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EU leaders tackle inflation, energy shocks from Russia's war

Jun. 24, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A day after endorsing Ukraine's candidacy to join the European Union, the bloc's leaders turned their attention Friday to the severe economic turbulence from Russia’s war in the neighboring country as the conflict's full impact sinks in and the threat of recession rises. ...

Bulgarian lawmakers vote to unblock N Macedonia's EU bid

Jun. 24, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria’s parliament voted Friday to lift a veto that has long blocked European Union membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, raising fresh hopes that the bloc can now press on with its expansion plans in the Western Balkans amid Russia’s war in...

European Union makes Ukraine a candidate for EU membership

Jun. 23, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward EU membership, acting with uncharacteristic speed and unity to pull the embattled country further away from Russia’s influence and bind it more closely to the West. Meeting at a summit in Brussels,...

3 summits offer test of Western unity, dominated by Ukraine

Jun. 23, 2022 09:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Three consecutive summits over the next week will test Western resolve to support Ukraine and the extent of international unity as rising geopolitical tensions and economic pain cast an increasingly long shadow. On Thursday and Friday, European Union leaders will meet...

Ukraine expects EU-wide support for candidacy to join bloc

Jun. 22, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official overseeing the country’s push to join the European Union said Wednesday that she’s “100%” certain all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine's EU candidacy during a summit this week. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed...

Bulgaria's no-confidence vote could hamper EU expansion

Jun. 22, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Lawmakers in Bulgaria on Wednesday approved a no-confidence motion against the country’s minority coalition government that could topple the centrist prime minister and further stall efforts by Balkan countries to join the European Union. The center-right...

Germany's Scholz: G7 to discuss 'Marshall plan' for Ukraine

Jun. 22, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that he wants to discuss the outlines of a “Marshall plan for Ukraine” with the leaders of the Group of Seven countries at their upcoming summit in Germany. Scholz hopes for a united front on long-term support for...

EXPLAINER: Western Balkans' promised EU future still hazy

Jun. 22, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — European Union leaders will seek to offer support this week to six Western Balkan countries that have long been knocking at the bloc's doors, and now see the war in Ukraine raging not far from their borders amid fears Russia could turn its sights on their region. ...

EU Commission proposes cutting pesticides by half by 2030

Jun. 22, 2022 09:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday proposed setting legally binding targets to reduce the use of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030 and a ban on all pesticide use in areas such public parks, playgrounds and schools. The European Commission said the...

EXPLAINER: What's next after Russia reduced gas to Europe?

Jun. 21, 2022 08:14 AM EDT

It’s not a summer heat wave that's making European leaders and businesses sweat. It's fear that Russia's manipulation of natural gas supplies will lead to an economic and political crisis next winter. Or, in the worst case, even sooner. Here are key things to know about the energy...