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EU leaders seek to safeguard energy supplies as prices soar

Oct. 21, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders struggled to find a common ground during a long debate Thursday on how to ease the pain of soaring energy bills. The hours-long energy discussion at the EU leaders’ summit came amid spiraling prices that are pummeling households...

EU summit loads pressure on Poland over rule of law

Oct. 21, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders pressured a defiant Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki Thursday to fall back into line on recognizing that EU law trumps national decision-making, hoping that dialogue will stave off a crisis in the bloc. Morawiecki instead...

EU chief says key to energy crisis is pushing Green Deal

Oct. 20, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Wednesday exhorted the bloc's 27 member nations to wean themselves off natural gas not only to speed the transition to clean energy but also to make the bloc a more independent player in the world. On the eve of an...

MTV: Europe Music Awards to counter Hungary's anti-gay laws

Oct. 19, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The MTV Europe Music Awards will be held Nov. 14 in Hungary, the network said Tuesday, reaffirming and defending the location despite the country’s recent passage of legislation widely condemned as anti-LGBTQ. The ceremony is an opportunity to make...

Small-town mayor to lead Hungary opposition bloc in election

Oct. 17, 2021 17:41 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Independent conservative Peter Marki-Zay won a primary contest Sunday to become the joint candidate of a six-party opposition coalition that will challenge right-wing populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary's elections next spring. The...

EU says anti-Semitism has no place in bloc after Jansa tweet

Oct. 15, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reiterated Friday that anti-Semitism “has no place" in the 27-nation bloc after Slovenian Prime minister Janez Jansa posted a message on social media that was criticized by some European lawmakers as anti-Semitic. Jansa, whose...

Two Orban challengers face off in Hungary primary race

Oct. 10, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Opposition voters in Hungary on Sunday will have the chance to cast their ballots in a primary to decide between two politicians with different platforms but one important thing in common: they each want to bring an end to the 12-year rule of right-wing populist...

Ruling party narrowly loses Czech vote; PM Babis may be out

Oct. 09, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Prime Minister Andrej Babis' centrist party on Saturday narrowly lost the Czech Republic's parliamentary election, a surprise development that could mean the end of the populist billionaire's reign in power. The two-day election to fill 200 seats in the...

Hungary comes to Poland's defense over EU court ruling

Oct. 09, 2021 08:38 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban signed a government resolution Saturday welcoming a Polish constitutional court ruling that challenges the primacy of European Union law, and accusing EU institutions of overextending their powers. In the...

PM Andrej Babis front-runner in Czech vote, despite scandals

Oct. 08, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Czechs begin voting Friday in a parliamentary election with polls showing Prime Minister Andrej Babis, a populist billionaire, has a good chance of keeping his job despite a new scandal over his financial dealings. Two days of balloting are being held to...