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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Germany has just taken over the European Union's rotating presidency, and must chaperone the 27-nation bloc through a period of deep crisis for the next six months and try to limit the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Germany's Merkel: Pandemic highlights limits of populism

Jul. 8, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is showing the limits of “fact-denying populism,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, as she urged European Union countries to quickly agree on a major economic recovery package and deprive nationalists of any opportunity to take advantage...

European Commissioner for European Green Deal Frans Timmermans speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The EU wants to promote hydrogen produced from renewable electricity as part of its Green Deal plan to make the continent carbon neutral by 2050. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

EU bets on clean hydrogen to decarbonize and boost economy

Jul. 8, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

The executive branch of the European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to boost the production of clean hydrogen as part of its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 amid criticism from environmental activists and Green lawmakers pushing for a total exclusion of hydrogen produced from fossil fuels. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, demonstrators wave British flags during a rally outside the British Consulate in Hong Kong. From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing's move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory. But the rhetoric from democratic nations has more bark than bite. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Divided West can do little as China tightens up on Hong Kong

Jul. 1, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — From Tokyo to Brussels, political leaders have swiftly decried Beijing’s move to impose a tough national security law on Hong Kong that cracks down on subversive activity and protest in the semi-autonomous territory. But the rhetoric has more bark than bite. For people in Hong Kong,...

Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babis addresses the media during a press conference after the V4 summit at the Lednice Chateau in Lednice, Czech Republic, Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

EU lawmakers seek probe of fund misuse on summit day

Jun. 19, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers called Friday for an investigation into the alleged misuse of EU funds in the Czech Republic and warned of a possible conflict of interest involving Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on a day when he and the bloc's other leaders debated their next multi-billion-euro...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of coronavirus, gestures prior a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU leader vows to fight lack of diversity in EU institutions

Jun. 17, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

The European Union's top official acknowledged a lack of racial and ethnic diversity within the bloc's institutions as she pledged Wednesday to keep talking about racism and discrimination. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said during a discussion at the European Parliament about racism and...

German lawmaker Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana speaks during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The European Parliament said Wednesday it will complain to Belgian authorities after an African-born legislator Herzberger-Fofana said she was harassed by police when trying to take photos of an incident at a Brussels train station. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU wants explanation after lawmaker reports police violence

Jun. 17, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament said Wednesday it will complain to Belgian authorities after a member of the EU legislature born in Africa said she was harassed by police while trying to take photos of an incident at a Brussels train station. European Parliament President David Sassoli said...

European Commissioner Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager talks during a video press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)

EU seeks to rein in competition from foreign rivals

Jun. 17, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to fight unfair competition from foreign companies backed by powerful non-EU trade rivals amid China's growing influence in the bloc's single market. With its project, the EU's executive arm intends to tackle what it calls the “distortive...

Poland's President Andrzej Duda addresses supporters during a ruling Law and Justice party convention that backed his re-election bid in the May 10 presidential vote in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

EU official criticizes Polish campaign targeting LGBT people

Jun. 15, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A senior European Union official on Monday criticized a campaign by Polish authorities against the LGBT rights movement during a close presidential election campaign, saying is is wrong to target minorities for political gain. European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova, who is in...

Containers are loaded on a ship at Saigon port in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam May 3, 2020. Vietnam on Monday, June 8, 2020, ratified a significant trade deal with the European Union, which is expected boost the country's manufacturing sector and exports, as it recovers from a dip caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Vietnam ratifies trade deal with EU in boost for economy

Jun. 8, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam ratified a landmark trade deal Monday with the European Union that is expected to energize the country’s manufacturing sector and exports, as it recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers approved the agreement in their first National Assembly...

The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at a memorial service for George Floyd at North Central University Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The Latest: Sharpton: DC rally being planned for Aug. 28

Jun. 5, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Sharpton planning DC rally for Aug. 28 anniversary of MLK's “I Have A Dream” speech — Minneapolis-St. Paul curfew over as troopers, National Guard to be sent home — Seattle mayor bans police use of a type of tear gas for 30 days. — Phoenix woman says...