Government budgets

Portuguese Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Antonio Costa, center right, with his wife Fernanda Tadeu, center, and Lisbon Mayor Fernando Medina, left, wave to supporters during an election campaign action in downtown Lisbon Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Portugal will hold a general election on Oct. 6 in which voters will choose members of the next Portuguese parliament. The ruling Socialist Party hopes an economic recovery during its four years of governing will persuade voters to return the party to power. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
October 05, 2019 - 7:53 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A frequent question asked in Portugal ahead of Sunday's general election is not whether the incumbent Socialist Party will win, but by how big a margin. Recent opinion polls suggest the Socialists enjoy a 10-percentage-point lead. That's largely thanks to an economic...
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European Central Bank President Mario Draghi addresses European Parliament members at the European Parliament in Brussels, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
September 30, 2019 - 9:32 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi says that stimulus measures including negative interest rates will have to stay in place longer if governments do not step up spending to help growth. Draghi was quoted Monday by the Financial Times as saying: "Our policies will...
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European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, right, shakes hands with Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, left, at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP)
September 29, 2019 - 10:00 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's prime minister says no European Union member including Hungary and Poland is directly opposing linking the bloc's financial framework to performance on the rule of law in member countries — a proposal that has so far been fiercely opposed in Budapest and Warsaw. Antti...
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FILE - In this file photo provided by the U.S.Air Force, taken July 26, 2017, a U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer arrives at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. President Donald Trump is raising a large chunk of the money for his border wall with Mexico by deferring several large military construction projects slated for the strategically important Pacific outpost of Guam. This may disrupt plans to move Marines to Guam from Japan and to modernize important munitions storage for the Air Force. About 7% of the funds for the $3.6 billion wall are being diverted from eight projects in U.S. territory. (U.S. Air Force by Tech. Sgt. Richard P. Ebensberger via The AP, File)
September 28, 2019 - 8:08 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump is raising a large chunk of the money for his border wall with Mexico by deferring several military construction projects slated for Guam, a strategic hub for U.S. forces in the Pacific. This may disrupt plans to move Marines to Guam from Japan and to...
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President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he arrives for a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The president was given a plaque of appreciation from America's Sheriffs and Angel Families. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 27, 2019 - 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he withheld nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine because of corruption in the country, but recently released Pentagon documents undercut that explanation and add fuel to the whistleblower complaint that has launched an impeachment...
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September 27, 2019 - 9:27 am
PARIS (AP) — The French government has pledged to cut taxes for households next year to the tune of 9 billion euros ($9.8 billion), a spending boost that has its roots in the yellow vest movement that broke out last winter. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire presented the 2020 budget to Cabinet on...
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The rising sun divides the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday morning, Sept. 25, 2019, the day after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
September 26, 2019 - 12:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a temporary government-wide funding bill on Thursday that staves off the risk of a government shutdown through Nov. 21. The measure would buy additional time for lawmakers to work to unclog a $1.4 trillion bundle of yearly spending bills that is hung up amid...
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CORRECTS TO IMRAN KHAN, NOT GHANI - President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the InterContinental Barclay hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 24, 2019 - 8:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Republican allies controlling the Senate are awarding him with his full $5 billion request to build about 200 miles (322 kilometers) of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border. That's according to a Senate aide familiar with a $53 billion draft funding bill...
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In this Thursday, May 16, 2019 photo, containers are stored in the free harbor in Bremerhaven, Germany. The German government says the country's economy is in a weak phase but it doesn't currently see indications it will enter a long-term recession. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
September 24, 2019 - 4:56 am
BERLIN (AP) — German business confidence has picked up slightly after a five-month decline, but managers are more pessimistic about their outlook for the next half-year. Analysts said the data did little to dispel fears Germany has entered a shallow recession. The Ifo institute said Tuesday that...
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Colombia's President Ivan Duque speaks during an interview with The Associated Press before departing, to attend the United Nations General Assembly, from the CATAM air base in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. Duque's will speak before the General Assembly and is expected to condemn Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro as an abusive autocrat who is not only responsible for the country's humanitarian catastrophe but is also now a threat to regional stability for his alleged harboring of Colombian rebels labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. and European Union. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
September 22, 2019 - 3:56 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a "stupid" mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor. Ivan Duque made...
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