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Italian judge orders a journalist to pay 5,000 euros in damages for making fun of Meloni's height

Jul. 19, 2024 11:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — A judge in Milan has ordered an Italian journalist to pay 5,000 euros (nearly $5,500) in damages to Premier Giorgia Meloni for making fun of her height in social media posts. The judge ruled on Wednesday that two social media posts by journalist Giulia Cortese, who was...

European leaders discuss migration and Ukraine at a UK summit as concern grows about direction of US

Jul. 18, 2024 17:31 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, England (AP) — Leaders from across Europe expressed support for Ukraine and concern about the direction of the United States on Thursday at a security-focused summit clouded by worries about whether the U.S. will remain a reliable ally if Donald Trump wins a second presidency. ...

Greece shuts Acropolis, 2 firefighters killed in Italy as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

Jul. 18, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A heat wave across southern Europe forced authorities in Greece to close the Acropolis Wednesday for several hours and two firefighters died while putting out a fire in the Basilicata region in southern Italy, Italian authorities said. Italy added Palermo,...

Rome's airport is named for da Vinci, Venice's for Marco Polo. Milan's Malpensa? Silvio Berlusconi

Jul. 11, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi, a cruise-ship singer, media mogul and three-time premier who dominated Italian politics for three decades, is getting a new act following his death last year. Milan’s Malpensa Airport, Italy’s second-busiest passenger airport, is being renamed for...

At 28, Bardella could become youngest French prime minister at helm of far-right National Rally

Jul. 07, 2024 01:15 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — At just 28 years old, Jordan Bardella has helped make the far-right National Rally the strongest political force in France. And now he could become the country's youngest prime minister. After voters propelled Marine Le Pen’s National Rally to a strong lead in...

Italian Premier Meloni rebukes the youth wing of her far-right party for glorifying fascism

Jul. 03, 2024 11:39 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Melon i has admonished the youth wing of her far-right Brothers of Italy party after an Italian news outlet published videos showing some of its members glorifying fascism. “I have said and repeated dozens of times, but perhaps I need to...

EU commission approves Lufthansa purchase of long-troubled Italian airline ITA, with conditions

Jul. 03, 2024 09:49 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The European Commission on Wednesday approved Lufthansa’s takeover of Italian airline ITA with conditions to protect competition in a deal that Italy's finance minister called “historic.” Lufthansa will invest 325 million euros ($350 million) to acquire a 41%...

Two plundered ancient Greek vases are repatriated from Switzerland

Jul. 02, 2024 12:52 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Two plundered marble vases that marked ancient Athenians' graves more than 2,000 years ago, including one with an emotional family scene, have been returned to Greece from Switzerland. Greece's Culture Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that the two white...

EU leaders have tapped their top brass. Von der Leyen must win over parliament to keep her job

Jun. 28, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s leaders this week agreed with surprising speed on a trio of top jobs, tapping European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a second term, Portugal’s António Costa as European Council President, and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas as their top diplomat....

Ethnic Greek imprisoned in Albania hopes his election to European Parliament will boost rule of law

Jun. 27, 2024 14:30 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An Albanian prison cell wouldn't rank high among choice spots to run a successful campaign for election to the European Parliament. Fredis Beleris, a member of Albania's ethnic Greek minority, had no choice. Last year, he was elected mayor of a town in...