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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, a construction worker stands in front of a door with the EU stars at EU headquarters in Brussels. The Brexit process shook the EU foundations and laid bare the need for much-delayed renovations, but tthe question now is where to start the revamp and who is going to foot the bill. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

With Britain out, the unwieldy EU faces major budget battle

Feb. 14, 2020 2:27 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and who is going to foot the bill? Those questions loom...

Ursula von der Leyen, former Minister of Defence and current President of the EU Commission, comes to the German Bundestag for questioning by the Bundestag's committee of inquiry into the advisor affair in the Ministry of Defence, Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Feb.13, 2020. It is expected to be used to complete the witness interviews after about a year. The Committee shall examine the award of contracts to external consultants. (Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa via AP)

EU chief von der Leyen testifies at German defense inquiry

Feb. 13, 2020 8:56 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen defended the use of external experts during her time as German defense minister as she testified Thursday before a parliamentary inquiry, but conceded that mistakes were made. Von der Leyen, a fixture in Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinets...

EU Parliament chief pushes for ambitious long-term budget

Feb. 12, 2020 11:28 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament president warned EU member states Wednesday that they won't have the support of lawmakers if they fail to back anambitious long-term budget for the bloc. European leaders will gather in Brussels on Feb. 20 for a special summit to find a compromise on the bloc's...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, left, talks to to European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a debate on a proposed mandate for negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Feb.11, 2020. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU chief rejects Johnson's idea of loose UK trade deal

Feb. 11, 2020 9:12 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday, dismissing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's idea of brokering a loose trade deal...

EU official: Fast response to Albania quake raises support

Feb. 10, 2020 10:55 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A fast response by the European Union to the earthquake in Albania that killed 51 people has increased the bloc’s popularity among the tiny Western Balkan country’s population, according to an EU official. A survey published Monday on the Albanian public perception of...

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi talks to journalists during a news conference at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EU focuses on Balkans for enlargement after Brexit

Feb. 5, 2020 1:13 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Down one country with the departure of Britain, the European Union's executive proposed a new system for adding members in a move made all the more urgent by French objections to open enlargement talks with two Western Balkan nations. The European Commission hopes the streamlined rules...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlines his government's negotiating stance with the European Union after Brexit, during a key speech at the Old Naval College in Greenwich, London, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

UK and EU clash over trade with 11 months to make a deal

Feb. 3, 2020 3:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union set out clashing opening gambits Monday on striking a post-Brexit trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to walk away without an agreement rather than compromise on key issues. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent a bravado-filled salvo toward...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Britain officially leaves the European Union on Friday after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Media outlets push back against government's Brexit video

Jan. 31, 2020 8:28 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Some prominent British and international media organizations pushed back Friday against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of a prerecorded video message to mark Britain's departure from the European Union. The Associated Press and several other major news outlets declined to air...

An image of the clock face of 'Big Ben' is projected onto the exterior of 10 Downing street, the residence of the British Prime Minister, in London as Britain left the European Union, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. With little fuss and not much fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to the bloc. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Britain leaves the European Union, leaps into the unknown

Jan. 31, 2020 6:37 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu. With little fanfare, Britain left the European Union on Friday after 47 years of membership, taking a leap into the unknown in a historic blow to the bloc. The U.K.'s departure became official at 11 p.m. (2300GMT), midnight in Brussels, where the EU...

From right, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli and European Council President Charles Michel participate in speak a media conference at the Parliamentarium in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU on Friday the first nation in the bloc to do so. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Let's move on: EU wants to keep big role after Brexit

Jan. 31, 2020 6:07 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the United Kingdom prepared to bring to an end its 47-year EU membership, the bloc's top officials on Friday pledged to continue playing a prominent role “in the ever-louder cacophony of the world," despite the loss of a powerful affiliate. In a text published by several European...