PARIS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a state visit in France where he is expected to sign a series of bilateral and economic deals on energy, the food industry, transport and other...
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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will be traveling to Brussels to attend a meeting of the main center-right alliance in the European Parliament, set to discuss the...
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on talks about Britain's departure from the European Union (all times local):
European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker says both the EU and the British government...
UK, EU announce change to Brexit deal ahead of key vote
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Britain and the European Union emerged from last-minute talks late Monday to announce they had finally removed the biggest roadblock to their Brexit divorce deal, only...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister will host the leader of the main center-right faction in the European Parliament to discuss the Hungarian ruling party's possible ouster from the...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The party of Hungary's prime minister says it "cannot yield" to conditions set for it to remain in the main center-right group in the European Parliament.
BERLIN (AP) — Hungary's populist prime minister described members of a European Union political group who want his party expelled as "useful idiots," saying in an interview published Sunday they...
EU Parliament election could upend politics across Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was so stupefied after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban attacked his migration policies that he publicly muttered "I cannot believe...
UK acknowledges key trade deals won’t be ready by Brexit day
BRUSSELS (AP) — The British government acknowledged Thursday that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by the planned Brexit day of March 29, while the...
Germany’s Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging...
Swedish teen leads Belgian students on 7th climate march
BRUSSELS (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg led a march of thousands of Belgian students who are skipped classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels and draw more...
Global stocks mostly rise ahead of US-China tariff war talks
BEIJING (AP) — Most global stock markets rose Thursday as U.S. and Chinese officials entered two days of negotiations aimed at ending a bruising tariff battle.
UK’s May, EU chief call latest Brexit talks ‘constructive’
BRUSSELS (AP) — After the resignations of three of her party's lawmakers over Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May came away from more talks on preventing the U.K. from crashing out of the...
The Latest: UK PM May in Brussels for more Brexit talks
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on Brexit, Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local):
Fresh from a political setback at home, British Prime Minister...
EU official criticizes Hungary PM Orban for campaign posters
BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official criticized Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday for election campaign posters alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the...
EU, UK to have more Brexit talks but key disagreement intact
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister Theresa May that her trip to EU headquarters to seek an elusive breakthrough in Brexit negotiations stands no chance of...
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EU warns of reduced imports if Trump puts tariffs on cars
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned U.S. President Donald Trump Monday that the bloc will step back from a commitment to buy more American soybeans and liquid gas if European cars are hit with punitive tariffs.
The U.S. Commerce Department is expected issue its guidance on whether auto imports endanger U.S. national security enough to justify import taxes, giving Trump 90 days to decide whether to impose them.
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Greek baker who gave bread to arriving refugees dies at 77
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Dionissis Arvanitakis, a Greek baker who provided free bread to refugees who arrived on a Greek island, has died of unspecified causes. He was 77.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker released a statement Sunday expressing his respect "for an exemplary European citizen" who showed "rare generosity and sensitivity towards the hundreds of unfortunate immigrants."
Juncker said: "My Europe is the one Dionissis Arvanitakis symbolized."
UK, EU leaders don’t budge on Brexit but agree to more talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union refused to budge an inch Thursday toward any compromise over Brexit, but at least they are on speaking terms again about their impending divorce.
They agreed to further negotiations in the next few weeks, although that means any deal will come perilously close to the scheduled deadline of March 29. That risks a chaotic departure for Britain that could be costly to both sides — both to businesses and ordinary people.
The Latest: May says she won’t completely remove backstop
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's scheduled exit from the European Union (all times local):
British Prime Minister Theresa May has told business leaders in Northern Ireland that she is seeking changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement but not the total removal of the backstop plan that is the most contentious part of the deal.
As US questions free trade, EU and Japan usher in new deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Japan on Friday ushered in a landmark trade deal they say will boost business between the two economic powers and sends the message that international pacts still have a purpose in an age of increasing protectionism.
The agreement that comes into effect will scrap nearly all tariffs on products both sides trade in. It will have a big impact on Japanese exports of cars to Europe and EU exports of agricultural products like cheese to Japan.
EU approves US soybeans for biofuel production
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved U.S. soybean exports to be used in the production of biofuels in an effort to boost such imports following last summer's trans-Atlantic meeting between President Donald Trump and his EU Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker.
The summit meeting was able to stave off a tariffs war on industrial goods like cars but Juncker made a commitment to buy more U.S. soybeans.
EU wants to exclude agriculture from trade talks with US
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union insisted Friday that agriculture be kept out of the EU-U.S. trade negotiations, despite Washington's wishes to include the vast sector, and said any overall deal will be limited in scope.
