Latest European Council News

New EU sanctions target Russian military-industrial complex

Dec. 16, 2022 10:48 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday its latest round of sanctions will hit Russia's military-industrial complex, as well as people and groups that are attacking Ukrainian civilians or kidnapping children. Valdis Dombrovskis, a European Commission vice-president, said the...

EU, Western Balkans boost partnership amid Ukraine war

Dec. 06, 2022 11:14 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — For the six Western Balkans countries aspiring to join the European Union, gaining full membership in the 27-nation club remains a distant goal. But Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are getting more concrete signs that they...

Albanian opposition leader attacked during anti-govt protest

Dec. 06, 2022 09:56 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leader of the Albanian opposition center-right Democratic Party was attacked Tuesday during an anti-government protest held near a summit of European Union leaders and their counterparts from the Western Balkans in the Albanian capital. Sali Berisha, a...

Enlargement back on EU's agenda at Western Balkans summit

Dec. 05, 2022 11:36 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The war in Ukraine has put the European Union's expansion at the top of the agenda as officials from the Western Balkans and EU leaders gather Tuesday for a summit intended to reinvigorate the whole enlargement process. The EU's executive commission has...

Host Albania has high hopes for EU-Western Balkans summit

Dec. 05, 2022 10:01 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's prime minister said Monday that a European Union summit in his country's capital this week demonstrates the EU's heightened geostrategic interests in the Western Balkans region during Russia's war in Ukraine. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama is set...

China's Xi urges Ukraine talks in meeting with EU's Michel

Dec. 01, 2022 08:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping urged negotiations on a political solution to the Ukraine conflict in talks with visiting European Council President Charles Michel in Beijing Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV said. Xi was quoted as saying that “solving the Ukrainian...

G-20 leaders end summit condemning Russia despite divisions

Nov. 16, 2022 20:54 PM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Members of the Group of 20 leading economies ended their summit Wednesday with a declaration of firm condemnation of the war in Ukraine and a warning that the conflict is making an already delicate world economy worse. The summit's closing statement was...

European leader calls on world, China to pressure Russia

Nov. 14, 2022 21:47 PM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — The European Council president urged global powers Tuesday to intensify pressure on Russia over its war against Ukraine, including Moscow's biggest supporter, China, saying that this week's meeting of the world's largest economies was crucial to stopping Moscow's push...