Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Irinej dies after coronavirus infection

The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church has died after contracting coronavirus, the country's president, Aleksander Vucic, said on Friday. Patriarch Irinej was admitted to hospital in Belgrade on...

EU plans to expand Belarus crackdown sanctions to businesses

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union plans to prepare a new round of sanctions against Belarus that will target businesses, the EU's foreign policy chief said Thursday as a security crackdown on protest...

Brexit trade talks suspended because of COVID-19 case

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit trade negotiations have been suspended at a crucial stage because an EU negotiator has tested positive for the coronavirus. EU chief negotiator Michel Barn...

Report slams conditions in Greek migrant detention centers

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe, the continent’s main human rights organization, slammed the conditions under which migrants are held in some detention center...

EU auditors: Antitrust probes too slow to curb tech giants

LONDON (AP) — The EU's efforts to rein in the power of big tech companies such as Google and Facebook through antitrust investigations have taken too long, dulling their effectiveness, a report said T...

EU leaders try to solve political fight blocking big budget

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders will on Thursday try to find ways to resolve a diplomatic dispute with members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package a...

Turkish central bank hikes rates to support currency

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate on Thursday, when it held its first meeting under its new chief, in a bid to tame inflation and to prop up the struggling...

EU leaders clash over Hungary and Poland budget veto

European Union leaders argued at a summit Thursday over Poland and Hungary's attempts to block the passage of the EU budget and coronavirus rescue package. The two holdouts reaffirmed their posit...

North Macedonia PM Zoran Zaev: 'We aim to build good relations with Bulgaria'

DW: Bulgaria yesterday made good on its threat and blocked the start of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia. Many outside the Balkan region find the reasons for this veto from Sofia hard to...

Taiwan faces heated calls for reversal of ractopamine policy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A non-profit organization fighting for consumers’ rights in Taiwan is urging the government to backtrack on the decision to allow the import of ractopamine-laden Ame...

EU to slap sanctions on Belarus firms close to Lukashenko

The EU agreed in principle to new sanctions on Belarus Thursday. They are a response to the "brutality" of the country's government, said the EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell. The me...

Why is Finland coping so well with the coronavirus crisis?

Finland currently belongs to the countries around the world which is coping best with the coronavirus pandemic. As of November 19, Johns Hopkins University recorded around 19,900 cases and 374 deaths....

EU hit by new crisis, this time over money and values

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The European Union still hasn't completely sorted out its messy post-divorce relationship with Britain — but it has already been plunged into another major crisis. ...

Online G-20 summit lacks glam, and maybe results, amid virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — This weekend’s summit of leaders from the Group of 20 stands out more for what it is not than for what it is. Held online this year because of the ...

Hungary, Poland hold EU hostage over budget

As if it weren't already enough that Hungary and Poland are blackmailing the European Union, now Slovenia has entered the fray. Prime Minister Janez Jansa said other EU leaders should remember the...