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Catalonia Showcases Autonomy in Terror Attack Probe

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:40:15 EDT

The Barcelona attacks have highlighted tensions between Spain’s central government and Catalonia, weeks before the northeastern region is slated to hold an independence referendum.

Headless Torso Identified as Journalist Missing From Submarine

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:19:53 EDT

A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine.

Debate Over Whether EU Might Influence British Law After Brexit

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:58:41 EDT

The British government said Tuesday it wants to end the “direct jurisdiction” of the European Court of Justice after it leaves the European Union, but left open the possibility of allowing European courts indirect sway.

Two Terror Suspects Held Without Bail Over Barcelona Attacks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:08:30 EDT

The terror cell that killed 15 people in assaults on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas and a Catalan coastal town on Thursday had been planning to strike many targets.

Macron's Waning Support Shakes Bid to Overhaul French Economy

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:09:57 EDT

As the young French president sets out to shake up France’s rigid labor market, he is losing the public support he may need to weather protests by the country’s powerful unions.

Corruption Cases Cast a Pall Over Angola's Coming Vote

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:37:51 EDT

Angolans go to the polls on Wednesday to pick their first new president in decades, but money-laundering and bribery cases in Portugal are raising questions about the ability of Africa’s No. 2 oil producer to tackle corruption and right its economy.

European Populists Who Aped Brexit and Trump Rethink Their Approach

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:35:57 EDT

Many officials think their attempt to associate with the U.K. and the U.S. undermined what was supposed to be a banner year. A recovering economy has also hurt their arguments—for now.

Police Shoot and Kill Suspected Terror Van Driver

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:53:47 EDT

Spanish authorities said on Monday police shot the man they suspect of being the driver in Thursday’s attack in Barcelona, after confronting him outside the city wearing what appeared to be an explosive vest.

Russia's New Ambassador to U.S. Seen as Hard-Liner

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:32:47 EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed a hardliner diplomat known for his gruff style as Moscow’s new ambassador to the U.S., signalling a more confrontational approach to Washington.

U.S. to Issue Fewer Visas to Russians in Diplomatic Spat

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:32:05 EDT

The U.S. is sharply cutting back visa services in Russia after the Kremlin responded to fresh U.S. sanctions by capping the number of U.S. diplomats in the country.

Investigators Probe Imam's Role in Radicalizing Young Men in Barcelona Terror Attack

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:31:53 EDT

Police focused on Moroccan national Abdelbaki Es Satty, who until recently led a mosque in Ripoll, Spain, hometown of many of the 11 other suspects in last week’s terrorism.

Attacks Put New Focus on Europe's Moroccan Diaspora

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:09:13 EDT

The alleged involvement in last week’s terrorist attacks in Spain of a number of Moroccan nationals has Western security officials worried.

Spanish Police Hunting for as Many as Three Terror Suspects

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:31:51 EDT

Spanish police said up to three culprits behind this week’s deadly twin terrorist attacks could still be at large, including the man authorities suspect was the driver of a rented van that plowed into pedestrians in central Barcelona.

Spain Ties Attacks to Broad Terror Network

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 09:21:20 EDT

Authorities said they unearthed evidence that a broad network involving a dozen suspects carried out the terror attacks in Spain, raising concerns that Islamic State is still capable of orchestrating coordinated assaults despite major losses in Syria and Iraq.

Spanish Attacks Prompt Airlines to Let Travelers Rebook Flights

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:56:02 EDT

Airlines are offering passengers with Barcelona flights flexibility to rebook travel after dual terrorist attacks hit the European tourist hot spot.

Barcelona Attack Shows Limits of Security Efforts

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:49:52 EDT

Spain toughened its antiterrorism strategy after a deadly 2004 assault on Madrid’s train station and intensified its approach in 2015, but Thursday’s attack in the heart of Barcelona underscores the limitations of such efforts.

Barcelona Area Is Latest Tourist Spot Targeted

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:57:02 EDT

When a terrorist’s van rammed pedestrians in Las Ramblas, it struck one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Post-Brexit Trade Rules as Murky as Ever for U.K.

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:54:29 EDT

New British proposals over ‘frictionless trade’ in goods leaves both exporters and importers in a quandary.

Despite Growth, Many in Europe Still Lack Steady Jobs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:43:54 EDT

In many corners of Europe, the recession cost millions their jobs and, since then, many have remained unemployed with little hope of finding new ones, despite an economic turnaround.

Eurozone Surplus Suggests Economy Is Unfazed by Strong Euro

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:11:50 EDT

The eurozone’s trade surplus widened in June, an indication that the euro’s recent rise against other major currencies has yet to hinder economic growth.

Eurozone Growth Spreads, Helped by Dutch, Italian Economies

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:08:18 EDT

The eurozone’s recovery was more rapid than first estimated in the three months to June as a pickup that started in Germany and Spain has spread to other parts of the currency area, aiding a comeback that is proving vital to the world economy.

U.K. to Rule Out Extending EU Customs Area to Northern Ireland

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:25:08 EDT

The U.K. will on Wednesday rule out extending the European Union’s customs area to encircle Northern Ireland after Brexit, saying such a move wouldn’t be “constitutionally or economically viable.”

