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Next EU chief defends NATO after Macron criticism

Nov. 8, 2019 2:31 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The president-elect of the European Union's executive Commission is defending NATO after French President Macron claimed that a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the military alliance's "brain death." Ursula von der Leyen didn't explicitly address Macron's criticism in a speech Friday but...

European Commission president: US auto tariffs not expected

Nov. 8, 2019 2:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he does not think U.S. President Donald Trump will impose new tariffs targeting European automobiles. The Trump administration has already imposed tariffs that have hit European Union steel, aluminum and agricultural products,...

Macron's China visit underscores economic tensions

Nov. 4, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — With major economies locked in disputes over trade, France's president started a visit to China by announcing that the EU had struck a deal with the country to better protect agricultural products like wine and cheese from counterfeiting. Emmanuel Macron's visit is timed to ease some of the...

The Latest: EU Council president will recommend Brexit delay

Oct. 22, 2019 10:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:35 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk says he will recommend that the EU grant Britain's request for an extension to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline. Tusk tweeted Tuesday that he will urge the other 27 EU nations to approve Britain's delay....

EU fails to launch membership talks with Balkans hopefuls

Oct. 18, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Friday to agree on launching membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in an embarrassing climb-down that could risk inflaming the volatile Balkans region. The two countries had expected to receive a green light to begin negotiations on joining...

As Britain battles to leave the EU, others struggle to join

Oct. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As Britain battles to leave the European Union, two countries from the Balkans were struggling to be allowed in Friday, despite warnings that turning them away would tarnish the EU's reputation and could risk inflaming the volatile region. Albania and North Macedonia were expecting this...

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

Oct. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's career of disdain for the European Union was a thing of the past on Thursday as he and the bloc's leaders celebrated their long-sought Brexit deal. He now faces an opponent closer to home: his own Parliament. With the ink barely dry on the proposal and...

The Latest: EU lawmakers might not OK Brexit deal by Oct. 31

Oct. 17, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The European Parliament's chief Brexit official says the EU legislature will take its full time to carefully examine and approve any divorce deal for Britain. Belgian lawmaker Guy Verhofstadt tells The Associated Press that could well spill...

Saturday drama: Brexit battle to be decided in UK Parliament

Oct. 17, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has lost every important vote in Parliament since taking office, faces a titanic struggle Saturday when he puts his Brexit deal with the European Union before suspicious legislators. Johnson is gambling his political fortunes on being able to win a...

EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Oct. 15, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, amid stiff opposition to the move from France. "It was not a moment of glory for Europe," Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn told reporters in Luxembourg...