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A NATO summit and mending EU relations are among first tasks for new UK leader Keir Starmer

Jul. 06, 2024 09:58 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — New British Prime Minister Keir Starmer doesn’t get to take a breather. After a draining six-week election campaign, the center-left politician must get straight to work assembling his government, tackling a mountain of domestic problems and putting his stamp on the U.K.’s...

EU leaders have tapped their top brass. Von der Leyen must win over parliament to keep her job

Jun. 28, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s leaders this week agreed with surprising speed on a trio of top jobs, tapping European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a second term, Portugal’s António Costa as European Council President, and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas as their top diplomat....

Von der Leyen, Costa and Kallas endorsed for the EU's top jobs. Here's who they are and what they do

Jun. 27, 2024 21:45 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following the elections for EU Parliament, European Union leaders have agreed on the officials who will hold the key positions in the world’s biggest trading bloc in the coming years for issues ranging from antitrust investigations to foreign policy. The three...

European Union leaders agree on top officials who will be the face of world's largest trading bloc

Jun. 27, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders signed off on a trio of top appointments for their shared political institutions on Thursday, reinstalling German conservative Ursula von der Leyen as president of the European Commission for another five years. At the side of von der Leyen,...

Germany's Scholz lauds the proposed new EU leadership and pushes for a decision this week

Jun. 26, 2024 08:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz lauded the European Union's proposed leadership for the coming years as the basis for “a good European future” and urged his fellow national leaders Wednesday to agree on the package at a summit this week. Three mainstream political...

EU envoys agree on more Russia sanctions. LNG imports are among the targets.

Jun. 20, 2024 07:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ambassadors have reached agreement on a “powerful and substantial” new series of sanctions that are part of its ongoing response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the bloc’s Belgian presidency said Thursday. “This package provides new...

EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

Europe’s far right won ground in the EU elections. Can they unite to wield power?

Jun. 11, 2024 14:36 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The next European Parliament will have more hard-right members than ever before, occupying close to a quarter of the 720 seats. But they will have to overcome differences if they want to maximize their influence on the EU policies that roil their constituents: migration, climate...

The far right made big gains in European elections. What's next, and why does it matter?

Jun. 10, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For decades, the European Union — which has its roots in the defeat of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy — confined the nationalist far right to the political fringes. With a strong showing in elections Sunday, far-right forces could now influence or block joint...

The Latest | Election shifts the European Parliament further right

Jun. 10, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

Far-right parties made big gains in the European Parliament in election results that rattled the traditional powers and made French President Emmanuel Macron call snap legislative elections. Macron’s party suffered a heavy defeat from the far-right National Rally party, while in...