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Last Build Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:42:27 EST

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Europe's Central Banks Still Cautious on Recovery

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:41:04 EST

Central banks in Europe showed continued caution about the region’s economic recovery, signaling that they are in no rush to follow the Federal Reserve in steadily raising interest rates.

Five Questions for the European Central Bank's Policy Meeting

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:04:43 EST

Investors will be looking for clues on when the ECB might phase out its bond-buying program and follow the Federal Reserve on the path toward higher interest rates.

British Lawmakers Give Parliament More Say on Any Brexit Agreement

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:36:14 EST

Prime Minister Theresa May lost a crucial vote in Parliament when rebel lawmakers from her party joined the opposition in approving a measure that gives the legislature greater control over the Brexit terms.

From German Faucets to Italian Chocolate, Trade Barriers Are Rising Again in Europe

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:12:37 EST

The rise of economic nationalism is clashing with the open-market ideals of the EU’s original founders. Member states, including France and some in the east, are introducing new rules to favor domestic production and labor.

Beefed-Up Eurozone Meets Waning Interest in Capitals

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:14:48 EST

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposals to create a eurozone budget and finance ministry have less political appeal amid a robust economy, Simon Nixon writes, particularly since many policy failures and structural problems have already been addressed.

Western Criticism Bolsters Putin at Home

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:52:34 EST

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, being cast in the West as a global supervillain is proving a boon for his image at home as he prepares for his annual press conference on Thursday and presidential elections in March.

EU Prepares to Discuss a Long-Delayed Trade Deal With Britain

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:10:46 EST

Following a Brexit divorce accord, European leaders may finally authorize negotiations at a summit this week on the outlines of a future trade deal with Britain.

NATO Extends Chief's Term

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:36:23 EST

The alliance added two years to the term of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, paving the way for him to become the longest serving chief since the Cold War.

Unemployment Back to Precrisis Level in Rich Countries

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:36:00 EST

The rate of unemployment across the world’s developed economies finally returned to its pre-crisis level in October, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Theresa May's Brexit Triumph May Prove Short-Lived

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:28:30 EST

The British prime minister struck a landmark deal to conclude the first phase of Brexit talks, but the question of how to avoid a hard Irish border may need to be further clarified before an agreement with the EU on a full divorce deal.

Three Arrested in Attack on Swedish Synagogue

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:56:24 EST

Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Göteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days.

U.K., EU Reach an Agreement on Brexit Divorce Terms

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:55:03 EST

The U.K. and the European Union reached an agreement Friday on Brexit divorce terms after six months of tense talks, opening the way for negotiations to advance on a trade deal.

EU Officials Warn of Risk to Global Trade

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:11:57 EST

European Union officials said the U.S. is threatening to cripple global commerce by undermining the World Trade Organization, ahead of a gathering of officials from 164 countries on Sunday in Buenos Aires.

Brexit Breakthrough Leaves Thorniest Problems for Later

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:18:46 EST

The U.K. is hailing a Brexit breakthrough. It is more a small step toward confronting even bigger political, financial and economic issues.

Ireland Forces U.K. to Confront Brutal Brexit Trade-Offs

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:09:56 EST

This week’s row over the Irish border marks a significant moment in the progress of Brexit: It is the first time since the referendum that the British political system has been forced to confront a genuine trade-off.

German Social Democrats Agree to Talks With Embattled Merkel

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 20:53:48 EST

Germany moved a small step closer to a potential solution to its political crisis after the largest opposition party said it would enter talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives over forging a new government.

Polish Prime Minister Resigns

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:11:49 EST

Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo resigned on Thursday, with Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki nominated to replace her.

U.K., European Union Move Closer on Divorce Terms

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:01:25 EST

The U.K. and EU appeared close to a breakthrough on Brexit terms, with British Prime Minister Theresa May on her way to Brussels on Friday morning.

Feud Thwarts FBI-Backed Anticorruption Efforts in Ukraine

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:53:08 EST

A feud among three Ukrainian law-enforcement agencies could undermine U.S.-backed efforts to fight corruption in a country on Europe’s eastern edge, Western officials say.

General Leaves Legacy of Rebuilt U.S. Army in Europe

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:06 EST

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commander of U.S. Army Europe, will retire this month after overseeing the first buildup of America’s military posture in Europe since the Cold War, as tensions with Russia rise in the region.

Spain Withdraws European Arrest Warrant for Catalan Separatists

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:09:39 EST

A top judge in Spain has withdrawn an international arrest warrant for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ex-cabinet members but maintained a Spanish arrest warrant for the separatists.

May's Brexit Path Complicated by Northern Irish Party

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 04:53:31 EST

Prime Minister Theresa May sought to get Brexit talks back on track after a small Northern Irish party she relies on in Parliament blocked a deal to advance negotiations, illustrating how her weakened position is complicating Britain’s exit from the European Union.

U.K.-EU Brexit Negotiations Stall Over Irish Border Issue

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 21:57:25 EST

British Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker failed to reach a deal to advance Brexit negotiations after hours of talks Monday afternoon, while expressing confidence that they would conclude one this month.

Judge Releases Catalan Separatists Ahead of Regional Election

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 12:42:41 EST

A Spanish judge ordered the release on bail of six former government officials in Catalonia, but ruled that the former Catalan vice president and three other separatist leaders must remain in jail.

Portugal's Mário Centeno Chosen to Lead Eurozone Finance Ministers

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:57:42 EST

European finance officials on Monday chose Portugal’s Finance Minister Mário Centeno to lead the group of finance ministers that steers policy in the eurozone.

Finland Flourishes After 100 Years of Independence

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:33:25 EST

Finns have turned one of the poorest corners of Europe into one of the richest, most equal, most contented countries in the world.

Pope Calls Nuclear-Arms Race Irrational, Immoral

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:48:09 EST

Pope Francis said the construction of ever more potent nuclear weapons is no longer justified by the purpose of deterrence, expressing his “firm opinion” that nuclear arsenals must not be allowed to grow larger.

Greece, Creditors Reach Deal on Latest Reforms

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 06:44:47 EST

Greece and its international creditors reached a preliminary agreement on measures Athens must adopt, paving the way for the disbursement around $5.95 billion and bringing the country a step closer to the end of years of bailout regimes.

Pagani Huayra Roadster: A Rare, Hand-Made Hypercar

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 23:35:57 EST

Each Pagani Huayra is assembled by man, not machines—and only 40 are built a year—making these $2.4 million autos some of the rarest cars on the road. Dan Neil takes a closer look.

Ireland to Have Final Say on Brexit Border Issue, EU Says

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 04:47:09 EST

The Irish government will have final say on whether the U.K. government’s proposals for avoiding customs checks on the island are acceptable, the European Union said.

Flynn Admits to Working for Turkish Government

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:43:53 EST

Former national security adviser Mike Flynn revealed Friday that private consulting work he undertook while advising Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was directed and supervised by Turkish government officials, something people involved in the project have denied for months.

Suspected Bomb Found Near German Christmas Market

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 03:30:17 EST

German police found and defused a bomb near a Christmas market in the Potsdam city center amid heightened terrorism concerns in Germany.