Latest European Commission News

Eurogroup seeks path between high inflation, slower growth

Jan. 17, 2022 15:01 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Euro finance chiefs on Monday ventured into a high-wire political balancing act prompted by conflicting economic forces: a weaker growth outlook and stronger inflation. Finance ministers from the 19 nations that share the euro currency pledged continued budgetary...

EU chief scraps meetings because driver is COVID-19 positive

Jan. 17, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that she has canceled her in-person appointments at the European Parliament this week after her driver tested positive for COVID-19. Von der Leyen said she was already in Strasbourg, France, for the...

Romania pushes to add climate change education in schools

Jan. 15, 2022 02:56 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president wants to add sections on climate change and environmental issues to the national school curriculum to enable students to learn more about the challenges the world faces from climate change. President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday launched...

UK says there is 'deal to be done' to resolve feud with EU

Jan. 14, 2022 12:46 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister expressed optimism Friday that there is a “deal to be done” to resolve a Northern Ireland trade dispute that has soured the U.K.’s relations with the European Union. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss struck an upbeat tone after her first...

EXPLAINER: How Europe is trying to deal with its gas crisis

Jan. 13, 2022 11:08 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s natural gas crisis isn't letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are facing expensive bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn't selling gas like it used to. It all raises the question: How exactly is Europe, which...

EU rejects merger of SKorean shipbuilders Daewoo, Hyundai

Jan. 13, 2022 09:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Thursday rejected the merger between South Korean shipbuilders Hyundai and Daewoo, saying a union between two of the world’s biggest players in the industry would have given the combined company a global stranglehold on the production of liquified natural...

New year, same feud: UK-EU resume talks on Brexit trade spat

Jan. 13, 2022 08:08 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss called for Britain and the European Union to rebuild their relationship, as she and bloc’s top Brexit official met Thursday for talks on a thorny dispute over Northern Ireland trade. Truss and European Commission Vice President Maros...

Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware

Jan. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers called Wednesday for a committee to investigate rights abuses by European Union governments using powerful spyware produced by Israel's NSO Group. Meanwhile, the Polish Senate formally approved the formation of a committee to...

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at age 65

Jan. 11, 2022 09:37 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — David Sassoli, an Italian journalist who worked his way up in politics while defending the downtrodden and oppressed to become president of the European Union’s parliament, died in an Italian hospital on Tuesday at 65. European Council President Charles Michel...

Libyan security forces break up protest sit-in by migrants

Jan. 10, 2022 11:16 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Libyan security forces raided and violently broke up a protest sit-in by migrants outside a shuttered U.N. community center in the capital of Tripoli, activists and migrants said Monday. The troops came overnight, smashed up the protest site and...