Latest European Commission News

Draghi's "whatever it takes" a tough act to follow

Jun. 19, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi is credited with saving the euro by using new and sometimes unorthodox policy tools. The question now is, will the next ECB president be as quick to use them - or invent new ones - as Draghi has been? European leaders are searching for a...

Spain says 22 migrants missing in the Mediterranean

Jun. 19, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service said Wednesday that 22 migrants were missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their boat got into difficulties while crossing from North Africa to southern Europe. A ferry alerted Spanish authorities that it had rescued 27 people from a small boat, the rescue...

EU court declares Germany's highway tolls illegal

Jun. 18, 2019 6:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that highway tolls in Germany are illegal because they unfairly penalize drivers from other European Union countries. The Luxembourg court's ruling means Germany will have to drop or revise its highway toll system. The case was brought by Austria,...

Zuzana Caputova inaugurated as 1st Slovak female president

Jun. 15, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Liberal environmental activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova was inaugurated Saturday as the first female president of Slovakia. Caputova took the oath of office at a special session of Parliament, becoming Slovakia's fifth president since it gained independence after the split of...

EU hails draft deal to boost US beef imports

Jun. 14, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission says it's reached an agreement with the United States to allow more hormone-free U.S. beef onto the European market. The commission said Friday the "in-principle" deal would allow U.S. farmers to export 35,000 tons of beef to the bloc. The increased tonnage will be...

EU finance ministers agree Italy should face debt action

Jun. 14, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union finance ministers say Italy's high debt contravenes EU rules and that the country should face penalties for failing to comply. Mario Centeno, who chairs meetings of finance ministers from the 19 countries using the euro currency, said Friday that they agree with a European...

EU finance ministers urge Italy to respect debt pledges

Jun. 13, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union finance ministers urged Italy Thursday to respect its pledges to bring its blown-out deficit back into line with EU rules amid threats of possible legal action against the country. "We need to reassure everyone — Italian citizens, firms, European investors —...

Scottish leader: Brexit signals need to chart future path

Jun. 13, 2019 2:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Brexit and the "horror show" of the British government leadership contest are signs that Scotland needs to chart a different future path, probably outside the United Kingdom. Sturgeon said Tuesday that "increasingly, Scotland and the U.K. are...

Moldova crisis sparks calls for EU help in ending tensions

Jun. 12, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — The ongoing political crisis and power struggle in Moldova sparked urgent calls for help Wednesday from the European Union to end the tensions. The president of neighboring Romania, Klaus Iohannis, warned in a letter to the European Council President Donald Tusk and European...

EU asks Italy to better explain debt or face legal action

Jun. 12, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe's economy commissioner on Wednesday urged the Italian government to quickly provide any new information it might have to explain its high debt levels or face the prospect of imminent legal action. Pierre Moscovici told reporters that "we stand ready to take into account any new...