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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

Global stocks dip, pound drops ahead of Brexit vote

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks turned lower Tuesday and the British pound dropped as expectations grew that British lawmakers would reject a plan to leave the European Union. In midday trading, France’s CAC 40 shed 0.3 percent to 5,254 while Germany’s DAX lost its gains to trade flat at 11,518. London’s FTSE 100 was also … Continue reading Global stocks dip, pound drops ahead of Brexit vote

UK prime minister set to put her EU divorce deal to the test

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced continued opposition to her European Union divorce deal Tuesday despite announcing what she described as “legally binding” changes in hopes of winning parliamentary support for the agreement. The House of Commons will vote later in the day after last-minute talks with the EU produced assurances the … Continue reading UK prime minister set to put her EU divorce deal to the test

Global stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks followed Wall Street higher Tuesday as investors awaited a vote by British lawmakers on a plan to leave the European Union. In early trading, Germany’s DAX rose 0.5 percent to 11,596.37 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.4 percent to 5,288.02. London’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent to 7,103.90. On Wall … Continue reading Global stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

The Latest: EU chief says new Brexit deal is ‘best possible’

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 are fully behind revisions intended to break the political deadlock over a proposed deal on Brexit. Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said late Monday … Continue reading The Latest: EU chief says new Brexit deal is ‘best possible’

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 holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to win last-minute changes from the European Union to her Brexit deal Monday, a day before a crucial vote in Britain’s Parliament that could derail the country’s withdrawal from the EU — and cost May her job. May flew by Royal Air Force jet to Strasbourg, France, … Continue reading UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

UK prime minister fights to save Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was battling Monday to stave off a new defeat for her European Union divorce deal, with talks deadlocked a day before Parliament is scheduled to vote on the plan. The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a deal it resoundingly rejected … Continue reading UK prime minister fights to save Brexit deal

Brexit backers to UK prime minister: Don’t delay

LONDON (AP) — Two prominent Brexit backers are warning Prime Minister Theresa May not to seek a delay to Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure from the European Union if her withdrawal deal is rejected Tuesday. Conservative Party lawmaker Steve Baker and Democratic Unionist deputy leader Nigel Dodds wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that prolonging the … Continue reading Brexit backers to UK prime minister: Don’t delay

Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call, floats own ideas

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s party has backed French President Emmanuel Macron‘s recent call for a stronger European Union, but suggested some solutions that are unlikely to be welcomed in Paris. In an op-ed published by German weekly Welt am Sonntag, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer responded directly to Macron’s appeal Monday for voters … Continue reading Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call, floats own ideas

Serbia anti-government protesters surround state TV building

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP)  — Several thousand people have surrounded Serbia’s state TV building during anti-government protests requesting more media freedom in the Balkan country. The crowd booed and jeered for one hour Saturday outside the TV building in central Belgrade to express their discontent with what they say is the station’s biased reporting. The demonstrations … Continue reading Serbia anti-government protesters surround state TV building

Germany: Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s party is backing French President Emmanuel Macron’s call for a stronger European Union. In an op-ed published Saturday by weekly Welt am Sonntag, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer responded directly to Macron’s appeal Monday with proposals for tackling challenges including populism, economic uncertainty, international security and migration. Several … Continue reading Germany: Merkel successor backs Macron’s EU call

UK leader warns Brexit may never happen unless deal approved

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May tried to pressure U.K. lawmakers Friday to support her Brexit deal, warning that Britain may never leave the European Union if they vote down the agreement next week. Battling to stave off a second defeat for the unpopular deal, May also implored the EU to help her make … Continue reading UK leader warns Brexit may never happen unless deal approved

The Latest: May: UK may never leave EU if her deal rejected

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (all times local): 1 p.m. Prime Minister Theresa May is warning lawmakers that if they reject her Brexit divorce deal next week, Britain may never leave the European Union. British legislators are due to vote Tuesday on the agreement, which they have already … Continue reading The Latest: May: UK may never leave EU if her deal rejected

European Central Bank joins global push to help economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank took unexpectedly quick action on Thursday to support a slowing economy, joining the U.S Federal Reserve and Chinese leadership in their attempts to counter worries about global growth. The central bank for the 19 countries that use the euro pushed back the earliest date for an increase … Continue reading European Central Bank joins global push to help economy

