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An international monitoring mission says Serbia's election was held in unjust conditions

Feb. 28, 2024 14:31 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's recent disputed election was held in “unjust conditions” in part because of the president's involvement and systemic advantages for the ruling party, a report by international monitors said Wednesday. The report by an office of the Organization...

Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

Feb. 28, 2024 13:19 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan....

A top EU official calls for a new defense industry strategy with locally made arms at its heart

Feb. 28, 2024 09:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official called on Wednesday for a new defense industry strategy to respond to security challenges posed by Russia’s war on Ukraine with the purchase of weapons and ammunition made in Europe at its heart. The Russian invasion has exposed...

Asylum seekers in Europe reached a 7-year high last year. Syrians and Afghans file most claims

Feb. 28, 2024 09:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of asylum seekers in Europe reached a seven-year high last year, with more than 1.1 million people applying for international protection in 2023, most of them Syrian nationals, the European Union said Wednesday. The increase in asylum seekers and other...

EU watchdog wants new search and rescue rules after hundreds of migrants drown off Greece

Feb. 28, 2024 07:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s administrative watchdog called Wednesday for a change to Europe’s search and rescue rules following an inquiry into last year's sinking of a rusty fishing boat, the Adriana, carrying hundreds of migrants while traveling from Libya to Italy. ...

EU poised to OK major plan to meet climate goals and better protect nature despite farmer protests

Feb. 28, 2024 00:54 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union is on the brink of approving a major plan to fight climate change and better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc after protests from farmers and opposition from the biggest party in parliament led it to be diluted. The plan is a key...

Farmers march in Poland's capital, cut off roads in Spain to protest Ukraine imports and EU policies

Feb. 27, 2024 21:28 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of farmers marched in Poland's capital and Spanish farmers cut off traffic on highways near the French border on Tuesday in the latest protests against food imports from Ukraine and the European Union's agricultural policies. The actions follow...

Latvia extends an entry ban on Russian tourists until March 2025 citing Moscow's war in Ukraine

Feb. 27, 2024 11:41 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia’s government has extended restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens into the Baltic country until next year, citing Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine which officials say is “still posing a threat to the internal security of Latvia.” The...

Deep divisions on Russia's war in Ukraine were evident at a meeting of 4 Central European countries

Feb. 27, 2024 10:23 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Four Central European countries are deeply divided over the Russian war against Ukraine and how to resolve the conflict, the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia said on Tuesday. The four post-communist countries form an informal...

Greece says it’s hoping to nudge ally Armenia’s alliances westward

Feb. 27, 2024 09:22 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — NATO member Greece said Tuesday it wants to help traditional ally Armenia shift alliances westward, arguing that improved ties with the European Union would boost stability in the troubled Caucasus region. Armenia, which has close military and trade ties with...