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Turkey slams southern EU nations on drilling bid off Cyprus

Jun. 15, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Saturday criticized southern European Union nations for urging the EU to consider action against Turkey over its bid to drill for gas in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement that a declaration issued by the...

Southern EU leaders seek united policy front at meeting

Jun. 14, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The leaders of southern European nations gathered in Malta on Friday to build a united front on key economic and political issues before next week's European Council meeting. Key European Union jobs, migration issues and climate change were at the top of the agenda in Valletta, where the...

Greek unemployment, highest in EU, dips in early 2019

Jun. 13, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek national statistics show that unemployment, long the highest in the European Union, fell in the first quarter when compared to last year, but still afflicts around one in five Greeks. The country's statistical authority said Thursday that the unemployment rate was 19.2% in the...

Czech Republic urges EU to start talks with North Macedonia

Jun. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Czech prime minister is urging the European Union to start accession talks with North Macedonia, saying failure to do so would send the wrong message to would-be members of the bloc. Andrej Babish says EU leaders should "keep their word" in starting negotiations with the...

Greece: 7 dead after migrant boat capsizes off Lesbos

Jun. 11, 2019 6:36 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A boat carrying dozens of migrants to a Greek island from the nearby Turkish coast capsized early Tuesday, leaving seven people dead, including two children. Greece's coast guard said 57 people had been rescued, while seven people — two girls, four women and a man — were...

Greek president OKs request for early election on July 7

Jun. 10, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece is on track for a general election July 7, three months ahead of schedule, after the country's president accepted a request Monday by left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to dissolve parliament in the wake his heavy defeat in European parliamentary elections. During a brief...

Turkey slams alleged Cypriot arrest warrants against crew

Jun. 10, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is warning that it would give "the necessary response" to Cyprus following reports that Greek Cypriot authorities have issued international arrest warrants against the crew of a Turkish drillship and others assisting a bid to search for gas off the ethnically divided island...

Wildfire blazes through forest in southern Greece

Jun. 10, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say dozens of firefighters are trying to contain a large wildfire that is blazing through a forested region in the south but not directly threatening inhabited areas. The fire service said the wildfire broke out early Monday afternoon in the Kato Ahagia area of...

Arson attack against Turkish-owned cars in northern Greece

Jun. 10, 2019 7:54 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Arsonists targeted two vehicles owned by Turkish nationals, one of them a diplomat, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki early Monday, destroying the cars and damaging another four. Police said the arsonists struck in the pre-dawn hours, pouring flammable liquid over the...

Greek prime minister to ask president for early election

Jun. 9, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has a meeting set with Greece's president to ask him to call an early national election by dissolving parliament. Tsipras' office said the prime minister would visit President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Monday afternoon. After his left-wing party's poor...