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The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

The Latest: Euro ministers reject new Greek PM's appeal

Jul. 8, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Greece's election of a new government (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Greece's bailout creditors have rejected a call by the country's new government to ease strict budget targets that were agreed to after Athens received billions in rescue loans. Eurogroup President Mario...

Defending Tour champion Thomas opens up gaps on rivals

Jul. 7, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just two days into the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas is already putting daylight between himself and some of the riders dreaming of dethroning the reigning champion. Thomas, who claimed his first Tour win last summer, answered questions surrounding his form and fitness in a dominant...

At Tour de France, tasting Belgium's chocolate is a must

Jul. 6, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — On meeting someone who makes bars of chocolate for a living, the question that immediately springs to mind is: "After a while, do you get sick of eating the stuff?" The reassuring response, firmly delivered by chocoholic chocolate-store manager Patricia Lafargue is that it's simply not...

Teunissen wins Tour opening stage, Thomas crashes at end

Jul. 6, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Apart from the celebrations of Eddy Merckx's first victory at the Tour de France half a century ago, nothing went according to plans on the race opening day. In cycling-mad Belgium, defending champion Geraint Thomas was caught in a crash Saturday and toppled over his handlebars in the...

EU chief struggles to sell job winners to hostile lawmakers

Jul. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the bloc's leaders hand-picked the candidates in a series of shady backroom deals. Two days after one of the...

EU holds off on legal action against Italy over debt

Jul. 3, 2019 9:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's economy commissioner says Italy has answered concerns about its high debt and that Brussels believes it is no longer necessary to launch legal action. Pierre Moscovici told reporters Wednesday that "an excessive deficit procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this...

The Latest: Macron looks at Brexit as EU picks new leaders

Jul. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 10:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says a no-deal Brexit "remains a possible option" but it shouldn't be feared. The European Union is getting new leadership by late fall but an Oct. 30 deadline for Britain's departure from...

EU leaders break deadlock, nominate candidates for top posts

Jul. 2, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After three days of arduous negotiations, European Union leaders broke a deadlock Tuesday and nominated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the new president of the bloc's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, one of two women named to top EU posts for the...

Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel's Cabinets

Jul. 2, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen, a surprise choice to become the next head of the European Commission, is a strong supporter of closer European cooperation who has been Germany's defense minister since 2013 and a fixture in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet over the longtime leader's nearly 14 years in...