Latest European Union News

Wide implications as Germany teeters toward recession

Aug. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone and...

Putin, Macron hold French-Russian talks before G-7

Aug. 19, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed to give a new boost to peace talks with Ukraine and to improve Moscow's relations with the European Union during a meeting in southern France on Monday. But they disagreed on other issues, including Syria and the...

Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

Aug. 19, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, with its next destination reported to be Greece. The Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1,...

UK PM Boris Johnson faces rising Brexit strategy criticism

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing rising criticism of his Brexit strategy at home as he increases pressure on the European Union to re-open negotiations ahead of key meetings with his French and German counterparts later this week. The prime minister's office said Monday that the...

Charity suggests plane could resolve migrant boat standoff

Aug. 19, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's fierce battle over immigration raged on Monday, with fights and panic attacks reported among migrants who have been stranded on a rescue ship for up to 18 days at sea. While Italy's interior minister stuck to his refusal to let the Open Arms rescue ship dock on the Italian island of...

Greece scraps legal need for lay-off justification

Aug. 19, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's new center-right government has scrapped legislation that required employers to provide a "well-founded" reason for dismissals. Labor Minister Giannis Vroutsis signed the change into effect Monday, abolishing the rules approved just three month by the previous left-wing...

More eurozone stimulus expected after inflation revised down

Aug. 19, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 19-country eurozone was revised down for July, official figures showed Monday, bolstering expectations that the European Central Bank will provide another shot of stimulus to the single currency bloc next month. Eurostat said consumer prices across the eurozone were up 1%...

Recent editorials published in Nebraska newspapers

Aug. 19, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

Omaha World Herald. August 15, 2019 No easy answers for residents in this flood-damaged Nebraska village The waters have receded, but this year's catastrophic flooding continues to take its toll on many Midlands communities. The situation is presenting residents of Winslow, a village in Dodge County, with a...

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

Aug. 19, 2019 8:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The leaders of Hungary and Germany sought to strike a conciliatory note Monday, largely setting aside the frostier tones that have dominated their recent relations as they commemorated the 30th anniversary of a key moment in Cold War history. Speaking at a ceremony recalling the "Pan-European...

Juncker has successful surgery; will miss G7 Biarritz summit

Aug. 19, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU says European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has undergone a successful operation to remove his gallbladder but will not be able to attend this weekend's Group of Seven meeting in Biarritz, France. EU spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Juncker's doctors banned him from...