Latest European Union News

Masks off, Poles cheer reopening of bars and restaurants

May. 15, 2021 03:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles pulled off their masks, hugged their friends and made toasts to their regained freedom as restaurants, bars and pubs reopened for the first time in seven months and the government dropped a requirement for people to cover their faces outdoors. ...

The Latest: Israeli airstrike on Gaza house kills at least 7

May. 14, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the stepped-up fighting between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers (all times local): GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza City has killed at least seven Palestinians. The airstrike...

Russia limits US & Czech embassy hires for "unfriendly" acts

May. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has designated the United States and the Czech Republic as nations that engage in “unfriendly actions,” a move that limits the hiring of staff for their embassy operations. The Russian government's order that was posted Friday bans the U.S. from...

Diplomats, donors concerned about sex abuse reports at WHO

May. 14, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British, European and American diplomats and donors have voiced serious concerns about how the World Health Organization handled sex abuse allegations involving its own staff during an outbreak of Ebola in Congo, as reported this week by The Associated Press. ...

UK eager for a big reopening thanks to vaccine success

May. 14, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When London’s Science Museum reopens next week, it will have some new artifacts: empty vaccine vials, testing kits and other items collected during the pandemic, to be featured in a new COVID-19 display. Britain isn’t quite ready to consign the...

Europe's 4 Visegrad nations lift some travel restrictions

May. 14, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Europe's four Visegrad countries on Friday lifted travel restrictions between the Czech Republic and Hungary for people vaccinated against COVID-19 and discussed how to cooperate to boost tourism. The foreign ministers' meeting in Lodz, central...

Facebook loses court fight over halting EU-US data transfers

May. 14, 2021 13:22 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook lost a legal battle Friday with Ireland's data privacy watchdog over a European Union privacy decision that could result in the social network being forced to stop transferring data to the U.S. The Irish High Court rejected Facebook's bid to block...

N Ireland's main unionist party picks traditionalist leader

May. 14, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland’s largest British unionist party chose a religious conservative from the party's traditionalist wing as its new leader on Friday. Edwin Poots, currently Northern Ireland's agriculture minister, won a two-person contest to lead the...

Greece joins Mediterranean race to win back tourists

May. 14, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

NAXOS, Greece (AP) — In her kitchen, Kyriaki Kapri has enough food to feed an army. Piles of squid for frying, lemons to be quartered, thumb-thick potato wedges to make oregano-sprinkled French fries, and seafood for the dishes famous on the Greek island of Naxos. ...

Portugal opens door to British tourists, ending uncertainty

May. 14, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — British tourists can return to Portugal from next Monday, ending days of uncertainty over whether thousands of U.K. vacation bookings for Portuguese destinations would be allowed. British visitors will be admitted on nonessential travel from May...