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Britain Entertains Fantasies on Brexit

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:08:15 EDT

Even after Brexit talks began this week with an immediate capitulation by the U.K. government that revealed its lack of leverage, an air of unreality remains in the government how Brexit will happen, Simon Nixon writes.

German Exports to Asia Surge, Calming Nerves Over Protectionist Backlash

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:18:00 EDT

German exports to Asia are rising strongly this year in a trend that could mitigate the risks to Europe’s largest economy should U.S. President Donald Trump make good on his protectionist promises.

Suspect in Brussels Attack Had Sympathy for Islamic State

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:46:12 EDT

Belgian authorities said that a 36-year-old Moroccan man shot dead by a soldier in a Brussels train station tried to use a homemade, nail-packed bomb and had sympathy for Islamic State.

French Justice Minister François Bayrou Quits Government

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:49:57 EDT

Emmanuel Macron’s justice minister, François Bayrou, has quit the government, depriving the French president of a key ally who rallied centrists to his successful election campaign.

Queen Lays Out U.K.'s Brexit, Counterterrorism Plans in Low-Key Speech

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:28:45 EDT

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II laid out the Conservative government’s legislative agenda, in a speech that confirmed Britain’s negotiating aim in Brexit talks and set out the government’s intention to come up with a new counterterrorism strategy.

EU Proposes Tighter Rules on Tax Planning

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:35:12 EDT

The European Commission has proposed rules that would force tax intermediaries such as lawyers, consultants, tax advisers, and banks to disclose plans to national tax authorities that help multinationals and wealthy individuals dodge taxes.

Romania Removes Prime Minister After Monthslong Turbulence

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:43:20 EDT

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu was ousted after only six months, dissolving a government that was knocked off balance by one of Europe’s biggest anticorruption movements.

Merkel Signals Openness to Eurozone Reform

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:11:45 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time sketched out the outlines of a bargain with France on fixing the governance of Europe’s single currency, in the clearest sign yet that the eurozone leaders are inching closer toward reconciliation.

Suspected Bomber Shot Dead at Brussels Train Station

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:34:39 EDT

Belgian security forces shot dead a suspected terrorist who authorities said set off an explosion in the Brussels Central station Tuesday evening, but no other casualties were reported.

Russia Clashes With European Court Over 'Gay Propaganda' Ruling

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:52:20 EDT

A Russian law that bans gay “propaganda” is discriminatory and encourages antigay views, the European Court of Human Rights said, in a ruling that provoked an angry rebuke from Moscow.

Italy Moves to Slim Down Bloated Public Sector and Save Billions

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:23:07 EDT

Italy is set to cut its public services spending by around $33 billion in 2017, as a review aimed at improving the country’s finances and sclerotic bureaucracy appears to gather steam.

Ukraine's Poroshenko Meets With Trump

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:39:58 EDT

President Donald Trump met briefly Tuesday with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, who used his first White House visit to stress his country’s alliance with Washington as he pushes for more U.S. pressure against Moscow’s support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

Brexit Talks Begin With Divorce-Bill Disagreement

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:48:49 EDT

The U.K. and the European Union concluded their first day of negotiations over Britain’s departure from the bloc with the EU securing its preferred timetable for the talks and divergent views immediately emerging over a divorce bill the EU is demanding.

Russia Warns U.S. as Risks Rise in Syria

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:41:11 EDT

Russia escalated tensions with the U.S., promising to actively track U.S. and coalition aircraft over Syria with air defense systems and warplanes.

China's Cash Blunts Europe's Criticism

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:39:23 EDT

Greece’s recent veto of a European Union statement condemning Chinese human-rights violations shows the return Beijing is getting on its multibillion-dollar investments in the bloc’s cash-strapped periphery.

Car Crashes Into Police Van in Paris

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:17:03 EDT

A car rammed into a police van before bursting into flames on the Champs-Élysées on Monday, in an assault authorities are investigating as a possible terror attack.

Van Plows Into Crowd Near London Mosque in Suspected Terror Attack

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:12:17 EDT

Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to crack down on extremism of all kinds after a driver rammed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshipers, in what police were treating as a terrorist attack.

NATO's Stronger Baltic Force Riles Russia

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:29:31 EDT

NATO declared that its deterrent force is fully in place in the Baltic area with the addition of a Canadian-led battle group in Latvia, enhancing deployments criticized by Russia.

Death Toll Mounts in London Tower Fire

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:08:00 EDT

Police said the number of dead and missing in a London high-rise fire rose to 79, while a public spat intensified over whether construction material that has become a focus for authorities in the tragedy’s aftermath was compliant with building codes.

German Building Boom Unearths Explosive Problem

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:04:47 EDT

New construction activity in Germany that is approaching 20-year highs is disturbing the thousands of tons of bombs, artillery shells, and hand grenades from two world wars still hidden underground.

Greece Vetoes EU Condemnation of China Human-Rights Record

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:21:21 EDT

Greece has blocked a European Union statement slamming Beijing’s human-rights record at a U.N. body, sparking criticism from rights groups.

As Brexit Talks Start, U.K. Tensions Simmer

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 02:57:53 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing questions over her leadership, is heading into formal start of Brexit talks, the most consequential negotiations in Britain’s postwar history, writes Simon Nixon.

Embattled at Home, Theresa May Faces Tricky Brexit Talks

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:43:06 EDT

A day before negotiations between the U.K. and the European Union begin, Prime Minister Theresa May faced a ballooning crisis at home, with critics accusing her of fumbling the government’s response to a London apartment tower fire.

At Least 61 Dead From Forest Fires in Central Portugal

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:28:37 EDT

Forest fires raging through central Portugal killed at least 61 people, a death toll that officials said is expected to rise as firefighters battle six major blazes.

As EU Preps Sanctions Extension, Russia Adapts

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:50:13 EDT

Even as the European Union sets plans to extend economic sanctions on Russia over its interference in Ukraine, some economic and political ties between Europe and Moscow are broadening again.

Macron Notches Convincing Win in Parliamentary Vote

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:21:57 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in parliamentary elections, empowering him to carry out economic overhauls.

Macron Deals a Crippling Blow to France's Establishment

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 22:57:02 EDT

The resounding victory of President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling political force in parliamentary elections crushed the traditional parties that have governed France since the end of World War II.

U.K. Government Deals With Aftermath of High-Rise Fire

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:03:55 EDT

The British government sought to defend itself Sunday from accusations that it hadn’t done enough to prevent the deadly fire that swept through a London high rise last week.

U.K.'s Hammond Reaffirms Stance on Clean Break With EU

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:46:03 EDT

The U.K. will “definitely” leave the European Union, single market and customs union, Treasury chief Phillip Hammond said, denying speculation that the recent election’s inconclusive result might affect the country’s Brexit negotiation stance.

London Police Say 58 People Presumed Dead From Tower Fire

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 03:28:29 EDT

The number included the inferno’s previously confirmed death toll of 30, and police warned the number may change as the search operation in west London continues.