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Germany Sees Surge in Number of Refugees Receiving Benefits

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 12:16:18 EDT

About half a million refugees in Germany received social security benefits in June, almost twice as many as a year earlier, potentially fueling tension among voters over the recent influx of refugees.

Pope Met With Disregard by Georgian Orthodox Church

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 11:40:00 EDT

Pope Francis led prayers in front of more than a thousand Catholic faithful in the former Soviet state of Georgia, but an official delegation from the Georgian Orthodox Church stayed away in an apparent snub.

Dutch Call Russian Ambassador to Hague Meeting Over Flight MH17

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:11:04 EDT

Tensions between the Netherlands and Russia over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 deepened Friday after Dutch authorities called for a meeting with Russia’s ambassador.

Paris Climate Deal Seen Taking Force This Year as EU Speeds up Ratification

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:11:12 EDT

The global Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is all but certain to enter into force in November, after European Union environment ministers agreed on the EU to ratify the deal next week.

Pope Offers Cautious Support for Refugees in Georgia

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:08:04 EDT

Pope Francis spoke out in support of refugees on a visit to the former Soviet republic of Georgia Friday, in a carefully calibrated statement that could still irritate the country’s powerful neighbor, Russia.

Germany Migrant Influx Less Than Estimated

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:49:32 EDT

Some 210,000 fewer migrants entered the country last year than previously thought, interior minister says.

Hungary Tests EU's Migrant Policy

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:29:04 EDT

The campaign of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to curb immigration—particularly Muslim migrants—and reject European Union refugee quotas is drawing wide appeal in the country ahead of Sunday’s referendum.

Turmoil Hits Spain's Socialist Party Amid Government Stand-Off

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:12:12 EDT

Spain’s simmering governance crisis has triggered upheaval in the one institution—the mainstream Socialist party—best positioned to break a 9-month-old political impasse.

Belgium to Expand Targeted Security Measures in Brussels

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:45:35 EDT

Belgian authorities plan to expand their intensified law-enforcement efforts beyond Molenbeek, the Brussels neighborhood that was home to several suicide bombers.

Brexit Vote Brings Little Cheer to U.K. Importers

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:47:54 EDT

Enotria & Coe, one of the U.K.’s biggest wine merchants, had bad news for its 4,000 bar and restaurant customers a few weeks ago: The company had raised most of its prices an average of 5%.

No Quick Fix to City of London's Brexit Conundrum

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:25:40 EDT

Some in Britain argue that EU “equivalence” rules provide a way for the City of London to preserve its ability to do business across Europe after Brexit, but the reality may be more complicated.

Pope Faces Pressure Over Russia in Georgia Visit

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:01:56 EDT

Pope Francis’ visit to the former Soviet state of Georgia this week poses a dilemma for the Catholic leader, as his pursuit of warmer relations with Russia puts him at risk of accusations he is soft-pedaling his central human-rights agenda.

Eurozone Firms, Consumers Prove More Upbeat in September

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:07:42 EDT

Eurozone manufacturers shrugged off concerns about the impact of the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, reporting a pickup in export orders that helped boost confidence in September to its highest level this year.

Sweden Proposes Reintroduction of Compulsory Military Service

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:30:37 EDT

Sweden’s government on Wednesday proposed the reintroduction of compulsory military service, as the country continues to rebuild its national defenses amid rising tension around the Baltic Sea.

Europe Concerned About Return of Islamic State Fighters

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:02:37 EDT

Europe is bracing for the potential return of large numbers of hardened militants triggered by an imminent U.S.-led military offensive on an Islamic State stronghold, U.S. and European counterterrorism officials say.

U.K. Labour Party Leader Seeks to Rally Members

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:48:27 EDT

The leader of the U.K.’s main opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has signaled his Labour Party wouldn’t seek to limit immigration into Britain and said the party should prepare in case an early national election is called next year.

U.S. Thinks Russia Shields Hackers to Hide Kremlin's Role

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:26:18 EDT

Officials are increasingly confident that the Russian government is intensifying a campaign to steal U.S. computer records and leak damaging information from them to the American public.

Germany Reaps Upside to ECB's Easy Money

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:59:35 EDT

Germany is a vocal critic of the ECB’s easy-money policies because they hurt the nation’s savers, but its federal and regional governments are among the biggest winners of the prolonged low interest rates.

Worries Grow Over Greek Economic Forecast

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:27:41 EDT

Greece’s economic recovery is proving elusive, challenging the forecasts of the country’s government and its foreign creditors who are still counting on a growth revival this year.

Greek Lawmakers Pass Bill Aimed at Unlocking Aid Tranche

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:28:51 EDT

Greek lawmakers approved a bill aimed at unlocking €2.8 billion ($3.15 billion) in aid for the country that includes deeply unpopular plans to transfer state-controlled water companies to a privatization fund.

EU Defense Ministers Discuss Deeper Military Cooperation

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:25:31 EDT

The initiative to improve security ties is aimed at strengthening regional unity after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Draghi Urges Governments to Help ECB Boost Economy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:50:44 EDT

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi issued a fresh plea to eurozone governments to help out the ECB by enacting growth-boosting overhauls, underlining how central banks are moving closer to the limits of what their stimulus policies can achieve.

Italy to Hold Referendum on Constitutional Overhaul Dec. 4

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:01:11 EDT

Italy said it would hold a national referendum on Dec. 4 on key constitutional changes that aim to slim down the country’s bloated legislature, speed up lawmaking and attack the bureaucratic morass.

EU Pushes Back Against Protectionist Forces

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:34:50 EDT

Brexit and the rise of antiestablishment parties have been widely perceived as a howl of rage by voters left behind by globalization, but Europe’s free traders aren’t giving in without a fight, Simon Nixon writes.

Truce Crumbles in U.S.-Russia Distrust

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:31:37 EDT

The U.S. and Russia struck a deal this month that promised to test the boundaries of trust between Washington and Moscow. Over a violent and tumultuous week in Syria, they couldn’t overcome the distrust and animosity dividing them.

Incumbents Win Regional Elections in Northern Spain

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:11:10 EDT

Two popular incumbents in northern Spain won re-election Sunday in regional races that tested the strength of political parties locked in an impasse over who will govern the country.

Two Women Detained on Suspicion of Planning Terror Attack in France

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:32:10 EDT

Two young women suspected of planning an attack in France were detained by police in the southern French city of Nice, a person familiar with the investigation said Sunday, the latest sign that Islamic State is shifting its focus from the battlefield in Syria to orchestrating terror plots in Europe.

Corbyn Seeks to Unify U.K.'s Labour Party After Victory

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:40:53 EDT

Veteran leftist Jeremy Corbyn called for the U.K. opposition Labour Party’s disaffected parliamentarians to rally behind him after he was re-elected as leader by a solid margin.