Latest European Union News

The Latest: UK asks EU to re-do Brexit border compromise

Feb. 20, 2019 11:23 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Brexit, Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Britain's foreign secretary says London needs a change "of legal significance" to the wording of arrangements meant to ensure that the U.K.-Ireland border stays open after Brexit, but...

UK politics fractures further as 3 Conservatives defect

Feb. 20, 2019 10:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Brexit-driven cracks in Britain's political party system yawned wider Wednesday, as three pro-European lawmakers quit the ruling Conservatives to join a new centrist group of independents. All the lawmakers are opposed to the Conservative government's determination to take Britain out of the...

Britain urges Germany to ease curbs on arms sales to Saudi

Feb. 20, 2019 8:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Britain's top diplomat has urged Germany to relax its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia because they are affecting U.K. sales of weapons to — and by extension its influence with — the oil-rich kingdom. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported Wednesday that British Foreign...

EU slams Romanian govt for diluting anti-corruption fight

Feb. 20, 2019 8:39 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union is appealing to Romania to not to dilute efforts to fight high-level corruption after the government enacted a measure that critics say will exert more political control over the judiciary. EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Wednesday that Romania...

AP PHOTOS: Where pro- and anti-Brexit forces collide

Feb. 20, 2019 8:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Few issues in recent years have generated the passion in Britain that the Brexit situation has, and the colorful debate has spilled over from Parliament to the grounds outside, traditionally a marketplace for ideas, protests and rallies. It is here that the true believers gather each day to...

Microsoft detects hacking targeting Europe democracy groups

Feb. 20, 2019 7:41 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A hacking group has targeted European democratic institutions including think tanks and non-profit groups ahead of highly anticipated EU parliamentary elections in May, Microsoft said. The company said Tuesday that a group called Strontium targeted email accounts for more than 100 people in...

EU, US call on Albania opposition to avoid violence in rally

Feb. 20, 2019 7:11 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the United States have warned Albania's opposition against violence and its lawmakers not to boycott parliament over the government's alleged corruption. Albania's opposition lawmakers, led by the center-right Democratic Party of Lulzim Basha, have said they...

EU border guard chief says 'no burning crisis' over migrants

Feb. 20, 2019 6:56 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union faces "no burning crisis" right now over migrant arrivals, but more people from Africa are trying to enter Europe through Spain from Morocco, the head of the EU's border and coast guard agency said Wednesday. The EU has been plunged into a severe political crisis due to...

Britain presses EU for Brexit compromise as clock ticks

Feb. 20, 2019 6:31 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Britain's foreign secretary said that securing an orderly Brexit is "of paramount importance" as he visited Germany on Wednesday, and insisted the UK can leave the European Union on March 29 as planned if a compromise deal is found. Jeremy Hunt was meeting officials in Berlin ahead of Prime...

8th lawmaker quits UK's Labour over anti-Semitism and Brexit

Feb. 19, 2019 5:43 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — An eighth lawmaker has quit Britain's Labour Party over its handling of anti-Semitism and Brexit, boosting a new breakaway group from the U.K.'s main opposition party. Joan Ryan announced late Tuesday that after four decades in the party she was leaving Labour to sit with the newly formed...