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Far-right groups from France and Hungary to lead a new political force in the European Parliament

Jul. 08, 2024 13:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Far-right parties from 12 countries, including France’s National Rally and Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, announced on Monday that they have joined together to form a new bloc in the European Parliament and plan to become a major political force. The European...

Macron weakened at home and abroad as an early French election gives the far right momentum

Jun. 30, 2024 03:12 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron once appeared as a bold, young leader offering to revive France through radical pro-business, pro-European policies, leaving voters with “no reason anymore” to vote for the extremes. Seven years after he was first elected, his call for an...

Hungary's populist Orbán to take over EU presidency as many issues hang in the balance

Jun. 30, 2024 02:52 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — When Hungary takes over the helm of the European Union on July 1, many politicians in Brussels will have the same thing on their minds: whether populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will use the role to further his reputation as the bloc’s main spoiler. ...

EU leaders have tapped their top brass. Von der Leyen must win over parliament to keep her job

Jun. 28, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s leaders this week agreed with surprising speed on a trio of top jobs, tapping European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a second term, Portugal’s António Costa as European Council President, and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas as their top diplomat....

Von der Leyen, Costa and Kallas endorsed for the EU's top jobs. Here's who they are and what they do

Jun. 27, 2024 21:45 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following the elections for EU Parliament, European Union leaders have agreed on the officials who will hold the key positions in the world’s biggest trading bloc in the coming years for issues ranging from antitrust investigations to foreign policy. The three...

Ukraine's leader urges EU leaders to make good on their arms promises as a security pact is signed

Jun. 27, 2024 12:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine’s president called on European Union leaders on Thursday to live up to their promises to provide military equipment to his war-ravaged country, as the bloc pledged to support the government in Kyiv long term. “Fulfilment of every promise is important,...

EU nations agree to start membership negotiations next week with Ukraine and Moldova

Jun. 21, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union agreed Friday to start membership negotiations with embattled Ukraine and Moldova, another step in the nations' long journey to move closer to the West and mute Russia's influence. Belgium, which currently holds the presidency of the EU, said...

EU criticizes France for excessive debt, putting pressure on Macron during election campaign

Jun. 19, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm on Wednesday criticized France for running up excessive debt, a stinging rebuke at the height of an election campaign where President Emmanuel Macron is facing a strong challenge from the extreme right and the left. The EU...

EU leaders break off talks on top job nominees without result

Jun. 17, 2024 18:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaders of European Union countries reached no final agreement on candidates for the bloc's top jobs Monday, but several praised the record of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, and she appeared on track to secure their endorsement later this month for a second...

These candidates who won seats in the European Parliament this week aren't who you might expect

Jun. 11, 2024 02:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — He has no political experience. No high-profile endorsements. No party affiliation. What Fidias Panayiotou does have are 2.6 million followers on YouTube and more on TikTok. And now he has won a seat in the European Parliament representing Cyprus, one of several...