Latest European Parliament News

Protests in Moldova after court voids pro-Europe mayor's win

Jun. 20, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Thousands of protesters gathered in the Moldovan capital Wednesday after a court invalidated the election victory of a pro-European candidate to the post of mayor of Chisinau without providing a reason. The development prompted concerns by the U.S. Embassy in Moldova and some...

EU court orders French far-right leader to repay $346,000

Jun. 19, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant. The case dates back to Le Pen's time as a European parliament member, from 2009-2017, representing her...

Ex-Polish leaders ask EU to defend Poland's democracy

Jun. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ex-Polish President Lech Walesa and several other former leaders appealed Wednesday to the European Union to help defend the rule of law in their country under a populist government that is overhauling the judiciary. In a statement published in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, the former...

Spain's ousted leader steps down as conservative party boss

Jun. 5, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's ousted prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced Tuesday he will step down as leader of the country's conservative Popular Party, just days after his government fell in a no-confidence vote prompted by a corruption scandal. An emotional Rajoy, who has led the party for 15...

Austrian leader calls for EU to shrink its executive branch

Jun. 5, 2018 4:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is urging the European Union to cut management costs as Vienna prepares to take over the bloc's rotating presidency next month. Austria is one country that has opposed a bigger EU budget. Brussels wants agreement on a 2021-2027 spending package before...

EU proposes to ban plastic straws, stirs, and cotton buds

May. 28, 2018 11:01 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds. The European Commission said its proposal would seek to cut marine litter in...

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his 'digital monster'

May. 22, 2018 4:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg's "digital monster," and he apologized for the way the social network has been used to produce fake news, interfere in elections and sweep up people's personal...

The Latest: Zuckerberg tells EU lawmakers 'I'm sorry'

May. 22, 2018 12:35 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's meeting with European Union officials (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing for the internet giant's failure to prevent some of the internet tools it has developed from being misused. During a testimony at the...

Zuckerberg meeting with EU parliament leaders to be webcast

May. 21, 2018 5:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to have his meeting Tuesday with the leaders of the European parliament about data privacy be broadcast publicly through web streaming. The evening meeting with leaders of the political groups and a justice and civil rights expert was long expected to...

Cambridge Analytica suspended head to appear at UK committee

May. 17, 2018 1:26 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook users' data in political campaigns said Thursday that the suspended head of the now-defunct consultancy Cambridge Analytica has accepted a summons to appear before a committee. Parliament's media committee said Alexander Nix had accepted a...