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Germany: Merkel's partners give coalition 'realistic chance'

Dec. 6, 2019 1:11 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's junior governing party is giving Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition a “realistic chance” of survival, one of its new leaders said Friday before winning a mandate to seek new concessions. The party rejected a call to leave the government immediately. A congress of the...

Farage’s Brexit Party hit by split a week before UK election

Dec. 5, 2019 11:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — One week before Britain votes in a national election, fractures were emerging Thursday within jittery political parties unsure how a volatile electorate will judge them. The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which became the U.K.’s top party in European elections earlier this year, saw...

EU deputy: Not a bad idea to question Malta PM in slaying

Dec. 4, 2019 2:37 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The head of an EU lawmaker mission to Malta on Wednesday suggested that police question the Maltese premier about the car bombing that killed a journalist investigating possible corruption in his government. “I think that it is a matter for the police to decide, but ... I...

Lagarde: Eurozone growth is weak, stimulus working

Dec. 2, 2019 11:59 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — New European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said Monday that economic growth “remains weak” in the 19 countries that use the euro but gave no indication she is contemplating adding to the stimulus enacted by her predecessor, Mario Draghi. Lagarde said in...

New EU leaders take office vowing to tackle climate change

Dec. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new team of leaders took office at the helm of the European Union on Sunday, pledging to put the fight against climate change at the top of their agenda and foster European unity despite the likely departure of Britain from the 28-nation bloc. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen...

EU Parliament declares climate “emergency” in symbolic move

Nov. 28, 2019 9:13 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s legislature declared a climate “emergency” on Thursday in a symbolic bid to push the issue as high as possible on the agenda of the EU’s executive team. The parliament voted 429/225 with 19 abstentions to call the increasing environmental...

Outcry in Poland as case against gallows protest dropped

Nov. 26, 2019 9:57 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Prosecutors in southern Poland faced criticism Tuesday for dropping a case against a group of far-right activists who in 2017 strung photos on makeshift gallows of six liberal Polish European Parliament members. Critics and the lawmakers involved condemned the decision by Katowice...

Once-jailed Ukraine filmmaker warns Europe against Putin

Nov. 26, 2019 7:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A year after he won Europe’s top human rights award, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov finally picked up the prize Tuesday, following his release from a Russian prison where he was held on terror charges. Accepting the Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France,...

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Nov. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early next year. Donald...

Key European party’s new leader blasts autocrats in group

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the largest party in the European Parliament launched a scathing attack Wednesday against autocratic and populist leaderships within the group’s ranks. Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the opening of the two-day congress in...