Latest European Council News

Juncker has successful surgery; will miss G7 Biarritz summit

Aug. 19, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU says European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has undergone a successful operation to remove his gallbladder but will not be able to attend this weekend's Group of Seven meeting in Biarritz, France. EU spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Juncker's doctors banned him from...

Georgia will 'wait and see' if Putin's softer tone lasts

Jul. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president says she'll "wait and see" how a debate in Russia about possible new sanctions against her country will pan out as she cautiously welcomed conciliatory comments from President Vladimir Putin as preferable to "threats." Salome Zurabishvili spoke to The Associated Press in...

Merkel seeks to reassure Western Balkan nations of EU future

Jul. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

POZNAN, Poland (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Friday to reassure Western Balkan nations aspiring to join the European Union that there is strong support for the process in the EU, saying that the bloc sees their integration to be in its strategic interest. Merkel, along with British Prime...

Western Balkan nations press EU aspirations at Poland summit

Jul. 4, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Government ministers from some European Union nations sought Thursday to reassure their partners in the Western Balkans during a meeting in Poland that their aspirations to join the EU have full backing in the club, despite symptoms of a loss of momentum. German Minister of State for...

EU chief struggles to sell job winners to hostile lawmakers

Jul. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the bloc's leaders hand-picked the candidates in a series of shady backroom deals. Two days after one of the...

Deals made at secretive EU summit deliver top job nominees

Jul. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the end, the European Union's top jobs jamboree had a familiar old-time ring to it. Instead of embracing a transparent future, leaders of the 28 EU nations repeated the past as they retreated behind closed doors to divvy up a half-dozen jobs for politicians who will be the public faces...

The Latest: EU nominee seeks support, vows to listen

Jul. 3, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on key appointments at the European Union (all times local): 6:00 p.m. Ursula von der Leyen is promising to "listen a lot" and cooperate closely with the European Parliament as she tries to drum up support for her nomination to lead the European Union's executive commission. The...

'Perfect gender balance' as EU leaders decide on top jobs

Jul. 2, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time, European Union leaders nominated women for half of the top positions they filled Tuesday to lead the world's biggest trade bloc. And the women were picked for what are arguably the two most important jobs of the four posts: heading the EU's executive Commission and...

New ECB head Lagarde backed Draghi stimulus while at IMF

Jul. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Christine Lagarde, nominated to head the European Central Bank, has a politician's ability to communicate and forge compromise, skills she will need to follow Mario Draghi's performance as the central banker credited with defusing the eurozone's debt crisis with a few well-chosen...

The Latest: Macron looks at Brexit as EU picks new leaders

Jul. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 10:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says a no-deal Brexit "remains a possible option" but it shouldn't be feared. The European Union is getting new leadership by late fall but an Oct. 30 deadline for Britain's departure from...