Latest European Parliament News

UK govt insists suspension of Parliament was not illegal

Sep. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government was back at the country's Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament just weeks before the country is set to leave the European Union was neither improper nor illegal. It's the second day of a historic...

EU lawmakers vote to approve Brexit delay if UK requests one

Sep. 18, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of another Brexit delay if Britain requests one and certain conditions are met, after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the chamber that a no-deal scenario remains "very real." After a...

The Latest: Denmark warns of no-deal Brexit consequences

Sep. 18, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The Danish government says the risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal "will have serious consequences for the U.K., but also for Denmark and the rest of the EU." Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofoed says a...

The Latest: Eurotunnel tests new 'digital border' for Brexit

Sep. 17, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Eurotunnel has held a round of tests to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit on Oct. 31, checking that a new "digital border" between France and Britain would work seamlessly and keep traffic flowing in the...

EU parliament endorses Lagarde as new central bank head

Sep. 17, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Parliament has endorsed the nomination of Christine Lagarde to serve an eight-year term as the next president of the European Central Bank. The non-binding vote Tuesday in Strasburg, France, was 394 in favor and 206 against, with 49 abstentions. Lagarde, 63, was...

Johnson denies lying to queen, wins Brexit court case

Sep. 12, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government insisted Thursday that its forecast of food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets after a no-deal Brexit is an avoidable worst-case scenario, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied misleading Queen Elizabeth II about his reasons for...

EU Parliament chief questions 'European Way of Life' title

Sep. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...

The Latest: EU official: No new Brexit proposals from UK

Sep. 12, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:20 p.m. European Parliament President David Sassoli says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has made no new proposals that would unblock Brexit talks and that talking about removing the so-called backstop from the divorce agreement is...

Italy-EU honeymoon has just started, but needs to last

Sep. 6, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's new coalition government has been hailed as good news for Europe, as a more Brussels-friendly lineup replaces the populist coalition in which right-wing leader Matteo Salvini and his euro-skeptic League held considerable sway. But unless European countries lend a strong hand to Rome on...

Italy's Conte forms new coalition of populists and Democrats

Sep. 4, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte forged a new coalition government Wednesday that teams up the populist 5-Star Movement and center-left Democrats in an unusual alliance of rivals to banish for now the specter of early election that likely could have seen the triumph of Italy's fast-rising...