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EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions

Nov. 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed Wednesday to the European Union not to forget the plight of ordinary citizens and political prisoners in the former Soviet country. Tsikhanouskaya's plea came as the EU prepares new sanctions in...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the crisis at Belarus-Poland border

Nov. 11, 2021 06:48 AM EST

Thousands of migrants and refugees have flocked to Belarus' border with Poland, hoping to get to Western Europe, Many of them are now stranded at the frontier, setting up makeshift camps as Polish security forces watch them from behind a razor-wire fence and try to prevent them from entering...

Asian Development Banks gets $665M for climate projects

Nov. 02, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

The Asian Development Bank said Tuesday it has won commitments of $665 million to support climate-related projects in Southeast Asia. The Manila, Philippines-based lender manages the regional Green Recovery Platform, which has targeted a total of $7 billion for such...

EU unconvinced by Polish arguments on rule of law changes

Oct. 22, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Polish arguments that fundamental judicial changes the country has made would not undermine the European Union on Friday failed to convince key bloc leaders who said that the withholding of billions in EU recovery funds would likely continue unless Warsaw falls back into...

"Danke schön!" EU leaders, Obama give Merkel big sendoff

Oct. 22, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Angela Merkel is still Germany's Chancellor, and might be still when European Union leaders meet again, yet they gave her a big farewell party at Friday's EU summit. Even Barack Obama made a cameo video appearance. Attending her 107th summit, Merkel was...

EU summit loads pressure on Poland over rule of law

Oct. 21, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pressured a defiant Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Thursday to fall back into line on recognizing that EU law trumps national decision-making, hoping that dialogue will stave off a crisis in the bloc. Morawiecki instead...

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...

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 vows to uphold Ukraine's energy security at summit

Oct. 12, 2021 08:48 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — European Union leaders vowed to uphold Ukraine's energy security and signed deals intended to bolster ties during a summit Tuesday in the Ukrainian capital. In a statement after the meeting, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, EU Council...

EU, Ukraine to discuss military training and cyberthreats

Oct. 11, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is considering providing a military training mission to Ukraine amid lingering tensions between Russia and its neighbor, officials said Monday. Acting on a request from Ukraine for help with “professional military education," the EU...