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Tourist cross the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Monday, March 16, 2020. France's government announced Saturday closing restaurants, bars and other establishments to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France says people must stay home to slow spread of virus

Mar. 16, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France said Monday that it would follow other European countries in confining residents mostly to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, while the European Union considered closing its external borders to foreign travelers to impede infections. French President Emmanuel Macron said that...

European Council President Charles Michel, left, participates in a videoconference call with EU leaders at the European Council building in Brussels, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. EU leaders held a videoconference Tuesday to coordinate efforts across the 27-nation bloc in the hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)

EU vows united response as virus hits its political heart

Mar. 10, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Tuesday to stand united in combating the spread of the coronavirus ravaging member country Italy, and agreed to draft a plan to address any medical shortages and set up a fund to help overburdened health care systems. The pledges came at a rare video conference...

CORRECTS FROM COAST GUARD TO NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER- In this photo provided by Michele Smith, a National Guard  helicopter delivering virus testing kits hovers above the Grand Princess cruise ship Thursday, March 5, 2020, off the California coast. Scrambling to keep the coronavirus at bay, officials ordered a cruise ship with about 3,500 people aboard to hold off the California coast Thursday until passengers and crew could be tested, after a traveler from its previous voyage died and at least one other became infected. Princess Cruises says fewer than 100 of those aboard have been identified for testing. (Michele Smith via AP)

Latest: China's virus outbreak steady, with 143 new cases

Mar. 5, 2020 8:56 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 8:40 a.m. China's outbreak of the new coronavirus is holding steady. Health officials on Friday reported 143 new cases of infection and 30 new deaths, almost all in the epicenter of Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei where the...

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, right, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen attend the weekly College of Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who has put climate change at the top of her priorities and pledged to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, will present her plans on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

EU commission unveils climate law amid criticism

Mar. 4, 2020 8:52 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amid fierce criticism from environmental activists, the European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday for its first ever climate law, which will act as the basis of the European Union's aim to make the 27-country bloc climate neutral by 2050. Under its Green Deal agenda, the EU's executive...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen rings a bell to signal the start of a weekly College of Commissioners meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Greens, Thunberg say EU climate law lacks ambition

Mar. 3, 2020 2:27 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Climate activists and Green members of the European Parliament are urging the European Union to be more ambitious as the bloc gets ready to unveil plans for a climate law to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century. While the Greens urged the 27-nation bloc to raise its 2030...

Jailed Catalan independence leader to teach at university

Mar. 3, 2020 6:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A jailed pro-Catalan independence politician was allowed to leave prison Tuesday to take up part-time teaching work at a university. Oriol Junqueras, a former vice president for Spain’s wealthy northeastern Catalonia region, is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the illegal...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Major contributors to the European Union's budget blocked progress at an emergency summit on Friday, insisting that they would not stump up more funds for the bloc's next long-term spending package. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

EU ends testy budget summit without deal, much work ahead

Feb. 21, 2020 3:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders broke up a marathon budget summit without a deal Friday and their positions were still so far apart that they could not even decide when to meet again on the divisive issue. After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise, with a half dozen wealthy...

European Parliament President David Sassoli speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

Feb. 20, 2020 9:44 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive. Gaps and resentments between...

European Union leaders engage in discussion during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

Conflict of interest fears cast shadow over EU budget talks

Feb. 20, 2020 12:54 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to companies linked to some of the very people deciding how...

Eurogroup President and Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno, second left, meets with European Council President Charles Michel, second right, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

'Voodoo statistics' floated as EU budget battle looms

Feb. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — After almost two years of sparring, the European Union was girding itself Wednesday for perhaps the final round of the bloc’s traditional budget slug-fest, a potentially long and fiery summit to thrash out Europe’s spending plans for the next seven years. Leaders from the 27...