Latest European Parliament News

EU lawmakers threaten to sue, to speed up rule of law action

Jun. 10, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers threatened Thursday to sue the bloc’s executive branch within weeks if it fails to take action against countries allegedly violating democratic standards, notably Hungary and Poland. In a resolution, adopted by 506 votes to 150...

Polish man charged with spying for Russia at EU parliament

Jun. 10, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish officials said Thursday they have arrested a Polish man they suspect of spying for Russia, allegedly for activities carried out in a number of countries and at the European Union parliament. Stanislaw Zaryn, spokesman for the head of the...

Pakistan acquits Christian couple facing death for blasphemy

Jun. 03, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani appeals court on Thursday acquitted a Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges for allegedly insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad, their defense lawyer said. The appeal of their 2014 death penalty by Shagufta Kausar and her...

EU court provisionally restores immunity for 3 Catalan MPs

Jun. 03, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three Catalan separatist members of the European Parliament on Thursday applauded a European court ruling to put on hold a decision by the EU's legislative chamber stripping them of their immunity from prosecution. As a result, their immunity has been...

Top EU court rejects Hungary challenge to values sanction

Jun. 03, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Thursday dismissed Hungary’s attempt to overturn a European Parliament action aimed at holding the country to account for what lawmakers consider to be a breach of the bloc’s values. The EU parliament launched a...

Germany welcomes EU tax transparency deal for big companies

Jun. 02, 2021 06:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's finance minister on Wednesday welcomed an agreement requiring large companies in the European Union to reveal how much tax they paid in which country. The deal late Tuesday between representatives of the EU's 27 nations and the European...

China defiant after EU warning over trade agreement

May. 21, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday rejected European Parliament demands that it lift sanctions against European Union legislators in order to save a trade deal between the two sides. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the sanctions were justified and demanded...

EU lawmakers and nations reach compromise on COVID-19 passes

May. 20, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union citizens can start packing for summer vacations in the bloc's 27 nations without having to worry about quarantines: they soon should be able to travel freely across the EU. European Union legislators and member countries found a compromise...

EU threatens to freeze huge investment deal with China

May. 20, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament warned China on Thursday it won't ratify a long-awaited business investment deal as long as sanctions against European Union legislators remain in place. EU lawmakers adopted a resolution in which they condemned “the baseless...

Court says Romania's lockdown didn't amount to house arrest

May. 20, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday ruled against a member of the European Union parliament who claimed that a lockdown to curb COVID-19 infections in his native Romania last year deprived him of liberty. Cristian Terhes, a member of the...