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EU orders Poland to pay 70 million euros in spat over judges

Jan. 20, 2022 11:45 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union is ordering Poland to pay a fine of nearly 70 million euros ($80 million) for its failure to shut down a disciplinary chamber with the power to suspend or otherwise punish judges for their rulings, an official said Thursday. The move is just...

Russia announces sweeping naval drills amid Ukraine tensions

Jan. 20, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday announced sweeping naval drills in several parts of the world this month, and claimed the West is plotting “provocations” in neighboring Ukraine where the Kremlin has been accused of planning aggressive military action. Amid a buildup of an...

EU to subtract millions from funds to Poland over coal mine

Jan. 19, 2022 09:03 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union is starting the process to deduct millions of euros from payments to Poland in order to cover fines imposed on Warsaw for ignoring a court injunction to close down a coal mine, an official said Wednesday. The European Court of Justice ruled...

COVID contact means Michel can't be at EU parliament session

Jan. 19, 2022 05:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday became the second top-level European Union official who has had to pull out of the bloc’s parliament session because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. European Commission...

Malta legislator becomes 3rd female EU Parliament president

Jan. 18, 2022 06:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberta Metsola, a Christian Democrat from Malta, was elected president of the European Union’s parliament Tuesday, putting women in three of the four biggest jobs in the 27-nation bloc. Metsola succeeds Italian Socialist David Sassoli, who died last week. She is...

Eurogroup seeks path between high inflation, slower growth

Jan. 17, 2022 15:01 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Euro finance chiefs on Monday ventured into a high-wire political balancing act prompted by conflicting economic forces: a weaker growth outlook and stronger inflation. Finance ministers from the 19 nations that share the euro currency pledged continued budgetary...

EU chief scraps meetings because driver is COVID-19 positive

Jan. 17, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that she has canceled her in-person appointments at the European Parliament this week after her driver tested positive for COVID-19. Von der Leyen said she was already in Strasbourg, France, for the...

Romania pushes to add climate change education in schools

Jan. 15, 2022 02:56 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s president wants to add sections on climate change and environmental issues to the national school curriculum to enable students to learn more about the challenges the world faces from climate change. President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday launched...

UK says there is 'deal to be done' to resolve feud with EU

Jan. 14, 2022 12:46 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister expressed optimism Friday that there is a “deal to be done” to resolve a Northern Ireland trade dispute that has soured the U.K.’s relations with the European Union. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss struck an upbeat tone after her first...

EXPLAINER: How Europe is trying to deal with its gas crisis

Jan. 13, 2022 11:08 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s natural gas crisis isn't letting up. Reserves are low. Prices are high. Utility customers are facing expensive bills. Major Russian supplier Gazprom isn't selling gas like it used to. It all raises the question: How exactly is Europe, which...