European countries

BERLIN | Ryanair pilots strike in Germany, 4 other countries

BERLIN  — Ryanair pilots in several European countries on Friday staged a strike that prompted the budget carrier to cancel 400 flights. A walkout called by German union Cockpit accounted for many of Friday’s cancelations. Strikes were also called in Sweden, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands. The airline said that over 2,000 flights, or 85 … Continue reading BERLIN | Ryanair pilots strike in Germany, 4 other countries

LISBON, Portugal | Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal and Spain are sweltering under an intense wave of heat that has produced near-record temperatures in the southern European countries. Portugal has issued red alerts for extreme heat for more than half the country Saturday, with thermometers approaching 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 degrees Fahrenheit). The country’s highest ever recorded temperature was … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal | Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

ROME | Italy’s Salvini: EU election to be referendum on migration

ROME — The leader of the right-wing party in Italy’s populist government told tens of thousands of supporters Sunday he wants to turn next year’s European Parliament election into a referendum on immigration and job security. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini also laid out at his League party’s annual gathering a vision of uniting the … Continue reading ROME | Italy’s Salvini: EU election to be referendum on migration

ROME | Italy claims EU faces turning point in migrant boat standoff

ROME (AP) — Spain stepped up Monday and offered to take in a rescue ship carrying more than 600 migrants after Italy and Malta refused. The diplomatic standoff left the migrants stranded in the Mediterranean Sea and laid bare the brass-knuckled negotiating tactics of Italy’s new anti-immigrant government. The U.N. refugee agency, the European Union, … Continue reading ROME | Italy claims EU faces turning point in migrant boat standoff

The place to be: Uruguay 1930 _ where the World Cup began

The 21st World Cup gets underway next month in Moscow and billions around the world are expected to tune in during the monthlong tournament — a far cry from its low-key start in 1930 in Uruguay. Back then, many European countries, including Germany and Italy, opted against making the multi-week boat trip to Montevideo, while … Continue reading The place to be: Uruguay 1930 _ where the World Cup began

PARIS | France: Europe isn’t US ‘vassal,’ should trade with Iran

PARIS — France’s finance minister says European countries should push back harder against the Trump administration over the Iran nuclear deal and not act as “vassals” to the U.S. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran accord isn’t a reason to dump decades of trans-Atlantic ties altogether. European governments are … Continue reading PARIS | France: Europe isn’t US ‘vassal,’ should trade with Iran

Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system

BERLIN  /February 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union to make progress on a common asylum system, warning that member states who expect financial support from the bloc need to show solidarity when it comes to migrants too. Merkel said in a video address Saturday before next week’s informal meeting … Continue reading Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system