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Police vehicles are parked outside an EU summit in the European Quarter of Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. In a second day of meetings EU leaders will continue to discuss the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Testy EU budget talks blocked, new summit in March likely

Feb. 21, 2020 5:44 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Major contributors to the European Union's budget blocked progress at an emergency summit on Friday, insisting that they would not stump up more funds for the bloc's next long-term spending package, worth around one trillion euros ($1.1 trillion). The so-called “Frugal Four”...

European Parliament President David Sassoli speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive. Gaps and resentments between...

Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists

Feb. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday. The move by the parliament- and...

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen looks at the invention 'Do you Speak Robot?' at the AI Xperience Center at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18. 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks

Feb. 19, 2020 11:19 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. The report is part of the bloc's wider digital strategy aimed at maintaining its position as the global...

Eurogroup President and Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno, second left, meets with European Council President Charles Michel, second right, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

'Voodoo statistics' floated as EU budget battle looms

Feb. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — After almost two years of sparring, the European Union was girding itself Wednesday for perhaps the final round of the bloc’s traditional budget slug-fest, a potentially long and fiery summit to thrash out Europe’s spending plans for the next seven years. Leaders from the 27...

Montenegro's President Milo Dukanovic, left, is welcomed by European Council President Charles Michel prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU post-Brexit budget proposal under attack from many sides

Feb. 17, 2020 8:13 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Several EU member states and the European Parliament have rejected for starkly opposing reasons the latest proposal to find a compromise on the European Union's budget, setting up a major fight at a summit later this week. In the wake of the latest proposals from EU summit host Charles...

North Macedonia parliament dissolved ahead of early election

Feb. 16, 2020 2:44 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia’s parliament was dissolved on Sunday, ahead of an early election. The April 12 election is taking place eight months before the normal expiration of the parliament's four-year term. All major political parties agreed to the early election proposed by...

European Council President Charles Michel arrives for a media conference at the Parlamentarium in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU chief unveils budget plan setting scene for tense summit

Feb. 14, 2020 11:17 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Council president unveiled Friday his proposal for the EU’s next long-term budget, but the figure falls far short of the demands of Europe’s parliament, which must ratify the spending package, setting the scene for tense negotiations. Charles Michel’s...

EU monitoring economic impact of virus outbreak

Feb. 13, 2020 10:51 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Union warned Thursday that the spread of the viral outbreak in China is a risk for the economy but that its full impact will depend on how long it lasts and how far it spreads. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, said in its winter economic forecast...

Ursula von der Leyen, former Minister of Defence and current President of the EU Commission, comes to the German Bundestag for questioning by the Bundestag's committee of inquiry into the advisor affair in the Ministry of Defence, Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb.13, 2020. It is expected to be used to complete the witness interviews after about a year. The Committee shall examine the award of contracts to external consultants. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

EU chief von der Leyen testifies at German defense inquiry

Feb. 13, 2020 8:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended the use of external experts during her time as German defense minister as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary inquiry, but conceded that mistakes were made. Von der Leyen, a fixture in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinets...