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EU to keep fighting Belarus's "weaponization" of migrants

Oct. 22, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pledged on Friday to “keep up the pressure" on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to halt the flow of migrants from his country and raised the prospect of new sanctions amid calls by some bloc members to build walls and fences to thwart new...

EU leaders seek to safeguard energy supplies as prices soar

Oct. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders struggled to find a common ground during a long debate Thursday on how to ease the pain of soaring energy bills. The hours-long energy discussion at the EU leaders’ summit came amid spiraling prices that are pummeling households...

Putin says new pipeline could quickly pump more gas to EU

Oct. 21, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia could quickly boost natural gas supplies to the European Union once German regulators allow a new pipeline under the Baltic Sea to start operation. Speaking on a wide range of international and...

EU Parliament tries to force commission to act on Poland

Oct. 20, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament said Wednesday it's preparing legal action against the EU's executive arm for failing to use its big guns following a Polish court decision that challenged the 27-nation bloc's legal order. A Parliament statement said its...

EU chief says key to energy crisis is pushing Green Deal

Oct. 20, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Wednesday exhorted the bloc's 27 member nations to wean themselves off natural gas not only to speed the transition to clean energy but also to make the bloc a more independent player in the world. On the eve of an...

EU top official clashes with Polish PM over rule of law

Oct. 19, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official locked horns Tuesday with Poland's prime minister, arguing that a recent ruling from the country's constitutional court challenging the supremacy of EU laws is a threat to the bloc's foundations and won't be left unanswered. ...

EXPLAINER: Why some fear a 'Polexit' from European Union

Oct. 19, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is a focus of European attention this week, with Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki addressing the European Parliament on Tuesday and leaders at a European Union summit expected later this week to grapple with a legal conundrum created by a recent ruling by...

EU says exports of COVID-19 vaccines now top 1 billion mark

Oct. 18, 2021 06:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top official said Monday that the bloc has now exported over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the vaccines have been sent to over 150 nations, making...

Merkel backs dialogue with Poland over tensions with EU

Oct. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Poland's European Union partners need to step away from confrontation and instead talk to the government in Warsaw to seek solutions to the difficulties in their relationship. Last week, Poland's...

Holocaust forum looks at social media's role in antisemitism

Oct. 13, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Participants at a Holocaust remembrance conference in Sweden blamed social media Wednesday for contributing to a global rise in antisemitism, while YouTube and Facebook officials pledged to be part of the solution. Government and social media...