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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