EU leaders converge on Brussels to haggle over top jobs

Europe 05/28/19, 03:46

European Union leaders are converging on Brussels to haggle over who should lead the 28-nation bloc's key institutions for the next five years after weekend elections shook up Europe's political landscape.Presidents and prime ministers will meet over dinner Tuesday evening to choose who should take over as head of the ...

Dems vow to enforce subpoenas as Trump resistance grows

Politics 04/30/19, 13:42

Democrats are steeling for a fight with President Donald Trump as the White House ignores subpoenas, denies access to witnesses and otherwise stonewalls congressional oversight in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. In the latest case, Trump, his family and the Trump Organization have filed a lawsuit against Deutsche ...

Germany’s Weber urges Britain not to take part in EU vote

Europe 04/26/19, 11:41

The German center-right candidate hoping to become the next head of the European Union's executive branch is urging Britain not to take part in the European Parliament elections in May.Manfred Weber told Germany's Funke Media Group "it would be good if British politicians quickly ensured clarity about Brexit — and ...

German EU candidate speaks out against Russia gas pipeline

Europe 04/26/19, 02:38

The center-right candidate to head the European Union's executive branch is speaking out against a new German-Russian gas pipeline, drawing mixed reactions in his native Germany.Manfred Weber was quoted this week as telling a Polish newspaper that, as head of the European Commission, he would use all available rules to ...

German Greens won’t back aspiring EU head who woos far right

World 04/25/19, 13:25

A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on support from the far right.Populist and far-right parties critical of the EU are expected to make gains in the European parliamentary elections, which ...

Germany’s Merkel offers Juncker solidarity in Hungary spat

Europe 02/21/19, 08:11

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the head of the European Union's executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc's external borders to let in more migrants.Merkel said Thursday: "Jean-Claude Juncker has my full solidarity, ...

Iowa may pay $4M to victims of sex harassment by ex-director

U.S. 02/04/19, 14:01

The state of Iowa has tentatively agreed to pay $4.15 million to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who had been a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds, according to records released Monday. Under settlements negotiated last week, the money would go to ...

EU leader concerned about Romania holding bloc presidency

Europe 12/29/18, 10:37

The head of the European Union's executive branch has questioned whether Romania is ready for the political give-and-take of holding the EU presidency, though he says the country is "technically well-prepared" for the role.EU countries take turns occupying the presidency for six-month terms. The position involves setting the bloc's agenda ...

European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

World 12/19/18, 07:24

Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way.The 28-nation bloc moved closer Wednesday to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton buds after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they're following recommendations by its executive branch designed to marine ...

Report: EU aims for bloc to go carbon neutral by 2050

World 11/28/18, 03:37

The European Union's executive branch is reportedly proposing that the bloc should reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.EU climate chief Miguel Arias Canete told German business daily Handelsblatt in an interview published Wednesday that Europe "has all the tools (needed) to be ambitious" when it comes to ...

Sessions criticizes court order on deposition in census case

Politics 10/15/18, 20:01

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is criticizing a court order that allows for the questioning of a Trump administration Cabinet member in a legal dispute over the 2020 census.A New York-based federal appeals court has said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross may be deposed about how a citizenship question came to ...

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