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Germany's SPD Softens Stance on Merkel Talks Amid Deadlock

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:31:41 EST

Germany’s Social Democrats said they would hold talks with other parties to discuss ways out of the political crisis, reducing the likelihood of imminent snap elections after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a government collapsed.

From Ducks to Trucks, Ireland's Exporters Pivot for Brexit

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:36:50 EST

Ireland, the European Union member with the greatest economic stake in the U.K.’s exit from the bloc—is preparing for Brexit, as the government offers aid and businesses diversify.

EU Reward to Britain for Brexit Concessions May Prove Meager

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:33:57 EST

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May appears ready to offer politically painful concessions to the EU to advance Brexit talks, but the eventual reward—moving talks onto the future trade relationship and a post-Brexit transition— may prove meager.

Irish Border Proves a Roadblock in U.K.'s Brexit Talks

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 10:08:44 EST

Ireland has become an unexpectedly difficult hurdle to advancing stalled Brexit talks, with Dublin warning that Britain isn’t doing enough to prevent the return of a border across the island that could impede commerce and reconciliation efforts.

Bosnian Serb General Mladic Sentenced to Life in Prison

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:09:58 EST

A United Nations court sentenced Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic to life in prison for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

Merkel's Embattled Ex-Partner Could Determine German Chancellor's Fate

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:19:43 EST

The fate of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reeling from the collapse of coalition talks, could hinge on the center-left Social Democratic Party, which has shed almost half its voters and lost every single general election over the past 15 years.

Germany's Political Impasse Will Stymie Further European Change

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:26:25 EST

The prospects for overhauling the European Union and its currency, the euro, have hit further trouble as Germany grapples with newfound political instability and its leaders brace for potential early elections.

EU Picks New Post-Brexit Homes for Medicines, Banking Regulators

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:51:09 EST

EU governments voted to move the bloc’s equivalent of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Amsterdam and its banking regulator to Paris from London after the U.K. leaves the EU.

Russia Charts Course for Syria's Future

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:05:21 EST

Russia is preparing to host the leaders of Turkey and Iran this week for a summit on the future of Syria, further cementing President Vladimir Putin’s position as a Middle East power broker.

Merkel Weighs New Vote After Collapse of Coalition Talks

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:25:36 EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday was weighing the prospect of new elections after the collapse of talks to form a new government posed a threat to her leadership and raised doubts about the political stability of the European Union’s most powerful country.

What's Next for Germany---Five Scenarios

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:57:40 EST

Germany is facing several scenarios going forward after talks to form a ruling coalition collapsed. Here are five possible avenues, from realistic to outlandish.

Buoyant Central and Eastern Europe Revives Overheating Fears

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:07:06 EST

The speed and scale of Europe’s economic recovery has taken almost everyone by surprise, and nowhere has the turnaround been more impressive than in central and Eastern Europe. Nonetheless, the region faces challenges that pose risks to the recovery.

German Coalition Talks Collapse

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:21:01 EST

Negotiations to form the German government broke down, dealing a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel and throwing the leadership and direction of Europe’s largest economy into doubt.

Italy Labors to Integrate Refugees in Weak Economy

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:47:04 EST

Italy is facing a daunting challenge integrating refugees, with a chronically weak economy, high unemployment and a state bureaucracy that often fails to provide a social safety net even for native-born Italians.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams to Step Down in Early 2018

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 20:37:42 EST

Mr. Adams’s decision to step down after 34 years as the nationalist party’s president would free Sinn Féin’s leadership of direct links to the armed conflict in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles.

Figure at Center of Lebanon Intrigue Appears in Paris

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:57:40 EST

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met France’s Emmanuel Macron in Paris, two weeks after his abrupt resignation announcement triggered a political crisis, and said he would return to Lebanon in the coming days.

German Coalition Talks Fail to Bridge Gaps as Deadline Passes

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:08 EST

Angela Merkel’s path to a fourth term as German chancellor hit a hurdle when negotiations to form the country’s first three-party coalition reached a self-imposed deadline without an agreement on key policy areas.

Norway Considers Pulling Its $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Out of Oil Stocks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:40:04 EST

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund said it may stop buying oil and gas stocks, a move that would deprive the energy sector of investment from a $1 trillion asset manager.

U.K. Faces Hurdles on Path to a Free-Trade Era

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:09 EST

British leaders envision a free-trade bonanza from Brexit, but they confront some thorny challenges in just keeping the global trade benefits Britain already enjoys as a European Union member.

Notorious Mob Boss Salvatore 'Toto' Riina Dies at Age 87

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:56:48 EST

Italian media say Mafia “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina died while serving multiple life sentences. He was 87 years old.

Catalans Fail to Live Up to Brexit Expectations

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:38:58 EST

Brexiters who hoped their own revolution in the U.K. would lead to another European domino falling saw promise in Catalonia’s independence movement after so many disappointments in European elections this year.

U.K. Reports Russian Hacking Across Industries

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:28:14 EST

Russia has launched cyberattacks against the U.K. media, telecommunications and energy sectors, the British government’s top cybersecurity official said.

EU Nations Scheme to Clinch U.K.-Based Agencies Post-Brexit

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:39:45 EST

Britain’s planned exit from the European Union is triggering a contest for the spoils that some observers say has all the decorum of a lurid pop-music extravaganza.