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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Major contributors to the European Union's budget blocked progress at an emergency summit on Friday, insisting that they would not stump up more funds for the bloc's next long-term spending package. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU ends testy budget summit without deal, much work ahead

Feb. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders broke up a marathon budget summit without a deal Friday and their positions were still so far apart that they could not even decide when to meet again on the divisive issue. After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise, with a half dozen wealthy...

European Parliament President David Sassoli speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive. Gaps and resentments between...

European Union leaders engage in discussion during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Conflict of interest fears cast shadow over EU budget talks

Feb. 20, 2020 12:54 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to companies linked to some of the very people deciding how...

Montenegro's President Milo Dukanovic, left, is welcomed by European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU post-Brexit budget proposal under attack from many sides

Feb. 17, 2020 8:13 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Several EU member states and the European Parliament have rejected for starkly opposing reasons the latest proposal to find a compromise on the European Union's budget, setting up a major fight at a summit later this week. In the wake of the latest proposals from EU summit host Charles...

European Council President Charles Michel arrives for a media conference at the Parlamentarium in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU chief unveils budget plan setting scene for tense summit

Feb. 14, 2020 11:17 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council president unveiled Friday his proposal for the EU’s next long-term budget, but the figure falls far short of the demands of Europe’s parliament, which must ratify the spending package, setting the scene for tense negotiations. Charles Michel’s...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, a construction worker stands in front of a door with the EU stars at EU headquarters in Brussels. The Brexit process shook the EU foundations and laid bare the need for much-delayed renovations, but tthe question now is where to start the revamp and who is going to foot the bill. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

With Britain out, the unwieldy EU faces major budget battle

Feb. 14, 2020 2:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and who is going to foot the bill? Those questions loom...

EU Parliament chief pushes for ambitious long-term budget

Feb. 12, 2020 11:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament president warned EU member states Wednesday that they won't have the support of lawmakers if they fail to back anambitious long-term budget for the bloc. European leaders will gather in Brussels on Feb. 20 for a special summit to find a compromise on the bloc's...

European Council President Charles Michel arrives to a meeting with North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski, at the presidential office in Skopje, North Macedonia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. European Council President Charles Michel is expected to discuss with the country's senior officials the new EU negotiation methodology and the course of the reform process in North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

EU plans intensive talks on future enlargement procedure

Jan. 24, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The President of the European Council said on Friday the bloc will be holding intensive discussions in coming weeks on how future enlargement should be managed. Charles Michel, who was in the Albanian capital, Tirana, to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama, said all member countries...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, meets with Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, second left, in Athens, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The commander of anti-government forces in war-torn Libya has begun meetings in Athens in a bid to counter Turkey's support for his opponents. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Libya's rival military commander seeks support in Greece

Jan. 17, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The commander of forces fighting the U.N.-supported government in Libya visited Athens Friday in a bid to counter Turkey’s support for his opponents, ahead of a weekend summit on Libya in Berlin. Gen. Khalifa Hifter’s surprise trip to Greece came two days before the...

Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, center, shakes hands with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, as they surrounded by security in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019. Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Greece threatens to block Libya deal over sea border dispute

Jan. 16, 2020 3:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will block any European peace deal on Libya unless an agreement between the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli and Turkey on maritime borders is scrapped, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis warned Thursday. Mitsotakis' comments during a TV interview came a...