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EU executive criticizes rule of law issues in Hungary, Slovakia, Italy; lauds reforms elsewhere

Jul. 24, 2024 12:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive commission Wednesday criticized rule of law developments in Hungary, Italy and Slovakia, but welcomed reforms in Poland and Spain in its latest democracy health check across the 27-nation bloc. Across the board, EU countries had fully...

As Olympic hosts, 'Les Français' are in the spotlight. Here's why the French can't be pigeon-holed

Jul. 24, 2024 06:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — They’re often thought to have practically cornered the market on romance, with Edith Piaf seemingly speaking for a nation of amorous souls when she sang: “It’s crazy how much I love you.” Yet they also can bicker and squabble as though they were Olympic sports....

Thousands of migrant kids have reached the Canary Islands alone. Local officials want Spain's help

Jul. 23, 2024 15:50 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The children sometimes won't stop crying. Health workers dealing with migrants arriving on Spain's Canary Islands try to understand if the tears are from illness, injury or, as is often the case, from pure shock. One young Senegalese boy who disembarked...

Suspected gunman in Croatia nursing home killings charged on 11 counts, including murder

Jul. 23, 2024 14:44 PM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A suspected gunman in a mass shooting at a nursing home in Croatia is facing 11 criminal charges, including murder, after he was accused of killing six people, including his own mother, and wounding as many more, police said on Tuesday. The carnage stunned...

The EU is putting new pressure on Hungary's Orban over his outreach to Russia

Jul. 22, 2024 17:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary won't be allowed to host a strategic EU meeting next month because of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s self-proclaimed “peace mission” trips to Moscow and Beijing this month aimed at brokering an end to the war in Ukraine, which EU partners overwhelmingly saw as...

Estonia's new government is formally appointed. Its first priority is to improve state finances

Jul. 22, 2024 12:34 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia’s president formally appointed the Baltic country’s new government on Monday after lawmakers gave the green light to Prime Minister-designate Kristen Michal’s three-party coalition Cabinet. Addressing the new Cabinet, which is to be sworn in Tuesday,...

As Georgia presses on with 'Russia-style' laws, its citizens describe a country on the brink

Jul. 21, 2024 00:09 AM EDT

Eka Gigauri is used to harsh words from officials about the anti-corruption work she does in Georgia. But seeing her face on posters, accusing her of being an agent of foreign influence, a traitor and a spy, rattled her. Gigauri, who leads one of Georgia’s main anti-corruption...

Germany's chancellor praises lithium deal with Serbia that could reduce Europe's dependency on China

Jul. 19, 2024 11:50 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz praised a tentative deal between Serbia and the European Union signed on Friday that paves the way for the disputed excavation of lithium, a mega project that could reduce Europe's dependency on China but one that has been fiercely criticized...

Ursula von der Leyen reelected to a second 5-year term as European Commission president

Jul. 18, 2024 21:22 PM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Lawmakers at the European Parliament on Thursday reelected Ursula von der Leyen to a second 5-year term as president of the European Union’s executive commission, giving her a comfortable majority and heading off a possible leadership vacuum. Von der...

European leaders discuss migration and Ukraine at a UK summit as concern grows about direction of US

Jul. 18, 2024 17:31 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, England (AP) — Leaders from across Europe expressed support for Ukraine and concern about the direction of the United States on Thursday at a security-focused summit clouded by worries about whether the U.S. will remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump wins a second presidency. ...