NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Portugal and Luxembourg filed protests with UEFA against Ukraine fielding Brazil-born forward Junior Moraes in European Championship qualifying games.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was facing a groundswell of revolt Friday from allied center-right parties that want to kick him out of their European Parliament group less...
Latvia loses case to suspend indicted ECB official
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court on Tuesday overturned Latvia's decision to suspend a member of the European Central Bank while he is investigated for alleged bribery in a scandal...
Bettel starts 2nd term as prime minister of Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Xavier Bettel has started his second term as prime minister of Luxembourg, leading a coalition of his liberals along with Socialists and Greens.
Bettel's team was sworn in Wednesday. It will remain much the same as the outgoing government, with Socialist veteran Jean Asselborn holding on to his position as foreign minister and Pierre Gramegna as finance minister.
The parties control 31 of the 60 seats in the Luxembourg legislature.
Milan survives big Europa fright, surprise loss for Sevilla
AC Milan was given a helping hand by two own goals as it survived a big scare before beating Dudelange of Luxembourg 5-2 in the Europa League on Thursday.
The seven-time European Cup winner trailed 2-1 midway through the second half, but came storming back with four goals in the last 24 minutes of the Group F tie.
Italy’s church acknowledges looming tax bill after ruling
ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes.
The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European Commission that said it would be impossible to recover tax revenue that non-profits including the Italian church were exempted from paying for certain properties.
UK court rejects bid to stop legal challenge to Brexit
LONDON (AP) — Europe's top court will consider whether Britain can unilaterally stop Brexit, after the U.K. government's bid to halt the case failed.
Two Scottish appeals judges on Thursday rejected the government's request to appeal a lower court ruling that allowed the case to be heard by the European Court of Justice.
The Luxembourg-based court has a hearing set for Nov. 27.
Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — Julia Goerges lived up to her top seeding at the Luxembourg Open by winning her second title of the year on Saturday.
Goerges beat unseeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in the final.
The German won her first tournament of the year in Auckland, reached another final at Charleston in April, and the Wimbledon semifinals. This is her sixth career title. She lost the 2010 final here.
Starbucks selling stores, closing office in Europe
SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks is restructuring its European operations after several years of slowing sales.
The Seattle-based coffee chain is selling 83 company-owned stores in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to its longtime partner, Alsea. Alsea will also provide services to 177 other Starbucks locations in those countries which are owned by franchisees.
Mexico City-based Alsea already operates more than 900 Starbucks stores in Mexico and South America.
EU official urges Britain’s May to get creative on Brexit
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union largely abandoned hope of clinching a Brexit deal this month and a top EU official implored British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday to come up with "a new method of thinking" on the Irish border issue that has stumped negotiators for over a year.
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."
EU chides Poland again over rule of law, judicial conflict
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's executive has criticized Poland for exacerbating its conflict with the bloc over the state of the rule of law in the nation and the controversial nomination of new judges.
EU Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said Tuesday that "sadly things have not improved" in Poland and specifically mentioned Warsaw's move to swear in 27 new Supreme Court judges last week while the issue was under EU judicial review.
Irish border dispute looms large over the UK-EU Brexit talks
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The moods in Britain and the European Union swung between hope and gloom on Monday over an intractable dispute about the Irish border — shifts that came only two days ahead of a summit once seen as the last moment to reach a deal on Britain's divorce from the bloc.
The Latest: EU’s Tusk says Brexit deal and no-deal possible
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):
EU Council President Donald Tusk is expressing continued optimism that the European Union and Britain can reach a Brexit deal despite an impasse on the Irish border issue.
In a letter to the leaders of EU member countries sent Monday, Tusk used an oft-quoted motivational line — "It always seems impossible until it's done" — and added: "Let us not give up."
EU: Luxembourg did not give selective tax deal to McDonald’s
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has ruled that Luxembourg did not give the U.S. fast food giant McDonald's a special sweet tax deal and that the non-taxation of some of its profits did not amount to illegal state aid.
The EU Commission ended a probe that started in 2015 by saying on Wednesday that advantages granted to McDonald's were the result of differences between Luxembourg and U.S. tax laws, and EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said "Luxembourg did not break EU state aid rules."
Google case set to examine if EU data rules extend globally
LONDON (AP) — Google is going to Europe's top court in its legal fight against an order requiring it to extend "right to be forgotten" rules to its search engines globally.
The technology giant is set for a showdown at the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday with France's data privacy regulator over an order to remove search results worldwide upon request.
