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French Economy's Growth in Second Quarter Boosts Macron After Setbacks

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 09:40:00 EDT

The French economy maintained firm growth in the second quarter, giving President Emmanuel Macron a shot in the arm as he embarks upon contentious plans to rewrite labor laws and cut public spending.



France Nationalizes Shipyard to Stop Italian-Company Takeover

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:41:47 EDT

Emmanuel Macron’s government said it would temporarily nationalize the STX France shipyard to stop Italian company Fincantieri taking majority control.



Tensions Escalate Between Germany and Turkey

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:01:03 EDT

After a year of slights, barbs and misunderstandings, Germany and Turkey are girding for a showdown that could rattle the European Union, alter the fight on terrorism and escalate the refugee crisis.



Charlie Gard's Parents Agree to Take Him to Hospice Care

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:32:31 EDT

Charlie Gard’s parents agreed to take their gravely ill baby to a hospice to die, as a judge granted them a chance to try to find a medical team who would give them more time to spend with him there in his final days.



EU Cautions U.S. on Russia Sanctions Bill

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:18:46 EDT

The European Union stands ready to act “within days” if its concerns about the U.S. bill to impose new sanctions on Russia aren’t addressed, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.



EU Threatens Poland With Sanctions Over Court Overhaul

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:40:01 EDT

The European Union warned it could still pursue unprecedented sanctions against Poland, trying to pressure the government as both sides weigh their next moves after the president vetoed legislation to replace the entire Supreme Court.



U.K. Economy Posts Lackluster Growth

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:07:48 EDT

U.K. economic growth remained subdued in the second quarter, as a modest revival in consumer spending offset shrinking industrial production, a sign that a hoped-for shift toward export-led growth remains elusive.



Trump Sees 'Major Trade Deal' With U.K.

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:14:26 EDT

President Donald Trump said his administration was negotiating “to do a major trade deal” with the U.K., aiming to have it kick in soon after Britain completes its exit from the European Union in early 2019.



Spanish Prime Minister Denies Knowledge of Alleged Illegal Financing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:38:47 EDT

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy testified in court on Wednesday as a witness in a graft trial and said he had no knowledge of the alleged illegal financing scheme that helped fund his Popular Party.



The Speech That Transformed European Markets---Five Years Later

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:43:48 EDT

Five years ago, ECB chief Mario Draghi gave a speech that ushered in the beginning of the end of the continent’s sovereign-debt crisis. But five years later, the economic performances of the bloc’s members are hugely varied.



Greece Gets Solid Demand for First Bond Issuance in Three Years

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:41:36 EDT

Greece got solid demand Tuesday for its first bond issuance in three years, in what the government sees as the first of several moves that will enable the debt-ridden country to wean itself from new bailouts.



Charlie Gard's Mother Seeks to Bring Son Home to Die

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:34:21 EDT

The mother of Charlie Gard returned to a London court to seek permission to bring the terminally ill 11-month-old home to die.



Disputes Between Germany and Turkey Threaten NATO Mission

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:08:30 EDT

NATO is working urgently to defuse a dispute between Turkey and Germany that threatens its operations including counterterrorism missions in the Middle East.



Polish President Blocks Two Bills Meant to Curb Court's Independence

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:34:03 EDT

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda vetoed legislation that would have forced the entire Supreme Court into retirement, in a surprise move that bucked his own party and handed a victory to Poland’s pro-democracy protesters.



Charlie Gard's Parents Abandon Fight to Take Ill Child to U.S.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:47:07 EDT

The parents of Charlie Gard abandoned their legal fight to take the terminally ill 11-month-old abroad for experimental therapy, ending a challenge to British doctors who want to switch off his ventilator and give him end-of-life care.



Markets Risk Shock If No Brexit Deal Is Struck

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:25:41 EDT

When it comes to European crises, the markets have learned that it is always wise to bet on a deal. But Brexit may be different. Britain will quit the EU in March 2019, and the market may be underestimating the risk of a deal not being reached in time.



