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EU reaches major climate deal ahead of Biden climate summit

Apr. 21, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has reached a tentative climate deal to put the 27-nation bloc on a path to being “climate neutral” by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on binding targets for carbon emissions on the eve of a virtual summit hosted by U.S. President Joe...

EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses

Apr. 21, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Risky uses of artificial intelligence that threaten people’s safety or rights such as live facial scanning should be banned or tightly controlled, European Union officials said Wednesday as they outlined an ambitious package of proposed regulations to rein in the rapidly...

EU-UK talks over Brexit fail to reach breakthrough

Apr. 16, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union and British officials failed to get a breakthrough at talks on Northern Ireland trade rules and said Friday that contact would continue over the coming weeks. The dinner meeting late Thursday between European Commission Vice President...

EU Parliament committee backs Brexit trade deal

Apr. 15, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Parliament committees overwhelmingly backed the new trade deal between the 27-nation bloc and former member Britain Thursday, pushing it onward to the full legislature for a final vote expected later this month. The EU and the United...

EU chief Michel pledges 'unwavering support' to Ukraine

Apr. 15, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union Council President expressed the 27-nation bloc's “unwavering support” for Ukraine Thursday, as the nation faces a major Russian military buildup on its eastern border. Charles Michel said after a phone call with Ukrainian...

Turkey's Erdogan blasts Draghi for calling him a 'dictator'

Apr. 14, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Italian Premier Mario Draghi of “tactlessness” and “rudeness,” for referring to him as a “dictator.” Addressing a group of youths, the Turkish president, who has won several...

Europe scrambles as J&J vaccine delay deals another blow

Apr. 14, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — European countries diverged Wednesday on whether they would push ahead with giving their residents Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of very rare blood clots in a handful of recipients in the United States. While some...

EU, UK set meeting over Northern Ireland trade rules

Apr. 14, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The vice president of the European Union's executive arm and the United Kingdom's Brexit minister will hold talks Thursday in Brussels to discuss Northern Ireland trade rules, the EU said Wednesday. The meeting between European Commission Vice President...

EU throws weight behind Pfizer-BioNTech and new technology

Apr. 14, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a stinging rebuke to pharma giant AstraZeneca Wednesday, the European Union announced plans to negotiate a massive contract extension for Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine insisting the 27-nation bloc had to go with companies that had shown their value in the pandemic. ...

EU court rejects 2 Ryanair challenges of airline subsidies

Apr. 14, 2021 07:19 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union court dealt another blow to Ryanair on Wednesday and rejected the low-cost carrier's arguments that the aid Sweden, Denmark and Finland gave two other airlines to get through the COVID-19 crisis was illegal. The Luxembourg-based EU...