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EU leaders tackle inflation, energy shocks from Russia's war

Jun. 24, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A day after endorsing Ukraine's candidacy to join the European Union, the bloc's leaders turned their attention Friday to the severe economic turbulence from Russia’s war in the neighboring country as the conflict's full impact sinks in and the threat of recession rises. ...

Troubled at home, France's Macron remains a key world player

Jun. 24, 2022 10:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Emmanuel Macron may be weakened at home after parliamentary elections forced him into political maneuvering, but on the international stage the French president has the resources to remain one of the most influential world leaders. France’s foreign allies closely...

Swiss customs tracks importation of Russian gold worth $200M

Jun. 24, 2022 05:43 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss customs authorities said Friday that they are tracking about 3 tons of gold of Russian origin that entered Switzerland from Britain last month to watch for potential violations of economic sanctions against Russia following President Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine. ...

China's Xi criticizes sanctions at meeting of BRICS nations

Jun. 23, 2022 10:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a meeting of leaders of major developing countries on Thursday by saying the world should oppose unilateral sanctions and efforts by some countries to maintain their political and military power. Xi's remarks at the virtual meeting...

Italy's 5-Stars in chaos as Di Maio splits, forms new group

Jun. 22, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s political landscape shifted Wednesday after Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio formalized his departure from the 5-Star Movement, splitting with the party he helped found over its Ukraine policy and other differences. Di Maio announced his departure after Premier...

France reshaped: Election emboldens Le Pen, undercuts Macron

Jun. 20, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France faced an ecstatic Marine Le Pen on Monday after her party’s far-right candidates sent shockwaves through the political establishment and helped deny President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance a majority in parliament. The surprising breakthrough for the...

EU: Blame Russia, not sanctions, for global food crisis

Jun. 20, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat said on Monday he has written to all African foreign ministers to explain that the bloc's sanctions on Russia are not responsible for the looming global food crisis, and pledged to work out ways for exports of food and fertilizers to reach their...

Lithuania defends ban on some goods to Russia's Kaliningrad

Jun. 20, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania on Monday defended its decision to bar rail transit from Russia to a Russian Baltic Sea exclave of goods hit by European Union sanctions, in a move that drew Moscow's strong anger amid high tensions in the region. Lithuanian Foreign Minister...

Danish ex-foreign minister Uffe Ellemann-Jensen dies at 80

Jun. 19, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, who was Denmark’s foreign minister for more than 10 years from the early 1980s and was considered one of the Nordic region's key politicians in the end phase of the Cold War, has died. He was 80. The conservative-liberal Venstre party, which...

Putin: Russian economy to overcome 'reckless' sanctions

Jun. 17, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said at Russia’s showpiece investment conference Friday that the country’s economy will overcome “reckless and insane” sanctions, while condemning the United States for acting like “God’s own messengers on planet Earth.” ...