European Union - the best personalized free web-based Email en en European Union Philippines declining EU grants to discourage interference MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will no longer accept new grants from the European Union, officials said Thursday, forgoing possibly more than 250 million euros ($ 278.7 million) in funds for development projects in the country. The EU delegation in Manila said the Philippine government informed it about its decision Wednesday, but it has yet t... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:33:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:33:00Z Turkish leader says nation 'forced to crawl' by EU ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has been "made to crawl" at the gates of the European Union, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. "Are we supposed to keep begging and ask them to let us in?" he said in a speech to business leaders in Istanbul. Turkey has been seeking EU membership for 54 years, while countries that applied later or are ... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:48:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:48:00Z Albanian politicians postpone parliamentary vote to June 25 TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's political parties reached a compromise Thursday, postponing next month's parliamentary election by a week following intensive talks mediated by a senior U.S. official. After a three-hour meeting that ended at dawn, Prime Minister Edi Rama of the governing Socialist Party and Lulzim Basha of the main opposition Democratic P... Thu, 18 May 2017 16:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T16:27:00Z UK's May promises voters immigration curbs, fairer society LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May revealed her core election promises and political vision Thursday, saying she will slash immigration and take Britain definitively out of the EU, then build a "great meritocracy" by giving the poor a helping hand and lifting barriers to social mobility. May's platform for the June 8 election marks a big shift away ... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:53:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:53:00Z ECB could start considering stimulus exit at next meeting FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Officials at the European Central Bank have indicated that their next meeting would be a good time to consider shifting toward an exit from the stimulus efforts that have boosted the economy. A written account of the April 27 meeting showed members of the bank's rate-setting council expect that if the economic recovery keeps goin... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-18T15:46:00Z EU fines Facebook over misleading information BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros ($122 million) for providing misleading information over its buyout of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The European Commission said Thursday that when Facebook informed it of the 2014 takeover it had said it would be unable to "establish reliable automated matching" between Facebook and WhatsApp user ... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:40:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:40:00Z EU moves toward greater freedom for watching online content BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has taken a major step that will allow subscribers to online movies and television to watch the content throughout the 28 members of the union instead of being blocked once they leave their country. The EU parliament backed with an overwhelming majority the move to remove such geographical restrictions as of next year. E... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:41:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:41:00Z Spain's parliament passes port reform to avoid EU fines MADRID (AP) — Spain's parliament has approved a government bill to liberalize the country's port operations and avoid hefty European Union fines, but dockworker unions have threatened to oppose it with strikes. The bill passed Thursday seeks to end a decades-old monopoly by a workers' association on who gets employed at the ports. Dockworker unions have t... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:32:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:32:00Z EU lawmakers criticize member states over refugee failure BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers are demanding that the bloc's nations respect pledges to share tens of thousands of refugees in overwhelmed Greece and Italy. In a resolution adopted Thursday, the lawmakers lamented that just over 10 percent of the 160,000 refugees meant to be moved by September have actually left the two countries. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:08:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:08:00Z Portugal seizes 10 metric tons of hashish in Mediterranean LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police say they have seized about 10 metric tons (11 U.S. tons) of hashish from a vessel in the Mediterranean after a yearlong investigation that involved five European countries and two pan-European agencies. A police statement says the Portuguese Navy and Air Force were involved in the operation, as were European Union... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:27:00Z Balkans leaders to meet in Brussels May 24 BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of six Western Balkans countries are to meet in Brussels on May 24 amid European Union concern about rising tensions in the volatile region. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has invited the leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to a working dinner in the Belgium capital. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 07:45:00 GMT 2017-05-18T07:45:00Z Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks BRUSSELS (AP) — Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban — and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban — the same details that U.S. President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diploma... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:01:00 GMT 2017-05-18T05:01:00Z French president's Cabinet mixes old and new, left and right PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron named a mix of prominent and unknown figures from the left and the right Wednesday to make up the government tasked with pushing through his plans to reduce labor protections, tighten European unity and boost military spending. The most senior Cabinet job — the post of interior minister — went to Gerard Collom... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:00:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:00:00Z The Latest: Macron seeks EU favorable to workers, investment PARIS (AP) — The Latest on new French President Emmanuel Macron's government (all times local): 9:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants a Europe that is both more conducive to investment and more protective of workers. Speaking with European Council President Donald Tusk by his side, Macron said Wedne... Wed, 17 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-17T19:50:00Z Macedonia opposition leader given mandate to form government SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's president on Wednesday handed the mandate to form a government to left-wing opposition leader Zoran Zaev, an initial step toward ending a political crisis that culminated last month in angry protesters storming parliament. Zaev has 20 days to seek a coalition partner and form a Cabinet, but said he hoped to complete ta... