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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, right, gestures hello to an MEP prior to addressing the European Parliament plenary in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The European Union is to unveil Wednesday a massive coronavirus recovery plan worth hundreds of billions of euros to help countries rebuild their ailing economies, but the bloc remains deeply divided over what conditions should be attached to the funds. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU proposes 750 billion-euro coronavirus recovery fund

May. 27, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed a 750 billion-euro ($825 billion) recovery fund to help countries weather a painful recession triggered by the coronavirus and sought Wednesday to bridge divisions over the conditions that should be attached for access to the money. The fund, to be mostly made up...

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference, following the third round of Brexit talks between the EU and Britain, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, May 15, 2020. Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their future relationship in the wake of Brexit have ground to a near-standstill despite the urgency for progress before a summit next month.(Francois Lenoir, Pool Photo via AP)

UK-EU deadlocked in Brexit talks as clock ticks down

May. 15, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their post-Brexit relationship ground to a near-standstill Friday, with each side accusing the other of blocking progress on a trade deal just weeks before a crucial summit. The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, told a news...

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference after an EU-Western Balkans videoconference summit at the EU Council building in Brussels, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. European Union leaders sought Wednesday to reassure their counterparts from six Balkans countries that the bloc remains the volatile region's most important partner, particularly as the coronavirus hits their societies, ravaging health care systems and economies. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU aims to reassure Balkans with virus aid, economic support

May. 6, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Wednesday insisted that six countries of the Western Balkans have a future in the bloc's midst and offered them fresh financial aid as they struggle to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on their economies. With Russia and China vying for influence in the...

FILE - in this Wednesday, April 22, 2020 file photo, a man with a face mask and a child with an European flag attend an event of the Pulse of Europe movement to collect signatures for more support for Italy during the coronavirus and the COVID-19 outbreak in front of the Italian embassy in Berlin, Germany. European Union leaders are preparing for a new virtual summit, which will take place Thursday, April 23, 2020, to take stock of the damage the coronavirus has inflicted on the lives and livelihoods of the bloc's citizens and to thrash out a more robust plan to revive their ravaged economies. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

No membership discussion, as virus hijacks EU-Balkans summit

May. 5, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders from the European Union and the Western Balkans are set to meet Wednesday at a summit that was first scheduled to focus on anchoring the volatile region to the world’s biggest trading bloc but had its agenda overrun by the coronavirus crisis. The meeting, as originally...

People gather for a barbecue at a scenic area in Fangshan district in Beijing, Monday, May 4, 2020, after authorities loosened up nationwide restrictions following months of lockdown over the new coronavirus outbreak. China reported three new coronavirus cases Monday, all brought from overseas, and no additional deaths. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China reports 1 new virus case, no deaths

May. 5, 2020 2:09 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — China reports 1 new case of coronavirus, no deaths....

File - In this file photo taken Feb. 15, 2020, in Warsaw, Poland are seen Poland's President Andrzej Duda, right, with wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, campaigning for Duda's re-election in May 10 national vote. The Polish government’s determination to move forward with the May 10, presidential election during the coronavirus pandemic by making it an all-postal vote, though critics say the plan threatens public health and democracy in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Former EU head Tusk appeals for boycott of Poland's election

Apr. 28, 2020 7:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Former European Council president Donald Tusk appealed Tuesday for a boycott of the upcoming presidential election in his native Poland, saying the postal vote the government has proposed carries health risks amid the coronavirus pandemic and would not meet democratic standards for...

People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they walk along a street in Beijing, Thursday, April 23, 2020. China says Australian calls for an independent investigation into the cause of the coronavirus outbreak are politically motivated and unhelpful in dealing with the global pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Sharp Corp holding lottery for popular masks

Apr. 24, 2020 12:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — China reports no new deaths for ninth straight day —...

Workers tend to a field of flowers, Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Oxnard, Calif., durin the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Virus pushes US unemployment toward highest since Depression

Apr. 23, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by the coronavirus, according to new data released Thursday. In response to the deepening economic crisis, the House passed a nearly $500...

European Council President Charles Michel, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen participate in a media conference after a video conference with EU leaders in EU summit format at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, April 23, 2020. European Union leaders agreed Thursday to revamp the EU's long-term budget and set up a massive recovery fund to tackle the impact of the coronavirus and help rebuild the 27-nation bloc's ravaged economies but deep differences remain over the best way to achieve those goals. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

EU agrees budget, recovery plan needed to beat virus impact

Apr. 23, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to revamp the EU's long-term budget and set up a massive recovery fund to tackle the impact of the coronavirus and help rebuild the 27-nation bloc's ravaged economies, but deep differences remain over the best way to achieve those goals. With more than...

FILE - in this Wednesday, April 22, 2020 file photo, a man with a face mask and a child with an European flag attend an event of the Pulse of Europe movement to collect signatures for more support for Italy during the coronavirus and the COVID-19 outbreak in front of the Italian embassy in Berlin, Germany. European Union leaders are preparing for a new virtual summit, which will take place Thursday, April 23, 2020, to take stock of the damage the coronavirus has inflicted on the lives and livelihoods of the bloc's citizens and to thrash out a more robust plan to revive their ravaged economies. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Tensions mount as EU leaders mull huge virus recovery plan

Apr. 22, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are preparing for a new virtual summit to take stock of the damage the coronavirus has inflicted on the lives and livelihoods of around half a billion citizens and to thrash out a more robust plan to revive their ravaged economies. As some Europeans take their first...