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No progress reported in Poland-EU standoff over courts

Jun. 18, 2018 7:36 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A top European Union official and the Polish prime minister have not reported any progress after a meeting aimed at breaking an impasse over changes to the Polish courts that the EU says violate European democratic standards. Frans Timmermans, the European Commission's first...

Disputed policies on migrants are the top threat to EU unity

Jun. 16, 2018 9:58 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Forget Brexit or a looming trans-Atlantic trade war. The diplomatic spat this week among Italy, Malta and France over who should take responsibility for some 630 people rescued at sea shows that the biggest challenge Europe faces today is migration. It's not about the hundreds of thousands...

EU Commission says Greece needs help easing debt load

Jun. 15, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece will need a "credible package" of measures to help deal with its oversize debt as it leaves its eight-year international bailout program in August, the European Commission's vice president said Friday. Helping Greece manage its debt, which stands at just under 180 percent of...

Polish court rules against man who wouldn't serve LGBT group

Jun. 15, 2018 1:21 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Supreme Court ruled Thursday against a print shop employee who refused to print banners for an LGBT business group because he did not want to "promote" the gay rights movement. The country's top court said it was upholding the ruling of a lower court. The Regional Court in...

Greece clears last batch of reforms needed to exit bailout

Jun. 14, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek lawmakers approved Thursday the last batch of economic reforms required by creditors, as the country approaches the end of its international bailout. Lawmakers in the 300-member parliament voted 154-144 to approve the bill, with two deputies not present. The legislation includes...

The Latest: Greek parliament approves final bailout reforms

Jun. 14, 2018 10:18 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on Greece's effort to exit its bailout program (all times local): 5:15 p.m. Greek lawmakers have approved the final batch of creditor-mandated economic reforms as the end of their country's international bailout approaches. The lawmakers voted 154-144 in parliament Thursday...

Ex-Polish leaders ask EU to defend Poland's democracy

Jun. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Ex-Polish President Lech Walesa and several other former leaders appealed Wednesday to the European Union to help defend the rule of law in their country under a populist government that is overhauling the judiciary. In a statement published in the daily Gazeta Wyborcza, the former...

Her life saved, Bulgarian cow Penka waits to rejoin herd

Jun. 13, 2018 9:06 AM EDT

KOPILOVTSI, Bulgaria (AP) — Swatting away the flies with her long tail, Penka the cow happily munches on hay, unaware of the international stir she has caused. The cow from the Bulgarian village of Kopilovtsi has won fame and Europe-wide support since she wandered into neighboring Serbia for two weeks last...

The Latest: Head of UN hopes Macedonia deal will be a model

Jun. 12, 2018 5:48 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the long-running name dispute between Greece and neighboring Macedonia (all times local): 11:50 p.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is welcoming the agreement between Greece and Macedonia to end their longstanding dispute over the Macedonia name as "a...

EU, IMF warn of US protectionism, back multilateral trade

Jun. 11, 2018 3:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Leaders of the International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organization and other agencies warned Monday that American protectionism could cause global economic damage, while the European Union backed a Group of Seven declaration that U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly refused to join. At a...