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EU leaders tackle inflation, energy shocks from Russia's war

Jun. 24, 2022 12:33 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A day after endorsing Ukraine's candidacy to join the European Union, the bloc's leaders turned their attention Friday to the severe economic turbulence from Russia’s war in the neighboring country as the conflict's full impact sinks in and the threat of recession rises. ...

Ukraine expects EU-wide support for candidacy to join bloc

Jun. 22, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian official overseeing the country’s push to join the European Union said Wednesday that she’s “100%” certain all 27 EU nations will approve Ukraine's EU candidacy during a summit this week. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed...

EXPLAINER: Western Balkans' promised EU future still hazy

Jun. 22, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — European Union leaders will seek to offer support this week to six Western Balkan countries that have long been knocking at the bloc's doors, and now see the war in Ukraine raging not far from their borders amid fears Russia could turn its sights on their region. ...

European Union executive: Make Ukraine a member candidate

Jun. 17, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Friday recommended making Ukraine a candidate for EU membership, a morale booster and a first step on what is expected to be a long road for the war-torn country to join the 27-nation bloc. If Ukrainians were under any illusion...

Ryanair drops Afrikaans test that angered South Africans

Jun. 15, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Budget airline Ryanair says it has scrapped its controversial Afrikaans language test for South African travelers aimed at weeding out people with phony passports. The Dublin-based airline changed its policy of requiring South African travelers to the U.K. to pass...

Prosecutors want life for surviving Paris attacks member

Jun. 10, 2022 16:05 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors on Friday laid out their sentencing demands in the historic Paris trial of 20 men suspected of critical roles in France’s worst peacetime attack, the Islamic State massacres that killed 130 people in 2015. For Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving member of that...

Nightclub needle attacks puzzle European authorities

Jun. 02, 2022 02:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Across France, more than 300 people have reported being pricked out of the blue with needles at nightclubs or concerts in recent months. Doctors and multiple prosecutors are on the case, but no one knows who’s doing it or why, and whether the victims have been injected with drugs...

EXPLAINER: Effects of EU Russia oil ban, Moscow's response

Jun. 01, 2022 10:30 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union has agreed to slash Russian oil imports in a tough escalation of the bloc's campaign of sanctions to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine. It's a landmark decision that will hit Russian coffers in the long term, but could also hurt consumers...

EU to keep budget rules looser for longer amid war fallout

May. 23, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has moved to prolong looser limits on spending by member countries for an extra year in a bid to counter the economic fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine. The European Commission recommended on Monday suspending the EU’s regular rules on...

4 EU nations to harness North Sea wind for green transition

May. 18, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European Union countries plan to speed up the continent’s green transition and help wean it off Russian energy imports through a large new project to build wind farms in the North Sea, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday. She...