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German Chancellor Scholz warns next European Commission president against courting far-right support

May. 24, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz waded into the European election campaign on Friday by warning that the next president of the European Commission should not seek support from far-right parties hoping to make big gains in next month’s vote. Left-leaning parties across...

European Union criticizes Russia for removing Estonian buoys, demand an explanation from Moscow

May. 24, 2024 10:31 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday called the removal of Estonian buoys by Russian border guards on a river separating the Baltic country from Russia “unacceptable,” and demanded an explanation from Moscow and the immediate return of the orange floats....

US pushes for Ukraine aid, united front against China's trade practices at G7 finance meeting

May. 24, 2024 09:37 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The U.S. sought to build support for squeezing more money for Ukraine out of frozen Russian assets and for uniting against China’s trade practices as finance ministers from the Group of Seven rich democracies opened a two-day meeting on Friday on the shores of northern...

Hungary will seek to opt out of NATO efforts to support Ukraine, Orbán says

May. 24, 2024 07:02 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary will seek to opt out of any NATO operations aimed at supporting Ukraine, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Friday, suggesting that the military alliance and the European Union were moving toward a more direct conflict with Russia. Orbán told state...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

May. 24, 2024 02:32 AM EDT

May 16–23, 2024. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the UK's national elections for July 4, months earlier than expected. Stars attended the Cannes Film Festival in France. Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester City won their national soccer leagues, the Bundesliga and the Premier...

Labour leader Keir Starmer is often called dull. But he might be Britain's next prime minister

May. 23, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Dutiful, managerial, a bit dull — Keir Starmer is no one’s idea of a firebrand politician. The Labour Party hopes that is just what Britain needs. Starmer, the center-left party’s 61-year-old leader, is the current favorite to win the country’s July 4...

With Ukraine losing ground, allies debate how to squeeze cash for Kyiv out of frozen Russian assets

May. 23, 2024 13:01 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Ukraine's allies are wrestling with how to squeeze money out of frozen Russian assets to support Kyiv's war effort, a debate getting more urgent as Russia gains territory on the battlefield and as the outlook for Ukraine’s state finances looks shakier. ...

North Carolina governor heading to Europe for trade trip

May. 23, 2024 10:52 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is leading a weeklong state trade mission to Europe. The economic development trip starting Friday will include Cooper, his wife, other state officials and representatives of the state's business recruiting nonprofit...

EU Commission fines Oreo maker Mondelez 337.5 million euros for blocking cross-border sales

May. 23, 2024 07:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission has imposed a fine of 337.5 million euros ($366 million) on food company Mondelez, the owner of Oreo cookies and other snack brands, for obstructing sales of its products between EU member states, the bloc's executive arm said on Thursday. ...

Spain, Ireland and Norway say they will recognize a Palestinian state. Why does that matter?

May. 23, 2024 00:06 AM EDT

Spain, Ireland and Norway said Wednesday that they would recognize a Palestinian state on May 28, a step toward a long-held Palestinian aspiration that came amid international outrage over the civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip following Israel’s offensive. ...