Latest European Commission News

Google to charge for apps on Android phones in Europe

Oct. 16, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Google plans to start charging smartphone makers to pre-install apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps on Android handsets sold in Europe, a response to a record $5 billion antitrust fine imposed by the European Union. The U.S. tech company's announcement Tuesday is a change from its...

Poland vetoes EU rights report not citing Christians, Jews

Oct. 11, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government says it is vetoing the adoption of an annual report on the European Union's guiding civil rights document because it did not call for protecting Christians and Jews from religious discrimination. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro's decision on Thursday to oppose the...

Italian parliament approves controversial spending targets

Oct. 11, 2018 1:45 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's parliament has approved deficit-raising spending targets, defying markets and Italy's eurozone partners who had been pressing for changes. The parliamentary vote Thursday clears the proposals to be forwarded to the European Commission for review. But the document already has been...

Polish leader appoints top court judges, against ruling

Oct. 10, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president swore in 27 new Supreme Court judges Wednesday, stepping up the conflict over control of the judiciary and ignoring another top court that said the appointments should be suspended pending an opinion by European Union judges. Andrzej Duda appointed justices to the...

Suspect in Bulgarian journalist slaying arrested in Germany

Oct. 10, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — German police have arrested a suspect in the rape and killing of a television journalist from Bulgaria whose work highlighted corruption in the East European country, officials said Wednesday. Bulgaria's prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, confirmed the arrest of Severin...

Man to be freed in slain Bulgarian journalist investigation

Oct. 9, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

RUSE, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian authorities on Tuesday will release and won't charge a man taken into custody in connection with the slaying of Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova, whose body was found after she highlighted possible government corruption. The man, who wasn't identified, would...

Russian influence rising in Balkans, Baltics, Central Europe

Oct. 9, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A week before a crucial election, Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik traveled to Russia for a Formula One race — not because he's a big fan but for yet another meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Footage from the race in Sochi showed Putin wishing Dodik "great...

Bulgarian journalist killed after reporting on corruption

Oct. 8, 2018 4:28 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Bulgarian police are investigating the rape and slaying of a female television reporter whose body was dumped near the Danube River after she reported on the possible misuse of European Union funds in Bulgaria. Authorities discovered the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova on...

The Latest: UN's Guterres notes violence against journalists

Oct. 8, 2018 3:58 PM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The Latest on the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian journalist (all times local): 10:00 p.m. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling on governments to ensure "accountability" for crimes against journalists such as the "grisly murder and rape" of Bulgarian TV...

Brexit deal getting closer, European Commission chief says

Oct. 6, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The chances of Britain and the European Union striking a Brexit deal on their divorce are rising, one of the bloc's leaders said, amid reports the two sides are moving closer on the fraught issue of the Irish border. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told three Austrian...