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Amazon wins EU court fight over $300 million tax ruling

May. 12, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In the latest setback to European Union efforts to tackle corporate tax avoidance, a court on Wednesday annulled a ruling by the European Commission that a tax deal between Amazon and Luxembourg's government amounted to illegal state support. The EU's...

Clock is ticking for EU vaccine certificates as summer looms

May. 11, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — As strict lockdowns are loosened across Europe and many EU citizens dream about holidays in the sun, the 27-nation bloc has yet to agree on how to quickly implement a virus certificate scheme to boost summer travel and tourism. European affairs ministers...

WHO official denies lying to Italy prosecutors over report

May. 11, 2021 02:12 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A top World Health Organization official has strongly denied making false statements to Italian prosecutors about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response, doubling down on his assertions in court documents obtained by The Associated Press. ...

EU insists dispute with AstraZeneca is only contractual

May. 10, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission insisted Monday it still trusts the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and that its dispute with the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker is only contractual. The EU's executive branch has launched legal proceedings in Belgium...

EU launches conference to debate its future with citizens

May. 09, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday expressed hope that Europe would rediscover the path of “great projects, great ambitions and great dreams” as the European Union launched a wide consultation process meant to design the shape of the bloc's future. ...

Merkel hopeful on Europe summer travel even without vaccine

May. 08, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Europeans can look forward to traveling this summer, if coronavirus cases keep declining further on the continent, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday. While the European Union is developing a vaccine certificate valid throughout the 27-nation...

EU agrees potential 1.8 billion-dose purchase of Pfizer jab

May. 08, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The European Union cemented its support for Pfizer-BioNTech and its novel COVID-19 vaccine technology Saturday by agreeing to a massive contract extension for a potential 1.8 billion doses through 2023. EU Commission President Ursula von der...

EU says US stand on patent virus waiver is no 'magic bullet'

May. 08, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the U.S. call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would yield no short-term or intermediate improvement in vaccine supplies and could even have a negative impact. On...

EU, India try again to clinch trade deal, sidelining China

May. 08, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The European Union and India agreed Saturday to restart negotiations on a bilateral free trade deal, eight years after their first attempt failed and as both sides seek alternatives to China. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke via...

EU calls on US to push exports to counter vaccine shortage

May. 07, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — The European Union called on the United States Friday to start boosting its vaccine exports to contain the global COVID-19 crisis, and said that the U.S. backing of patent waivers would provide only a long-term solution at best. “We invite all...