National budgets

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. In a second day of meetings EU leaders will continue to discuss the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (Ludovic Marin, Pool Photo via AP)
February 21, 2020 - 12:42 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations broke up a marathon summit without a deal Friday and will have to reconvene for another budget meeting in the coming weeks. After 28 hours of talks the leaders could not find a compromise, with a half dozen wealthy member states insisting they would not stump...
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European Union leaders engage in discussion during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. After almost two years of sparring, the EU will be discussing the bloc's budget to work out Europe's spending plans for the next seven years. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
February 20, 2020 - 11:53 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — As European Union leaders deliberated over their 1 trillion-euro ($1.1 trillion) budget Thursday, lawmakers were deeply concerned about potential conflicts of interest that could see hundreds of millions of euros in funds granted to companies linked to some of the very people...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel walkes on the red carpet prior to a meeting with Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland, at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
February 20, 2020 - 4:55 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Everything is set for the EU's bruising trillion-euro summit. Leaders from the European Union's 27 countries are flying in to Brussels on Thursday to discuss the bloc's spending plan for the next seven years now that Britain has left. Diplomats and number crunchers have been working...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrives to brief members of the Senate on the details of the threat that prompted the U.S. to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq on Capitol Hill in Washington. When President Donald Trump laments the “craziness” of spending billions of dollars to modernize America's nuclear weapons, he is referring in part to plans for replacing the B-52 bombers and silo-based missiles that stand ready near Minot, N.D. Esper visited Minot on Wednesday, Feb. 19, for a firsthand look. (AP Photo/ Jacquelyn Martin, File)
February 19, 2020 - 11:05 pm
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper used his first-ever visit to a nuclear missile field in frigid North Dakota to tout the Trump administration's multibillion-dollar plan for a top-to-bottom modernization of the nuclear arsenal. The costly project is necessary, he said,...
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Eurogroup President and Portugal's Finance Minister Mario Centeno, second left, meets with European Council President Charles Michel, second right, at the Europa building in Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)
February 19, 2020 - 9:54 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — After almost two years of sparring, the European Union was girding itself Wednesday for perhaps the final round of the bloc’s traditional budget slug-fest, a potentially long and fiery summit to thrash out Europe’s spending plans for the next seven years. Leaders from the 27 nations...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, a construction worker stands in front of a door with the EU stars at EU headquarters in Brussels. The Brexit process shook the EU foundations and laid bare the need for much-delayed renovations, but tthe question now is where to start the revamp and who is going to foot the bill. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
February 14, 2020 - 1:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and who is going to foot the bill? Those questions...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020 file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. The Federal Reserve believes that downside risks to the U.S. economy have lessened with the easing of trade tensions and better prospects for global growth. But officials note a concern that possible spillovers from a deadly virus in China represent a new threat. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
February 11, 2020 - 11:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the U.S. economy appears durable with steady growth and unemployment near a half-century low but faces some risk from the broadening viral outbreak that began in China. Giving the Fed’s semiannual monetary report to Congress,...
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President Donald Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2021 arrives at the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 10, 2020 - 3:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s budget contains an $844 billion mystery pot for his still undefined health care plan, signaling steep cuts to Medicaid and “Obamacare.” That 10-year number represents hypothetical savings that would be used for a health care plan Trump has been promising...
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Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, speaks with the European Commissioner for Economy Paolo Gentiloni during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Gentiloni will have a series of meetings with Greek top officials in the context of the European Semester, the EU's cycle of economic and fiscal policy coordination among member states. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
February 06, 2020 - 9:39 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's new economy commissioner says Greece's bailout lenders are willing to discuss a request by Athens to ease strict budget targets that would help speed up the country's recovery. While visiting Athens Thursday, Paolo Gentiloni sai d discussions could begin...
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The Capitol is seen as defense arguments by the Republicans resume in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 28, 2020 - 1:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An annual congressional report says the U.S. budget deficit is likely to burst through the symbolic $1 trillion barrier this year despite a healthy economy. Tuesday's Congressional Budget Office report follows a burst of new spending last year and the repeal in December of several...
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