The Latest: Macron criticizes Italy over migrant refusals
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):
Leaders of France, Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands have met to coordinate their policies on migration and Brexit negotiations, among other European issues.
French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in a news conference following Thursday's meeting in Luxembourg, said the EU's main point-of-entry countries for migrants, like Spain, Italy and Greece, have a "responsibility and cannot avoid it."
Milan to play Luxembourg newcomer in Europa League group
MONACO (AP) — Seven-time European champion AC Milan's reward for being reinstated in the Europa League includes a trip to Luxembourg.
Milan, which won a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal to overturn expulsion for breaking financial rules, was drawn Friday into a group with newcomer Dudelange. The group also includes Olympiakos and Real Betis.
In a September 1972 trip to Luxembourg, Milan beat Red Boys Differdange 4-1 to start its run to the European Cup-Winners' Cup title.
Final section of new bridge laid over Germany’s Mosel River
BERLIN (AP) — Workers have laid the final section of a massive new bridge across the Mosel River in western Germany that has drawn criticism from conservationists.
German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer on Friday described the 1.7-kilometer (1 mile) bridge over the Mosel valley as a "masterpiece of German engineering."
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Draw made Monday for the Europa League third qualifying round:
First-leg games, Aug. 9
Second-leg games, Aug. 16
Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria) or Vidi (Hungary) vs. Zrinjski (Bosnia-Herzegovina) or Valletta (Malta)
Legia Warsaw (Poland) or Spartak Trnava (Slovakia) vs. F91 Dudelange (Luxembourg) or Drita (Kosovo)
Sutjeska (Montenegro) or Alashkert (Armenia) vs. CFR Cluj (Romania) or Malmo (Sweden)
GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Top-seeded Alize Cornet of France won her sixth career title by beating Mandy Minella of Luxembourg 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the Ladies' Championship Gstaad final on Sunday.
Minella, playing in her first final on tour at age 32, was seeking to become the third mother to win a WTA singles title in the past year.
The 48th-ranked Cornet did not drop a set all week in the Swiss Alps clay-court event to win her first title since January 2016, at the Hobart International in Australia.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union foreign ministers have slapped sanctions on seven high-level officials from Myanmar for their alleged involvement in atrocities targeting the Rohingya minority population.
The EU said in a statement Monday that the seven — from the army, border guard and police — face an asset freeze and travel ban. They said that their human rights violations included killing, sexual violence and the burning of Rohingya homes and buildings.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — For once sporting a necktie, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday pledged to tread the path of fiscal prudence after international creditors announced new debt relief measures to wean his country off its eight-year bailout program.
Tsipras said the deal hammered out early Friday in Luxembourg was a historic milestone for his austerity-battered country, whose third — and last — bailout deal runs out two months from now.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's state aid watchdog is ordering Luxembourg to recover 120 million euros ($139 million) in unpaid taxes from French electricity provider Engie.
The watchdog, the European Commission, said Wednesday that Luxembourg allowed two Engie group companies to avoid paying taxes on almost all their profits for about a decade.
Designer Louboutin wins case on red soled high-heels
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court has defended French fashion designer Christian Louboutin's claim to trademark red soled high-heel shoes.
The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that Van Haren, a Dutch company that sold similar shoes, had infringed the trade mark.
The court said that it did not matter that its shoes were different in shape. It said the registration of the trademark "sought solely to protect that application of a colour to a specific part of that product."
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Court of Justice on Tuesday ruled that a gay Romanian-American couple is entitled to the same residency rights as other married couples in the European Union.
Romanian Adrian Coman and his American husband, Claibourn Robert Hamilton, have fought a six-year legal battle to get their 2010 marriage in Belgium legally recognized in Romania.
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has launched another satellite for a Luxembourg communication company. But it ditched the recycled booster in the Atlantic following liftoff.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off early Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The satellite operator, SES, tweeted, "What a beautiful start to the week!"
The powerful, hefty SES satellite, weighing in at 12,000 pounds (5,400 kilograms), will provide TV and data coverage across Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.
Jungels wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege
ANS, Belgium (AP) — Luxembourg champion Bob Jungels posted the biggest win of his career on Sunday with a solo victory in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege race, cycling's oldest classic, as his Quick-Step team continued to dominate the season.
Just days after his teammate Julian Alaphilippe of France won the Fleche Wallonne, Jungels secured a 27th win for Quick Step this season in Ans.
