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European Union soon to discuss enlargement procedure

Jan. 24, 2020 9:07 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The President of the European Council said on Friday the bloc will be holding intensive discussions in the coming weeks on how future enlargement should be managed. Charles Michel, who was in the Albanian capital, Tirana, to meet with Prime Minister Edi Rama, said all member...

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, center, looks at European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni, front left, and European Central Bank Vice President Luis de Guindos, front right, as he arrives to an European Finance Ministers meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Germany says UK will face costs from Brexit

Jan. 24, 2020 8:26 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — German finance minister says he is confident that his country won’t suffer from Brexit but that Britain will inevitably face “consequences” from its decision to leave the European Union. At a panel at the World Economic Forum, Olaf Scholz said Britain’s...

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell talks to journalists during a news conference after an European Foreign Affairs meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU seeks more time in effort to resolve Iran nuclear dispute

Jan. 24, 2020 8:25 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat said Friday that more time is required to unravel a dispute between countries involved in the Iran nuclear agreement. On Jan. 15, Britain, France and Germany reluctantly triggered the accord's dispute resolution mechanism to force Iran into...

Bulgaria to expel two Russian diplomats suspected of spying

Jan. 24, 2020 8:17 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Two Russian diplomats accused of spying by Bulgarian prosecutors will be declared persona non grata and expelled from the country, Bulgaria's foreign minister said Friday. Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that her office had received the letters from the prosecutors with the...

U.S. President Donald Trump's envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Ambassador Richard Grenell speaks during a press conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Grenell is meeting Serbian President Vucic in order to move the dialogue and normalize relations between the two sides.(AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

US envoy urges Serbia, Kosovo to drop obstacles to talks

Jan. 24, 2020 7:28 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s special envoy for talks between Serbia and Kosovo said Friday that the two Balkan rivals must remove obstacles that have blocked negotiations for more than a year. Kosovo must drop the 100% trade tax on Serbian goods, while Belgrade has to stop...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, front centre, with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, 2nd left, applaud during the opening ceremony of a Turkish-German university's new campus, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Merkel is meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Friday for talks that are expected to focus on the future of a migration deal between Turkey and the EU that helped decrease refugee flows to Europe. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Germany's Merkel in Turkey for talks with Erdogan

Jan. 24, 2020 5:15 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the “environment of chaos” in Libya threatens to affect the whole Mediterranean basin and urged international pressure to force the head of Libya's eastern-based forces to abide by a tentative truce. Erdogan made the...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 22, 1990, file photo, Britain's then Treasury chief John Major outside Parliament after he announced he would stand to replace Margaret Thatcher as prime minister. He won and sought to mend fences with the then European Community while still negotiating an opt-out to keep Britain out of the euro single currency. On Jan. 31, 2020, Britain is scheduled to leave what became known as the European Union after 47 years of membership. (AP Photo/Robin Nowacki, File)

Britain's EU Journey: When Major got an opt-out from euro

Jan. 24, 2020 5:09 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. Difficult negotiations setting out the new relationship between Britain and its European neighbors will continue throughout...

Top EU officials sign Brexit deal in closed door ceremony

Jan. 24, 2020 4:51 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of two of the European Union’s main institutions on Friday signed the divorce agreement governing Britain’s departure from the bloc next week, sealing the penultimate step in Brexit at a ceremony held without media access. European Council President Charles Michel...

People holding a Poland and European Union flags take part in a protest outside Poland's parliament building as lawmakers voted to approve the much-criticized legislation that allows politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. Poland's lawmakers gave their final approval Thursday to legislation that will allow politicians to fire judges who criticize their decisions, a change that European legal experts warn will undermine judicial independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Legal chaos deepens in Poland in new challenge for the EU

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland following the passing of legislation that will allow the government to fire judges whose rulings it does not like — even when those rulings respect EU law. That development, and the government's defiance of a Supreme Court...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019 file photo, Vice President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the United Nations headquarters. A secretive meeting this week at Madrid's international airport between two prominent officials from Spain and Rodriguez triggered a political storm on Jan. 23, 2020, with conservative parties pressing Spain's left-wing government for full disclosure. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)

Spain-Venezuela encounter by tarmac unleashes speculation

Jan. 23, 2020 6:49 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A secretive meeting this week by the tarmac of Madrid's international airport between two prominent officials from Spain and Venezuela triggered a political storm on Thursday, with conservative parties pressing Spain's left-wing government for full disclosure. Venezuelan Vice President Delcy...