Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules
LONDON (AP) — The European Union has approved a copyright overhaul that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and...
France’s Macron plays hard ball in EU Brexit debate
BRUSSELS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's drive for a swift end to the European Union's long-running, slow-moving Brexit crisis divided a summit that finally granted Britain another delay...
BRUSSELS (AP) — As if Brexit hadn't spooked Britain and the European Union enough over the past three years, the two sides agreed early Thursday to extend the deadline to Halloween.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Brexit discussions (all times local):
European Council President Donald Tusk is urging European Union leaders to grant the United Kingdom a...
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday again sought to delay Brexit until June 30 to avoid a chaotic withdrawal from the European Union in one week, although a key leader of...
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Labour Party officials say they are "disappointed" with the British government's stance in delicate talks aimed at...
EU takes charge, forces Brexit deadlines on UK’s May
BRUSSELS (AP) — Isolated at home and abroad, British Prime Minister Theresa May will be laboring against the odds once again to win backers in Parliament for her unloved Brexit deal, this time to...
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders worried about China's growing power are devising plans to counter the ambitions of a country they describe as a "systemic rival."
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says the United Kingdom now could walk out without a deal on April 12, but he expects it...
UK’s May asks a wary EU to delay Brexit until June 30
LONDON (AP) — Exactly 1,000 days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and nine days before it is scheduled to walk out the door, Prime Minister Theresa May hit the pause button...
What’s next after UK seeks 3-month delay to Brexit?
LONDON (AP) — With just nine days to go until Brexit day, Prime Minister Theresa May has asked the European Union to postpone Britain's departure from the European Union until June 30. The...
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that it would be "a potent symbol of Parliament's collective political failure" if a Brexit delay meant that the U.K. has to take...
Main UK opposition party takes step to back new Brexit vote
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May returned from a seemingly unproductive meeting with European Union leaders Monday to a growing attempt by British lawmakers to stop her from taking Britain...
UK leader delays Brexit vote, risks further Cabinet discord
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Sunday that she is delaying a vote on her Brexit deal in Parliament, saying it should now take place by March 12, a...
EU chief ponders ‘special place in hell’ for some Brexiteers
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk took a swipe Wednesday at some Brexit-backers in Britain, wondering aloud what "special place in hell" might be reserved for those who had no idea how to deliver the country's exit from the European Union.
Tusk: Special place in hell for no plan Brexiteers
The Latest: Theresa May postpones vote on Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):
European Union official Donald Tusk says the bloc won't renegotiate the Brexit deal with the U.K. government as he called a summit Thursday to examine ways to help Britain ratify the deal.
Tusk, the president of the European Council, tweeted that "we will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate U.K. ratification."
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Vatican enters European bank system in new sign of progress
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has made more progress in its path to greater financial transparency by securing approval to join the European banking system that harmonizes electronic payments across the continent.
With the endorsement of the European Council, the Vatican City State and Holy See are now included in the Single Euro Payments Area, known as SEPA. That allows the Vatican bank to have its own IBAN code — the unique numerical identifier that facilitates wire transfers between banks.
UK leader warns ousting her won’t make Brexit talks easier
LONDON (AP) — Britain's besieged Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that a leadership change wouldn't make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her and the former Brexit secretary suggested she failed to stand up to bullying from European Union officials.
As furious Conservative rebels try to gather the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, May insisted she hadn't considered quitting.
EU’s Tusk likens Polish govt to contemporary ‘Bolsheviks’
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Council head Donald Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, on Saturday denounced the euroskeptic populists governing Poland as "contemporary Bolsheviks" who threaten the nation's independence, but can be defeated.
Tusk, seen as a likely contender in Poland's 2020 presidential election, spoke in the city of Lodz on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the country regaining its statehood at the end of World War I after 123 years of foreign rule.
Hungary says EU’s rule-of-law procedure deepens rift in bloc
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A senior Hungarian official says a European Union procedure launched against the country for allegedly undermining EU values and rule of law sharpens divisions between newer and older members of the bloc.
Gergely Gulyas, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, said Friday that sanctions against Hungary under the procedure known as Article 7 would be "impossible."
Tusk, May speak on Brexit amid hopes of elusive breakthrough
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council President Donald Tusk spoke by phone Wednesday amid signs of movement in deadlocked Brexit talks.
Tusk tweeted that the pair spoke "to take stock of progress in #brexit talks and discuss way ahead." Tusk has said he is willing to call a special EU summit if there are new proposals from Britain to unblock talks.
Tusk defends actions as former PM at Poland’s pyramid probe
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Donald Tusk, the head of the European Council, strongly defended his actions as Poland's former prime minister during questioning Monday into a pyramid scheme that cheated thousands of Poles out of their savings.
In an emotional moment during the seven-hour hearing, which was televised live across Poland, Tusk told the ruling conservative party that it was using his questioning by a parliamentary committee for political purposes.
European and Asian leaders seek to boost trade, security
BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia should use their combined economic clout "to tackle global challenges such as trade tensions that put millions of jobs at risk" and the threat of climate change, a top European official said Thursday.
The Latest: Tusk says new thinking required in Brexit talks
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union (all times local):
European Council President Donald Tusk says new thinking is required to end the Brexit standoff and is likening the Irish border problem to the mythical Gordian Knot that cannot be untied.
Tusk said Tuesday that "we need maybe a new method of thinking."
The Latest: EU chief says UK’s Brexit offer must be reworked
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's looming exit from the European Union (all times local):
A top European Union official says key parts of Britain's offer to conclude Brexit talks fall short of expectations and need to be improved, just six months before the country leaves the bloc.
European Council President Donald Tusk said "the U.K.'s proposals will need to be reworked and further negotiated." He noted issues surrounding the Irish border and future economic cooperation.
TOKYO (AP) — The European Union and Japan signed a landmark deal on Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade.
The ambitious pact signed in Tokyo runs counter to President Donald Trump's moves to hike tariffs on imports from many U.S. trading partners. It covers a third of the global economy and markets of more than 600 million people.
BEIJING (AP) — A senior European official on Monday urged U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China to work with Europe to avoid trade wars and prevent conflict and chaos.
Speaking before Trump and Putin were due to meet in Helsinki, European Council President Donald Tusk appealed for leaders to avoid wrecking a political and economic order that nurtured a peaceful Europe and developing China.
The Latest: EU chief: No role for EU in Catalonia dispute
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local):
European Council President Donald Tusk is ruling out any European Union role in the dispute between Spain and Catalonia as Madrid weighs whether to reclaim some powers from the regional government amid an independence dispute.
Tusk told reporters Thursday on the sidelines of an EU summit that "there is no room, no space for any kind of mediation, or international initiatives or action."