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German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...

EU political groups won't back nominee before vote

Jul. 10, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The nominee for president of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday she would put respect for the rule of law and a progressive climate policy at the heart of her program if she is approved for the position. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was grilled by EU...

EU fines Hello Kitty owner $7 million in antitrust ruling

Jul. 9, 2019 11:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union authorities on Tuesday fined the Japanese company behind Hello Kitty for restricting cross-border online sales of toys, mugs, bags and other products featuring the cartoon cat girl. The EU's antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, said that Sanrio Co. was fined 6.2...

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...

Malta OKs transfer of 65 migrants from German ship to port

Jul. 7, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Malta's government has agreed to help 65 rescued migrants by transferring them from a German-operated rescue boat to a Maltese military vessel that will take them to a Maltese port. Malta announced the decision on Sunday afternoon after talks with the European Commission and the German...

Italian rescue ship docks in Italian port against ban

Jul. 6, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — An Italian rescue ship with 46 migrants on board docked Saturday without incident in the Italian port of Lampedusa against an explicit ban after declaring a state of emergency. Italy's hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini — who has barred all private rescue ships from entering...

EU chief Juncker lashes out at leaders over top job methods

Jul. 5, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is criticizing the way European Union leaders chose his successor and others for the bloc's top jobs for the next five years. Juncker said Friday that "the process was not very transparent." After marathon talks, EU leaders nominated Ursula...

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...

Deals made at secretive EU summit deliver top job nominees

Jul. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the end, the European Union's top jobs jamboree had a familiar old-time ring to it. Instead of embracing a transparent future, leaders of the 28 EU nations repeated the past as they retreated behind closed doors to divvy up a half-dozen jobs for politicians who will be the public faces...

The Latest: EU nominee seeks support, vows to listen

Jul. 3, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on key appointments at the European Union (all times local): 6:00 p.m. Ursula von der Leyen is promising to "listen a lot" and cooperate closely with the European Parliament as she tries to drum up support for her nomination to lead the European Union's executive commission. The...