The EU Commission announced its proposals for a negotiating mandate from the 28 member states and said that the EU negotiations will be "strictly focused on the removal of tariffs on industrial goods, excluding agricultural products."
Juncker: Romania political feuding may mar its EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A top European Union official on Friday warned Romania that rancorous political feuding could overshadow its presidency of the EU.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that domestically Romania needs "an atmosphere and spirit of consensus," because "pointless polemics could cause multiple problems internally and externally."
The Latest: Dutch-based Brits get Brexit transition period
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):
The Dutch government says it will let British citizens living in the Netherlands remain in the country for 15 months in the event of a no-deal Brexit and offer them the opportunity to apply for residency permits.
Romania insists it’s up to the EU presidency
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government insists it is capable of handling the rotating presidency of the European Union, dismissing remarks made by the head of the bloc's executive branch.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker recently questioned whether Romania was ready for the political give-and-take of holding the presidency which began this month, adding it was "technically well-prepared" for the role.
Romania slams EU for treating it as ‘second-rate’ country
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian officials on Monday slammed European Union officials for treating it as "a second-rate" country as it prepares to take over the EU's rotating presidency.
Underlining the fractious mood between Romania and Brussels, a senior official of Romania's governing Social Democratic Party blasted top EU officials including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for alleged prejudices.
EU’s Juncker urges Britain: get your act together on Brexit
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain to "get your act together" and decide what exactly the country wants as Brexit looms.
Britain is due to leave the EU March 29 but its Parliament hasn't approved the government's divorce deal with the EU, which many lawmakers loathe. A vote is scheduled in mid-January.
EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency
BERLIN (AP) — The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.
One ‘nebulous’ word sends sparks flying over Brexit talks
BRUSSELS (AP) — As if the Brexit negotiations aren't tense enough, a "nebulous" linguistic fog briefly spread across the European Union summit on Friday.
One word sent sparks flying between two of the biggest protagonists, British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
EU’s Juncker lashes Hungary’s Orban over fake news
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker lashed out at the leader of Hungary on Friday for spreading fake news, after EU leaders called for measures to tackle the deliberate spread of disinformation in time for European elections in five months.
The Latest: EU chief says May had no plan for help on Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local):
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to bring a clear plan for how the European Union should help her get the Brexit deal past her recalcitrant parliament.
Juncker says that the British "still need to say what they want instead of asking us what we want."
He said early Tuesday after an EU summit that he will need answers "within a few weeks."
Italy lowers deficit in revised budget to avoid EU sanctions
MILAN (AP) — Italy lowered its proposed deficit to just over 2 percent of GDP in a revised budget submitted Wednesday to the EU Commission in a bid to avoid costly sanctions.
UK’s May hits narrowing road for help rescuing Brexit deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said she found "a shared determination" among some European leaders Tuesday to persuade the British Parliament to accept a proposed Brexit deal, but her continental counterparts insisted any room for revisions was small.
So many British lawmakers oppose the deal on the terms of Britain's breakup and future relationship with the European Union that May postponed a planned vote in the House of Commons instead of seeing it rejected.
If Brexit changes are off the table, time for ‘reassurances’
LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister concedes Parliament won't approve her Brexit plan without changes. The European Union says no changes are possible.
So what's a politician to do? Play with words.
A day after Prime Minister Theresa May canceled a Brexit vote she was sure to lose, leaders on both sides of the Channel sought Tuesday to salvage their deal.
EU seals Brexit deal as May faces a hard sell at home
BRUSSELS (AP) — After months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations, Britain and the European Union on Sunday finally sealed an agreement governing the U.K.'s departure from the bloc next year.
So much for the easy part.
British Prime Minister Theresa May must now sell the deal to her divided Parliament — a huge task considering the intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike — to ensure Britain can leave with a minimum of upheaval on March 29.
Spain to back Brexit deal after UK agrees to Gibraltar terms
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union removed the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain said it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on the eve of a summit where EU leaders will sign off on the divorce papers.
British PM hails Brexit progress, but still no breakthrough
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that she has made fresh progress in Brexit talks at a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, as negotiators try to pin down an agreement that EU leaders can rubber-stamp this weekend.
The Latest: Spanish king slams Catalan authorities
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Catalonia's disputed independence referendum and Spain's response (all times local):
Spain's King Felipe VI says that Catalan authorities have deliberately bent the law with "irresponsible conduct" and that the Spanish state needs to ensure constitutional order and the rule of law in Catalonia.