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New EU leaders take office vowing to tackle climate change

Dec. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new team of leaders took office at the helm of the European Union on Sunday, pledging to put the fight against climate change at the top of their agenda and foster European unity despite the likely departure of Britain from the 28-nation bloc. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen...

EU’s Tusk, Juncker bow out, new team to move in

Nov. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The two men who have personified the European Union across the world in recent years are bowing out on Friday. As of Sunday, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will be replaced by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen at the head of the EU executive, and Belgium’s Charles...

EU’s Tusk: Croatia’s EU presidency comes at a critical time

Nov. 19, 2019 12:34 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s first-ever presidency in the European Union will come at come at a “critical period” for the 28-nation bloc, outgoing EU leader Donald Tusk said Tuesday. The EU’s newest member could end up in charge of launching the bloc’s post-Brexit...

Western Balkan leaders seek to create region without borders

Nov. 10, 2019 12:05 PM EST

OHRID, North Macedonia (AP) — Leaders in the Western Balkans said Sunday that they are committed to working closely together to remove barriers on the free movement of goods and people between their countries. They also reiterated that their main goal is to become members of the European Union. "There is...

UN confirms Madrid as new location for climate summit

Nov. 1, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations global climate meeting next month will take place in Madrid after previous host Chile canceled at short notice, officials said Friday. U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa said representatives of the body that organizes the annual conference had accepted Spain's offer to...

Spain offers Madrid as host of December UN climate summit

Oct. 31, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's interim leader has offered to have Madrid host an international U.N. climate conference next month that was originally scheduled to be held in riot-struck Chile. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday canceled plans to host the Dec. 2-13 climate gathering, as well...

The Latest: UK lawmakers approve early election on Dec 12

Oct. 29, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on British politics and Brexit (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Britain is set to hold an early election on Dec. 12, after a bill authorizing the vote was passed by the House of Commons. Lawmakers voted 438-20 in favor of the bill to give Prime Minister Boris Johnson the early election...

EU delays Brexit to Jan. 31; Johnson election bid fails

Oct. 28, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain got Brexit breathing space but no clarity on Monday when the European Union granted a three-month delay to the U.K.'s departure from the bloc, postponing it until Jan. 31. British politicians immediately began using the extra time to do what they have done for more than three years:...

The Latest: Boris Johnson will try again for early election

Oct. 28, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:05 p.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will try again to secure a December election, after lawmakers rejected his call for a Dec. 12 vote. After failing to secure the required two-thirds support for a motion to hold an early election,...

Johnson's future, and UK's, rests on EU move on Brexit delay

Oct. 23, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long argued that Brexit will let Britain "take back control" from the European Union. On Wednesday, Johnson's future, and his country's, rested on a decision from Brussels about whether the bloc will delay the U.K.'s scheduled departure to prevent a chaotic...