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:33:00Z Ireland to get new leader as Enda Kenny steps down DUBLIN (AP) — Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Wednesday he is resigning as leader of the Fine Gael party, paving the way for his replacement as the country's head of government. After meeting party lawmakers, Kenny said he will step down at midnight, remaining interim party leader until a successor is elected by June 2. Kenny,... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:11:00Z Putin rushes to Trump's defense, laments US infighting MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rushed Wednesday to defend U.S. President Donald Trump from criticism over sharing classified information with Moscow, issuing a strongly worded statement that reflected the degree of the Russian leader's frustration with the Washington infighting that has thwarted Kremlin hopes for a detente. Trump's decision to divulge class... Wed, 17 May 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-05-17T16:16:00Z EU lawmakers seek action over rights, rule of law in Hungary BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers have called for an investigation of member-state Hungary to determine whether its laws are in "serious breach of EU values." The move reflects deep concerns within the EU about whether there has been a deterioration in human rights, democracy and the rule of law there. In a resolution adopted Wed... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:38:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:38:00Z Merkel: British EU immigration cap would have price BERLIN (AP) — A future cap on immigration by European Union citizens to Britain would come at a price for the U.K.'s relations with the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. Britain and the EU are preparing for negotiations on Britain's departure, which Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered in late March but will start in earnest after a British electio... Wed, 17 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-05-17T15:04:00Z The Latest: Spain: No IS links to migrant smuggling gang STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Spanish police say that a criminal network that smuggled migrants into Europe over a decade has no known links to Islamic extremists. European Union police agency Europol says it helped break up the gang, and that seven a... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:43:00Z EU chief Tusk says he may be too busy for Poland hearing WARSAW, Poland (AP) — European Council President Donald Tusk says his busy calendar may prevent him from attending a second questioning by Poland's prosecutors over the 2010 plane crash that killed former Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others. Prosecutors want to question Tusk as a witness in their investigation into the crash in Russia. Tusk was ... Wed, 17 May 2017 12:40:00 GMT 2017-05-17T12:40:00Z EU loosens aid rules to simplify airport, port investment BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is loosening rules on state aid to simplify government investments in airports and ports. EU rules require governments to notify the bloc's executive Commission in advance of many public investment plans, to ensure they don't distort competition. The Commission decided on Wednesday to expand exemptions. ... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:43:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:43:00Z The Latest: France's new president meets UN chief PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France's new president (all times local): 9:45 p.m. On his second full day in office, French President Emmanuel Macron has met with the U.N. secretary-general for talks on global issues such as peace and security. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tweeted after the Tuesday meeting that t... Tue, 16 May 2017 20:00:00 GMT 2017-05-16T20:00:00Z EU wants more talks with Poland on rule of law worries BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union called Tuesday for more talks with Poland to address persistent concerns about the rule of law in one of the bloc's biggest member countries. The 28 European affairs ministers told EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans to increase efforts to get Warsaw in line on what many see as weakening democratic standards in Poland. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 16:06:00 GMT 2017-05-16T16:06:00Z EU ruling could complicate new trade deals _ including UK's BRUSSELS (AP) — In a case that could affect future relations between the European Union and Britain, the EU's highest court said Tuesday that key parts of a trade deal with Singapore must be approved by each member state, which would further complicate the bloc's decision-making. The court said Tuesday that the international trade deal agreed on in 2013 w... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:49:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:49:00Z EU restores preferential tax concessions to Sri Lanka COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union announced Tuesday it is restoring a preferential tax concession for goods imported from Sri Lanka that it withdrew seven years ago over alleged human rights abuses. Tung-Lai Margue, ambassador to the delegation of EU to Sri Lanka told reporters that the change would take effect on Friday. He said the tax conces... Tue, 16 May 2017 15:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T15:03:00Z Benin, Mozambique planes come off EU air safety blacklist BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has removed all airlines from Benin and Mozambique from its air safety blacklist after the companies addressed the bloc's safety concerns. EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said Tuesday that the airlines' removal from the blacklist showed their reforms and cooperation have paid off. The blacklist ... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:20:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:20:00Z Spend more, tax the rich: UK's Labour stakes election turf LONDON (AP) — Britain's main opposition Labour Party appealed to voters Tuesday with promises to increase the minimum wage, boost spending on health, education and infrastructure, nationalize key industries — and pay for it all by raising taxes on high earners. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party has a "radical and responsible" program "for the man... Tue, 16 May 2017 13:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T13:03:00Z Kosovo Serb man accused of war crimes PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have accused a Serb citizen of war crimes during the 1998-99 war. Prosecutors from Kosovo and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, on Tuesday accused a Serb identified as Z.V., of war crimes against the ethnic Albanian civilian population. A statement said that on May 5, ... Tue, 16 May 2017 12:53:00 GMT 2017-05-16T12:53:00Z The Latest: 27 migrants detained near Romania-Serbia border BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 11:20 a.m. Romanian border police say they are questioning 27 migrants from Syria and Iraq who are suspected of illegally entering Romania and were planning to head to Western Europe. A police statement says that they found five men, five wome... Tue, 16 May 2017 09:25:00 GMT 2017-05-16T09:25:00Z