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Last days of May? UK leader in peril as Brexit offer slammed

May. 22, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May dug in Wednesday against a growing push by both rivals and former allies to remove her from office as her attempts to lead Britain out of the European Union appeared to be headed for a dead end. May resisted calls to rip up her tattered Brexit blueprint and...

German far right cancels election party after venue threats

May. 22, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party is canceling a planned election-night party in Berlin after staff at the venue received threats from political rivals. In a statement Wednesday, the party's top candidate for the upcoming European Parliament elections, Joerg Meuthen, said the...

Austria: Interim ministers sworn in after video scandal

May. 22, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austria's president on Wednesday swore in new, technocratic ministers to replace politicians from the far-right Freedom Party who left the government following a scandal surrounding its leader. With his government rocking, it remains unclear whether Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will survive a...

British Steel collapses, threatening thousands of jobs

May. 22, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Steel Ltd has been ordered into liquidation as it struggles with industry-wide troubles and Brexit, threatening 5,000 workers and another 20,000 jobs in the supply chain. The company had asked for a package of support to tackle issues related to Britain's pending departure from the...

Threat or promise? E-auto boom could cost industry jobs

May. 22, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

ZWICKAU, Germany (AP) — Over 115 years the auto industry in the east German town of Zwickau has lived through wrenching upheavals including World War II and the collapse of communism. Now the city's 90,000 people are plunging headlong into another era of change: top employer Volkswagen's total shift into...

UN rights expert slams UK welfare spending cuts

May. 22, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert on Wednesday sharpened his criticism of cuts to social support in Britain, pointing to "record levels of hunger and homelessness" in the country and describing recent changes as window-dressing. Philip Alston, the U.N. Human Rights Council-appointed expert on...

EU police agency says operation smashed organized crime ring

May. 22, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union's police agency says an international law enforcement operation has smashed an organized crime gang that earned hundreds of millions of euros in drug and cigarette trafficking, assassinations and money laundering. Europol said Wednesday that more than 450...

Poland's Kaczynski says Le Pen's party 'linked to Moscow'

May. 22, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's nationalist ruling party leader said political groupings in some European Union states, including Marine Le Pen's party in France, are "obviously linked to Moscow and receive its support." Jaroslaw Kaczynski's comment in the Gazeta Polska weekly that was published Wednesday...

No time to chicken out: Hungary's opposition gets creative

May. 22, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Selling yourself in five minutes can be tough. But that's all Hungary's opposition parties have been given on state media to promote their visions for Sunday's European Parliament election. Undeterred, they've come up with novel and creative ways From short "reality newscasts"...

Big question for EU vote: How well will the far-right do?

May. 22, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The elections to the European Parliament have never been so hotly anticipated, with many predicting that this year's ballot which starts Thursday will mark a coming-of-age moment for the euroskeptic far-right movement.  The elections, which run through Sunday and take place in all of...