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These candidates who won seats in the European Parliament this week aren't who you might expect

Jun. 11, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He has no political experience. No high-profile endorsements. No party affiliation. What Fidias Panayiotou does have are 2.6 million followers on YouTube and more on TikTok. And now he has won a seat in the European Parliament representing Cyprus, one of several...

Complex coalition talks loom in Belgium after Flemish nationalist parties win federal election

Jun. 10, 2024 04:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Flemish nationalist parties dominated general elections in Belgium on Sunday as Prime minister Alexander De Croo’s liberal party took a hit, with difficult coalition talks to form a new government now looming. Despite polls predicting that the far-right,...

The far right's election gains rattle EU's traditional powers, leading Macron to call snap polls

Jun. 10, 2024 02:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Far-right parties rattled the traditional powers in the European Union with major gains in parliamentary seats, dealing an especially humiliating defeat to French President Emmanuel Macron, who called snap legislative elections. Some ballots in the vote for the...

Far-right gains in the EU election deal stunning defeats to France's Macron and Germany's Scholz

Jun. 09, 2024 20:59 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Far-right parties rattled the traditional powers in the European Union and made major gains in parliamentary elections Sunday, dealing an especially humiliating defeat to French President Emmanuel Macron. On a night where the 27-member bloc palpably shifted to the...

Here's what happened in some key countries in the EU Parliament elections

Jun. 09, 2024 20:04 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the EU elections. Voters cast ballots in two dozen languages in 27 countries with scores of different campaign issues. So here’s a look at what happened in some key countries in the June 6-9 elections for a new European...

Nationalist parties, far-left on the rise ahead of Sunday's federal elections in Belgium

Jun. 07, 2024 01:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The last time federal elections were held in Belgium in 2019, it took nearly 18 months before a new prime minister could be sworn in to lead a seven-party coalition government. The wait was even longer after the 2010 vote when the country needed 541 days to form a...

Tractors rumble in streets again ahead of EU polls. Farming is a big issue and the far right pounces

Jun. 04, 2024 05:25 AM EDT

BEERSEL, Belgium (AP) — The far-right Flemish Interest party had set up the demonstration in the picture-pretty rolling fields south of Brussels, ahead of the four-day European Union election starting Thursday. The goal was clear: Decrying how farmers would lose fertile land to what they see as...

Elections are not wasted on the young in EU. Some nations allow 16-year-olds to decide in June polls

May. 30, 2024 22:38 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Youth leader Rareș Voicu remembers like it was yesterday when he went to the polls five years ago for the European Union elections in his Romanian hometown of Brăila. The problem was that he was 16 years old at the time and not eligible to cast a ballot. Once his...

Police search the European Parliament over suspected Russian interference, prosecutors say

May. 29, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police searched the offices and residence of an employee of the European Parliament on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether EU lawmakers were bribed to promote Russian propaganda to undermine support for Ukraine, prosecutors said. Just days before...

Sweden to donate $1.23 billion in military aid to Ukraine

May. 29, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish government said Wednesday that it will donate 13 billion kronor ($1.23 billion) in military aid to Ukraine, in the largest package of assistance Sweden has so far donated. “It consists of equipment that is at the top of Ukraine’s priority...