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Italy approves new migrant detention as talk turns to naval blockade to prevent launching of boats

Sep. 18, 2023 13:23 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government approved new measures to crack down on migration Monday, after the southern island of Lampedusa was again overwhelmed by a wave of arrivals setting off from Tunisia and the migration issue returned to center stage in Europe with talk of a naval blockade. ...

EU pledges crackdown on 'brutal' migrant smuggling during visit to overwhelmed Italian island

Sep. 17, 2023 15:09 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pledged the swift return of “irregular” migrants to their home countries and a crackdown on the “brutal business” of migrant smuggling Sunday during a visit with Italy’s premier to a tiny fishing island overwhelmed with nearly...

Top EU official heads to an Italian island struggling with migrant influx as Italy toughens stance

Sep. 16, 2023 13:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen plans to travel Sunday to the Italian island of Lampedusa, which was overwhelmed with thousands of migrants arrivals this week, at the invitation of Italy’s premier, who is calling for a naval blockade of North Africa. ...

EU chief announces major review saying the bloc should grow to over 30 members

Sep. 13, 2023 06:05 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s chief executive said Wednesday that her services will launch a major series of policy reviews to ensure that the 27-nation bloc can still function properly as it invites in new members in coming years. European Commission President Ursula von...

EU announces an investigation into Chinese subsidies for electric vehicles

Sep. 13, 2023 04:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is launching an investigation into subsidies that China provides to electric vehicle makers, the head of the bloc’s executive branch said Wednesday, as concern grows that the aid is harming European companies. “Global markets are now flooded...

European Union to rush more than $2 billion to disaster-hit Greece, using untapped funds

Sep. 12, 2023 10:38 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union is promising Greece more than 2 billion euros ($2.15 billion) in financial support in the wake of massive summer wildfires and ongoing floods that have caused extensive damage across central Greece. “Never, ever before has such a vast...

Biden, Modi and G20 allies unveil rail and shipping project linking India to Middle East and Europe

Sep. 09, 2023 22:55 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Joe Biden and his allies on Saturday announced plans to build a rail and shipping corridor linking India with the Middle East and Europe, an ambitious project aimed at fostering economic growth and political cooperation. “This is a big deal,” said...

The UK is rejoining the European Union's science research program as post-Brexit relations thaw

Sep. 07, 2023 05:00 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is rejoining the European Union’s $100 billion science-sharing program Horizon Europe, the two sides announced Thursday, more than two years after the country's membership became a casualty of Brexit. British scientists expressed relief at the decision, the...

The EU wants to limit protections for wolves as farmers fear for their livestock

Sep. 04, 2023 10:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission announced on Monday that it is weighing whether to adjust rules to limit protections for wolves as a resurgence in the canine numbers has triggered growing tensions with farmers concerned about the safety of their livestock. The announcement...

EU Commission president will propose Dutch foreign minister as successor for climate czar Timmermans

Aug. 29, 2023 13:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU's top official said Tuesday she would nominate the foreign minister of the Netherlands as the commissioner in charge of climate action to fill the void left by the departure of Frans Timmermans, who resigned last week to run in the Dutch general election. ...