Latest Ursula Von Der Leyen News

Next EU Commission chief wants to increase foreign spending

Nov. 12, 2019 4:52 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The next European Commission president says she wants to spend almost a third more on foreign policy goals over the next half decade to better establish the EU as a global player. Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that the extra money is needed to develop a stronger strategic culture of the...

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...

Incoming EU chief presses for Balkan membership talks

Nov. 8, 2019 2:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The incoming head of the European Union's executive branch is pressing for the bloc to open membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania after its leaders failed to agree last month on launching the negotiations. Ursula von der Leyen said in Berlin Friday that the EU demanded a great...

Romania names 2 candidates for spot in EU Commission

Nov. 6, 2019 9:04 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian government has named two more possible candidates to take the country's place in the incoming European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced Wednesday that he would propose Siegfried Muresan and Adina-Ioana Valean for...

The Latest: Main opposition party undecided on new election

Oct. 24, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Britain's main opposition Labour Party says it has not decided whether to support Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a snap general election. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will wait and see whether the European Union agrees to delay...

European lawmakers vote to strengthen bee protection

Oct. 23, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Wednesday blocked a diluted proposal by the 28-nation bloc's executive arm on protecting bees from pesticides, arguing it didn't go far enough.  European lawmakers adopted a resolution urging the European Commission to "table new legislation based on the...

EU leaders censure Turkey over military action against Kurds

Oct. 18, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders issued a strong condemnation Friday of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, urging Ankara to immediately stop what French President Emmanuel Macron called "madness." At the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Brussels that largely focused...

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Oct. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this...

The Latest: EU lawmakers might not OK Brexit deal by Oct. 31

Oct. 17, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says the EU legislature will take its full time to carefully examine and approve any divorce deal for Britain. Belgian lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt tells The Associated Press that could well spill...

Macron and Merkel try to showcase unity as Brexit looms

Oct. 16, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Wednesday to show unity at a meeting in southern France, as the European Union and Britain appeared close to a tentative Brexit deal. "We must show that ... we, Europeans, Germany and France in particular, are defending...