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New EU leaders take office vowing to tackle climate change

Dec. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new team of leaders took office at the helm of the European Union on Sunday, pledging to put the fight against climate change at the top of their agenda and foster European unity despite the likely departure of Britain from the 28-nation bloc. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen...

EU’s Tusk, Juncker bow out, new team to move in

Nov. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The two men who have personified the European Union across the world in recent years are bowing out on Friday. As of Sunday, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will be replaced by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen at the head of the EU executive, and Belgium’s Charles...

New EU Commission chief promises ambitious agenda

Nov. 27, 2019 7:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU Commission President said Wednesday her ambitious agenda at the head of the European Union’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change. Ursula von der Leyen told the EU plenary in Strasbourg, France, shortly before she and her...

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Nov. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early next year. Donald...

Key European party’s new leader blasts autocrats in group

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the largest party in the European Parliament launched a scathing attack Wednesday against autocratic and populist leaderships within the group’s ranks. Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the opening of the two-day congress in...

Sondland’s style created tension in EU before impeachment

Nov. 19, 2019 3:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Gordon Sondland didn’t come for coffee klatsch at European Union headquarters on Tuesday. Instead, Donald Trump’s diplomatic pit bull in Brussels was preparing to appear at the presidential impeachment inquiry in Washington. He may not have been missed on the Continent. Before...

EU’s Tusk: Croatia’s EU presidency comes at a critical time

Nov. 19, 2019 12:34 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s first-ever presidency in the European Union will come at come at a “critical period” for the 28-nation bloc, outgoing EU leader Donald Tusk said Tuesday. The EU’s newest member could end up in charge of launching the bloc’s post-Brexit...

The Latest: Tusk: UK to be ‘second-rate player’ post Brexit

Nov. 13, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 8:45 p.m. European Union Council President Donald Tusk says that the United Kingdom will be “a second-rate player” once it leaves the bloc, squeezed in between the likes of the EU, the United...

EU leader Tusk won't run for presidency in native Poland

Nov. 5, 2019 1:48 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Union leader Donald Tusk announced Tuesday that he won't run to be the president of his native Poland, saying he carries too much "baggage" from his time as prime minister. Tusk, who was prime minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, was seen as a politician who could block the...

UK parties spar in election that may settle Brexit _ or not

Oct. 30, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Finally, Britain's political ice floes are moving. After three years of Brexit impasse, an election in six weeks may break the logjam. Or it may just rearrange the ice pack, keeping the U.K. trapped half in and half out of the European Union. Official campaigning for the Dec. 12 poll hasn't...