Greece Returns to International Bond Markets

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:46:22 EDT

Greece said it would return to international bond markets for the first time in three years, seeking to swap a bond coming due in 2019 for a new one that will mature in 2022



Eurozone Economy Slows in July, Survey Shows

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:01:49 EDT

The eurozone economy slowed in July, according to a survey of businesses, an indication that it may not perform as strongly in the second half of the year as it has in the first.



U.K. Imposes Rules on Hobby Drones

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:35:37 EDT

The U.K. will require operators of many hobby drones to register them with the government and take a test to assure proper use amid growing concern that the unmanned planes pose a threat to aviation.



Polish Court Move Unnerves EU, but Not Many Voters

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:14:26 EDT

Poland is giving the government sweeping powers over its judiciary, a move that is rattling European Union leaders but hasn’t shifted voters much at home.



The Big Question for More Than Four Million People After Brexit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:57:46 EDT

After the second round of Brexit talks between U.K. and EU representatives, officials said differences are narrowing on future rights of EU citizens in Britain, but the big question of whose courts enforce any deal looms unsolved.



Quake Kills Two in Greece, Injures 120, Some Critically

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:00 EDT

Two people were killed and dozens were injured when a powerful earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea, shaking major Greek and Turkish tourist destinations in the early hours.



Germany Warns of New Steps Over Turkey Arrest

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:18:06 EDT

Germany said it would take new steps in response to Ankara’s crackdown on human rights activists, including escalating a travel alert, as a feud that has tested relations between the traditional allies deepened.



ECB's Inaction Echoes Global Caution Over Weak Inflation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:00:25 EDT

ECB policy makers haven't yet discussed the future of their bond-purchase program after its tentatively scheduled end in December, but will do so in the fall, ECB President Mario Draghi said.



Poland Moves to Replace Supreme Court, Despite Protests

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:41:43 EDT

Poland’s lower chamber of parliament approve a bill that would allow the government to replace every judge on the Supreme Court, a move opposition politicians and European Union leaders warned undermines democracy in the once-communist nation.



IMF Board Approves Greece's Latest Bailout 'In Principle'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:47:41 EDT

A new cap on debt in the International Monetary Fund’s latest Greek bailout approved Thursday keeps pressure on Europe to deliver debt relief and prevents Athens from raising fresh cash in the markets anytime soon.



Don't Expect the EU to Ride to the U.K.'s Rescue

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:04:25 EDT

The rest of Europe can be forgiven a little schadenfreude as it sees that Brexit appears to have bought Britain little but political instability and economic uncertainty, Simon Nixon writes. But is the EU being too complacent about the risks it could face from a botched Brexit?



Germany Says Turkey's Detention of Rights Activist Could Threaten EU Aid

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:59:26 EDT

Germany​ lashed out at Turkey for jailing a German national and suggested the latest escalation in a growing feud between the two countries could cost Turkey billions of euros in European ​funding.



Investigation Against Former Greek Statistics Official Escalates

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:49:25 EDT

Greek authorities are escalating a criminal investigation against Andreas Georgiou, the former head of Greece’s statistics agency, who has been accused of inflating the budget deficit to help creditors justify the country’s bailout terms.



French Army Chief Steps Down Over Spat With Macron

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:21:07 EDT

France’s top military officer resigned Wednesday in a public feud with President Emmanuel Macron over military spending, posing the first major test of the new leader’s drive to invest his office with more authority.



Where Will Banks Go After Brexit? Frankfurt Takes Early Lead

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:01:25 EDT

Germany is favored for its stable political and economic environment, a well-educated workforce that speaks English and reasonable costs.



U.S., Russia Remain at Odds Over Seized Compounds

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:39:37 EDT

U.S. and Russian diplomats failed to come to an agreement over the return of Russian Embassy compounds that were seized by the Obama administration in late December as punishment for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.



Eurozone House Price Growth Eases

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:04 EDT

The eurozone’s housing market cooled in the first three months of the year, as declines in German prices eased worries that a long period of very low interest rates risked fueling a bubble.