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EU and COVID-19: When a vaccine only adds to the trouble

Apr. 11, 2021 03:18 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders no longer meet around a common oval summit table to broker their famed compromises. Instead, each of the 27 watches the other heads of state or government with suspicion via a video screen that shows a mosaic of faraway capitals. ...

Turkey demands apology after Draghi calls Erdogan a dictator

Apr. 09, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Turkey demanded an apology Friday from Italy's premier for having called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a “dictator,” a comment that added fuel to a dispute over a perceived seating snub involving a top European Union official. The comment also deepened...

Turkey rejects claims of sexist snub towards von der Leyen

Apr. 08, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Thursday strongly rejected accusations that it snubbed Ursula von der Leyen — one of the European Union’s most powerful executives — because of her gender after a protocol gaffe during a meeting at the Turkish presidential palace ignited a public...

Snub in EU-Turkey meeting highlights gender equality issue

Apr. 07, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Gender equality issues took center stage Wednesday in Brussels a day after Ursula von der Leyen, one the EU's most powerful executives, was treated like a second-rank official during a visit to Ankara. Von der Leyen — the European Commission president...

EU officials tell Turkey human rights are key to better ties

Apr. 06, 2021 13:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Top European Union officials said they used a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to insist that any moves on the bloc's part to enhance EU-Turkey relations would be conditional on Turkey improving its record on human rights and the rule of law. ...

EU top officials to meet Turkish president next week

Mar. 29, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top officials will travel to Turkey next week for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after EU leaders agreed to improve cooperation on migration and trade with Ankara. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU...

Austria's Kurz defends criticism of EU vaccine distribution

Mar. 26, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz defended his criticism of the coronavirus vaccine distribution in the European Union, though he struggled to say whether the appraisal would lead to his country receiving any more doses. Kurz maintained during an EU...

EU leaders grapple with surge of infections, vaccine issues

Mar. 25, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders failed to settle a fight about the distribution of COVID-19 shots among member states Thursday but pledged to strengthen vaccine export controls and production on EU soil amid a shortage of doses and spikes in new cases. Austrian...

EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 shots

Mar. 24, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union moved Wednesday toward stricter export controls for coronavirus vaccines, seeking to make sure its 27 nations have more COVID-19 shots to boost the bloc's flagging vaccine campaign amid a surge in new infections. The EU’s executive...

Biden to address video summit of EU leaders on Thursday

Mar. 23, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden will join a video summit of European Union leaders on Thursday to discuss improving trans-Atlantic cooperation after four years of worsening relations during the Trump administration. “Time to rebuild our transatlantic...