Latest European Commission News

With Boris Johnson tipped to win PM race, UK eyes rocky ride

Jul. 21, 2019 2:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain is getting a new prime minister. Buckle up for a rocky ride. On Tuesday, the U.K.'s governing Conservatives will announce the winner of a contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the party and the country. Just over three months later, on Oct. 31, Britain is scheduled to leave the...

EU to implement new monitoring system to enforce rule of law

Jul. 18, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union said Thursday it's implementing a new monitoring system to ensure that all member states are complying with the bloc's rule of law requirements. Frans Timmermans, a vice president at the executive European Commission, said in Brussels that an annual review of all 28...

Sea-Watch 3 captain calls for EU action on migrants rescues

Jul. 18, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — A German humanitarian ship captain who eluded an Italian effort to block her from docking at an Italian port with migrants onboard has called for the European Commission to do its best to avoid new political standoffs. Carola Rackete, captain of the Dutch-flagged Sea-Watch 3, was questioned by...

Greece gets nod from creditors to ease bailout-era taxes

Jul. 18, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Senior officials from Greece's creditor institutions are meeting in Athens with the country's new conservative government, which is planning to begin dismantling bailout-era taxes next month. Representatives of the European Commission, European Central Bank, the International Monetary...

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Make South America Great Again

Jul. 17, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Argentina (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro urged his South American colleagues Wednesday to borrow a slogan from Donald Trump and focus on making their own nations great rather than emphasizing regional brotherhood. "We don't want a 'Great homeland,'" the far-right Bolsonaro said at a...

With Big Tech's dominance under scrutiny, EU probes Amazon

Jul. 17, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — While the U.S. Congress talks about reining in big tech companies, Europe is taking action. The European Union said Wednesday it is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an unfair advantage, a decision that could lead to changes in how the internet's...

EU takes further step against Poland over judicial reforms

Jul. 17, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union has given Poland's government two months to reverse new disciplinary regulations the bloc says undermine the independence of the country's judges. Wednesday's notice from the European Commission, which is the EU's executive, is seen as a step toward sending the case...

AP FACT CHECK: UK leadership contenders make wild promises

Jul. 17, 2019 9:40 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Promises have been flying thick and fast in Britain's Conservative leadership race, ranging from the plausible to the wild. Contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt both say they will break the country's political deadlock over Brexit, take Britain out of the European Union, boost the economy...

Germany: leader of Merkel party takes over defense ministry

Jul. 17, 2019 6:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party took over Germany's defense ministry on Wednesday in a risky but potentially rewarding move, reversing her previous insistence that she wouldn't join the Cabinet. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeded Ursula von der Leyen, who was elected...

Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel's Cabinets

Jul. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot that saw her scrape through with nine votes beyond a necessary...