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Brussels Jewish Museum attacker transferred to France

May. 17, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French leader of the 2014 attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels has been transferred to France in relation to the hostage taking of French journalists in Syria. A French judicial official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly on the...

Europe's far-right parties hunt down the youth vote

May. 16, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

BOKRIJK, Belgium (AP) — They are strikingly young, but emphatic that they should not be considered newcomers. Rather, they are claiming the mantle of Old Europe at its most traditional. Several of this year's far-right candidates in Europe are well under the age of 30 — just like some of their most...

Court orders ex-Belgian king to give DNA or faces fines

May. 16, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian appeals court has ruled that King Albert II, the country's former monarch, must pay 5,000 euros ($5,593) for each day that he refuses to provide DNA in a case brought by a woman who claims to be his love child. The Brussels court on Thursday ordered the 84-year-old to attend an...

EU calls for calm, warns US-Iran of conflict 'by accident'

May. 13, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European foreign ministers urged the United States and Iran to show restraint Monday amid fears of tensions tipping them easily into armed conflict, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed his counterparts on the threats Washington sees emanating from the Islamic republic. The foreign...

Correction: Pompeo story

May. 13, 2019 9:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 12 about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting with European officials to discuss Iran, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he had canceled a stop in Berlin to fly to Iran. He flew to Iraq, not Iran. A corrected version of the story is below: Pompeo skips Moscow...

EU elections primer: How they work, what could happen

May. 10, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — About 400 million Europeans from 28 countries will head to the polls May 23-26 to choose lawmakers to represent them at the European Parliament for the next five years. Here's a look at that massive exercise in democracy, a multi-national ballot by the European Union's only democratically...

Italy emerges as ground zero for European extremist populism

May. 3, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's populist interior minister is uniting Europe's right-wing parties under an anti-migrant, anti-Islam, anti-bureaucracy banner for this month's European Union elections, pledging to reshape the continent from its technocratic heart in the EU's base in Brussels. The latest target of...

Workers demand better protection from EU-wide rules

Apr. 26, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thousands of trade union members protested outside European Union headquarters to demand better working conditions and protections for employees after next month's EU-wide elections. Union delegates from across many of the bloc's 28 nations gathered for the peaceful march in Brussels on...

Japan's Abe talks trade with EU chiefs ahead of US visit

Apr. 25, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Japan and the European Union committed Thursday to fair and open trade and to respect rules-based international commerce in the face of what they see as increasing trade protectionism, particularly in the United States. At the talks in Brussels, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, EU...

EU moves to limit focus of trade talks with US

Apr. 15, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union approved Monday its terms for negotiating a new trade deal with the United States, but set up a possible show-down with Washington by refusing to include agricultural products in the talks. Making public the mandate for the EU's executive commission to conduct...