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Europe pledges additional support for quake-hit Albania

Dec. 5, 2019 9:41 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s new head for crisis management is visiting Albania to assess damages and reconstruction needs after last week’s powerful earthquake. In his first official mission as a member of the European Commission, Janez Lenarcic met Thursday with Prime...

Albania PM optimistic of world support on quake recovery

Dec. 4, 2019 1:11 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister said Wednesday he was pleased with the international support he secured at a NATO summit on dealing with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. Edi Rama said before leaving the NATO summit...

Czech leader to face fraud charges after decision overturned

Dec. 4, 2019 10:56 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis faces charges again over an alleged $2 million fraud involving European Union subsidies after the country’s chief prosecutor overturned a previous decision to drop the case. Prosecutor General Pavel Zeman announced the move Wednesday after evaluating a...

France to retaliate if US doubles Champagne, cheese prices

Dec. 3, 2019 11:56 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is bristling at a U.S. threat to slap 100% tariffs on French cheeses, Champagne and other products, with the French leader telling President Donald Trump on Tuesday that the move would amount to an attack on all of Europe. The U.S. Trade Representative proposed the tariffs on $2.4...

WTO panel: EU fails to end illegal subsidies for Airbus

Dec. 2, 2019 6:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization panel ruled Monday that the European Union has not complied with an order to end illegal subsidies for plane-maker Airbus, which prompted the Trump administration to impose tariffs on nearly $7.5 billion worth of EU goods in October. In its ruling, a WTO compliance...

Hungary criticizes EU’s failure to agree enlargement talks

Dec. 2, 2019 7:14 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Hungary’s foreign minister has criticized Finland, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the 28-nation European Union, and the EU’s former executive branch for the failure to push on with enlarging the bloc. Peter Szijjarto said Monday that “one of the most...

New EU leaders take office vowing to tackle climate change

Dec. 1, 2019 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A new team of leaders took office at the helm of the European Union on Sunday, pledging to put the fight against climate change at the top of their agenda and foster European unity despite the likely departure of Britain from the 28-nation bloc. Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen...

European business leaders lose confidence amid trade tension

Nov. 28, 2019 3:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A survey of dozens of Europe’s top business executives shows their optimism is waning as trade tensions and other geopolitical uncertainties cloud the outlook for the global economy. A poll of 50 CEOs and chairmen carried out by German research group ZEW on behalf of the European Round...

New EU Commission chief promises ambitious agenda

Nov. 27, 2019 7:05 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU Commission President said Wednesday her ambitious agenda at the head of the European Union’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change. Ursula von der Leyen told the EU plenary in Strasbourg, France, shortly before she and her...

Italian coast guard: migrant bodies washed ashore or in sea

Nov. 24, 2019 10:36 AM EST

ROME (AP) — The bodies of five migrant women, two of them washed ashore, were recovered Sunday, the Italian coast guard said, as search efforts continued in rough seas near the tiny island of Lampedusa for around another dozen people feared missing in the capsizing of a fishing boat. Three of the bodies...