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Italy's Salvini stakes out post as Europe's populist leader

May. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of right-wing populist leaders Saturday seeking historic results in next week's European Parliament elections in their bid to transform European politics. Salvini, the head of Italy's right-wing League party, has positioned...

France's Macron forced to curb his ambitions for Europe

May. 19, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rousing EU anthem...

Austrian leader calls an early election amid video scandal

May. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called Saturday for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor. Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set...

EU's Tusk leads pro-Europe march in Poland before key vote

May. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters marched Saturday in the Polish capital to celebrate the nation's European Union membership ahead of the key European Parliament election this week. In Warsaw, EU Council President and Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, and numerous...

Poland leader slams church pathology, backs sex abuse probe

May. 17, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate "pathology" in the Catholic church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles. It was the first reaction by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a practicing Catholic, to a...

Italy's Salvini snubs far-right label for nationalist allies

May. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's right-wing League party on Friday rejected the label "far-right" for an alliance of like-minded populist leaders that are aiming to join forces and weaken European Union bureaucracy after next week's elections across the bloc. Matteo Salvini will lead a rally Saturday in...

EU citizens in UK to use EU vote to have a say on Brexit

May. 17, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hedwig Hegtermans has lived in Britain for two decades, but she didn't have a vote when the country decided in 2016 to leave the European Union. She's determined to have her say on Brexit now. An election for the European Parliament being held this month in all 28 EU member states —...

Croatia's WWII divisions in the open as Merkel visits

May. 17, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's divisions over its World War II legacy will be out in the open when German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits the country to drum up support for moderate, conservative candidates in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. While Merkel will on Saturday address the...

Europe's far-right parties hunt down the youth vote

May. 16, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

BOKRIJK, Belgium (AP) — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. Several of this year's far-right candidates in Europe are well under the age of 30 — just like some of their most...

Taboos fall away as far-right EU candidates breach red line

May. 16, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

PLIEUX, France (AP) — Europe's taboos are falling away. Virulent language castigating immigration and Islam is creeping from extremist fringe groups on social media and the dark web into politics, and getting new visibility in the final thrust of campaigning for this month's European Parliament elections ....