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Germany's Merkel dangles possibility of negotiated Brexit

Aug. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the possibility that a negotiated departure for Britain from the European Union might still be possible even as the clock is ticking on a deal that would satisfy both sides. Speaking Wednesday alongside U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson before the two...

UK, EU only harden their positions on Brexit as G-7 nears

Aug. 20, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Britain, which are hurtling toward a costly, damaging no-deal split in a little over two months, kicked off a high-wire week of diplomacy Tuesday by entrenching themselves deeper in their irreconcilable positions. Highlighting new British Prime Minister Boris...

The Latest: Merkel says Irish border is key Brexit issue

Aug. 20, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 5:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the main stumbling block with Britain's departure from the European Union can be removed if a "practical solution" is found for the Irish border issue. Speaking Tuesday...

Juncker has successful surgery; will miss G7 Biarritz summit

Aug. 19, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU says European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has undergone a successful operation to remove his gallbladder but will not be able to attend this weekend's Group of Seven meeting in Biarritz, France. EU spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Juncker's doctors banned him from...

Poland's parliament speaker resigns over use of govt flights

Aug. 8, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The speaker of the Polish parliament said Thursday that he is resigning after a scandal erupted over his and his family's frequent use of government planes. The affair was threatening to damage the reputation of the right-wing ruling party, Law and Justice, ahead of parliamentary...

Was Polish scandal a Russian test for US election tampering?

Aug. 4, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — High-ranking Polish politicians used a side door to get to the VIP section of Sowa & Przyjaciele, a posh Warsaw restaurant. Sealed off from other patrons, government ministers and lawmakers felt free to speak their minds while enjoying continental cuisine and wine at taxpayers'...

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...

Pair of Polish ministers condemn violence against LGBT march

Jul. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some Polish government officials condemned violence by some opponents of an eastern city's first LGBT rights march while other members of Poland's right-wing ruling party were alleged Monday to have participated in anti-gay actions. National police said Monday that 28 "hooligans" were...

Court: Walesa must apologize to Poland's ruling party head

Jul. 22, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish appeals court upheld a lower court's verdict in a slander case and ruled Monday that pro-democracy fighter and former president Lech Walesa must apologize to the leader of the country's right-wing ruling party. Law and Justice party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland's most...

The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...