Latest European Commission News

Is it a bluff? Some in Hungary and Poland talk of EU pullout

Sep. 25, 2021 04:51 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When Hungary and Poland joined the European Union in 2004, after decades of Communist domination, their citizens thirsted for Western democratic standards and prosperity. Yet 17 years later, as the EU ramps up efforts to rein in democratic...

Iraqi migrant dies near Belarus border, death toll up to 5

Sep. 24, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An Iraqi migrant died near Poland’s border with Belarus and another was hospitalized with COVID-19, Polish border guards said Friday. The death raises to five the number of fatalities among migrants who are trying to cross into European Union...

The AP Interview: Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

Sep. 24, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty — all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see...

One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

Sep. 23, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union announced plans Thursday to require the smartphone industry to adopt a uniform charging cord for mobile devices, a push that could eliminate the all-too-familiar experience of rummaging through a drawer full of tangled cables to find the right one. ...

France rallies EU as trust in US, UK and Australia wanes

Sep. 21, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — France’s European Union partners agreed Tuesday to put the country's festering dispute over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain at the top of bloc’s political agenda, including at an EU summit next month. The...

Alitalia's final weeks flying marked by protests, apologies

Sep. 21, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s failing national airline Alitalia told passengers on Tuesday to just bring a single piece of hand luggage when travelling, given the intensifying strikes and labor protests that are disrupting services ahead of the airline’s planned Oct. 14 demise. ...

As Merkel bids farewell, German women wish for more equality

Sep. 21, 2021 02:58 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor, has been praised by many for her pragmatic leadership in a turbulent world and celebrated by some as a feminist icon. But a look at her track record over her 16 years at Germany's helm reveals missed opportunities for fighting...

'Crisis of trust': France bristles at US submarine deal

Sep. 20, 2021 21:43 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — France’s top diplomat declared Monday that there is a “crisis of trust” in the United States after a Pacific defense deal stung France and left Europe wondering about its longtime ally across the Atlantic. France canceled meetings with...

Tensions soar at Kosovo-Serbia border over license plates

Sep. 20, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions soared Monday at Kosovo's border with Serbia as Kosovo deployed riot police while Serbs protested a move by Kosovo authorities to start removing Serbian license plates from cars entering the country. Kosovo special police with armored...

France, Australia agree submarine row won't stop trade deal

Sep. 20, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — French and Australian officials said Monday that France’s anger over a canceled submarine contract will not derail negotiations on an Australia-European Union free trade deal. France withdrew its ambassadors to the United States and...