Latest European Union News

Russia, Ukraine see record daily deaths, low vaccinations

Oct. 26, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit another high Tuesday amid a surge in infections that has forced the Kremlin to order most Russians to stay off work starting this week. Sluggish vaccination rates have allowed the virus to spread quickly...

Poland plans 'radical' strengthening of its military

Oct. 26, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader presented plans Tuesday for a homeland defense bill which he said is aimed at “radically” strengthening the military as the country faces migration pressure from its eastern neighbor Belarus. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the...

Dismissed: Germany's Merkel becomes caretaker chancellor

Oct. 26, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel took a step closer to political retirement Tuesday after receiving her formal dismissal certificate from the post of chancellor after 16 years in office, though she will lead a caretaker government until her successor is sworn in. Hours...

Belgium reimposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike

Oct. 26, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With coronavirus infections and hospitalizations shooting upward, the Belgian government on Tuesday reimposed some pandemic restrictions that it only relaxed a few weeks ago and expanded a nationwide use of the COVID-19 pass. Daily infections in the...

UN chief: 'Leadership gap' undermines global climate efforts

Oct. 26, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The head of the United Nations says a “leadership gap” is undermining the world's efforts to curb global warming, days before presidents and prime ministers from around the globe gather for a climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland. U.N. Secretary-General...

France's Le Pen visits Hungary in bid for nationalist allies

Oct. 26, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen held talks Tuesday with populist Hungarian Prime Minster Viktor Orban in Budapest, a meeting the two politicians said advanced the cooperation of Europe's nationalist forces. At a news conference in...

Estonia plans new restrictions to avoid lockdown like Latvia

Oct. 26, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia is considering new coronavirus restrictions on top of the ones that took effect a day ago but is seeking to avoid a general lockdown like the one neighboring Latvia has imposed to counter the rapid spread of the virus. Health Minister Tanel Kiik...

Greece: 3 girls, 1 woman die after migrant dinghy sinks

Oct. 26, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three girls and a woman died after a dinghy transporting migrants from the coast of Turkey sank Tuesday near the eastern Greek island of Chios, Greek authorities said. The coast guard said another 22 people - 14 men, seven women and a child - were...

EU ministers debate how to tackle rising energy costs

Oct. 26, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union ministers on Tuesday held emergency talks focused on energy that did not produce immediate results amid deep divergences between the 27 member countries on how to tackle a crunch that has seen consumers' bills skyrocket this year. The wave...

Infections soar as Czech authorities urge vaccination

Oct. 26, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have soared to the highest levels in more than half a year as authorities call on people to get vaccinated. The Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases jumped to 4,262 on Monday, 1,733 more than a week...