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BELGRADE, Serbia | Thousands march through snowy streets for Serbian democracy

BELGRADE, Serbia —Jan 26, 2019—  Several thousand people have marched through snow-covered streets in Serbia’s capital to protest the populist government of President Aleksandar Vucic for an eighth week. The protesters accuse Vucic of stifling hard-won democratic freedoms in the Balkan country that was involved in a series of wars during the 1990s. He denies … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Thousands march through snowy streets for Serbian democracy

MADRID | The Latest: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

MADRID — Jan 06, 2019—The Latest on Europe’s migrant situation (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have … Continue reading MADRID | The Latest: Pope urges Europe to help 49 stranded migrants

MADRID | The Latest: Spain rescues 549 migrants from Mediterranean

MADRID—Jan 06, 2019—The Latest on Europe’s migrant situation (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Pope Francis has appealed to European leaders to show concrete solidarity to 49 migrants stranded aboard a pair of rescue vessels. Francis, addressing faithful in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, noted that the migrants, rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, have been waiting for … Continue reading MADRID | The Latest: Spain rescues 549 migrants from Mediterranean

MILAN | Italian govt criticized for hasty moves to pass budget

MILAN  — The Italian Senate speaker delayed a vote on a new budget until the middle of the night Saturday to give lawmakers time to examine the nearly 200-page updated text they received only hours earlier. Italy’s populist government is under pressure to get the new draft approved by both houses before Dec. 31, a … Continue reading MILAN | Italian govt criticized for hasty moves to pass budget

BRUSSELS | EU reaches deal with Italy on budget

BRUSSELS  — The European Commission said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Italy on its budget plans, which the EU’s executive arm had warned could break the euro’s rules and lead to legal action. European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said that the “agreement is not ideal” but allows the Commission to avoid legal … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU reaches deal with Italy on budget

ROME | Italian lawmakers give deficit-busting budget 1st approval

ROME — Italian lawmakers have given their first approval to the populist government’s deficit-busting spending plan for 2019. The lower Chamber of Deputies on Friday night OK’d the proposal, put to a confidence vote to help close bickering ranks in Premier Giuseppe Conte’s coalition. But the spending plan is expected to be modified before the … Continue reading ROME | Italian lawmakers give deficit-busting budget 1st approval

HOUSTON | The Latest: Polish leader says T-shirt was tribute to Bush

HOUSTON  — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 8:15 a.m. The founder of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa (lek vah-WEHN’-sah), attended U.S. President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral in Washington wearing a T-shirt with the word “Konstytucja” (Constitution), a symbol of a political struggle in his homeland … Continue reading HOUSTON | The Latest: Polish leader says T-shirt was tribute to Bush

MILAN | Italy to press on with budget, asks EU sanctions be delayed

MILAN — Italy’s leader said Thursday that the government will speed up investments to help economic growth, but that the main points of its big-spending budget plan would not be changed despite the EU’s warning it is in serious breach of the rules. Giuseppe Conte told lawmakers that if eurozone countries impose sanctions against Italy … Continue reading MILAN | Italy to press on with budget, asks EU sanctions be delayed

MILAN | Investors snub Italian bonds amid budget spat with EU

MILAN  — Investors are snubbing Italian bonds amid concerns over a dispute between the nation’s populist government and the European Union‘s executive Commission. Orders for the four-year Italian bonds on Thursday reached 2.16 billion euros ($2.47 billion), well below the more than 8 billion euros expected and the second-worst result ever. The record high was … Continue reading MILAN | Investors snub Italian bonds amid budget spat with EU

HELSINKI | EU center-right plots strategy ahead of key election

HELSINKI — Center-right leaders and senior politicians from across Europe on Wednesday thrashed out their strategy to hold power in the next EU elections and weighed whether Hungary’s stridently nationalist ruling party should remain part of their political family. Over two days in Finland, heavyweights from the European People’s Party — the group uniting Europe’s … Continue reading HELSINKI | EU center-right plots strategy ahead of key election

BRUSSELS | EU economy chief seeks support in spat with Italy on budget

BRUSSELS — The European Commission‘s top economic official says he hopes to win backing from national finance ministers for its rejection of Italy’s draft budget plan. The Commission supervises EU countries’ budget policies and says the one submitted for next year by Italy’s populist government is out of line and breaks the country’s promise to … Continue reading BRUSSELS | EU economy chief seeks support in spat with Italy on budget

MILAN | Markets unnerved by questions around Italy’s public finances

MILAN — Tensions surrounding the spending plans of Italy’s new populist government are weighing on the country’s stocks and bonds. Some investors appear concerned Italy will break eurozone rules to satisfy election promises. Italy’s benchmark stock index was down 2 percent Thursday and the yield on the Italian government bond yield rose, a sign of … Continue reading MILAN | Markets unnerved by questions around Italy’s public finances

ROME | The Latest: Charities call on EU to save migrant rescue ship

ROME — The Latest on Europe‘s migrant crisis (all times local): 3:50 p.m. The humanitarian groups operating the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route are urging European countries to intervene in order to secure its future after Panama moved to cancel the ship’s registration. Medecins Sans Frontieres and … Continue reading ROME | The Latest: Charities call on EU to save migrant rescue ship

FRANKFURT, Germany | German business confidence holds up amid trade worries

FRANKFURT, Germany  — Business confidence in Europe’s largest economy fell only slightly in September despite worries about trade disputes that could harm growth. The Ifo institute survey of the outlook among business executives in Germany eased to 103.7 points from 103.9 in August. Ifo institute head Clemens Fuest said Monday that the reading shows the … Continue reading FRANKFURT, Germany | German business confidence holds up amid trade worries

ROME | 10 days after rescue, Italy lets all migrants leave a ship

ROME — Ten days after they were rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, Italy has allowed all the migrants stuck on an Italian coast guard ship to disembark. Early Sunday, 137 migrants left the Diciotti, stepping onto the dock at Catania, Sicily, where police photographed them for ID checks, a requirement for asylum-seekers. Italy’s populist government … Continue reading ROME | 10 days after rescue, Italy lets all migrants leave a ship

MADRID | The Latest: Italy blocks German migrant rescue boats

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local): 7 p.m. Italy’s new populist government is criticizing aid groups that rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, declaring two German rescue boats can’t dock in Italian ports even though the groups operate at sea and don’t bring migrants ashore. Mission … Continue reading MADRID | The Latest: Italy blocks German migrant rescue boats

ROME | Populists campaign in Sicily after forming Italy government

ROME (AP) — Days after taking office, the two pillars of Italy’s first populist government are already campaigning. Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, the leaders of the right-wing League and euroskeptic 5-Star Movement, respectively, were in Sicily on Sunday, a week before municipal elections on the island region. They want to capitalize on the … Continue reading ROME | Populists campaign in Sicily after forming Italy government

ROME | The Latest: EU’s Tusk congratulates Italy’s new leader Conte

ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy’s new government (all times local): 5 p.m. European Council President Donald Tusk has congratulated Giuseppe Conte on his appointment as Italy’s new prime minister and called for “unity and solidarity more than ever.” There are fears that Italy’s new populist government could run an obstructionist course within the … Continue reading ROME | The Latest: EU’s Tusk congratulates Italy’s new leader Conte