Latest European Commission News

EU court rules annuls regulator move to block UPS-TNT merger

Jan. 16, 2019 4:36 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court says a decision by anti-trust regulators to block a merger between U.S. delivery giant UPS and Dutch firm TNT must be annulled. The European Court of Justice confirmed Wednesday a lower court finding that UPS's rights to defense were infringed by the European...

UK's May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

Jan. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple her government. The defeat was widely expected, but the scale of the House of...

The Latest: Macron tells Britain "good luck" with Brexit

Jan. 15, 2019 8:38 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is casting doubt on chances the European Union will renegotiate Britain's exit deal after British lawmakers roundly rejected the one their government reached with the EU. Macron...

EU executive wants to remove member states veto power on tax

Jan. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union's executive is proposing to get rid of the veto power that member states can wield on EU taxation issues. The idea is to make it easier to react more quickly to tax scandals, such as sweet deals that some states have allegedly given to big companies. The...

The Latest: May says Brexit won't see workers' rights cut

Jan. 14, 2019 7:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:55 a.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to win support for her European Union divorce deal by promising that her government won't try to water down environmental standards and workers' rights after Brexit. The commitment is an attempt to...

UK leader in frantic final push to win Brexit deal backing

Jan. 14, 2019 6:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May made a frantic last push Monday to swing lawmakers' support behind her seemingly doomed Brexit deal, warning that its defeat risked scuttling the U.K.'s departure from the European Union and "betraying the vote of the British people." May claimed to have...

EU offers UK helping hand, but no reopening of Brexit deal

Jan. 11, 2019 11:14 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — European Union officials are working with Britain on ways to help Prime Minister Theresa May avoid a no-deal British departure from the bloc, although an EU leader insisted Friday that his helping hand won't include any renegotiation of the Brexit divorce deal. As speculation grew...

EU OKs Poland's wild boar slaughter to fight swine disease

Jan. 11, 2019 11:06 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The European Union's executive body is supporting Poland's slaughter of wild boars as a way of protecting farm pigs and meat production from the deadly African swine fever. The government's decision to shoot some 200,000 wild boars this hunting season has drawn wide public protests...

Juncker: Romania political feuding may mar its EU presidency

Jan. 11, 2019 9:36 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top European Union official on Friday warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because "pointless...

The Latest: Police, military seen near Congo opposition area

Jan. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo's presidential election results. All times local: 7:35 p.m. As night falls in Congo, scores of police with automatic rifles and tear gas launchers are positioned along a road in the capital leading to Limete, a stronghold of opposition candidate Martin Fayulu....