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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, empty tables of a restaurant in the Duomo Square in Milan, Italy. The coronavirus pandemic is gathering strength again in Europe and, with winter coming, its restaurant industry is struggling. The spring lockdowns were already devastating for many, and now a new set restrictions is dealing a second blow. Some governments have ordered restaurants closed; others have imposed restrictions curtailing how they operate.  (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Virus is pummeling Europe's eateries — and winter is coming

Oct. 25, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

HEIKRUIS, Belgium (AP) — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the owners' decision to move the operation into the spacious village church to comply with coronavirus rules was paying off. The reservation book was full and the...

People walk by chairs and tables of an empty terrace in the historical center of Antwerp, Belgium, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease in check, including a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month. The measures will take effect on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Belgium fears virus "tsunami" as COVID-19 cases keep soaring

Oct. 19, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Belgium shut down for a month and a night-time curfew took effect Monday as health authorities warned of a possible “tsunami" of new virus cases in the hard-hit nation that host the headquarters of the European Union. The new measures aim to limit social...

Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo speaks during a media conference, after a committee to discuss new restrictive measures regarding coronavirus, COVID-19, in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease in check, including a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool via AP)

Belgium imposes Covid curfew, closes bars and restaurants

Oct. 16, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease in check, including a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month. The measures are set to enter force from Monday. The...

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting in person for a two-day summit amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic to discuss topics ranging from Brexit to climate and relations with Africa. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

EU leaders hit out at Turkey's 'provocations' in the Med

Oct. 16, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday criticized Turkey for ratcheting up tensions with Cyprus and Greece after Ankara sent a ship back into the east Mediterranean Sea on a new energy exploration mission. “We deplore the actions and unilateral provocations of Turkey,” European...

English flags and a Union flag fly above a souvenir stand opposite Britain's Parliament in London, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Britain’s foreign minister says there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union. But Dominic Raab insists the bloc must show more “flexibility” if it wants to make a deal.  (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK says EU trade talks 'over' but bloc sees room for a deal

Oct. 16, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that the U.K. must prepare for a no-deal break with the European Union unless there is a “fundamental” change of position from the bloc, as the two sides swapped blame for failing to strike a trade deal with just weeks until the...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. European Union leaders met for the second day of an EU summit, amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, to discuss topics on foreign policy issues. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool via AP)

Merkel: EU summit on China called off as virus resurges

Oct. 16, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A planned European Union summit on the bloc's China policy that was to be held in Berlin next month has been called off because of the resurgent coronavirus pandemic, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday. The 27-nation EU’s leaders had planned to meet in Berlin on Nov. 16 to...

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. European Union leaders meet for the second day of an EU summit, amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, to discuss topics on foreign policy issues. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

Finnish PM leaves EU summit as 'precautionary' measure

Oct. 16, 2020 6:45 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Another day at the European Union summit, another leader gone away. Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said Friday that she had left the summit of heads of states and governments in Belgium on its final day “as a precautionary measure" after learning that a Finnish lawmaker she...

European Commission's Head of Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom Michel Barnier leaves after addressing a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. European Union leaders met in person for the first day of a two-day summit, amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic, to discuss topics ranging from Brexit to climate and relations with Africa. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

Brexit trade talks: both EU and UK dig in heels

Oct. 15, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With both sides digging in their heels as another Brexit deadline passed Thursday, the European Union and Britain demanded concessions from one another in talks on a basic trade deal that would soften the economic blow of the coronavirus pandemic for all. The EU leaders meeting in a summit...

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, left, is welcomed by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

EU leaders divided over new climate goals for 2030

Oct. 15, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday they need to raise their climate ambition above the existing target but stopped short of endorsing a proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% compared to 1990 levels. Leaders discussed the proposal from the bloc's executive arm on the...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, left, greets Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, right, with an elbow bump during a round table meeting at an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting in person for a two-day summit amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic to discuss topics ranging from Brexit to climate and relations with Africa. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

EU chief self-isolates as virus makes its mark at a summit

Oct. 15, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As a fresh wave of the coronavirus sweeps across much of Europe, the reality of the disease struck a summit of European Union leaders on Thursday when one of the 27-nation bloc's top officials abandoned the meeting to go into self-imposed quarantine. European Commission President Ursula von...