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European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova speaks during a media conference on the Rule of Law Report 2020 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

European report finds waning of democracy in Poland, Hungary

Sep. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Democratic standards are facing “important challenges” in some European Union countries, particularly in Hungary and Poland, where the judicial systems are under threat, the EU's executive commission said Wednesday in its first report on adherence to the rule of law. The...

The leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,center, speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The three parties in Poland's conservative coalition government signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, putting aside disagreements. But they gave no details, leaving lingering uncertainty about how the Cabinet will look in practice after an expected reshuffle.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Kaczynski joins new Polish Cabinet as deputy prime minister

Sep. 30, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented a reshuffled Cabinet on Wednesday that formally brings the conservative ruling party's leader into a government position, together with a new education minister who has said LGBT people are “not equal” to others....

Viktor Orban Prime Minister of Hungary attends a news conference following talks with his counterparts from central Europe's Visegrad Group in Lublin, Poland, on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. In preparation for European Union summit this month, the prime ministers of Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary discussed situation in Belarus, ties with Russia and fighting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Twitter temporarily suspends Hungarian government's account

Sep. 30, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian government says its official Twitter account was temporarily suspended and then restored without explanation. Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said Wednesday in a Facebook post that “we have taken the necessary steps and are awaiting an official explanation...

139 refugees head to Germany from Greece for resettlement

Sep. 30, 2020 7:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say 139 vulnerable asylum-seekers who had been living in overcrowded Greek island camps have left for Germany, as part of efforts to ease overcrowding and move refugees to other European countries. The group that flew out of Greece on Wednesday consisted of children...

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto, left, receives his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

Poland, Hungary hit back on democratic standards in the EU

Sep. 29, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Threatened with the potential loss of European Union funds over their records on democracy, the governments of Poland and Hungary say they plan to establish a new institute to assess how well all EU member nations adhere to the rule of law. The foreign ministers of the two right-wing...

Rights group: Cyprus pushed back migrants, ignored claims

Sep. 29, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot authorities pushed back 200 migrants and refugees arriving from Lebanon aboard boats earlier this month, ignoring their claims for asylum while in some instances using violence and coercive tactics, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday. Human Rights Watch accused Cypriot...

In this image taken from footage released by Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, an Azerbaijan's rocket launches from missile system at the contact line of the self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan. Fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued on Monday morning after erupting the day before, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks. (Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry via AP)

Armenia, Azerbaijan clash in separatist region for a 2nd day

Sep. 29, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian and Azerbaijani forces fought over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh for a second day Monday, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks that reportedly killed and wounded dozens as the decades-old conflict has reignited. The Azerbaijani Defense...

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, center right, and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter-institutional relations and Foresight Maros Sefcovic, center left, attend the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee at EU headquarters in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. At center on screen is EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier joining by videoconference. (John Thys, Pool via AP)

EU-UK spat over Brexit deal clouds key trade talks this week

Sep. 28, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain entered a crucial week of post-Brexit talks with the European Union on Monday by rejecting the EU’s demand that it drop plans to breach the legally binding agreement it signed on its departure from the bloc. The EU told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to brace for a...

PM: Polish economy may shrink less than 3.5% this year

Sep. 28, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's economy could decline less than 3.5% this year even despite the coronavirus pandemic, while next year should see a definite rebound, the country's prime minister declared Monday. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke after a government meeting that amended this...

Laura Zimmermann, Co-President of Operation Libero, centre, together with Valentin Vogt, President of the Swiss Employers' Federation, Renato Perlini, campaign manager of Operation Libero, and Stefan Manser-Egli, Co-President of Operation Libero, from left, are pleased with the result of the vote at the meeting of opponents of the popular initiative

Swiss reject nationalist plan to limit jobs for EU citizens

Sep. 27, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Voters in Switzerland on Sunday strongly defeated a nationalist party's proposal to limit the number of European Union citizens allowed to live and work in their country. Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported that the measure was rejected by 61.7% of voters, with 38.3% in favor. All but four...