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Former Dutch PM Wim Kok dies at 80, haunted by Srebrenica

Oct. 20, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80. Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Kok, who died Saturday, "was a man to...

Italy approves final budget draft yet vows dialogue with EU

Oct. 20, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets. Premier Giuseppe Conte said the budget plan was...

EU court orders Poland to reinstate Supreme Court judges

Oct. 19, 2018 1:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's top court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop applying a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing some 20 off the bench. The interim injunction from the European Court of Justice also obliges EU member Poland to reinstate the...

EU budget chief seeks to ease tensions with Italy

Oct. 19, 2018 1:13 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Union's budget chief sought to ease tensions with Rome on Friday over Italy's rule-busting budget, after markets reacted by pushing up Italy's borrowing costs to the highest levels in five years. Pierre Moscovici told reporters in Rome that he did not see a risk of contagion in...

Facebook recruits EU veteran to help with tougher scrutiny

Oct. 19, 2018 12:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has hired former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global policy and communications teams, enlisting a veteran of European Union politics to help it with increased regulatory scrutiny in the region and snowballing challenges to its reputation. Clegg, 51, will become a...

The Latest: EU official tries to calm Italian budget dispute

Oct. 19, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Latest on Italy's spat with the European Union over its budget (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The EU's budget chief says that the European Commission won't interfere with Italy's economic policies and called for disagreements over the draft budget to be resolved in an "intelligent and serene...

Spain considers new taxes on internet companies

Oct. 19, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government wants to introduce new taxes on big internet companies and on financial transactions as a way of paying for improved pensions and public services. The proposed tax on digital services will be levied on companies with annual revenue of more than 750 million euros...

Italian markets hit by concerns over budget spat

Oct. 19, 2018 5:56 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's financial markets are shaken following the European Union's stinging rebuke of the new populist government's budget bill, which pushes the deficit far beyond previously agreed levels. Italy's government borrowing rose, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year bond on Friday hitting its...

The Latest: EU voices concerns over Italy's budget deficit

Oct. 18, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Italy's plans to ramp up public spending (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The European Commission has chastised Italy for a spending plan that will raise its deficit to three times that which was previously agreed, calling the deviation "unprecedented in the history" of the EU's...

EU chief plays down trans-Atlantic trade rift concerns

Oct. 18, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is playing down trans-Atlantic trade tensions after U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross accused the EU of dragging its feet in exploratory trade talks. Amid fears of an all-out trade war, Juncker met U.S. President Donald Trump in July to...