Latest European Union News

The Latest: EU refers Hungarian asylum policies to court

Jul. 19, 2018 7:20 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 1:20 p.m. The European Union's executive body says it is referring Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU because of its failure to comply with EU asylum rules. The European Commission said Thursday that it is also opening...

UK pound falls to lowest in 10 months as retail sales drop

Jul. 19, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British pound has fallen below $1.30 for the first time in ten months after disappointing retail sales news raised further questions over whether the Bank of England will raise interest rates next month. In midday trading Thursday, the pound was down 0.6 percent at $1.2992. Over the past...

Radio Free Europe to resume broadcasts in Romania, Bulgaria

Jul. 19, 2018 6:10 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Radio Free Europe said Thursday that it will resume news services in Romania and Bulgaria in a bid to debunk fake news and combat poor-quality journalism. The U.S. Congress-funded station will return to the two southeastern European countries, both European Union and NATO members,...

EU to hit back if US imposes tariffs on car imports

Jul. 19, 2018 6:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is already preparing measures to retaliate against the U.S. if President Donald Trump imposes tariffs on imported cars and auto parts. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Thursday that the 28-nation bloc would be forced to impose more "rebalancing...

Turkey debates new terror bill as state of emergency ends

Jul. 19, 2018 5:59 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish parliamentary committee on Thursday began deliberations on new anti-terror legislation that the government says is aimed at dealing with continued security threats, following the lifting of a two-year-long state of emergency. The state of emergency, declared days after a...

Macedonian PM reveals question for referendum on name change

Jul. 19, 2018 3:18 AM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's prime minister has announced the question his country's citizens will face in a referendum this fall on a recent deal with Greece changing the country's name to "North Macedonia". Zoran Zaev said late Wednesday after a meeting with political party leaders that the...

Asian stocks drift as investors await fresh moves on trade

Jul. 19, 2018 12:50 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were drifting Thursday in mixed trading as investors awaited further moves in global trade disputes. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 added 0.2 percent to 22,839.59, while South Korea's Kospi shed 0.2 percent to 2,285.99. Hong Kong's Hang Seng edged 0.1...

EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

Jul. 19, 2018 12:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers — that is, if handset manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening. The European Commission on Wednesday fined Google a record $5...

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

Jul. 18, 2018 9:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition...

Auto industry cries foul as Trump moves toward car tariffs

Jul. 18, 2018 4:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having started a trade war with China and enraged U.S. allies with steel tariffs, President Donald Trump is primed for his next fight. He is targeting a product at the heart of the American experience: cars. Trump's latest plan is to consider slapping tariffs on imported autos and auto...