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EU outlines plan for clean tech future boosted by subsidies

Jan. 17, 2023 15:23 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union pushed forward on Tuesday with a major clean tech industrial plan which not only should keep the continent in the vanguard of plotting a greener future but also guarantee its economic survival as it faces challenges from China and the United States. ...

Economic woes, war, climate change on tap for Davos meeting

Jan. 16, 2023 10:25 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The World Economic Forum is back with its first winter meetup since 2020 in the Swiss Alpine town of Davos, where leaders are seeking to bridge political divisions in a polarized world, buttress a hobbling economy and address concerns about a climate change — among...

EU inaugurates first mainland satellite launch port

Jan. 13, 2023 08:06 AM EST

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — The European Union wants to bolster its capacity to launch small satellites into space with a new launchpad in Arctic Sweden. European officials and Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf inaugurated the EU's first mainland orbital launch complex on Friday during a...

EU chief celebrates 'immense achievements' of member Croatia

Jan. 01, 2023 11:27 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The chief of the European Union visited Croatia on Sunday to celebrate the “immense achievements” of the newest EU member nation, which switched to using the euro and joined the world’s largest passport-free travel area on New Year's Day. European...

Germany, France seek to counter US climate aid with own plan

Dec. 19, 2022 11:48 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and France on Monday backed calls to subsidize Europe's green industries in a bid to counter financial aid that the United States has put in place for American manufacturers. The European Union has warned of a possible trans-Atlantic trade war over the U.S....

EU leaders seek to stand up to US and avoid trade war

Dec. 15, 2022 18:25 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders sought ways Thursday to stand up to the United States over its new green technologies plan that they say unfairly discriminates against Washington's best global ally and demanded the same concessions as American free trade partners Canada and Mexico. ...

EU to US: We already have war, don't give us trade war, too

Dec. 14, 2022 11:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Disappointment has set in two years after the election of U.S. President Joe Biden was supposed to reset trans-Atlantic relations with the European Union. EU leaders are openly talking about fights, not only friendship. They say conflict with Washington is the last...

Police raid more EU Parliament offices in corruption probe

Dec. 12, 2022 13:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian police conducted more raids at European Parliament offices Monday as the legislature's president pledged to launch an internal investigation into corruption allegations and the bloc's top official called for the creation of an EU-wide independent ethics body. ...

Hungary, Romania to sign electricity deal with Azerbaijan

Dec. 12, 2022 05:18 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leaders of Hungary, Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan plan to meet in Romania's capital Saturday to conclude an agreement on an undersea electricity connector that could become a new power source for the European Union amid a crunch on energy supplies caused by the war...

France, Spain, Portugal to build hydrogen pipeline by 2030

Dec. 09, 2022 08:37 AM EST

ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — Spain, France and Portugal agreed Friday to build by 2030 a major undersea pipeline to transport hydrogen from the Iberian Peninsula to France and eventually the rest of Europe. The pipeline is aimed at making the European Union's energy supply more...