Latest Brussels News

EU hopes for Russia-Ukraine gas deal despite slow progress

Sep. 19, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top energy official says he's optimistic Russia and Ukraine can conclude a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year even though several issues need to be resolved. Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said Thursday that there was "a sense of urgency" at talks in...

Player's agent arrested in money laundering soccer probe

Sep. 11, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police have arrested two people, including a player's agent, as part of an international money laundering and corruption investigation in soccer. Brussels prosecutors said that several raids took place in Monaco, Belgium and London on Tuesday and Wednesday. Belgian police cooperated with...

Irishman set to lead EU future trade talks with UK, US

Sep. 10, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The incoming president of the European Union's powerful executive arm on Tuesday nominated Irishman Phil Hogan to lead future EU trade talks, which could put him in charge of negotiations with Britain after Brexit. Hogan, whose country is set to be hit hard economically by Brexit, would...

UK opposition lawmakers join forces against no-deal Brexit

Aug. 27, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Opposition lawmakers declared Tuesday they will work together to try to stop a departure from the European Union without an agreement, setting up a legislative challenge to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his promise to complete the divorce by Oct. 31— come what may. Some 160...

Belgian parade goes ahead despite racism objections

Aug. 25, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian street festival featuring a character called "Savage" played by a white person in blackface makeup has gone ahead amid objections from anti-racism activists. The character moved through the streets of the town of Ath, southwest of Brussels, on Sunday, chained and wielding a wooden...

Fast, not so furious? Europe wrestles with electric scooters

Aug. 13, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Ban them outright. Issue speeding tickets. Make users take a driving test. From Paris to Berlin, European cities are searching for solutions to the two-wheeled phenomenon that's fast transforming cityscapes worldwide: Electric scooters. Proponents call them a leap into the future, an...

Belgian prosecutors settle with HSBC in tax dodging case

Aug. 6, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors said Tuesday they have reached a settlement worth nearly 300 million euros ($335 million) with a Swiss private banking branch of HSBC over a longstanding fraud and tax dodging case. The Brussels prosecutor's office said it was able to reach a settlement partly because of...

EU braces for Brexiteer Boris Johnson as UK leader

Jul. 24, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Brussels is bracing for Boris and Brexit. Three decades ago, journalist Boris Johnson wrote stories for London's Daily Telegraph playing up stereotypes about bumbling bureaucrats in the European Union wasting money and tying up U.K. businesses in red tape — articles the European...