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A member holds a document inside the House of Lords as the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill is debated in London, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Britain's House of Lords is considering the European Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which is due to pass through its final stages before returning to the House of Commons. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)

Britain's Brexit bill passes final hurdle in Parliament

Jan. 22, 2020 6:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Brexit bill passed its final hurdle in Parliament on Wednesday after the House of Lords abandoned attempts to amend it, leaving the U.K. on course to leave the European Union next week. The bill was approved by Parliament's upper chamber after the House of Commons overturned changes...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson steps outside 10 Downing Street, in London, to welcome Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

UK Lords slam Brexit bill for not addressing child migrants

Jan. 21, 2020 12:58 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to rethink part of his key Brexit bill and restore a promise to reunite child refugees with family members in the U.K. Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, voted 300-220 on Tuesday to ensure that post-Brexit...

In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Following fall elections, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, from the centrist opposition, has become the only politician with any real power to put up roadblocks to the populist ruling party as it seeks to exert full control of the judicial system. A prominent surgeon, Grodzki is using that role as much as he can, angering the government, which has been seeking to discredit him with claims he took bribes as a doctor. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland rejects European legal experts' opinion as 'parody'

Jan. 16, 2020 12:10 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Pending legislation in Poland that gives politicians the authority to fire or fine judges would further undermine judicial independence in the country and violates European Union principles, European legal experts said Thursday. Members of the Council of Europe's Venice Commission...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech at the European parliament Tuesday, Jan.14, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic will present the priorities of the rotating Council presidency for the next six months. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU lays out 1 trillion-euro plan to support Green Deal

Jan. 14, 2020 2:30 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to dedicate a quarter of its budget to tackling climate change and to work to shift 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) in investment toward making the EU's economy more environmentally friendly over the next 10 years. Aiming to deliver on European Commission President...

Catalonia's former regional president Carles Puigdemont, left, and former Catalan regional minister Antoni Comin stand in the plenary hemicycle of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Puigdemont will attend his first session as a member of the European Parliament despite facing an arrest warrant against him in Spain. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Emboldened Catalan leader Puigdemont mulling visit to Spain

Jan. 13, 2020 4:50 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is considering going back to Spain if he gets assurances that he is immune from arrest through his new status as a European legislator. After his first plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, he told The Associated...

Catalonia's former regional president Carles Puigdemont, left, and former Catalan regional minister Antoni Comin take a selfie overlooking the plenary chamber at the European Parliament in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. In a potentially stinging reversal for Spanish justice authorities, the European Union's top court ruled that a former Catalan official serving a prison sentence for his role in a banned independence referendum two years ago had the right to parliamentary immunity when he was on trial. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Spanish judge seeks end of EU immunity for Catalan fugitives

Jan. 10, 2020 12:59 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish Supreme Court judge asked the European Parliament on Friday to strip the Catalonia region's ex-leader and another fugitive Catalan politician of the legal immunity they have as EU lawmakers. The European Parliament said in Brussels that the two would be officially welcomed at the...

An estelada or independence flag, hangs from a tree as a policeman walks past the entrance of Lledoners prison, where former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras is currently serving a prison sentence in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, near Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. In a potentially stinging reversal for Spanish justice authorities, the European Union's top court ruled that the former Catalan official serving a prison sentence for his role in a banned independence referendum two years ago had the right to parliamentary immunity when he was on trial. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Spain's top court says separatist politician stays in prison

Jan. 9, 2020 12:03 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an imprisoned Catalan politician must remain behind bars despite a European court ruling that his election to the European Parliament gave him immunity. Oriol Junqueras’ lawyer had requested his release so the separatist...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, attend a ceremony in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. The dual natural gas line connecting the countries will open up a new export path for Russian gas into Turkey and Europe, through new and existing lines. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Leaders of Turkey, Russia urge Jan. 12 cease-fire in Libya

Jan. 8, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and Russia called for a Jan. 12 cease-fire in war-torn Libya on Wednesday while European Union officials intensified diplomatic efforts to cool tensions in the North African nation by holding talks with its prime minister. In a related diplomatic push in Rome, Italian Premier...

Catalonia's former regional president Carles Puigdemont, center, shows his accreditation badge as he stands next to former Catalan regional minister Antoni Comin outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. In a potentially stinging reversal for Spanish justice authorities, the European Union's top court ruled that a former Catalan official serving a prison sentence for his role in a banned independence referendum two years ago had the right to parliamentary immunity when he was on trial. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Trio of Catalan leaders to be recognized as EU lawmakers

Jan. 6, 2020 11:17 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament proposes to officially recognize three separatist Catalan leaders as European lawmakers next week, following a decision by the European Union's top court. A leaked internal note issued by the European Parliament says lawmakers will “take note" of the election...

Catalonia's former regional president Carles Puigdemont, center, shows his accreditation badge as he stands next to former Catalan regional minister Antoni Comin outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. In a potentially stinging reversal for Spanish justice authorities, the European Union's top court ruled that a former Catalan official serving a prison sentence for his role in a banned independence referendum two years ago had the right to parliamentary immunity when he was on trial. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Belgian judge suspends warrant for Catalonia's Puigdemont

Jan. 2, 2020 10:29 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The arrest warrant targeting Carles Puigdemont has been suspended by Belgian judicial authorities because of the Catalan separatist leader's immunity as a European lawmaker, his lawyer said Thursday. Paul Bekaert told The Associated Press that the Belgian judge in charge of the case also...