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Polish president vetoes law on EU Parliament elections

Aug. 16, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president on Thursday vetoed legislation on elections to the European Union Parliament that would have benefited large political parties and made it harder for small parties to reach a threshold to win seats. Andrzej Duda said the legislation would have left "a large number...

Kosovo's last respects to Demaci, its human rights 'Mandela'

Jul. 27, 2018 7:38 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo paid its last respects on Friday to Adem Demaci, its famed human rights defender, or so-called "Kosovo's Mandela," who embodied resistance against authoritarianism. A three-day mourning began with flags at half-mast for Demaci, who died a day earlier of natural causes. He was...

Human rights defender and Kosovo dissident Adem Demaci dies

Jul. 26, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Adem Demaci, a human rights defender who embodied Kosovo's national resistance and was often called the "Balkans' Mandela," has died at 82. Deputy Speaker Xhavit Haliti interrupted Thursday's parliamentary session to report Demaci's death, saying "our teacher, the man who spent 28...

European Commission gives OK to Kosovo's visa liberalization

Jul. 18, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A top European Commission official says that Kosovo has met all standards to enjoy visa liberalization. Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday called on the European Council and Parliament to approve the free movement of Kosovo...

Hungarian politician on trial for spying on EU for Russia

Jul. 10, 2018 8:50 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian member of the European Parliament went on trial Tuesday on charges of spying for Russia. The initial session of the trial of Bela Kovacs at the Budapest Regional Court was closed to the public by the judge because of the classified nature of the case. Prosecutors claim...

The Latest: Australia to push ahead with free trade talks

Jul. 9, 2018 10:35 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Australia's foreign minister says her government is determined to push ahead with free trade talks with Britain despite Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's resignation. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop refuses to speculate on what sort of a prime...

French far-right leader says withheld funds doom her party

Jul. 8, 2018 3:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen lashed out Sunday at a decision to withhold the payment of a public subsidy for her party, saying it amounted to "certain death" for the National Rally. Le Pen said two judges decided Friday to withhold a payment of 2 million euros, or nearly half of the...

Poland's isolation deepens as Supreme Court law takes effect

Jul. 4, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's international isolation and political uncertainty at home deepened on Wednesday as a purge of the Supreme Court's justices took effect, with the chief justice defiantly refusing to step down. First President Malgorzata Gersdorf arrived for work as usual at the court in...

Italy's Salvini: EU election to be referendum on migration

Jul. 1, 2018 2:05 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leader of the right-wing party in Italy's populist government told tens of thousands of supporters Sunday he wants to turn next year's European Parliament election into a referendum on immigration and job security. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini also laid out at his League party's...

The Latest: Sicily town gets OK to take ship with migrants

Jun. 25, 2018 3:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The mayor of a Sicilian port town says he has received approval from Italy's interior ministry to let a Danish-flagged container ship dock with more than 100 migrants aboard. The Alexander Maersk has remained off...