Top EU legal adviser: Keep ban on smokeless snus tobacco
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — An adviser to the European Union's top court says a ban should be kept on tobacco for oral use after smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match had attempted to overturn it.
In a statement, advocate general Henrik Saugmandsgaard Oe said Thursday it "is addictive and harmful." Advice from the advocate general is often followed in the final judgment, which is expected later this year.
LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union's top court has ruled that member states can ban taxi services like UberPop without prior notification to the Commission.
The ruling came after France banned the UberPop service, which allowed drivers without a taxi license to pick up passengers, in 2014 to avoid unfair competition. A court in the French city of Lille then asked the European Court of Justice whether French authorities should have notified the Commission before passing the law.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission criticized seven member states Wednesday for "aggressive" tax policies designed to undercut others in the race to lure multinational companies, a censure that prompted a sharp rebuke from the leader of one of the countries named.
The European Union's executive branch pointed the finger at Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands, arguing that they have tax policies that undermine the integrity of the European single market.
European Central Bank says Latvia’s ABLV failing, to wind up
BERLIN (AP) — The European Central Bank said Saturday it has determined that Latvia's crisis-struck ABLV Bank is failing or likely to fail, and the bank will be wound up under its home country's law.
Philadelphia Orchestra to tour Europe, make 2nd Israel trip
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra will be touring Europe in late May and in June will be making only their second trip to Israel.
The orchestra, which also toured Europe in 2015, will mark debut performances at the Philharmonie de Paris and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Other cities on the tour include Brussels, Luxembourg City, Düsseldorf, and Vienna.
Royal audience as SpaceX launches satellite for Luxembourg
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX had a royal audience as it launched a satellite for Luxembourg.
The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off late Wednesday afternoon from Cape Canaveral, Florida, hoisting GovSat-1 for the government of Luxembourg and SES, the European country's prime satellite operator. The satellite will support both military and civilian security efforts.
UK citizens ask Dutch court to protect post-Brexit EU rights
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A group of British citizens who live in the Netherlands went to a Dutch court Wednesday in a bid to retain their EU citizenship rights after Britain completes its divorce from the bloc, but lawyers for the Dutch state dismissed their case as a legal fiction.
New blow for Uber: Top EU court likens it to taxi service
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union's top court ruled that it should be regulated as a transport company instead of a technology service, a decision that crimps its activities around Europe and could weigh on other app-based companies too.
Taxi drivers honked horns to celebrate the ruling, which punctures Uber's image as the pioneer of a new gig economy that's setting its own rules while governments clamber to keep up.
Luxembourg appeals $295 million EU Amazon ruling
BRUSSELS (AP) — Luxembourg is appealing a European Union decision that it has to claw back some 250 million euros ($300 million) in back taxes from Amazon.
The EU decision in October was another attempt to tighten the screws on multinationals it says are avoiding taxes through sweetheart deals with individual EU states.
Students at Rollingstone celebrate St. Nick’s day thanks to Luxembourg Society
The Holiday tradition of giving simple gifts to children continued Thursday at the Rollingstone Community School. Volunteers from the St. Nicholas group of the local Luxembourg Society prepared gift bags containing apples, oranges and candies. They also displayed various images of St. Nicholas — exemplifying how depictions of the kindly saint (born in Turkey and honored around the world, including Luxembourg, home of many 19th-century immigrants to the Rollingstone area) can be found in church windows, rugs, books and carved statues (like the one done by local artist Leo Smith); on posters and on web sites showing off a modern St. Nick on roller blades.
4 finance ministers seek job as eurozone chief
BRUSSELS (AP) — The finance ministers from Portugal, Luxembourg, Slovakia and Latvia are in Monday's runoff to seek the presidency of the eurogroup, the informal group of finance chiefs of the 19 nations that use the euro.
The influential group needs a new head after socialist Jeroen Dijsselbloem was beaten in Dutch elections and was kept out of the new coalition government.
Now, Mario Centeno from Portugal, also a socialist, is considered a favorite.
European court opens hearing on recognizing same-sex unions
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Court of Justice on Tuesday opened a hearing on the recognition of same-sex marriages in European Union countries where they aren't legal.
The hearing in Luxembourg came after Romania's constitutional court asked the European court to make a ruling on the issue amid a court case in Romania brought by a Romanian-American couple who want their 2010 union to be recognized. Same-sex marriage isn't legally recognized in Romania, which is an EU member.