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Party leader calls LGBT rights an imported threat to Poland

Apr. 25, 2019 4:29 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The chairman of Poland's conservative ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the Polish nation. Kaczynski, a member of parliament who wields tremendous influence as leader of the Law and Justice party, also said during a...

Europe's far-right leaders campaign in Prague for EU vote

Apr. 25, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Europe's far-right political leaders campaigned Thursday in Prague, calling migration and Islam major threats to Europe as they sought to rally support ahead of the European Parliament elections next month. Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Rally party and Geert Wilders,...

German Greens won't back aspiring EU head who woos far right

Apr. 25, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on support from the far right. Populist and far-right parties critical of the EU are expected to make gains in the...

Albania opposition blocks highways in its anti-govt protest

Apr. 25, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian opposition members have blocked national highways in their latest protest of a government they accuse of being corrupt and linked to organized crime, claims the government denies. Supporters of the center-right Democratic Party-led opposition blocked five separate crossroads...

Spain election dominated by uncertainty, splintered right

Apr. 25, 2019 4:29 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The outcome of Spain's election on Sunday is anyone's guess. A substantial pool of voters is still undecided. The country's traditional parties have been diluted. And a rising populist party has splintered the right. The ballot will be Spain's third parliamentary election in less...

AP Interview: Slovenia leader warns EU to counter populism

Apr. 23, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's liberal prime minister, whose government has kept an anti-immigrant party at bay in the small nation, warned on Tuesday that the European Union needs new, more efficient leadership to successfully counter a populist surge and the mounting influence of Russia and China....

AP Interview: Weber warns populists to back a united Europe

Apr. 23, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEMEA, Greece (AP) — The leading conservative candidate in next month's European Parliament elections says he would like to see Britain stay in the European Union and warned populist parties in Europe that they would have no place in the EU's largest political bloc unless they shared its vision of an...

UK's May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break

Apr. 23, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced renewed pressure Tuesday from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers returned to Parliament — and to Brexit wrangling — after an 11-day Easter break. Britain's European Union exit, long scheduled to take place last month,...

The Latest: Boris Johnson's sister running for pro-EU party

Apr. 23, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The sister of leading Brexit supporter Boris Johnson is running for the European Parliament for a British pro-EU party. Journalist Rachel Johnson is among candidates for Change U.K., a newly formed party...

Former French PM Fillon and wife to stand corruption trial

Apr. 23, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Investigating judges have ordered that former Prime Minister Francois Fillon and his wife stand trial on corruption charges, a judicial official said on Tuesday. Fillon, who served as prime minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy from 2007 to 2012, was at one point the front-runner in...