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Migrants use a trash bin to move their belongings from the burned Moria refugee camp to a new army-built facility in Kara Tepe on the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greece: Police move more homeless migrants to new tent camp

Sep. 18, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday relocated more than a thousand more migrants who had been homeless since fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp last week amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. The number of people moved to the new army-built camp on the island...

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli participate in a media conference on the EU anti-racism Action Plan at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys, Pool)

EU unveils plan to combat racism, increase diversity

Sep. 18, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission presented a series of measures Friday aimed at tackling structural racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity among the European Union's institutions. The bloc's executive arm set out its action plan for the next five years, which includes...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Justice minister accuses EU of 'attack' on Polish democracy

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's justice minister accused the European Union of waging an “attack on democracy" after the European Parliament passed a resolution criticizing lax adherence to the rule of law and discrimination against women, LGBT people and minorities in the EU member-state. Justice...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU chief says UK cannot change EU-UK withdrawal agreement

Sep. 16, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The president of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday that the United Kingdom cannot unilaterally change the bilateral Brexit agreement without destroying global trust in the country. Insisting that chances for a future trade deal were slipping away by the day, European...

Suspects, all from Afghanistan escorted by plain clothes policemen and wearing face masks, arrive at a court in Mytilene, the capital of the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The government says the fires in Moria refugee camp were set deliberately by the Afghan migrants protesting a coronavirus lockdown, and authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of six suspect, include two 17-year-olds, in the case. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas)

Greece: 4 Afghans charged with arson for fire at Lesbos camp

Sep. 16, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Four Afghan migrants were formally charged with arson Wednesday for their alleged involvement in fires that destroyed most of a large refugee camp on Greece's eastern island of Lesbos, authorities said. The men, who have not been named, were led to a court on the island and later...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (AP Photo, Francisco Seco)

Official says Polish 'LGBT-free zones' have no place in EU

Sep. 16, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official strongly denounced the stigmatization of LGBT people by authorities in Poland, saying on Wednesday that “LGBT-free zones” that have been declared in parts of the country have no place in the EU. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen,...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

Top EU official proposes new 2030 target to reduce emissions

Sep. 16, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official proposed a more ambitious target Wednesday for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, setting a reduction goal of at least 55% by 2030 compared to the current target of 40%. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen predicted the new target...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses the plenary during her first State of the Union speech at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen will set out her vision of the future in her first State of the European Union address to the EU legislators. Weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and the departure of the United Kingdom, she will center her speech on how the bloc should adapt to the challenges of the future, including global warming, the switch to a digital economy and immigration. (AP Photo, Francisco Seco)

EU wants better coordination on virus, announces summit

Sep. 16, 2020 6:07 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the bloc must rise above its fragmented approach on dealing with the coronavirus by centralizing more decision-making on health issues. She also told EU legislators that Italy will host a global health summit next year,...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during an online press conference with European Council President Charles Michel and German Chancellor Angela Merkel following an EU-China virtual summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Michel, Merkel and Von der Leyen had talks in a videoconference with China's President Xi Jinping. (Yves Herman/Pool Photo via AP)

EU presses China on market access, human rights

Sep. 14, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Monday urged China to further open its markets up to European companies and prove that it really does want to secure an investment agreement this year with the bloc, its largest trading partner. After a two-hour video conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU...

EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier , second from left, arrives with his team at the Westminster Conference Centre in London, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. UK and EU officials begin the eighth round of Brexit negotiations in London. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Trade deal at risk as EU says UK must honor Brexit agreement

Sep. 9, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prospects of a trade deal between Britain and the European Union appeared to dim Wednesday, with the EU saying that even the smallest U.K. breach of the Brexit withdrawal treaty would undermine what little trust is left between the two sides. The warning came as Britain pushed ahead with...