putting increasing pressure on a government coalition weighing the wellbeing of those involved against the need to stick to immigration and asylum rules. The hunger...