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No more Mr Europe: Macron forced to curb EU ambitions

May. 19, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron sees himself as Europe's savior, and this week's European Parliament elections as a make-or-break moment for the beleaguered European Union. But Macron is no longer the fresh-faced force who marched into a surprising presidential victory to the rhythm of the EU...

Tens of thousands rally against nationalism before EU votes

May. 19, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets Sunday in a number of European cities before May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament. Marches in Germany were held under the banner of "One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice...

EU elections: Weber, in Bulgaria, vows tough migration laws

May. 19, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A leading conservative candidate in next week's European Parliament elections has promised Bulgarians tight measures against illegal migration. Manfred Weber said in Sofia that "the state must win over the human traffickers in the fight against illegal migration." The center-right...

Austrian president eyes September as best time for new vote

May. 19, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Austria's president said the first few days of September would be the best time to hold an early election after a covert video scandal shook up the country's politics and warned that the government needed to remain capable of taking part in important European Union decisions in...

Italy's Salvini stakes out post as Europe's populist leader

May. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini led a rally of right-wing populist leaders Saturday seeking historic results in next week's European Parliament elections in their bid to transform European politics. Salvini, the head of Italy's right-wing League party, has positioned...

Austrian leader calls an early election amid video scandal

May. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called Saturday for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor. Kurz said he would ask President Alexander Van der Bellen to set...

EU's Tusk leads pro-Europe march in Poland before key vote

May. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters marched Saturday in the Polish capital to celebrate the nation's European Union membership ahead of the key European Parliament election this week. In Warsaw, EU Council President and Poland's former prime minister, Donald Tusk, and numerous...

Poland leader slams church pathology, backs sex abuse probe

May. 17, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate "pathology" in the Catholic church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles. It was the first reaction by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a practicing Catholic, to a...

Italy's Salvini snubs far-right label for nationalist allies

May. 17, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's right-wing League party on Friday rejected the label "far-right" for an alliance of like-minded populist leaders that are aiming to join forces and weaken European Union bureaucracy after next week's elections across the bloc. Matteo Salvini will lead a rally Saturday in...

EU citizens in UK to use EU vote to have a say on Brexit

May. 17, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hedwig Hegtermans has lived in Britain for two decades, but she didn't have a vote when the country decided in 2016 to leave the European Union. She's determined to have her say on Brexit now. An election for the European Parliament being held this month in all 28 EU member states —...