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EU's Brexit Negotiator Puts Tight Timeframe on U.K. Leaving the Bloc

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:06:43 EST

The EU’s Brexit point man sought to put the U.K. on the defensive, laying out a tight timetable for talks and warning that, once it had exited the bloc, Britain would need to come back to hammer out an agreement on future ties.(image)

ECB Expected to Extend Bond-Buying Program

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:39:54 EST

The European Central Bank is expected to extend its monetary stimulus on Thursday, but it is running out of room to keep buying bonds, the bank’s most important tool to bolster the eurozone.(image)

Greek Court Acquits Former Statistics Chief

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:13:40 EST

The verdict, which rejected accusations that Andreas Georgiou exceeded his powers while conveying Greek fiscal data to the EU, is likely to please Greece’s creditors but leaves other, more serious charges pending.(image)

Rivalry, Drama, Betrayal---and the Opera Hasn't Even Started Yet

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:42:58 EST

Dueling opera houses on the Maltese island of Gozo (population about 37,000) have a decades-old rivalry marked by feuds, dirty tricks and one-upmanship; ‘like Romeo and Juliet, without the violence.’(image)

Bernard Cazeneuve Named France's New Prime Minister

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:39:16 EST

French President François Hollande appointed one of his close allies, Bernard Cazeneuve, to succeed Manuel Valls as France’s prime minister until the country’s presidential elections next spring.(image)

Quick Exit for Renzi Looks Likely

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:35:01 EST

Italy’s parliament has scheduled a vote on its 2017 budget law Wednesday, which could pave the way for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to leave office soon afterward.(image)

Europe's Left Loses Further Ground

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:29:34 EST

Support is collapsing across the continent for Europe’s mainstream leftist parties, with Italian voters’ rebuke of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Sunday just the latest instance.(image)

For Europe's Unity, 2017 Will Be a Year of Reckoning

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:49:40 EST

Euroskeptic parties vary in their prescriptions but are putting pressure on mainstream politicians to address perceived flaws in the EU and common currency. Elections next year in several European nations will go far to determine the fate of continental integration.(image)

Merkel Pushes to Ban Full Facial Veil

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:02:54 EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the prohibition the full facial veil, as she sought to shore up her party’s conservative flank at its annual convention.(image)

Germany's Economy Revs Up

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:01:45 EST

German manufacturing orders surged at the start of the fourth quarter, beating forecasts, in another sign that Europe’s largest economy has picked up speed.(image)

Renzi Resigns, Ushering in Uncertainty

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 01:46:40 EST

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s resignation on Monday could herald the end of aggressive efforts to overhaul one of Europe’s worst-performing economies, compounding the continent’s woes and increasing the stress on its common currency.(image)

Italy Vote Increases Pressure on Banks

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:03:14 EST

Italian bank stocks tumbled after voters rejected constitutional overhauls, stirring fresh turmoil in the nation’s battered financial sector and possibly culminating in the nationalization of troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi.(image)

French Prime Minister Valls Announces Run for President

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:25:15 EST

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared his candidacy for the presidency, seeking to bolster the left’s electoral chances amid record low approval ratings for the government he helped lead for the last two and a half years.(image)

U.K. Government's Brexit Plan Heads to Supreme Court

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:05:44 EST

Britain’s Supreme Court began hearing arguments over whether Prime Minister Theresa May has to consult Parliament before starting Britain’s exit from the European Union.(image)

Greek Court Rejects Turkish Extradition Request

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:08:31 EST

An appeals court on Monday rejected Turkey’s request to extradite the first three of eight military officers who fled to Greece in the wake of the failed coup attempt in their country, officials said.(image)

Eurozone Finance Ministers Agree to Some Debt Relief for Greece's Bailout

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:39:38 EST

Eurozone finance ministers, seeking to get the IMF to participate in Greece’s bailout, agreed on a package of short-term measures that could ease the country’s debt load by around a fifth in 2060.(image)

Italy Rejects Renzi, Buoys Populists

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:53:32 EST

Italian voters on Sunday rejected constitutional changes backed by the government, prompting Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to announce his resignation and handing populists a victory in the heartland of Europe.(image)

Mixed Feelings in Europe Over Italy Referendum

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:26:29 EST

European politicians reacted to Italians’ rejection of proposed constitutional changes and the resignation announcement of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi with a mixture of anxiety and satisfaction—depending on their vantage points.(image)

Italian 'No' Vote Poses Test for European Central Bank

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:06:08 EST

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s plans to resign after losing Sunday’s referendum come at a critical juncture for the European Central Bank.(image)

Austria Rejects Anti-Immigrant Presidential Candidate

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:06:20 EST

Austrians voted against an anti-immigrant populist as their next president by a resounding margin, bucking a trend of nationalist electoral successes across the West.(image)

Greece, Creditors Get Back on Collision Course

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:12:29 EST

Politicians and policy makers across the eurozone are deeply worried about an approaching standoff that has already threatened to derail Greece’s bailout program twice before, Simon Nixon writes.(image)

Ireland's Economic Fallout From Brexit Likely More Bad Than Good, Report Says

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:09:34 EST

The boost that Ireland’s economy will receive from a relocation of businesses leaving the U.K. is unlikely to offset Brexit’s negative impact on exports and other activity.(image)