U.K. Jobless Rate Hits 42-Year Low

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:16:20 EDT

The unemployment rate in the U.K. fell to its lowest level in more than 40 years in June, while the number of European Union nationals working in Britain hit a record high.

U.K. Proposes Broad Customs Deal With EU After Brexit

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:20:53 EDT

The U.K. government proposed a customs arrangement with the European Union that it said would eliminate the need for border checks on imports and exports after Brexit.

German Economic Growth Robust Despite Slowdown

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:42:07 EDT

Germany maintained its solid economic performance, despite an unexpected yet mild slowdown in the second quarter.

U.K. Is Open to Temporary Customs Union With EU

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:10:41 EDT

The U.K. government will formally signal it is open to creating a temporary customs union with the EU after Brexit as it prepares for fresh talks on its separation from the bloc later this month.

Aid Groups Halt Mediterranean Rescues

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:49:29 EDT

Humanitarian groups suspended migrant search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean over concerns their ships are threatened by the Libyan Coast Guard after it asserted authority last week in international waters off its coast.

In German Election Campaign, Third Place Is the Real Winner

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:30:48 EDT

Chancellor Angela Merkel looks like a sure bet to win a fourth term. But the more important race is between four smaller parties—and the outcome is likely to determine the makeup of Germany’s political direction for the next four years.

What's Really Behind the Eurozone's Economic Turnaround

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:59:09 EDT

Many economists may have underestimated the role of improvements to the supply side of the eurozone economy. And there are still plenty of supply side measures at both eurozone and national level that could improve actual and potential growth, writes Simon Nixon.

The Secret of Soccer's Best Super-Sub

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:39:10 EDT

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is the rare soccer player whose most dangerous position is starting every game on the bench.

U.S. Builds Presence in Europe, Despite 'America First' Rhetoric

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 10:02:46 EDT

On the outskirts of a small town, the U.S. is spending $1 billion on what one general calls the most ambitious medical construction project the military has ever undertaken. The hospital sends a message, U.S. military officials say: Europe is a vital ally, even in the age of “America First.”

Eggs Contaminated With Insecticide Found in EU and Hong Kong

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 03:38:07 EDT

Sixteen countries in Europe as well as Hong Kong received eggs contaminated with banned insecticide fipronil, the European Union’s executive branch said Friday.

Ten Years Later, Younger Workers Still Endure Costs of the Crisis

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:26:34 EDT

The greatest legacy of the past 10 years has been a dramatic rise in intergenerational inequality, writes Simon Nixon. The older generations were spared the costs of the financial crisis while those of working age have seen very little increase in their income or wealth.

French Police Arrest Suspect in Hit-and-Run Attack

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:07:56 EDT

Authorities arrested a man suspected of ramming a car into a group of soldiers in a suburb of the French capital, police officials said, potentially ending the manhunt in a case that prosecutors are treating as an act of terrorism.

Belgian Police Find No Explosives After Car Chase, Bomb Scare

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:39:12 EDT

Authorities found no signs of explosives after a 36-year-old Rwandan man touched off a bomb scare in the Belgian capital on Tuesday following a car chase in which police opened fire.

U.S., Russia Must 'Deal With' Conflict, Tillerson Says

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:23:44 EDT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russia’s foreign minister that the U.S. would respond to that country’s recent expulsion of American diplomats by Sept. 1.

German Economy Seen Growing Despite Weak Export, Factory Data

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 04:37:31 EDT

Europe’s largest economy is likely to continue to grow at a robust pace, despite some recent weak data points, economists say.

German Industry Misses a Beat but Economy Looks Strong

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:14:27 EDT

Europe’s largest economy remains on course for robust growth this year despite a decline in factory output in June, economists said.

Brexit Uncertainty Shadows Bank of England's Every Move

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:48:49 EDT

The failure of wages to rise despite dropping unemployment makes it hard for central banks to know when interest-rate increases might be needed to offset inflation. In the U.K., Brexit makes it an even harder call.

France Opens Terror Probe After Eiffel Tower Incident

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 20:41:04 EDT

French prosecutors opened a counterterrorism investigation on Sunday after a knife-wielding man attempted to force his way into the Eiffel Tower.

EU Sanctions Russians Connected to Transfer of Gas Turbines to Crimea

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:13:16 EDT

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russian officials and firms connected to the illegal transfer of gas turbines purchased to the annexed peninsula of Crimea.

Brexit Transition Deal Poses Questions for the EU

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:15:13 EDT

The British government’s apparent agreement that it will seek a post-Brexit transitional deal with the EU is aimed at easing business uncertainty, but companies still have no idea what rules will govern the economic relationship.

BOE Signals Rates to Rise Faster Than Markets Expect

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 20:29:43 EDT

The Bank of England joined other major central banks in signaling that a long era of easy money is gradually drawing to a close, saying that it anticipates raising interest rates in the U.K. at a faster pace than investors currently expect.

Britain's Unreal Brexit Transition Debate

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 15:43:01 EDT

The air of unreality about the Brexit transition debate extends to the question of the form of the transition too: How will the U.K. negotiate with the EU when it isn’t entirely clear what it wants?