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Europe's Med leaders pledge cooperation on climate, security

Sep. 17, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Europe’s Mediterranean countries pledged late Friday to expand cooperation in the fight against climate change and to back common security and defense initiatives in the European Union. The meetings in Athens were held in the...

Poland's, Lithuania's PMs discuss higher security, migration

Sep. 17, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The prime ministers of Poland and Lithuania said Friday that tighter security at their borders with Belarus was the best way to ease pressure from migrant inflows there, as they expect what they called a “hybrid attack” from Belarus to continue. ...

EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency

Sep. 16, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that it will fund its new health preparedness and rapid response agency to the tune of 30 billion euros ($35 billion) over the next six years, even pushing it higher if individual efforts from the member nations and private sector are taken...

'No journalist should die': EU calls for better media safety

Sep. 16, 2021 06:11 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive arm asked its member countries Thursday to better protect journalists amid a rise of physical attacks and online threats against media professionals. According to the European Commission, 908 journalists and media workers...

Leader says Poland wants to be in EU, but remain sovereign

Sep. 15, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's most powerful politician says the country's future is in the European Union and that there will be “no Polexit,” but that Poland at the same time wishes to remain a “sovereign” country. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is the head of the...

EU chief turns to Paralympian Vio to inspire Europe's youth

Sep. 15, 2021 09:43 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — When European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was at a loss for words Wednesday to capture the soul of the European Union and its future, Bebe Vio was there to help the EU's top official at the end of her State of the Union address. Sitting...

EU pledges 200 million vaccine doses to low-income nations

Sep. 15, 2021 09:35 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top official said Wednesday that ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations around the world was the bloc's No. 1 priority right now and committed another 200 million vaccine doses to Africa and low-income nations. European Commission...

EU chief outlines ambitious plan to boost bloc's chipmaking

Sep. 15, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's top official outlined ambitious plans to help beef up the bloc's chipmaking capability in the face of intensifying global competition for semiconductors. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the European Chips...

Stung by Afghan debacle, EU forges ahead with security plans

Sep. 15, 2021 05:50 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Stung by the swift collapse of the Afghan army and the chaotic U.S.-led evacuation through Kabul airport, the European Union on Wednesday unveiled new plans to develop its own defense capacities to try to ensure that it has more freedom to act in future crises. ...

G-7 leaders can't sway Biden to delay Afghanistan withdrawal

Aug. 25, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States clashed with some of its closest allies over President Joe Biden’s insistence on sticking to an Aug. 31 Afghanistan withdrawal date that will shut down a frantic international evacuation effort from Taliban rule. Biden insisted...