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Ex-Catalan leader: EU ballot opens door to return to Spain

MADRID (AP) — The former president of Spain’s Catalonia region who fled the country after leading an attempt to secede in 2017 says he will return if he is elected to the European Parliament in May. Spanish authorities consider Carles Puigdemont a fugitive, but he told Catalan radio Rac1 in an interview Tuesday that being … Continue reading Ex-Catalan leader: EU ballot opens door to return to Spain

The Latest: EU Parliament head: EU won’t renegotiate again

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12 p.m. The head of the European Parliament says the European Union will not make further concessions to Britain after the country’s attorney general failed to fundamentally alter his legal advice on Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised deal. EU Parliament President Antonio Tajani said the … Continue reading The Latest: EU Parliament head: EU won’t renegotiate again

The Latest: UK’s May gets kisses at last-ditch Brexit talks

LONDON(AP) — The Latest on talks about Britain’s departure from the European Union (all times local): 8:30 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in France for Brexit late talks with EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker on the eve before the British Parliament votes again on a divorce agreement. Juncker kissed May twice on the … Continue reading The Latest: UK’s May gets kisses at last-ditch Brexit talks

UK leader pushes Brexit deal with frustrated EU, Parliament

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May refused to admit defeat for her European Union divorce deal Monday, despite deadlocked talks with the bloc a day before Parliament is scheduled to reconsider the plan it has already rejected once before. The House of Commons is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to approve the withdrawal … Continue reading UK leader pushes Brexit deal with frustrated EU, Parliament

Hungary’s Orban: European party opponents ‘useful idiots’

BERLIN (AP) — Hungary’s populist prime minister says members of a European Parliament group calling for his party’s expulsion are playing into the hands of left-wing opponents. Viktor Orban’s comments to Germany’s Welt newspaper Sunday come after calls within the center-right European People’s Party for his Fidesz party’s ouster after his government started an ad … Continue reading Hungary’s Orban: European party opponents ‘useful idiots’

EU parliament calls on Kosovo to suspend tax on Serb goods

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The European Parliament has called on Kosovo to suspend a 100-percent tariff on Serb goods to help restart reconciliation talks. David McAllister, who is heading the European delegation visiting Kosovo, and Serbia earlier in the week, said Saturday it asked for the suspension of the tariff in all meetings with Kosovar … Continue reading EU parliament calls on Kosovo to suspend tax on Serb goods

Belgian, Luxembourg want Orban out of EU group

BRUSSELS (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is seeing growing opposition from partner center-right parties in the European Parliament, a revolt that has the potential to impact upon May’s elections. Several Christian Democrat parties have voiced their opposition to the continued membership of the EPP umbrella group of Orban’s Fidesz party. In recent years, … Continue reading Belgian, Luxembourg want Orban out of EU group

LONDON | The Latest: EU lawmakers urge May to present Brexit plans

LONDON—Jan 24, 2019—The Latest on Britain’s talks to leave the European Union (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Lawmakers handling Brexit for the European Parliament are urging British Prime Minister Theresa May to inform her EU partners how she plans to advance the deadlocked process and what she wants from them. The EU parliament’s Brexit Steering … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: EU lawmakers urge May to present Brexit plans

WARSAW, Poland | Poles signal caution over alliance with Italy’s Salvini

WARSAW, Poland— Jan 10, 2019—Members of Poland’s populist ruling party are signaling some reservations about forming an alliance with the anti-migrant Italian League party. The head of the League, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, was in Warsaw on Wednesday trying to forge an alliance with Poland’s ruling populists before European Parliament elections in May. After a … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poles signal caution over alliance with Italy’s Salvini

LONDON | The Latest: UK lawmakers defeat May on Brexit timetable

LONDON— Jan 09, 2019—The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 2:45 p.m. British lawmakers have dealt Prime Minister Theresa May her second defeat in two days in battles over the government’s plans for Brexit. The House of Commons voted for a motion designed to prevent the government delaying key decisions as Brexit approaches on March … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: UK lawmakers defeat May on Brexit timetable

LONDON | Showdown looms as UK lawmakers clash over May’s Brexit deal

LONDON—Jan 09, 2019—Britain’s government and its lawmakers clashed Wednesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May brought her little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat. The House of Commons opened five days of debate on an agreement with the European Union setting out the … Continue reading LONDON | Showdown looms as UK lawmakers clash over May’s Brexit deal

WARSAW, Poland | Italian minister in Poland seeking allies in EU elections

WARSAW, Poland —Jan 09, 2019—Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is visiting Warsaw to meet with Poland’s powerful ruling party leader as well as his Polish counterpart, as their populist-nationalist parties explore a possible alliance in spring elections for the European Parliament. The May elections are shaping up into a battle between pro-EU forces under the … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Italian minister in Poland seeking allies in EU elections

BERLIN | European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

BERLIN — European Union officials have agreed to ban some single-use plastics, such as disposable cutlery, plates and straws, in an effort to cut marine pollution. Representatives from the EU’s 28 member states and the European Parliament said Wednesday they’re following a recommendation made earlier this year by the bloc’s executive branch. Once the ban is … Continue reading BERLIN | European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

PARIS | Terror charges issued in France’s Christmas market attack

PARIS  — A man suspected of supplying the gun used in the Christmas market shooting attack that killed five people in Strasbourg has been handed preliminary terror charges, according to a French judicial official close to the investigation. The official, who could not be named with the case ongoing, said the individual appeared Monday before … Continue reading PARIS | Terror charges issued in France’s Christmas market attack

STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Italian journalist shot in market attack

STRASBOURG, France — The Latest on a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A young Italian radio journalist who was in Strasbourg to cover a session of the European Parliament is in critical condition after being shot in the Christmas market attack. The news agency ANSA said Wednesday … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Italian journalist shot in market attack

STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Strasbourg shooting suspect identified

STRASBOURG, France— The Latest on a shooting attack at a Christmas market in France (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Two police officials have identified the suspected Strasbourg gunman as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. One police source said Chekatt’s criminal record mentions 25 judicial cases, including several serious cases of robbery. The official said his apartment was … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Strasbourg shooting suspect identified

STRASBOURG, France | France hunts terror suspect who attacked Christmas market

STRASBOURG, France — France is hunting for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near the famous Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 11. The government raised the security alert level and sent police reinforcements to Strasbourg where some 250 security forces are searching for the assailant. The … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | France hunts terror suspect who attacked Christmas market

BRUSSELS | The Latest: Theresa May postpones vote on Brexit deal

BRUSSELS  — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 7:20 p.m. 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 … Continue reading BRUSSELS | The Latest: Theresa May postpones vote on Brexit deal

PARIS | The Latest: Scuffles in Brussels as protests spread

PARIS — The Latest on anti-government protests in France and neighboring countries (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Belgian police are scuffling with yellow-vested protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Charles Michel as hundreds of marchers try to enter the European quarter of Brussels. Police used pepper spray on a small group of men … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Scuffles in Brussels as protests spread

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request

BUCHAREST, Romania— A Turkish journalist suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, was temporarily detained Wednesday in Romania, authorities said. Bucharest prosecutor Viviana Ciuca told The Associated Press that Kamil Demirkaya was detained based on an extradition request from Turkey for “being a … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request

BRUSSELS | UK and EU agree draft text on future relations after Brexit

BRUSSELS — The European Union and Britain have agreed a draft declaration on their future relations after Brexit, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday, a development that paves the way for an EU summit this weekend to rubber-stamp the deal. The 26-page draft declaration was agreed upon at a technical level by negotiators and … Continue reading BRUSSELS | UK and EU agree draft text on future relations after Brexit

LONDON | The Latest: EU Parliament member hails draft Brexit deal

LONDON— The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The European Parliament’s Brexit point-man Guy Verhofstadt is welcoming the draft withdrawal agreement governing Britain’s departure but says he still regrets that the country is leaving. Verhofstadt tweeted Wednesday that “while I hope one day the U.K. will return, in the meantime this agreement … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: EU Parliament member hails draft Brexit deal

LONDON | UK Cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal

LONDON — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.’s smooth exit from the bloc. But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister Theresa May will try to win the approval … Continue reading LONDON | UK Cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal

LONDON | The Latest: Reports say UK, EU negotiators seal Brexit deal

LONDON — The Latest on negotiations over Britain‘s exit from the European Union (all times local): 4:45 p.m. British and Irish media say U.K. and EU negotiators have reached an agreement on a proposed Brexit deal to resolve the main outstanding issue of the Irish border. Irish national broadcaster RTE says the two sides have … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Reports say UK, EU negotiators seal Brexit deal

LONDON | UK-Canadian ‘grand committee’ seeks to question Zuckerberg

LONDON — Parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada are urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers examining fake news and the internet. Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, is joining forces with his Canadian counterpart to pressure Zuckerberg to personally take part in hearings, … Continue reading LONDON | UK-Canadian ‘grand committee’ seeks to question Zuckerberg

BRUSSELS | EU parliament backs ban, limits on single-use plastics

BRUSSELS— The European Parliament has overwhelmingly backed a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics to counter pollution in seas, fields and waterways. The ban would affect a range of products for which valid alternatives are available — from plastic straws to earbuds and plates — as of 2021 and would make sure that plastic bottles are … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU parliament backs ban, limits on single-use plastics

BRUSSELS | EU Parliament wants 40 percent less C02 emissions by 2030

BRUSSELS— The European Parliament has voted to cut CO2 emissions from new cars and vans by 40 percent by 2030 and will take this position into talks with the European Union’s 28 nations. The proposed 40 percent cut was a compromise between environmentalists who wanted tougher commitments and those seeking to keep the cuts within … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU Parliament wants 40 percent less C02 emissions by 2030

HELSINKI | Finnish ex-prime minister bids to become EU Commission head

HELSINKI— Former Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb said Tuesday he would run for the head of the European Commission following next year’s elections. Stubb announced his bid at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, saying he sees himself as the “next generation candidate” to lead the European Union, a bloc that will decrease by one … Continue reading HELSINKI | Finnish ex-prime minister bids to become EU Commission head

FRANKFURT, Germany | ECB chief: Wage growth pushing up inflation in euro area

FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says he expects underlying inflation to rise in the 19 countries that use the euro as a stronger job market pushes up wages. Draghi’s comments Monday before the economic and monetary committee of the European Parliament in Brussels indicated the bank continues to think the recovery … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | ECB chief: Wage growth pushing up inflation in euro area

BERLIN | European automakers claim cutting emissions could cost jobs

BERLIN— A lobby group representing European automakers says EU proposals for cutting emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide could result in manufacturing job losses. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or ACEA, said Tuesday that “overly stringent CO2 targets, as well as unrealistic sales quota for battery electric vehicles, could lead to serious structural problems … Continue reading BERLIN | European automakers claim cutting emissions could cost jobs