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The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

France's Le Pen wants Salvini to form populist EU group

Apr. 15, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — France's Marine Le Pen, one of the leading voices of the far right in the European Union, is throwing her political weight behind Italian hard-line interior minister Matteo Salvini to set up a major populist group in the EU legislature after next month's elections across the bloc....

China's spreading influence in Eastern Europe worries West

Apr. 10, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Coal-powered plants, mobile networks, major bridges, roads and railways: Chinese investments have been booming throughout Central and Eastern Europe's cash-strapped developing countries, even as European Union officials scramble to counter Beijing's mounting economic and political...

Euroskeptic, populist parties form alliance in Europe

Apr. 8, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Euroskeptic populist parties formed a new and expanded right-wing alliance on Monday that aims to become the strongest faction in the European Parliament and seeks to radically transform European Union policies on migration, security, family and environment. Italy's hard-line interior...

Russia puppet rumors, dubious donors plague German far right

Apr. 7, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A series of potential scandals is plaguing the far-right Alternative for Germany party, overshadowing the launch of its campaign for next month's elections for the European Union's legislature. Germany's biggest opposition party, which swept into the national parliament two years ago after...

Hungarian PM Orban launches campaign with anti-migrant plan

Apr. 5, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister on Friday launched his party's campaign for the European Parliamentary elections in May by presenting a seven-point plan against immigration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for migration to be controlled by national governments, not European Union...

Slovenia dismisses Hungary embassy protest of Orban cartoon

Apr. 5, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's Foreign Ministry on Friday dismissed a Hungarian embassy protest over a magazine cover cartoon that showed Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban giving a Nazi salute. The ministry said it "consistently respects the principle of freedom of the press and expression in...

Netanyahu embraces Brazil's far-right Bolsonaro in Israel

Mar. 31, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli prime minister warmly received far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday, touting newfound amity between the two countries. Benjamin Netanyahu's red-carpet welcome for Bolsonaro comes days ahead of a tough re-election bid for the long-time Israeli premier on April...

Conservative congress on family sharply divides Italy

Mar. 30, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — was the backdrop for a culture clash Saturday, as it hosted both a conservative congress on family values and a march by civic groups who denounced the event as a movement to limit LGBT and women's rights. The World Congress of...

Steve Bannon says Europe's populists 'don't need me'

Mar. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday predicted a "stunning victory" for populists and nationalists in the European Parliament elections in May and said they can achieve it without his help. Bannon has been trying to form a movement uniting populist and nationalist voters...