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COVID contact means Michel can't be at EU parliament session

Jan. 19, 2022 05:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday became the second top-level European Union official who has had to pull out of the bloc’s parliament session because of contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. European Commission...

Malta legislator becomes 3rd female EU Parliament president

Jan. 18, 2022 06:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Roberta Metsola, a Christian Democrat from Malta, was elected president of the European Union’s parliament Tuesday, putting women in three of the four biggest jobs in the 27-nation bloc. Metsola succeeds Italian Socialist David Sassoli, who died last week. She is...

EU chief scraps meetings because driver is COVID-19 positive

Jan. 17, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that she has canceled her in-person appointments at the European Parliament this week after her driver tested positive for COVID-19. Von der Leyen said she was already in Strasbourg, France, for the...

EU flag drapes coffin of Sassoli, head of bloc's parliament

Jan. 14, 2022 08:56 AM EST

ROME (AP) — With a European Union flag draping the coffin, Italy conducted a state funeral Friday for David Sassoli, the EU parliament's president who died earlier in the week. Top EU officials including Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President...

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at age 65

Jan. 11, 2022 09:37 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — David Sassoli, an Italian journalist who worked his way up in politics while defending the downtrodden and oppressed to become president of the European Union’s parliament, died in an Italian hospital on Tuesday at 65. European Council President Charles Michel...

Kazakh president: Forces can shoot to kill to quell unrest

Jan. 07, 2022 17:21 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kazakhstan’s president authorized security forces on Friday to shoot to kill those participating in unrest, opening the door for a dramatic escalation in a crackdown on anti-government protests that have turned violent. The Central Asian nation this week experienced...

France takes EU reins with push for more sovereignty

Jan. 07, 2022 07:26 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Friday to boost Europe's strategic power and sovereignty, as France formally took the reins of the 27-nation bloc for the next six months with big ambitions. A leitmotif of the French presidency over the next six months will be...

Taiwan pledges to invest in Lithuania amid Chinese pressure

Jan. 05, 2022 10:49 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Taiwan is creating an investment fund and planning other measures to help Lithuania as it faces major economic pressure from China for allowing the island to open a representative office in the European Union country, Taiwanese officials said Wednesday. ...

EU approves 5th COVID-19 vaccine for bloc, one by Novavax

Dec. 20, 2021 11:26 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union’s executive branch on Monday authorized a fifth COVID-19 vaccine for use in the 27-nation bloc, giving the green light to the two-dose vaccine made by U.S. biotech company Novavax. The European Commission confirmed a recommendation...

EU faces nuclear rift in decision on energy funds, future

Dec. 17, 2021 07:41 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of the European Union’s two most important nations faced reporters together during a joint news conference early Friday, a show of unity at the end of the EU's final summit of the year. Then two words - “nuclear energy” - intervened. ...