Latest European Commission News

Next EU Commission chief wants to increase foreign spending

Nov. 12, 2019 4:52 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The next European Commission president says she wants to spend almost a third more on foreign policy goals over the next half decade to better establish the EU as a global player. Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that the extra money is needed to develop a stronger strategic culture of the...

Human Rights Watch says Croatia should not join Schengen

Nov. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia should not be allowed into Europe's border-free travel zone because of its treatment of migrants crossing into the country from neighboring Bosnia and Serbia, a leading international human rights body said Friday. In a report, Human Rights Watch criticized the European...

Romania's presidential election eclipsed by political crisis

Nov. 8, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians are set to choose the country's new president Sunday, in a traditionally highly-contested election overshadowed this year by a political crisis which saw a minority government installed just days ago. Polls show incumbent center-right President Klaus Iohannis ahead with...

European Commission president: US auto tariffs not expected

Nov. 8, 2019 2:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he does not think U.S. President Donald Trump will impose new tariffs targeting European automobiles. The Trump administration has already imposed tariffs that have hit European Union steel, aluminum and agricultural products,...

Eurozone forecast for long period of weak economic growth

Nov. 7, 2019 5:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's executive branch has cut its growth forecasts for the 19-country eurozone for this year and next and warned that conditions could worsen in the face of an array of uncertainties. The European Commission said Thursday that the single currency bloc is expected to grow 1.1%...

EU to pay Turkey millions to boost its coast guard

Nov. 6, 2019 12:26 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is preparing to pay Turkey tens of millions to help bolster its coast guard, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are leaving Turkey in hopes of finding sanctuary or jobs in Europe. Greek authorities are struggling to cope...

Romania names 2 candidates for spot in EU Commission

Nov. 6, 2019 9:04 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Romanian government has named two more possible candidates to take the country's place in the incoming European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen. Romanian Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced Wednesday that he would propose Siegfried Muresan and Adina-Ioana Valean for...

The Latest: Bodies of 5 migrants pulled from sea in Canaries

Nov. 6, 2019 8:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 2:05 p.m. Emergency services in Spain's Canary Islands say they have pulled the bodies of five migrants from the sea and are searching for possible others. Authorities say on their Twitter account that a migrant boat...

Poorer EU members oppose cuts in long-term budget

Nov. 5, 2019 9:22 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The leaders and representatives of 17 European Union countries say they are against proposed cuts in EU funds designed to reduce regional differences among members. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who hosted their meeting Tuesday, says they "absolutely disagree" with the cuts. The outgoing...

EU top court: Poland broke EU law with judicial reform

Nov. 5, 2019 9:06 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that a Polish measure lowering the retirement age for judges and setting different ages depending on their gender violates EU law. The European Court of Justice said in its ruling that the 2017 law lowering the age of retirement for women to 60...