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Albania PM optimistic of world support on quake recovery

Dec. 4, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit...

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’s Tusk, Juncker bow out, new team to move in

Nov. 29, 2019 8:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The two men who have personified the European Union across the world in recent years are bowing out on Friday. As of Sunday, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will be replaced by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen at the head of the EU executive, and Belgium’s Charles...

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...

French farmers protest stagnant revenues, unfair competition

Nov. 27, 2019 11:37 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Rumbling two by two down the ring road around Paris, disgruntled French farmers drove their tractors to the capital Wednesday to protest stagnant revenues and what they say is unfair global competition. The protest snarled traffic in the Paris area from daybreak to nightfall, as farmers from...

New EU Commission chief promises ambitious agenda

Nov. 27, 2019 7:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU Commission President said Wednesday her ambitious agenda at the head of the European Union’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change. Ursula von der Leyen told the EU plenary in Strasbourg, France, shortly before she and her...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

The Latest: EU launches action against UK over commissioner

Nov. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s failure to name a candidate for the new European Commission. (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The European Union has launched legal action against the United Kingdom following the country's decision not to name a candidate for the bloc's executive arm. The EU...

EU chief Juncker's aneurysm operation has been successful

Nov. 13, 2019 7:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The spokeswoman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he is recovering well from an aneurysm operation and is expected to leave intensive care later Wednesday. Mina Andreeva said that "his return to office will depend on the speed of his recovery." The 64-year-old is...

3 new candidates for European Commission clear 1st hurdle

Nov. 12, 2019 9:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three new candidates for the European Commission have cleared a first hurdle in their nomination process after lawmakers scrutinizing possible conflicts of interest gave the go-ahead on Tuesday. The new Commission — the powerful executive arm of the European Union that proposes laws...