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Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Sardinia

Sep. 23, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain after a failed secession bid for the northeastern region in 2017, was detained Thursday in Sardinia, Italy, his lawyer said. Puigdemont, who lives in Belgium and now holds a seat in the...

EU official says Aussie trade deal delayed by French snub

Sep. 20, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s cancellation of a French submarine contract will complicate and delay negotiations on an Australian-European Union free trade deal, a European trade official said Tuesday. Australia’s decision to end the 90 billion Australian...

EU Parliament asks Polish PM to stop law primacy court case

Sep. 16, 2021 11:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday calling on Poland’s prime minister to cancel a case in which he asks a top Polish court whether Poland’s or the European Union's law takes precedence in the country. The court’s ruling,...

Stung by Afghan debacle, EU forges ahead with security plans

Sep. 15, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Stung by the swift collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation through Kabul airport, the European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to develop its own defense capacities to try to ensure that it has more freedom to act in future crises. ...

Scotland dismisses Spain bid to extradite Catalan official

Aug. 26, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court on Thursday dismissed extradition proceedings against a Catalan politician sought by Spain over Catalonia’s failed independence bid. Clara Ponsati was accused of sedition by Spain over her role as education minister in Catalonia’s...

Danish lawmaker given suspended sentence for EU funds fraud

Aug. 13, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A right-wing Danish lawmaker, considered a rising star within the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party, was found guilty Friday of misusing European Union funds worth 98,835 kroner ($15,667) and falsifying documents. A court in Lyngby, a...

EU court rejects Catalan lawmaker's immunity case request

Jul. 30, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's general court on Friday dismissed a request to suspend the lifting of parliamentary immunity for three former top Catalan officials who fled Spain fearing arrest over a secessionist push they led in the region. The European...

Hungary activists vow to resist LGBT law, symbol of EU rift

Jul. 08, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Activists in Hungary erected a 10-meter-high (30-foot-high) rainbow-colored heart opposite the country's neo-Gothic parliament on Thursday, vowing to wage a civil disobedience campaign against a new law that they say discriminates against LGBT people and that has...

Lawmakers press EU over Hungary, Poland rights concerns

Jul. 08, 2021 06:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers ratcheted up pressure on the EU's executive arm Thursday to take action against Hungary and Poland over concerns about democratic backsliding in the two countries that could restrict their access to EU funds. The EU Parliament...

Hungary issues fine over book featuring 'rainbow families'

Jul. 07, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian authorities have fined the distributor of a children's book that features families headed by same-sex parents, relying on a law prohibiting unfair commercial practices and fueling a debate over recent government steps seen as limiting the rights of LGBT...