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Soaring utility bills alarm Europe, raise fears for winter

Sep. 16, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Wholesale prices for gas and electricity are surging across Europe, raising the prospect of increases in already-high utility bills and further pain for people who have taken a financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Governments are scrambling to find...

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. ...

EU climate chief: energy prices hike should boost transition

Sep. 14, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's climate czar said Tuesday the 27-nation bloc should ensure that the most vulnerable people won't pay the heaviest price of the green transition, and pledged measures guaranteeing equal burden-sharing across society, amid a global surge of energy prices....

Jorge Sampaio, former president of Portugal, dies at 81

Sep. 10, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Jorge Sampaio, a former two-term president of Portugal and one of the most prominent political figures of his generation, has died. He was 81. The current Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced Sampaio’s death on Friday. He...