Latest European Commission News

Auditors urge EU to quickly fix migrant policy shortfalls

Nov. 13, 2019 11:18 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Auditors on Wednesday urged the European Union to improve its approach to easing migrant pressure on Greece and Italy as people languish in camps on the Greek Islands, and to draw lessons from its shortcomings before a new crisis hits. Well over 1 million people arrived in Europe in 2015,...

EU chief Juncker's aneurysm operation has been successful

Nov. 13, 2019 7:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The spokeswoman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he is recovering well from an aneurysm operation and is expected to leave intensive care later Wednesday. Mina Andreeva said that "his return to office will depend on the speed of his recovery." The 64-year-old is...

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision that was welcomed by rights groups but sparked anger in Israel. The European Court of Justice said that when products come from an Israeli...

3 new candidates for European Commission clear 1st hurdle

Nov. 12, 2019 9:03 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three new candidates for the European Commission have cleared a first hurdle in their nomination process after lawmakers scrutinizing possible conflicts of interest gave the go-ahead on Tuesday. The new Commission — the powerful executive arm of the European Union that proposes laws...

Next EU Commission chief wants to increase foreign spending

Nov. 12, 2019 4:52 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The next European Commission president says she wants to spend almost a third more on foreign policy goals over the next half decade to better establish the EU as a global player. Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that the extra money is needed to develop a stronger strategic culture of the...

Human Rights Watch says Croatia should not join Schengen

Nov. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia should not be allowed into Europe's border-free travel zone because of its treatment of migrants crossing into the country from neighboring Bosnia and Serbia, a leading international human rights body said Friday. In a report, Human Rights Watch criticized the European...

Romania's presidential election eclipsed by political crisis

Nov. 8, 2019 10:50 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians are set to choose the country's new president Sunday, in a traditionally highly-contested election overshadowed this year by a political crisis which saw a minority government installed just days ago. Polls show incumbent center-right President Klaus Iohannis ahead with...

European Commission president: US auto tariffs not expected

Nov. 8, 2019 2:53 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he does not think U.S. President Donald Trump will impose new tariffs targeting European automobiles. The Trump administration has already imposed tariffs that have hit European Union steel, aluminum and agricultural products,...

Eurozone forecast for long period of weak economic growth

Nov. 7, 2019 5:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's executive branch has cut its growth forecasts for the 19-country eurozone for this year and next and warned that conditions could worsen in the face of an array of uncertainties. The European Commission said Thursday that the single currency bloc is expected to grow 1.1%...

EU to pay Turkey millions to boost its coast guard

Nov. 6, 2019 12:26 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is preparing to pay Turkey tens of millions to help bolster its coast guard, a senior EU official said Wednesday, as increasing numbers of migrants and refugees are leaving Turkey in hopes of finding sanctuary or jobs in Europe. Greek authorities are struggling to cope...