Latest European Union News

EU chief vows action, says ‘shame’ on Hungary for LGBT law

Jun. 23, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s chief executive vowed Wednesday to take any action necessary to thwart a new law in Hungary that would ban content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to children. The Hungarian parliament passed the bill last...

The Latest: France adds Russia to list of banned countries

Jun. 23, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

PARIS — France is adding Russia to its “red list” of countries from which travels are banned unless it is for urgent reasons as they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants. French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Wednesday that Russia,...

Europe seeks disabled astronauts, more women in space

Jun. 23, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Space Agency says it was “blown away” by the record number of applicants — more than 22,000 — hoping to become the continent’s next generation of space travelers, including more women than ever and some 200 people with disabilities. ...

Human error blamed for outage, fire at top Polish power unit

Jun. 23, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish energy officials say human error was to blame for a massive outage at Europe’s largest brown coal power plant of Belchatow last month and a separate fire there just days later, according to the state PAP news agency. Poland needed snap...

EU says UEFA has no 'excuse' for blocking rainbow protest

Jun. 23, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official said he can’t find “any reasonable excuse” for UEFA to reject host city Munich’s plans to display rainbow colors during a match between Germany and Hungary at the European Championship. UEFA said it understood the...

Witnesses say airstrike in Ethiopia's Tigray kills dozens

Jun. 23, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene. Dozens of people were killed, they and a former resident said, citing...

UK won't extend deadline for EU citizens to apply to stay

Jun. 23, 2021 07:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government won’t extend the June 30 deadline for European Union citizens in the U.K. to apply for permanent residency or risk losing their right to live and work in the U.K. Britain’s departure from the EU last year ended the automatic...

Rights group says Greece deports registered asylum seekers

Jun. 23, 2021 07:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday that the practice of migrant pushbacks in Greece has become so bad that even people who have applied for asylum and been in the country for some time are being summarily picked up and deported. ...

Hungary's PM uses soccer to push vision of right-wing Europe

Jun. 23, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Populist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has long used soccer to advance his right-wing politics, and now widespread international criticism of a new law seen as targeting the LGBT community has turned this month's European Championship into a major stage for...

From Biden to Congress, Big Tech is under mounting pressure

Jun. 23, 2021 05:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without speaking a word or scratching a pen across paper, President Joe Biden drove up the pressure on Big Tech companies already smarting under federal and congressional investigations, epic antitrust lawsuits and near-constant condemnation from politicians of both...