Latest European Council News

The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

Jun. 22, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on The United States and Iran's tensions over the shoot-down of a massive U.S. drone (all times local): 8:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion...

Europeans urge US, Iran to step back from confrontation

Jun. 21, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders are being guarded in their responses to the deepening tensions between the United States and Iran, urging both sides to step back from confrontation. Influential European countries have for months been steering a delicate path between Washington and Tehran, ever since...

Macron says 3 candidates for top EU job have been ruled out

Jun. 21, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron declared Friday that three top candidates to become head of the European Union's powerful executive arm, the European Commission, have been ruled out of the race by the bloc's leaders, but other leaders weren't so sure. Speaking after a summit with his EU...

EU leaders push for eurozone budget funding solutions

Jun. 21, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday urged the 19 countries that use the euro currency to quickly figure out how they would fund a joint budget that would seek to stabilize strengthen the single currency zone. The idea of a eurozone budget, which is being championed by French President Emmanuel...

EU rules out reopening Brexit deal whoever replaces May

Jun. 21, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union insisted Friday that it will not reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement with the U.K. government whoever succeeds Theresa May as British prime minister. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the EU's executive Commission, said the bloc's leaders were unanimous in the view...

EU leaders fail to agree on 2050 climate goal

Jun. 20, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed Thursday to back a plan to make the bloc's economy carbon neutral by 2050 in spite of promises to protesters across the continent to fight harder against climate change. Ahead of a U.N. meeting in the fall, the proposal was relegated to a non-binding footnote...

EU to chair high-level meeting on Iran nuclear deal June 28

Jun. 20, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will chair a meeting of the nations involved in the embattled Iran nuclear deal in Vienna on June 28. Besides the EU, the meeting will be attended by high-level representatives from China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran, the bloc said Thursday in a statement....

EU fails to reach top jobs deal, will try again June 30

Jun. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to reach a deal early Friday on candidates for a full slate of the bloc's top jobs and announced a special summit for June 30 to try and break the deadlock. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the issue was still far too complicated to reconcile...

The Latest: Juncker: filling Europe's top jobs won't be easy

Jun. 20, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the EU summit on the candidates for the bloc's top jobs (all times local): 2:20 a.m. European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will have to wait at least one more week before he finds out about his successor at the helm of Europe's executive arm. Although he is...

EU leaders fail to reach deal on candidates for top jobs and announce special summit for June 30

Jun. 20, 2019 7:48 PM EDT
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders fail to reach deal on candidates for top jobs and announce special summit for June 30.