EU nations reject Commission money laundering blacklist

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union member states have unanimously rejected a proposal by the EU executive Commission to blacklist 23 countries and territories it believes pose a high risk of money laundering or terrorist financing. In a rebuke for the EU Commission, the member states said in a statement Thursday that the proposal “was not … Continue reading EU nations reject Commission money laundering blacklist

36 Western states air concerns over rights in Saudi Arabia

GENEVA (AP) — Three dozen Western countries have delivered unusually strong criticism of Saudi Arabia at the U.N.’s top human rights body, urging the Gulf nation to disclose “all information available” on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ambassador Harald Aspelund of Iceland told the Human Rights Council on Thursday the countries were concerned about … Continue reading 36 Western states air concerns over rights in Saudi Arabia

UK insists Brexit talks will continue despite EU pessimism

LONDON (AP) — Brexit negotiations between Britain with the European Union will continue through the weekend, the country’s chief law officer said Thursday as the U.K. scrambled to secure changes to the divorce deal before a vote in Parliament next week. With Britain’s scheduled departure from the bloc a little more than three weeks away, … Continue reading UK insists Brexit talks will continue despite EU pessimism

Produce growers in sunny south Spain brace for Brexit pain

ALMERIA, Spain (AP) — Spain’s southeastern Almeria province used to be so parched and barren that Italian movie director Sergio Leone chose it in the 1960s as the shooting location for his spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood. Nowadays, thanks to extensive irrigation and vast greenhouses, a corner of Spain with a hot desert climate prospers, … Continue reading Produce growers in sunny south Spain brace for Brexit pain

US trade gap jumped to 10-year high; record gap with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 19 percent in December, pushing the trade imbalance for all of 2018 to widen to a decade-long high of $621 billion. The gap with China on goods widened to an all-time record of $419.2 billion. The Commerce Department figures released Wednesday undermined a key commitment by … Continue reading US trade gap jumped to 10-year high; record gap with China

Italy PM Conte urges Kosovo to abolish taxes on Serbia goods

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Italy’s prime minister has urged Kosovo to withdraw a 100-percent tariff on goods from Serbia so the former Balkan foes could resume European Union-mediated talks on normalizing relations. Premier Giuseppe Conte said in Belgrade that Italy hopes a compromise solution would soon be reached between Serbia and its former province that … Continue reading Italy PM Conte urges Kosovo to abolish taxes on Serbia goods

France unveils plan to tax internet giants revenue

PARIS (AP) — The French government on Wednesday unveiled plans to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill is an attempt to get around tax avoidance measures by multinationals, which pay most of their taxes in the EU country they are based in … Continue reading France unveils plan to tax internet giants revenue

Fear mounting for British in EU as ‘no-deal’ Brexit looms

BERLIN (AP) — In less than a month the United Kingdom could leave the European Union, but more than a million British nationals will remain there — unwilling to let Brexit force them from the lives they’ve built on the continent. The U.K. Parliament’s refusal so far to sign off on the withdrawal agreement negotiated … Continue reading Fear mounting for British in EU as ‘no-deal’ Brexit looms

World shares mixed as Brexit uncertainties deepen

BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets mostly turned lower on Wednesday on concerns for global growth and after another round of talks on Britain’s exit from the European Union proved inconclusive. Germany‘s DAX fell 0.2 percent to 11,594 while the CAC40 in France declined 0.1 percent, to 5,290 after the OECD, a watchdog, slashed its … Continue reading World shares mixed as Brexit uncertainties deepen

Italian populists launch welfare program for poor, jobless

ROME (AP) — Italy’s populist government opened its new minimum income welfare program Wednesday, fulfilling a key campaign promise of the 5-Star Movement to help reduce poverty and spur employment in the eurozone‘s third-largest economy. The so-called “citizen’s income” is essentially a new system of welfare and unemployment benefits for residents whose household monthly income … Continue reading Italian populists launch welfare program for poor, jobless

The Latest: EU says no breakthrough in Brexit discussions

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local): 11:45 a.m. The European Union says Brexit discussions with British officials “have been difficult” and that there has been no breakthrough ahead of a key vote in the UK parliament next week. The latest set of talks between EU negotiator … Continue reading The Latest: EU says no breakthrough in Brexit discussions

France to create a 3 percent tax on internet giants’ revenue

PARIS (AP) — The French government unveiled plans Wednesday to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill outlines how digital companies with worldwide revenues over 750 million euros ($848 million), including French revenue over 25 million euros, will be taxed. In a news … Continue reading France to create a 3 percent tax on internet giants’ revenue