Europe's Christmas dilemma: risk empty chairs next year?

BRUSSELS (AP) — Please leave a chair empty at this year's family Christmas dinner as a precaution, or face the possibility of having that chair empty forever. That's the stark dilemm...

EU parliament backs lobster deal and EU-US mini trade pact

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thanksgiving just got a little bit better for the Maine lobster industry. The European Union parliament on Thursday approved a mini trade deal with the United States...

EU, UK still have 'fundamental' differences on trade talks

BRUSSELS (AP) — With the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in quarantine, trade talks with the United Kingdom continued by videoconference this week, though the optimism expressed last ...

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...

EU: Brexit trade talks still have 'substantial work' ahead

BRUSSELS (AP) — A top European Union official said Wednesday that trade talks with the United Kingdom still face “substantial work" that might spill over into next week, with a perilous deadline drawi...

Belgian racing pigeon fetches record price of $1.9 million

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — New Kim is worth her weight in gold and then some — actually much, much more. A wealthy Chinese pigeon racing fan put down a world record price of 1.6 million ...

Belgium exempts gift-bearing St Nicholas from virus bans

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — To ensure the merriment of millions of Belgian kids, the government is offering a special exemption from the stringent coronavirus measures to beloved St. Nicholas, who alway...

EU says looking forward to better ties with US under Biden

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday said it looked forward to better relations with the United States under the leadership of President-elect Joe Biden, and expressed hope the presidential...

Books? Hairdressers? Europeans split on lockdown essentials

HALLE, Belgium (AP) — In times when a pandemic unleashes death and poverty, the concept of what is essential to keep society functioning in a lockdown is gripping Europe. Beyond the...

Divisions turn Belgium into Europe's worst virus hot spot

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under the virus' resurgen...

Belgium's former King Albert finally meets daughter Delphine

BRUSSELS (AP) — The long-running royal scandal that has riveted Belgium and damaged those involved reached a new milestone when former King Albert II reunited with the daughter he fathered out of wedl...

Virus is pummeling Europe's eateries — and winter is coming

HEIKRUIS, Belgium (AP) — As the Friday night dinner service began earlier this month at the De Viering restaurant outside Brussels, it seemed the owners' decision to move the operation into the spacio...

UK chides EU but says gaps to Brexit trade deal are narrow

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister said Friday that there are only narrow differences remaining in trade talks between the U.K. and the European Union, but insisted the bloc must show more “flex...

Half century later, Belgian King Philippe meets half sister

BRUSSELS (AP) — It took more than half a century, but Belgian King Philippe has finally met his half sister. After a few momentous weeks, during which a two-decade royal paternity s...

Waiting for Brexit: Another deadline, likely another delay

BRUSSELS (AP) — It is yet another vital deadline day in the four-year torturous trek called Brexit, but Spoiler Alert!: most likely nothing will happen. British Prime Minister Boris ...