Monday, May 29, 2017

European Union

France's Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, talks with European Commissioner for the Economy Pierre Moscovici prior to a meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Monday May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BY PAN PYLAS and DAVID McHUGH BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe’s economic recovery is showing surprising strength, as key surveys of business activity and optimism hit their highest levels in years. The data released Tuesday hold out hope that the region ...
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference after a meeting of EU general affairs ministers in Brussels on Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BY RAF CASERT BRUSSELS (AP) — The 27 European Union nations handling Britain’s exit from the bloc set a tough negotiating mandate for the talks, the EU’s chief negotiator said Monday, stressing that the discussions would be tension-filled. The talks ...
In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 photo, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel gestures as he talks with journalists upon his arrival in Prague, Czech Republic. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BY RAF CASERT British expectations in its divorce proceedings from the European Union are “not realistic,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Friday, sending a clear warning that Britain will not escape having to foot a hefty bill for its ...
President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi is on his way to a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

BY PAN PYLAS LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the 19-country eurozone rose to the European Central Bank’s goal in April as an improvement in the economy helped drive up prices, stoking speculation that the bank could start winding down its ...
Entrepreneur Gina Miller answers a journalist's question as she launches the "Best for Britain" campaign for tactical voting with campaign director Eloise Todd, for the upcoming British general election at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

BY JILL LAWLESS LONDON (AP) — Businesswoman Gina Miller, who took the British government to court in a successful bid to win Parliament a vote on Brexit, launched a campaign Wednesday to back pro-EU candidates at the ballot box. Miller ...
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi speaks during a joint press conference with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

BY LOUISE WATT BEIJING (AP) — Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and open engagement in contrast to fears ...
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, left, and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi, second right, attend a meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, Wednesday, April 17, 2017, in Beijing. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Photo via AP)

BY LOUISE WATT BEIJING (AP) — Top diplomats from China and the European Union pledged closer cooperation Wednesday at a time of global uncertainty, highlighting their common interests in peace and security and pushing a message of free trade and ...
Eurozone chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks at a press conference following a meeting of European finance ministers, in Valletta, Malta, Friday, April 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The eurozone’s top official said “fatigue may have played a role” for comments he made last month that unleashed a storm of criticism across southern Europe. In an interview with Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, published ...
In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, is on his way to a news conference after a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

BY DAVID McHUGH FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi insisted Thursday that the bank’s massive stimulus efforts are still needed even though the 19-country eurozone’s economy is strengthening. “The recovery is progressing and now may be ...
Britain's former UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks to members of the European Parliament during a session in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. T (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

BY RAF CASERT BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Wednesday threw their weight behind the chief EU negotiator for the divorce proceedings with Britain, backing his call for phased negotiations — against the wishes of London — and demanding ...
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