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Italy's 5 Star Movement Looks to Candidate With Mainstream Appeal

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:23:51 EDT

The group is expected to choose as its candidate for prime minister a smooth-talking, suit-wearing lawmaker who could attract voters angry with established parties but wary of the movement’s more radical ideas.(image)

Spain Detains Catalan Officials Ahead of Independence Vote

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:16:50 EDT

Spanish police arrested 13 people in the region of Catalonia and Madrid for their alleged involvement in planning a vote to secede from Spain, the boldest move yet by Spanish authorities to stop the Oct. 1 ballot.(image)

German Election: For Markets, Wages Are What Matter Most

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:52 EDT

Angela Merkel appears on course to win a fourth term as Germany’s leader. For markets, the political stability allows a focus on more fundamental changes going on in Europe’s most important economy.(image)

Macron Issues Sharp Rebuttal to Trump at U.N.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:25:27 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an emphatic defense of multilateral diplomacy at the U.N., disagreeing with earlier comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that nations should put their own interests first.(image)

U.K. Police Probe Whether Bombing Suspect Built Device at Foster Home

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:44:27 EDT

Police arrested three men in Newport, Wales, in connection with an investigation into whether an 18-year-old refugee suspected of planting a bomb on a London subway car practiced building the device in a shed in his foster home’s backyard.(image)

Russia and Belarus Hold Joint Drills, and Tensions Emerge

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:48:38 EDT

War games that Russia and neighboring Belarus are currently staging have sharpened tensions with the West—and exposed a rift between Moscow and its closest military ally.(image)

Theresa May Finds Threats to Her Brexit Vision Within Her Own Cabinet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:58:01 EDT

A newspaper piece by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson underscores Prime Minister Theresa May’s struggle to quell dissent in her cabinet over her plans for Britain’s departure from the EU.(image)

Trudeau, May Press Boeing in Dispute With Bombardier

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:07:46 EDT

The Canadian and U.K. prime ministers want the U.S. aircraft maker to end its pursuit of a trade complaint against the Montreal-based company.(image)

U.K. Police Focus on Suburban Home in Connection With London Attack

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:50:39 EDT

Investigators probing a bomb blast that injured more than two dozen people in London’s subway last week combed through a house in a suburban town owned by elderly foster parents that neighbors said had recently taken in two “refugees.”(image)

How Three Speeches Could Influence Europe's Future

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 03:58:30 EDT

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual state of the union has put the spotlight on coming speeches from France’s Emmanuel Macron and the U.K.’s Theresa May. Mr. Juncker’s speech was as interesting for what it didn’t contain as much as what it did, writes Simon Nixon.(image)

U.K. Subway Bomb Hurts 29; Islamic State Claims Responsibility

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 22:47:38 EDT

A homemade bomb exploded on a London subway train, injuring 29 people in what U.K. police were treating as terrorism. Witnesses described a burst of flames and scenes of panic as people tried to flee amid the crowded morning rush.(image)

Berlin and Paris Dance Carefully Around Deepening the Eurozone

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:28:55 EDT

Behind renewed professions of love between France and Germany, differences brewing over the euro’s future could spoil the romance, Marcus Walker writes.(image)

Eurozone Wage Growth Hits Two-Year High

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:22:14 EDT

Eurozone wages rose at the fastest pace in more than two years during the three months to June, a sign inflation may be set to rise to the European Central Bank’s target.(image)

U.K. Opens Inquiry Into Deadly Grenfell Tower Fire

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:53:35 EDT

The U.K. has opened an inquiry into the London high-rise fire that killed at least 80 people, with former residents worried investigations will stretch on for years and no one will be held accountable.(image)

EU Pushes for Free-Trade Pacts With Countries Snubbed by U.S.

