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The Latest: German minister confirmed for top EU post

Jul. 16, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU parliament vote on European Commission president (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The European Union's parliament has confirmed German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to be the new president of the EU's executive commission. The European Parliament voted 383-327 vote...

Georgia will 'wait and see' if Putin's softer tone lasts

Jul. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Georgia's president says she'll "wait and see" how a debate in Russia about possible new sanctions against her country will pan out as she cautiously welcomed conciliatory comments from President Vladimir Putin as preferable to "threats." Salome Zurabishvili spoke to The Associated Press in...

EU chief struggles to sell job winners to hostile lawmakers

Jul. 4, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk appealed Thursday to hostile lawmakers to endorse a raft of nominees for some of the EU's most coveted jobs amid accusations that he and the bloc's leaders hand-picked the candidates in a series of shady backroom deals. Two days after one of the...

'Perfect gender balance' as EU leaders decide on top jobs

Jul. 2, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time, European Union leaders nominated women for half of the top positions they filled Tuesday to lead the world's biggest trade bloc. And the women were picked for what are arguably the two most important jobs of the four posts: heading the EU's executive Commission and...

The Latest: Macron looks at Brexit as EU picks new leaders

Jul. 2, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 10:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says a no-deal Brexit "remains a possible option" but it shouldn't be feared. The European Union is getting new leadership by late fall but an Oct. 30 deadline for Britain's departure from...

EU leaders break deadlock, nominate candidates for top posts

Jul. 2, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — After three days of arduous negotiations, European Union leaders broke a deadlock Tuesday and nominated German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the new president of the bloc's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, one of two women named to top EU posts for the...

Analysis: EU leaders leader fail again to share out top jobs

Jul. 1, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders let their people down Monday. And now they're hoping some sleep will help them save face and wrap up a never-ending summit that has turned into a massive embarrassment. After a choppy few years, they had a precious opportunity to show unity as they huddled to make...

The Latest: Merkel backs extra time for EU's top jobs

Jul. 1, 2019 7:25 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 1:25 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's worth spending a little more time to achieve as broad a consensus as possible on the European Union's future leadership. Merkel said after EU leaders put off their quest to fill...

EU leaders struggle to agree on candidates for top jobs

Jul. 1, 2019 1:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Marathon talks of European Union leaders dragged into a second day Monday as they sought to narrow a list of candidates for key posts at the helm of the 28-nation bloc amid deep divisions over how to best balance political, geographic and gender considerations. With the selection process...

G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

Jun. 28, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth. "A free and open economy is the basis for peace and...