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New EU leaders take office vowing to tackle climate change

Dec. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new team of leaders took office at the helm of the European Union on Sunday, pledging to put the fight against climate change at the top of their agenda and foster European unity despite the likely departure of Britain from the 28-nation bloc. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen...

EU’s Tusk, Juncker bow out, new team to move in

Nov. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The two men who have personified the European Union across the world in recent years are bowing out on Friday. As of Sunday, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will be replaced by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen at the head of the EU executive, and Belgium’s Charles...

New EU Commission chief promises ambitious agenda

Nov. 27, 2019 7:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU Commission President said Wednesday her ambitious agenda at the head of the European Union’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change. Ursula von der Leyen told the EU plenary in Strasbourg, France, shortly before she and her...

President Trump: Decision on auto tariffs coming ‘very soon’

Nov. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he “will make a decision very soon’’ about whether to impose tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. It was unclear whether he would meet a Wednesday deadline to decide. In May, Trump declared that auto imports posed a threat to U.S....

EU chief Juncker's aneurysm operation has been successful

Nov. 13, 2019 7:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The spokeswoman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he is recovering well from an aneurysm operation and is expected to leave intensive care later Wednesday. Mina Andreeva said that "his return to office will depend on the speed of his recovery." The 64-year-old is...

Next EU chief defends NATO after Macron criticism

Nov. 8, 2019 2:31 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The president-elect of the European Union's executive Commission is defending NATO after French President Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the military alliance's "brain death." Ursula von der Leyen didn't explicitly address Macron's criticism in a speech Friday but...

European Commission president: US auto tariffs not expected

Nov. 8, 2019 2:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he does not think U.S. President Donald Trump will impose new tariffs targeting European automobiles. The Trump administration has already imposed tariffs that have hit European Union steel, aluminum and agricultural products,...

Macron's China visit underscores economic tensions

Nov. 4, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — With major economies locked in disputes over trade, France's president started a visit to China by announcing that the EU had struck a deal with the country to better protect agricultural products like wine and cheese from counterfeiting. Emmanuel Macron's visit is timed to ease some of the...

The Latest: EU Council president will recommend Brexit delay

Oct. 22, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:35 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend that the EU grant Britain's request for an extension to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Tusk tweeted Tuesday that he will urge the other 27 EU nations to approve Britain's delay....

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...