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May's relationship with EU was often rocky

May. 24, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her departure with a Brexit plan nowhere near success, European Union leaders offered kind words. But it was quite another matter during the years of negotiations with the bloc that often produced exasperation, miscommunication and even some...

May to quit as party leader June 7, opening race for new PM

May. 24, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Theresa May ended her failed three-year quest to lead Britain out of the European Union on Friday, announcing that she will step down as Conservative Party leader June 7 and triggering a contest to choose a new prime minister who will try to complete Brexit. "I have done my best," May said in...

The Latest: Polls open in Czech Republic, centrists seek win

May. 24, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the four-day voting in the European Union to fill the 751-seat European Parliament (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Polls have opened for the European Parliament elections in the Czech Republic, with a centrist party led by populist Prime Minister Andrej Babis expected to win...

The Latest: Exit poll sees fractured result in Dutch EU vote

May. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on the European Parliament elections (all times local): 9:20 p.m. An exit poll published by Dutch national broadcaster NOS shows that the Labor Party has won the most seats in the Netherland's European Parliament election, which delivered a fractured result. The...

Strong showing for pro-EU parties in Dutch EU vote

May. 23, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Pro-European Dutch parties were predicted Thursday to win most of the country's seats in the European Parliament, with right-wing populist opponents of the European Union managing to take only four of the nation's 26 seats. In a surprise forecast, the Dutch Labor Party of...

Dutch prime minister, populist leader clash in Europe debate

May. 22, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister clashed Wednesday with the leader of a right-wing populist party over immigration and whether the Netherlands should remain in the European Union in a debate on the eve of European Parliament elections. The debate in Amsterdam between center-right...

Royal praise for Dutch singer's victory at flashy Eurovision

May. 19, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The Dutch royal family and prime minister are leading an unusual outpouring of praise for the 25-year-old singer who brought the Netherlands its first victory in the Eurovision song contest since the 1970s. Duncan Laurence beat out over-the-top, camp-filled performances from across Europe...

The Latest: Germans, Dutch won't ban Huawei despite US move

May. 16, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local): 9:45 p.m. The German and Dutch leaders are making clear that they don't plan to change their stance on Chinese telecommunications company Huawei following an executive order by the Trump administration apparently...

EU leaders commit to unity despite major divisions

May. 9, 2019 1:54 PM EDT

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Despite the impending departure of Britain, the remaining European Union countries committed Thursday to stick together "through thick and thin" to emerge as a stronger world power after years of internal divisions. "The world doesn't sleep," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as 27...

Correction: Film-Monty Python-Anniversary story

Apr. 18, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — In a story April 17 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that Michael Palin is 65 and Terry Gilliam is 68. Palin is 75 and Gilliam is 78. A corrected version of the story is below: Monty Python celebrate 'Life of Brian,' honor ailing Jones Celebrations for the 40th...