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Police search the European Parliament over suspected Russian interference, prosecutors say

May. 29, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police searched the offices and residence of an employee of the European Parliament on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether EU lawmakers were bribed to promote Russian propaganda to undermine support for Ukraine, prosecutors said. Just days before...

Sweden to donate $1.23 billion in military aid to Ukraine

May. 29, 2024 07:46 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Swedish government said Wednesday that it will donate 13 billion kronor ($1.23 billion) in military aid to Ukraine, in the largest package of assistance Sweden has so far donated. “It consists of equipment that is at the top of Ukraine’s priority...

Europe's cybersecurity chief says disruptive attacks have doubled in 2024, sees Russia behind many

May. 29, 2024 06:11 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Disruptive digital attacks, many linked to Russian-backed groups, have doubled in the European Union in recent months and are also targeting election-related services, according to the EU’s top cybersecurity official. Juhan Lepassaar, head of the European...

Ukraine gets more military aid from Europe but Putin warns of consequences if Russian soil is hit

May. 28, 2024 16:58 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received a second $1 billion promise of military aid in as many days Tuesday during a whirlwind tour of three European Union countries, while President Vladimir Putin warned that hitting Russian soil with Western-supplied weapons...

Far-right grouping in European Parliament expels high-flying Alternative for Germany party

May. 23, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German far-right party hoping for big gains in upcoming European elections suffered a another setback on Thursday when it was kicked out of its group in the European Parliament. The Identity and Democracy group said it was expelling lawmakers from the Alternative...

German far-right party bans its top European election candidate from campaigning after Nazi remark

May. 22, 2024 10:49 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany party on Wednesday banned its top candidate for next month's European election from making any further campaign appearances and said he would resign from the party's board immediately. The public demotion came after...

EU reprimands Kosovo's move to close down Serb bank branches over the use of the dinar currency

May. 21, 2024 11:27 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Union reprimanded Kosovo Tuesday over the unilateral closure of six branches of a Serbia-licensed bank, saying the move would negatively impact the life of the ethnic Serb minority living in northern Kosovo and damage Kosovo-Serbia normalization talks. ...

Kosovo makes last-minute push to get its membership in Council of Europe approved in a Friday vote

May. 16, 2024 12:37 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The government of Kosovo is making a last-minute effort to convince Western powers to vote on whether to admit the country as a new member in the Council of Europe, the continent's top human rights body. Foreign Minister Donika Gervalla-Schwarz in a letter...

Europe Day marks 1 month till EU elections. Rise of hard right, wilting of Green Deal are possible

May. 09, 2024 02:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union marks its annual Europe Day on Thursday, but instead of the humdrum celebrations, all eyes are on the EU elections in a month's time, which portend a steep rise of the extreme right and a possible move away from the bloc's global trendsetting climate policies. ...

Kosovo prime minister deplores new condition ahead of Council of Europe's membership vote next week

May. 08, 2024 13:18 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo’s prime minister Wednesday deplored the fact that some Western powers reportedly have set another condition ahead of Kosovo's joining the Council of Europe. Kosovo media reported that France and Germany want Kosovo to take a significant step toward...