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Czech Republic gets foreign minister after migration delay

Oct. 16, 2018 9:17 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's center-left government has a full-time foreign minister in place after a dispute over migration delayed an appointment for months. Czech President Milos Zeman appointed Tomas Petricek to the post on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Petricek was the nominee of the Social...

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...

European lawmakers oppose Romanian referendum on marriage

Oct. 3, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Dozens of European Parliament lawmakers say they oppose a referendum that could outlaw same-sex marriage in Romania because it risked discriminating against some families. Registering their disapproval, 47 lawmakers wrote to Premier Viorica Dancila on Wednesday, saying the outcome...

EU lawmakers want to cut car emissions by 40 percent by 2030

Oct. 3, 2018 11:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Parliament wants to cut CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40 percent by 2030 and will try to convince the European Union's 28 nations to back the idea despite objections from the powerful car industry. The proposed cut agreed on by the legislators Wednesday was a compromise...

Romanian prime minister concedes errors in justice system

Oct. 3, 2018 8:22 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister has accused prosecutors in her country of falsifying evidence, pressurizing witnesses and modifying testimony. While claiming the European Union has treated the government unfairly, Viorica Dancila told a panel at the European Parliament on Wednesday that...

Finnish ex-prime minister bids to become EU Commission head

Oct. 2, 2018 6:19 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Tuesday he would run for the head of the European Commission following next year's elections. Stubb announced his bid at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, saying he sees himself as the "next generation candidate" to lead the...

Pressure on UK foreign minister to apologize for Soviet barb

Oct. 2, 2018 6:37 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Pressure mounted Tuesday on British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologize for recent remarks comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union. While British Prime Minister Theresa May effectively rebuked her foreign secretary for making the comparison, leaders from the European...

US ambassador: Romanian judicial system under threat

Oct. 1, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Romania on Monday issued a stark warning to the country, claiming its justice system is being "dismantled" by lawmakers with "vested interests." Hans G. Klemm told law students that magistrates were being intimidated and "increasingly targeted politically,...

EU lawmakers push for cybersecurity, data audit of Facebook

Sep. 27, 2018 8:23 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers appear set this month to demand audits of Facebook by Europe's cybersecurity agency and data protection authority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A draft resolution submitted Thursday to the EU Parliament's civil liberties and justice committee urged...

French court reduces seizure of Le Pen's party funding

Sep. 26, 2018 4:50 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French court decided on Wednesday to release half of the 2 million euros ($2.35 million) in state funding to Marine Le Pen's far-right party that had been withheld during an ongoing investigation into alleged misuse of EU funds. The Paris appeals court unblocked the money after Le Pen...