Latest European Parliament News

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...

Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware

Jan. 12, 2022 14:07 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers called Wednesday for a committee to investigate rights abuses by European Union governments using powerful spyware produced by Israel's NSO Group. Meanwhile, the Polish Senate formally approved the formation of a committee to...

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...

European Parliament says its president, David Sassoli, has died at 65

Jan. 11, 2022 00:22 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — European Parliament says its president, David Sassoli, has died at 65.

EU Parliament president Sassoli hospitalized in Italy

Jan. 10, 2022 09:59 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Parliament President David Sassoli has been hospitalized in Italy due to abnormal functioning of his immune system, his spokesman said Monday. Roberto Cuillo said in a statement that Sassoli has in the hospital since Dec. 26 and all his activities have been...

EU draft on financing nuclear and gas plants raises ire

Jan. 02, 2022 08:01 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Draft European Union plans that would allow nuclear and gas energy to remain part of the bloc's path to a climate-friendly future came under immediate criticism over the weekend from both environmentalists and some governing political parties in EU member nations. ...

AP Exclusive: Polish opposition duo hacked with NSO spyware

Dec. 21, 2021 01:34 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The aggressive cellphone break-ins of a high-profile lawyer representing top Polish opposition figures came in the final weeks of pivotal 2019 parliamentary elections. Two years later, a prosecutor challenging attempts by the populist right-wing government to purge the...