Latest European Parliament News

He's back: Italy's Berlusconi wins Senate seat after tax ban

Sep. 27, 2022 06:44 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Just in time to celebrate his 86th birthday, former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi is making his return to Italy's parliament, winning a seat in the Senate nearly a decade after being banned from holding public office over a tax fraud conviction. Berlusconi, who has...

Europe's outlook 'darkening,' ECB head hedges on recession

Sep. 26, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank said Monday that the economic outlook “is darkening” and she expects business activity to “slow substantially” in the coming months as high energy and food prices pushed up by the war in Ukraine sap consumer spending power. ...

Italy shifts to the right as voters reward Meloni's party

Sep. 26, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, won the most votes in Italy’s national elections, looking set to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since World War II and make its leader, Giorgia Meloni, Italy's first woman premier, near-final results...

Serbian minister defends deal with Russia amid criticism

Sep. 25, 2022 06:57 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's foreign minister on Sunday sought to play down the importance of an agreement with Russia after the Balkan state that is seeking European Union membership faced criticism for signing it. Nikola Selakovic signed the agreement Friday along with...

European spyware investigators criticize Israel and Poland

Sep. 21, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament members investigating the use of surveillance spyware by European Union governments sharply criticized Israel on Wednesday for a lack of transparency in allowing the sale of powerful Israeli spyware to European governments that have used it against...

Uganda reacts angrily to EU resolution slamming oil pipeline

Sep. 16, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's leader warned Friday that his government could “find someone else to work with” as French partner TotalEnergies faced mounting pressure to pull out of a partnership to construct a pipeline opposed by climate activists. The comments by Ugandan...

Orban: EU lawmakers' democracy declaration is a joke

Sep. 16, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban lashed out Friday over a European Parliament declaration that stated Hungary no longer could be considered a full democracy. Orban dismissed the resolution as “a joke.” In the declaration that passed 433- 123 with 28...

EU Parliament adopts new bloc-wide rules on minimum wages

Sep. 14, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Wednesday adopted new legislation aimed at guaranteeing “decent” minimum wages for workers across the 27-nation bloc. The vote — with 505 in favor, 92 against and 44 abstentions — came as inflation and skyrocketing energy bills...

EU moves to ban products made with forced labor

Sep. 14, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to ban products made with forced labor, in an effort to crack down on a modern-day form of slavery that a U.N. agency estimated affects more than 27 million people worldwide. The European Commission, which proposes EU...

EU lawmakers support ban of goods linked to deforestation

Sep. 13, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have backed a proposal for a law that would ban the sale in the 27-nation bloc of agriculture products linked to the destruction of forests. MEPs gathered on Tuesday in Strasbourg, France, supported and strengthened a plan from the EU's...