Latest European Council News

COVID contact means Michel can't be at EU parliament session

Jan. 19, 2022 05:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday became the second top-level European Union official who has had to pull out of the bloc’s parliament session because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. European Commission...

Malta legislator becomes 3rd female EU Parliament president

Jan. 18, 2022 06:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberta Metsola, a Christian Democrat from Malta, was elected president of the European Union’s parliament Tuesday, putting women in three of the four biggest jobs in the 27-nation bloc. Metsola succeeds Italian Socialist David Sassoli, who died last week. She is...

3 Western Balkan countries deepen economic ties at summit

Dec. 21, 2021 09:09 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia met Tuesday to discuss and agree on furthering their Open Balkan initiative to promote political and economic ties. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama hosted the two-day meeting in the capital, Tirana, with...

EU faces nuclear rift in decision on energy funds, future

Dec. 17, 2021 07:41 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of the European Union’s two most important nations faced reporters together during a joint news conference early Friday, a show of unity at the end of the EU's final summit of the year. Then two words - “nuclear energy” - intervened. ...

Macron urges strengthening EU borders during Hungary visit

Dec. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday affirmed his commitment to strengthening the external borders of the European Union, a point of common agreement at talks he held in Hungary's capital with the leaders of the bloc's eastern nations. The summit in...

Scholz meets with Macron in 1st trip as German chancellor

Dec. 10, 2021 13:55 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday as their governments worked to de-escalate tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The leaders held a joint news conference during Scholz's first trip abroad following his...

Macron unveils EU agenda before French presidential race

Dec. 09, 2021 14:54 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Macron vowed to work to make Europe “more powerful” in the world as France is about to take up the rotating presidency of the European Union, a tenure that overlaps with the country's presidential election and could put him in a tricky position if he campaigns...

End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years

Dec. 08, 2021 05:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005. Over the next 16 years, she was credited with raising Germany's profile and influence, working to hold a fractious European Union...

End of an era: Germany's Merkel bows out after 16 years

Dec. 07, 2021 02:25 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov. 22, 2005. Over the next 16 years, she was credited with raising Germany's profile and influence, working to hold a fractious European Union...

EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions

Nov. 24, 2021 12:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed Wednesday to the European Union not to forget the plight of ordinary citizens and political prisoners in the former Soviet country. Tsikhanouskaya's plea came as the EU prepares new sanctions in...