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EU prepares emergency plan to do without Russian energy

Jul. 01, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Friday pledged to draft an emergency plan this month aimed at helping member countries do without Russian energy in the wake of the Kremlin’s war in Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the...

EU official says Poland's judiciary changes insufficient

Jun. 30, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A patched-up dispute between the European Union and Poland over judicial independence revived Thursday when a top EU official said new Polish regulations did not meet expectations, threatening the flow of billions of euros in recovery funds to Warsaw. The new...

EU, New Zealand strike free trade deal after 4 years' talks

Jun. 30, 2022 10:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and New Zealand said Thursday they have concluded a free trade deal after four years of negotiations and sealed a partnership to reinforce their cooperation against organized crime and terror groups. According to the EU, trade with New Zealand is...

Live updates | Putin warns on NATO troops in Sweden, Finland

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning Finland and Sweden that if they welcome NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory, Russia will respond in kind. He said Wednesday that Russia will...

Live updates | Erdogan adamant on Sweden, Finland NATO bids

Jun. 27, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in the Bavarian Alps in Germany; and on the summit of NATO leaders that will start on Tuesday in Madrid: ___ Turkey’s president...

Live updates | G-7 nations seek to counter Chinese influence

Jun. 26, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the G-7 summit, the annual meeting of the leading democratic economies, which this year is being held in Germany's Bavarian Alps: One Group of Seven family photo didn’t seem to be enough. After posing for a group shot earlier...

European Union makes Ukraine a candidate for EU membership

Jun. 23, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward EU membership, acting with uncharacteristic speed and unity to pull the embattled country further away from Russia’s influence and bind it more closely to the West. Meeting at a summit in Brussels,...

Germany's Scholz: G7 to discuss 'Marshall plan' for Ukraine

Jun. 22, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Wednesday that he wants to discuss the outlines of a “Marshall plan for Ukraine” with the leaders of the Group of Seven countries at their upcoming summit in Germany. Scholz hopes for a united front on long-term support for...

EXPLAINER: How did Russia-Ukraine war trigger a food crisis?

Jun. 18, 2022 04:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Russian hostilities in Ukraine are preventing grain from leaving the “breadbasket of the world" and making food more expensive across the globe, threatening to worsen shortages, hunger and political instability in developing countries. Together, Russia and Ukraine...

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...