No health emergency but virus hits politics in EU's heart

BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Union summit via computer. The EU parliament a virtual ghost village in a shortened session. The assembly’s president working from home, self-isolating due to coronavirus. ...

AP Interview: Italy wants to shift but stay in EU's orbit

ROME (AP) — Italy is not looking to leave the European Union but wants reforms that would shift the Britain-less bloc's “center of gravity” away from bureaucratic institutions in Brussels to elected b...

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The end is nigh: EU parliament to approve UK exit from EU

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament on Wednesday is set to overwhelmingly approve the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union — the final major decision in the four-year Brexit sag...

Post-Brexit talks gear up for fish fight between EU, UK

KILKEEL, Northern Ireland (AP) — When it comes to U.K.-European Union relations, there's nothing like slapping a fish around. After all, both sides have been contesting who rules their waves practica...

With joy and sadness, UK lawmakers pack up in Brussels

BRUSSELS (AP) — The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union — cardboard boxes and Union Jack socks and all. With the Brexit moment set for Friday at midnight Brussels time ( 11...

Top EU officials sign Brexit deal in closed door ceremony

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of two of the European Union’s main institutions on Friday signed the divorce agreement governing Britain’s departure from the bloc next week, sealing the penultimate step ...

UK lawmakers remove child-migrants promise from Brexit bill

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have overturned changes to the government’s flagship Brexit bill made by Parliament’s House of Lords, removing a promise to reunite child refugees with their families i...

UK's Lords slam government's Brexit bill over child migrants

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Parliament has Prime Minister Boris Johnson to rethink part of his key Brexit bill and restore a promise to reunite child refugees with family members in the U.K. ...

Catalan Puigdemont, sought by Spain, to attend EU parliament

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont will attend his first session as a member of the European Parliament on Monday despite facing an arrest warrant against him in Spain. ...

Climate change, Brexit divorce: EU faces challenges in 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — December served up a warning of the massive challenges ahead for the European Union. Freak storms wreaked havoc on parts of southern Europe, showing...

EU lawmakers, member states find compromise on green finance

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU lawmakers and member countries have agreed on a deal to promote environmentally-friendly investment after weeks of discussions that had stalled over whether to exclude nuclear proje...

EU Parliament declares climate “emergency” in symbolic move

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s legislature has declared a “climate emergency” in a symbolic bid to push the issue as high as possible on the agenda of the EU’s executive team. ...

Legal opinion: EU lawmakers should decide on Catalan leader

BRUSSELS (AP) — A legal adviser at the EU's highest court said on Tuesday it should be down to the European Parliament, and not to Spain, to decide whether a jailed Catalan leader can serve as a Europ...

EU Parliament head urges for Balkan membership talks

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The head of the European Parliament says there is still hope for Balkan countries to join the European Union, and urged for membership talks to open soon with North Mace...