Latest European Union News

EU moves to end standoff with Poland over anti-EU policies and begins to release billions in funds

Feb. 29, 2024 11:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union took a major step Thursday in ending its standoff with member state Poland, saying it would start releasing billions of euros that were frozen over what the bloc said were the previous Polish government's backsliding on democratic principles. The...

Aid groups appeal to the European Union to release urgent funds for Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA

Feb. 29, 2024 09:21 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Humanitarian aid groups appealed on Thursday to the European Union to release tens of millions of euros in funding due to the main U.N. agency that delivers most aid to people in the Gaza Strip as the organization teeters on the brink of financial collapse. The...

Western Balkans leaders pledge to speed up reforms for EU growth plan

Feb. 29, 2024 08:37 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The leaders of Western Balkan countries agreed Thursday to speed up regional cooperation to benefit more from a new European Union plan of financial aid that will help provide a faster road to membership. Brussels' plan calls for 6 billion euros (about $6.5...

EU says it will begin releasing billions of euros to Poland that were frozen over previous government’s anti-EU policies

Feb. 29, 2024 06:29 AM EST
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU says it will begin releasing billions of euros to Poland that were frozen over previous government’s anti-EU policies.

An international monitoring mission says Serbia's election was held in unjust conditions

Feb. 28, 2024 14:31 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's recent disputed election was held in “unjust conditions” in part because of the president's involvement and systemic advantages for the ruling party, a report by international monitors said Wednesday. The report by an office of the Organization...

Moldovan breakaway region appeals to Russia as a spat with the pro-Western government worsens

Feb. 28, 2024 13:19 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Officials in Moldova’s Russia-backed breakaway region of Transnistria appealed to Moscow for protection Wednesday, as tensions escalate with the pro-Western government. Moldova, a candidate to join the European Union, imposed new customs duties on Jan....

A top EU official calls for a new defense industry strategy with locally made arms at its heart

Feb. 28, 2024 09:50 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official called on Wednesday for a new defense industry strategy to respond to security challenges posed by Russia’s war on Ukraine with the purchase of weapons and ammunition made in Europe at its heart. The Russian invasion has exposed...

Asylum seekers in Europe reached a 7-year high last year. Syrians and Afghans file most claims

Feb. 28, 2024 09:32 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The number of asylum seekers in Europe reached a seven-year high last year, with more than 1.1 million people applying for international protection in 2023, most of them Syrian nationals, the European Union said Wednesday. The increase in asylum seekers and other...

EU watchdog wants new search and rescue rules after hundreds of migrants drown off Greece

Feb. 28, 2024 07:42 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s administrative watchdog called Wednesday for a change to Europe’s search and rescue rules following an inquiry into last year's sinking of a rusty fishing boat, the Adriana, carrying hundreds of migrants while traveling from Libya to Italy. ...

EU poised to OK major plan to meet climate goals and better protect nature despite farmer protests

Feb. 28, 2024 00:54 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The European Union is on the brink of approving a major plan to fight climate change and better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc after protests from farmers and opposition from the biggest party in parliament led it to be diluted. The plan is a key...