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 23:16:41 EDT

The EU is defying protectionist trends and pursuing its most ambitious agenda of free-trade agreements in years.(image)

Paris Revels in Change---and London's Travails

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:08:46 EDT

One of the most striking things to visitors to Paris these days is a palpable sense of optimism among business leaders compared with the gloom of six months ago—and particularly in contrast to the anxiety of Brexit-obsessed London.(image)

Europe Steps Up Bid to Boost Taxes on Internet Giants

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:35:37 EDT

The EU pledged to propose new rules to tax internet giants such Google and Facebook, embracing France’s push for extra measures to squeeze more money out of multinationals operating in Europe.(image)

EU to Champion Free Trade in Wake of Trump's 'America First'

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:50:21 EDT

The European Union’s top executive called for the bloc to expand its economic links from Asia Pacific to Latin America, highlighting its ambition to champion free trade in light of President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies.(image)

Moscow Acknowledges Effort to Woo Trump Administration

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 02:32:26 EDT

The Kremlin said it had sent President Donald Trump’s administration a road map earlier this year aimed at restoring ties between Moscow and Washington, but it said the U.S. didn’t respond in kind to its overtures.(image)

Merkel's Rivals Target Her Russia Policy

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:52:51 EDT

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel cruises toward likely reelection, the parties trailing her are finding a wedge issue in Russia, suggesting Germany should ease off the hard line the chancellor has maintained toward Moscow.(image)

France Carries Out Massive Aid Mission in Caribbean

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:22:56 EDT

The French government is carrying out one of the country’s biggest airlifts since World War II to bring aid to the stricken island of St. Martin in the wake of Hurricane Irma, French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.(image)

U.K. Jobless Rate Hits Four-Decade Low

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:08:52 EDT

The unemployment rate in the U.K. fell in July to its lowest level in more than four decades, fueled by increasing participation in the labor force.(image)

French Protests Take Aim at Macron's Labor Reforms

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:01:53 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron faced his first street protests as a far-left union led strikes and demonstrations against his plans to shake up the labor code.(image)

Pound Jumps After Inflation Data Tests BOE's Patience

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:28:15 EDT

The British pound hit a one-year high against the dollar after official figures showed inflation accelerated sharply in August, reinforcing expectations that the Bank of England may soon be forced to raise interest rates.(image)

Britain Pledges to Lend Military Might to Europe After Brexit

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:55:24 EDT

Britain pledged to contribute troops and to work with the EU on foreign sanctions after Brexit, underscoring how the U.K. sees its military and security contributions as key assets in negotiating its exit.(image)

Russian-Backed Media Face Justice Department Scrutiny

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:35:41 EDT

Russian government-backed news outlets RT and Sputnik are facing Justice Department scrutiny over whether they are operating in the U.S. as foreign agents, under a law written to regulate propaganda and lobbying by foreign governments.(image)

Corruption Battle Roils Ukraine

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:51:46 EDT

A clash over overhauls encouraged by Ukraine’s Western backers is deepening divisions in the government, including a push by some officials for the dismissal or investigation of the reformist finance minister.(image)

Russia Conducts Drills Ahead of Major Exercise

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:48:13 EDT

Russia has begun military drills ahead of major war games that NATO allies are concerned about but say are helping them better prepare for future tensions.(image)

U.K.'s May Wins Vote on Brexit Bill but Debate Over How to Exit EU Rages On

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:44:24 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May won a key vote on Brexit legislation, but she faces tough battles ahead in getting Parliament to support her vision for how the U.K. should exit the EU.(image)

Journalists' Trial Reopens in Turkey

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:46:18 EDT

A Turkish court ruled on Monday that five journalists and executives from one of the country’s last dissident newspapers have to remain in jail awaiting the outcome of their high-profile trial on charges of aiding terrorism.(image)

Catalans Rally for Secession as Polls Show Fervor Ebbs

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:21:12 EDT

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans raised pro-independence flags and chanted during the region’s annual celebration of its history on Monday in Barcelona, but their leaders face waning support for Catalonia’s secession from Spain.(image)

France's Macron Set to Defy Doubters Again

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 20:26:08 EDT

A powerful trade union is planning a day of protests against Emmanuel Macron’s planned overhaul of labor market rules. But few observers expect the president to suffer a defeat so soon after securing a clear electoral mandate, writes Simon Nixon.(image)

EU Grapples With Defiance From Hungary and Poland

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:36:13 EDT

Tensions between Western European capitals on one side and Warsaw and Budapest on the other have hit their highest levels since the end of the Soviet era, a sign of the continuing nationalist challenge to the bloc.(image)