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German leader to visit Serbia seeking lithium for his country's car industry

Jul. 17, 2024 12:13 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will visit Serbia later this week to discuss a tentative deal with the Balkan country for the controversial excavation of lithium, a critical substance in making batteries for electric vehicles, officials from both states confirmed Wednesday....

Belarus broadens visa-free travel for 35 European countries

Jul. 17, 2024 11:25 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Wednesday expanded visa-free travel for residents of 35 European countries, including members of the European Union and the United Kingdom, as part of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko' s efforts to improve relations with the West. ...

European Union court says TikTok owner can't avoid bloc's law cracking down on digital giants

Jul. 17, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — TikTok owner ByteDance can't avoid the bloc's crackdown on digital giants, a European Union court said Wednesday in a decision that found the video sharing platform falls under a new law that also covers Apple, Google and Microsoft. The EU's General Court rejected...

European Commission didn't provide enough information about COVID-19 vaccine deals, EU court says

Jul. 17, 2024 06:51 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission did not allow the public enough access to information about COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreements it secured with pharmaceutical companies during the pandemic, the EU general court said Wednesday. The decision came a day ahead of a vote at...

The European Commission did not give the public enough information about COVID-19 vaccine deals, EU court says

Jul. 17, 2024 04:06 AM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission did not give the public enough information about COVID-19 vaccine deals, EU court says.

Baltic countries notify Russia and Belarus they will exit the Moscow-controlled electricity grid

Jul. 16, 2024 12:15 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The electricity grid operators of the three Baltic countries on Tuesday officially notified Russia and Belarus that they will exit a 2001 agreement that has kept Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania connected to an electricity transmission system controlled by Moscow. ...

Hungary faces more criticism and boycotted meetings over Orbán's visits to Russia and China

Jul. 16, 2024 08:53 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Some European Union leaders protested on Tuesday what they see as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's misuse of the bloc's rotating presidency, with many including those in the EU's executive commission boycotting an informal meeting hosted by Hungary in response to...

Top EU leaders will boycott meetings hosted by Hungary's Orbán after his outreach to Russia, China

Jul. 15, 2024 15:17 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Top officials of the European Union will boycott informal meetings hosted by Hungary while the country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, after Hungary's pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a series of rogue meetings with foreign leaders about Ukraine that...

Top EU officials say they will boycott EU meetings hosted in Hungary after Orban’s outreach to Russian, Chinese leaders

Jul. 15, 2024 14:31 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — Top EU officials say they will boycott EU meetings hosted in Hungary after Orban’s outreach to Russian, Chinese leaders.

Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas steps down to become EU's top diplomat

Jul. 15, 2024 08:59 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has stepped down as the leader of the Baltic country to become the foreign policy chief of the European Union later this year. Kallas, Estonia’s first female prime minister, handed in her formal resignation to President Alar...