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French President Emmanuel Macron drinks wine during a visit to the International Agriculture Fair (Salon de l'Agriculture) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition center in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via AP)

At Paris farm fair, Macron vows to protect EU ag subsidies

Feb. 22, 2020 1:36 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his support for maintaining the European Union's farm subsidies at their current level Saturday while attending an agriculture fair that a fixture in French politics. Macron defended the EU's system of agricultural subsidies - a major source of...

Finland says to take in max 175 Mediterranean asylum-seekers

Feb. 22, 2020 8:21 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — The Finnish government says it has agreed to take in up to 175 asylum-seekers from camps in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta "to alleviate the humanitarian situation" experienced by refugees in the Mediterranean members of the European Union. The Finnish interior ministry said Saturday in a...

Post-Brexit UK reverting to blue passports - made in the EU

Feb. 22, 2020 7:16 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. is ditching its European Union-style burgundy passports and returning tor traditional British blue — but the documents will be made in the EU. The British government said Saturday that passports in the “iconic” navy color, used between 1921 and 1988, will be...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. 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. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU ends testy budget summit without deal, much work ahead

Feb. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders broke up a marathon budget summit without a deal Friday and their positions were still so far apart that they could not even decide when to meet again on the divisive issue. After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise, with a half dozen wealthy...

A man walks past an advertisement for online betting on the outside of a betting shop in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Spain’s government has announced plans to restrict advertising for on-line betting houses on the Internet, television, and during sporting events. The government said Friday that the law would be the most restrictive in the European Union. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spain to severely restrict advertising for on-line betting

Feb. 21, 2020 11:16 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s government announced plans Friday for what it said would be the toughest legislation in the European Union on restricting advertising for on-line betting houses. Advertising for betting, above all for sports bets, has grown rapidly in Spain in recent years and dominates...

Greece: Police officers implicated in major passport scam

Feb. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Six police officers and 27 other people are under investigation in a major passport fraud case that included issuing Greek state identity documents under false pretenses to criminal fugitives from abroad, Greek authorities said Friday. The police’s internal affairs division...

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...

FILE -In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 file photo the sun pierces the clouds over international waters north of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea.   A rubber dinghy packed with 91 migrants that set out from Libyan shores in hopes of reaching Europe has apparently gone missing in the Mediterranean, the U.N. refugee agency said Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. The inflatable boat carrying mostly African migrants departed from al-Qarbouli, 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of the capital Tripoli on Feb. 8, said Osman Haroun, whose cousin was on board. He hasn’t heard from the 27-year-old Mohamed Idris, or his 10 other friends also on the boat, since. (AP Photo/Renata Brito, File)

Boat carrying 91 migrants goes missing in Mediterranean

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A rubber dinghy packed with 91 migrants that set out from Libyan shores in hopes of reaching Europe has apparently gone missing in the Mediterranean, the U.N. migration agency said Thursday. The inflatable boat carrying mostly African migrants departed from al-Qarbouli, 50 kilometers (30...

European Union leaders meet during a round table 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/Riccardo Pareggiani, Pool)

EU urges halt to Syrian offensive in Idlib, vows new aid

Feb. 20, 2020 9:21 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is urging an immediate halt to a crushing offensive by Syrian forces that has displaced nearly 1 million people in recent weeks. The 27-nation EU said in a statement early Friday that it is ready to boost aid to the most vulnerable civilians affected in Syria's Idlib...

Georgia blames Russia for cyberattack, US, UK agree

Feb. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EST

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Georgian authorities on Thursday accused Russia's military intelligence of launching a large-scale cyberattack that targeted the government and private organizations with the goal of destabilizing the ex-Soviet nation . The United States and Britain also weighed in, strongly...