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EU rejects Italy's budget, raising stakes in dispute

Oct. 23, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union set up a high-stakes battle with Italy, one of the bloc's biggest economies, over who has final control over a member state's budget after the executive Commission took the unprecedented step of ordering the country to revise its public spending plans. In a move that...

Top seed Edmund faces Monfils for ATP Antwerp title

Oct. 20, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Top-seeded Kyle Edmund defeated 2016 champion Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 to reach the European Open final on Saturday. Edmund has yet to drop serve this week. The Briton saved five break points and broke Gasquet twice in their semifinal. In his second career final, Edmund will try to...

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade "is the most important signal from this...

EU, Asia leaders underline support for Iran nuclear deal

Oct. 19, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European and Asian leaders are giving their backing to the Iran nuclear deal, saying the pact is good for global security and that it's important to respect international agreements. At a summit in Brussels on Friday, the leaders underlined their "collective support" for the 2015 deal...

Starbucks selling stores, closing office in Europe

Oct. 18, 2018 4:50 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks is restructuring its European operations after several years of slowing sales. The Seattle-based coffee chain is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also provide services to 177 other...

UK's May to face fresh ire at home after being spared by EU

Oct. 18, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May will head home from an inconclusive European Union summit on Brexit to a barrage of criticism that her 27 EU counterparts spared her during the two-day event that ended Thursday.. In Brussels, May said she would consider a longer transition period, one...

EU warns Italy on budget but walks a fine line

Oct. 18, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union handed Italy a stinging letter Thursday warning that the nation's significantly higher deficit targets represented a deviation "unprecedented in the history" of EU budget rules — but still offered reassurances that the bloc was "not an adversary of Italy." The dual...

European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security

Oct. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout "to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk" and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday. European Council President Donald Tusk spoke in Brussels as he opened the...

The Latest: EU voices concerns over Italy's budget deficit

Oct. 18, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Italy's plans to ramp up public spending (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The European Commission has chastised Italy for a spending plan that will raise its deficit to three times that which was previously agreed, calling the deviation "unprecedented in the history" of the EU's...

UK, EU agree to take more Brexit time after no-result summit

Oct. 17, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gave themselves several more weeks — perhaps until the end of the year — to clinch a friendly divorce with Britain before their separation, after a Brexit summit Wednesday avoided any friction but also produced no tangible results. British Prime Minister...