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EU's Tusk: North Macedonia is ready for EU membership talks

Sep. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says North Macedonia is ready to start membership talks with the European Union, following a deal the country reached with neighboring Greece to change its name. Tusk spoke Tuesday during a visit to Skopje, where he met with President...

Kosovo PM cancels trip to Czech summit after strong comments

Sep. 12, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's prime minister has cancelled his participation at a summit of Central European countries following denigrating words from the Czech president against his country. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said Thursday he told his Czech counterpart Andrej Babis he could not take part...

Group of Polish lawmakers wants Donald Tusk in court

Sep. 6, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A group of Polish lawmakers said Friday former prime minister and current European Council President Donald Tusk should face a special court for allegedly failing to protect the nation's tax system from fraud. After a year of testimonies from former state officials, including from...

The Latest: Brexit: Boris Johnson doesn't want election

Sep. 2, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 6:15 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he doesn't want an election and has urged legislators not to undercut Britain's negotiating position with the European Union. Johnson said in a brief televised address Monday that there are "no...

UK's Johnson gets Trump backing as he eyes Brexit endgame

Aug. 26, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson won the sympathy of U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday after the American leader suggested that the European Union would drive a hard bargain and that it would be "tough" to get a Brexit deal. Speaking at the end of the G-7 summit in France,...

G7 leaders vow to help Brazil fight fires, repair damage

Aug. 25, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm. French President Emmanuel...

Johnson acknowledges touch and go prospects for Brexit deal

Aug. 25, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Sunday that the prospect of a Brexit deal was "touch and go," as other European Union capitals grasp the problems Britain has with the withdrawal agreement. Speaking on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit, Johnson said that in...

The Latest: France invites Iran to G-7 to ease tensions

Aug. 25, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the Group of Seven leaders' summit (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A senior French official says France invited Iran's foreign minister to the venue of the G-7 summit to try to ease tensions over its nuclear program. The official said the decision to invite Jawad Zarif on...

Will the real Mr. No-Deal step forward please?

Aug. 25, 2019 2:00 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — Deal or No Deal? One might think the issue would be on the minds of two leaders at the vortex of the question of whether the UK will leave the European Union without a deal in October.  But as Britain and the European Union hurtle toward a no-deal Brexit, the contest Saturday...

The Latest: 68 arrests reported at protest near G-7 summit

Aug. 25, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the Group of Seven summit (all times local): 11:05 p.m. French authorities have detained 68 people taking part in a tense protest near the G-7 summit. The regional administration says those detained are accused of throwing projectiles, concealing their faces or...