Latest European Parliament News

Key European group mulls status of Hungary’s ruling party

Nov. 21, 2019 8:58 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the European People’s Party on Thursday denounced Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s “illiberal” policies and said the status of Orban’s populist party within the influential group will be decided early next year. Donald...

Key European party’s new leader blasts autocrats in group

Nov. 20, 2019 2:54 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — The new president of the largest party in the European Parliament launched a scathing attack Wednesday against autocratic and populist leaderships within the group’s ranks. Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk spoke at the opening of the two-day congress in...

Croatian leader regrets blocking of 2 states’ EU entry talks

Nov. 20, 2019 9:51 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s prime minister says the European Union’s recent blocking of the start of membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania is a “regrettable mistake.” Andrej Plenkovic was speaking on Wednesday before the opening in Zagreb of the two day congress...

EU takes legal action against UK over commissioner dispute

Nov. 14, 2019 1:22 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is piling pressure on Britain and has launched legal action against the departing member of the 28-country bloc over its decision not to name a candidate for the EU’s executive arm. The EU Commission said in a statement Thursday that it sent a letter of formal...

Legal opinion: EU lawmakers should decide on Catalan leader

Nov. 12, 2019 10:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the EU's highest court said on Tuesday that it should fall to the European Parliament, and not to Spain, to decide whether a jailed Catalan leader can serve as a European lawmaker. In a non-binding opinion, the European Court of Justice's advocate general, Maciej Szpunar,...

The Latest: European Parl't should decide on Catalan leader

Nov. 12, 2019 5:11 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalan independence demands (all times local): 10:35 a.m. A top adviser to the EU's highest court says it should be down to the European Parliament to decide whether a jailed pro-independence Catalan leader who was elected as European lawmaker should qualify for immunity. In a...

EU court cancels decision against UKIP ally over misspending

Nov. 7, 2019 7:04 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a victory for Brexit activist Nigel Farage, the EU's top court on Thursday annulled a decision from the European Parliament that demanded a political group linked to the British party UKIP reimburse tens of thousands in EU funds. The Alliance for Direct Democracy in Europe had been asked...

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...

EU Parliament head urges for Balkan membership talks

Nov. 5, 2019 7:42 AM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of the European Parliament says there is still hope for Balkan countries to join the European Union, and urged for membership talks to open soon with North Macedonia and Albania. David Sassoli made the comments during a speech to North Macedonia's lawmakers in Skopje...

European Parliament head urges N. Macedonia not to give up

Nov. 4, 2019 12:36 PM EST

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The European Parliament's president is urging North Macedonia not to give up on its hopes of joining the European Union following its frustrated bid to start membership talks with the bloc. David Sassoli says the small Balkan nation must remain committed to its target of...