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The Latest: Dutch king issues Brexit 'profit warning'

Sep. 17, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's plan to leave the European Union (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The Dutch king has issued a "profit warning" for his country amid concerns about the effect of Brexit and global trade conflicts in his annual speech marking the opening of Parliament. In the speech from the...

EU parliament endorses Lagarde as new central bank head

Sep. 17, 2019 6:41 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Parliament has endorsed the nomination of Christine Lagarde to serve an eight-year term as the next president of the European Central Bank. The non-binding vote Tuesday in Strasburg, France, was 394 in favor and 206 against, with 49 abstentions. Lagarde, 63, was...

Johnson denies lying to queen, wins Brexit court case

Sep. 12, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government insisted Thursday that its forecast of food and medicine shortages, gridlock at ports and riots in the streets after a no-deal Brexit is an avoidable worst-case scenario, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson denied misleading Queen Elizabeth II about his reasons for...

EU Parliament chief questions 'European Way of Life' title

Sep. 12, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament's president said Thursday that he will meet with incoming European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to discuss her contentious decision to nominate a commissioner responsible for "protecting our European Way of Life." The name for the proposed commission...

The Latest: EU official: No new Brexit proposals from UK

Sep. 12, 2019 7:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:20 p.m. European Parliament President David Sassoli says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has made no new proposals that would unblock Brexit talks and that talking about removing the so-called backstop from the divorce agreement is...

Italy-EU honeymoon has just started, but needs to last

Sep. 6, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's new coalition government has been hailed as good news for Europe, as a more Brussels-friendly lineup replaces the populist coalition in which right-wing leader Matteo Salvini and his euro-skeptic League held considerable sway. But unless European countries lend a strong hand to Rome on...

Italy's Conte forms new coalition of populists and Democrats

Sep. 4, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte forged a new coalition government Wednesday that teams up the populist 5-Star Movement and center-left Democrats in an unusual alliance of rivals to banish for now the specter of early election that likely could have seen the triumph of Italy's fast-rising...

The Latest: Democrat Gualtieri new Italian economy minister

Sep. 4, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italian government politics (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Roberto Gualtieri, 53, a Democrat who now chairs the European Parliament's economic affairs commission has been named Italy's new economy minister, as Premier Giuseppe Conte unveiled his new Cabinet. Gualtieri will have the...

The Latest: Queen approves request to suspend Parliament

Aug. 29, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Ireland's foreign minister says it's too late to renegotiate Britain's departure deal from the European Union. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday reiterated Ireland's opposition to the EU renegotiating the Brexit agreement approved by...

Timeline of key past and expected events related to Brexit

Aug. 28, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A timeline of key events since Britain voted to leave the European Union and Brexit-related actions expected before the country's slated Oct. 31 departure date: June 23, 2016: A U.K. referendum on EU membership has 52% of voters in favor of withdrawing. March 29, 2017: The British...