Latest European Parliament News

The Latest: Customs, VAT issues seen holding up Brexit deal

Oct. 16, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says that over the coming hours in the run-up to the EU summit "there are possibilities for an agreement, but it is not done." He says customs and VAT matters are the remaining big issues to...

New European Commission delayed, to take office in December

Oct. 16, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ursula von der Leyen will have to wait a bit longer before she takes over as the next European Commission president after the European Parliament delayed a vote on the appointment of her team on Wednesday. The new European Commission, the powerful executive arm of the European Union which...

The Latest: Scottish party won't accept Brexit plans

Oct. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The leader of the independence-minded Scottish National Party says her party will never accept British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans. Nicola Sturgeon told her party conference Tuesday that Scottish voters had opposed leaving...

EU moves closer to confirmation of first chief prosecutor

Oct. 14, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's member states have agreed to appoint Romania's Laura Codruta Kovesi as the first European chief prosecutor. Kovesi, whose anti-corruption efforts in Romania won her plaudits from the EU but criticism from the Romanian government, will lead the EU Public Prosecutor's...

Orban's party suffers major losses in Hungary's local votes

Oct. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Prime Minister Viktor Orban's dominant right-wing Fidesz party suffered large losses in Sunday's local elections in Hungary. Opposition candidates won the mayoral race in Budapest, the capital, and were also projected to win in 10 of the country's 23 largest cities. In 2014, the...

EU lawmakers reject France's nominee, deliver blow to Macron

Oct. 10, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitions, his nominee for the next European Commission was rejected Thursday by EU lawmakers assessing whether she was fit for the job. Sylvie Goulard, a close ally of Macron, had been nominated to be part of incoming European Commission...

The Latest: France sees 'political game' in EU nominee vote

Oct. 10, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation hearings for the European Commission (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The French presidency is claiming a "political game" led European Union lawmakers to reject President Emmanuel Macron's nominee for the EU's executive commission. Macron's office said Sylvia...

The Latest: EU's Tusk says Brexit part of brutality trend

Oct. 9, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The president of the European Union's council of national leaders says Brexit results from confrontational politics with "the ability to deal brutally with opponents, competitors, misfits or strangers." During a speech in Athens on Wednesday,...

The Latest: EU Parliament's Brexit chief slams no-deal aim

Oct. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official is warning proponents of a no-deal divorce in Britain that the thorny issues that have hobbled discussions won't miraculously go away. Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt said issues about the future...

EU chief on the back foot as MEP's challenge governing team

Oct. 8, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Rarely, if ever, has the European Parliament shown such bite. The next European Union executive has yet to take office, and already it's facing challenges from defiant European lawmakers, who have snubbed two proposed candidates to the governing team and targeted two others. The new...