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EU accepts Apple pledge to let rivals access 'tap to pay' iPhone tech to resolve antitrust case

Jul. 11, 2024 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union on Thursday accepted Apple’s pledge to open its “tap to pay” iPhone payment system to rivals as a way to resolve an antitrust case and head off a potentially hefty fine. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm and top antitrust...

European Union adds porn site XNXX to list of online platforms facing strictest digital scrutiny

Jul. 11, 2024 02:32 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union said Wednesday it's adding the porn site XNXX to its list of online services facing the strictest level of scrutiny under the bloc's digital regulations including measures requiring users to verify their ages. It's the fourth porn site to be...

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...

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,...

NATO appoints outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte as its next secretary-general

Jun. 26, 2024 04:42 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO appointed Mark Rutte as its next secretary-general on Wednesday, putting the outgoing Dutch prime minister in charge of the world’s biggest security organization at a critical time for European security as war rages in Ukraine. Rutte’s appointment was...

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...

NATO approves a plan to speed security aid and training to Ukraine's beleaguered armed forces

Jun. 14, 2024 09:00 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO defense ministers on Friday approved a plan to provide reliable long-term security aid and military training for Ukraine after delays in Western deliveries of funds, arms and ammunition helped invading Russian forces to seize the initiative on the battlefield. ...

The European Union moves to hike tariffs on Chinese electric car imports, escalating trade spat

Jun. 12, 2024 06:27 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union moved Wednesday to hike tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, escalating a trade dispute over Beijing's subsidies for the exports that Brussels worries is hurting domestic automakers. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said it would...

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...

Complex coalition talks loom in Belgium after Flemish nationalist parties win federal election

Jun. 10, 2024 04:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Flemish nationalist parties dominated general elections in Belgium on Sunday as Prime minister Alexander De Croo’s liberal party took a hit, with difficult coalition talks to form a new government now looming. Despite polls predicting that the far-right,...