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EU elections: Weber, in Bulgaria, vows tough migration laws

May. 19, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A leading conservative candidate in next week's European Parliament elections has promised Bulgarians tight measures against illegal migration. Manfred Weber said in Sofia that "the state must win over the human traffickers in the fight against illegal migration." The center-right...

Austrian president eyes September as best time for new vote

May. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Austria's president said the first few days of September would be the best time to hold an early election after a covert video scandal shook up the country's politics and warned that the government needed to remain capable of taking part in important European Union decisions in...

Italy's Salvini stakes out post as Europe's populist leader

May. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of right-wing populist leaders Saturday seeking historic results in next week's European Parliament elections in their bid to transform European politics. Salvini, the head of Italy's right-wing League party, has positioned...

Germany's Merkel squelches speculation about future EU job

May. 16, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel has squelched a new bout of speculation that she might seek a top European job after standing down as Germany's leader, insisting Thursday that she won't take another political post — "no matter where it is." Merkel last year gave up the leadership of her...

Migration and Trump on the menu as EU candidates face off

May. 15, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leading candidates in the European Union elections grappled with the thorny issue of migration, rising nationalism and even testy ties with U.S. President Donald Trump in a largely drama-free debate Wednesday barely a week before May 23-26 polls. Quizzed by three European journalists...

AP Interview: EU elections could be boon for conservatives

May. 15, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The European Parliament is expected to be a different legislature after next week's election and leading Czech conservative lawmaker Jan Zahradil is hoping that voters embrace the idea of a scaled-back European Union. Zahradil is a moderate critic of the bloc, not a firebrand like French...

EU leaders commit to unity despite major divisions

May. 9, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Despite the impending departure of Britain, the remaining European Union countries committed Thursday to stick together "through thick and thin" to emerge as a stronger world power after years of internal divisions. "The world doesn't sleep," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as 27...

The Latest: Romanian soccer hero scores again for EU's Tusk

May. 9, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit in Romania (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Not everybody comes with gloves to a European Union summit, but European Council President Donald Tusk could not resist. At least, they weren't boxing gloves. While in Romania, where EU leaders held a...

Romanian political spat comes to the fore at EU summit

May. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Romania's long-running political turmoil was on stark display once more Thursday, as its president criticized some of his country's politicians for "attacking European institutions" and undermining its standing in the European Union. Romania, which currently holds the EU's rotating...

Erdogan defends Istanbul vote redo, critics see power grab

May. 7, 2019 1:16 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Tuesday that rerunning the Istanbul mayoral vote that was won by the opposition will only strengthen democracy, while critics called the decision an "outrageous" move to eliminate dissent against his government. Ruling in favor of...