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After Years of Turmoil, Greece Is Close to Exiting Its Bailout

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:30:00 EST

After nearly eight years of turmoil, the country is within striking distance of freeing itself from a bailout program that has strained its citizens and the eurozone alike.(image)

Pope Francis, in Chile, Addresses 'Irreparable Damage' Sex-Abuse Scandal Wrought

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:53:44 EST

Pope Francis began a challenging, three-day tour of Chile, a country where changing social mores and public anger over a sex-abuse scandal have reduced the Catholic Church’s influence in recent years.(image)

Greece's Parliament Votes on Another Bailout Reform Package

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:30:02 EST

Greece’s parliament voted on dozens of fiscal, labor and energy reforms, as the government seeks to wrap up the current review of its bailout program, leaving just one inspection before the end of the country’s bailout regime after eight years.(image)

Poland's New Leader Faces Daunting Charm Offensive

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:49:38 EST

New Polish leader Mateusz Morawiecki has inherited one of the potentially most explosive situations in Europe: a two-year standoff with the European Union over his party’s controversial overhaul of the judicial system.(image)

Drone Attacks on Russian Bases in Syria Expose Security Holes

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:48:32 EST

Recent attacks against Russian bases on Syria’s Mediterranean coast by improvised combat drones have exposed weaknesses in President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement a permanent military presence there.(image)

Renzi's Comeback Hopes Fade as Italy's 'Demolition Man' Sinks in Polls

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:00:26 EST

In 2014, Matteo Renzi swept to power on promises to ‘demolish’ the country’s discredited political establishment and revive its economy. A year after his resignation, his popularity—and his party’s—is plummeting.(image)

Pro-Moscow Candidate Pulls Ahead in Czech First-Round Vote

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 11:52:39 EST

The Czech Republic’s presidential election, in which pro-Moscow Miloš Zeman is far ahead after first-round polling, sheds light on a region where some believe better relations with Russia can be a counterweight to the influence of the European Union.(image)

Merkel Edges Closer to Fourth Term as German Chancellor

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:39:01 EST

Angela Merkel took a big step toward clinching a fourth term as Germany’s chancellor when her conservative party and its center-left rivals agreed on the broad lines of a renewed alliance.(image)

German Engineering Yields Warship That Isn't Fit for Sea

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 04:25:47 EST

Germany’s naval brass dreamed up a warship that could ferry marines into combat anywhere, go up against enemy ships and stay away from home ports for two years with a skeleton crew. But now it turns out it doesn’t work.(image)

EU Finds Irregularities in Projects Linked to Hungarian Leader's Son-in-Law

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 05:02:48 EST

The European Union’s antifraud office is recommending that Hungary’s top authorities take legal action over “serious irregularities” in projects carried out by a company once controlled by the son-in-law of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the agency told The Wall Street Journal.(image)

Syrian Offensive Targets Remaining Rebel Strongholds

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:41:46 EST

Syrian rebels are fighting to maintain territory amid a new government offensive to capture parts of the country’s last opposition strongholds.(image)

Jockeying Is Under Way to Succeed ECB's Draghi

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:53:32 EST

The first decisions narrowing the field of potential successors to become the next head of the European Central Bank in 2019 are just weeks away, Todd Buell writes, with the role of Germany looming as a central question.(image)

Trump Calls Off Planned Trip to London

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:00:11 EST

President Donald Trump said he is canceling a planned trip to the U.K., long intended to be his first official visit to the country, the latest sign of strained relations between the U.S. and Britain.(image)

Europe Urges Trump to Stick to Iran Deal

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:28:02 EST

Three of Washington’s closest European allies urged the Trump administration not to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal, with U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson saying opponents have shown no better alternative.(image)

Looming Deadline on How to Handle Refugees Reignites an Old Fight

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:35:54 EST

After delaying an overhaul of its system for handling asylum seekers, the European Union has set a deadline for a compromise—but in the meantime positions have hardened.(image)

French Ex-Presidents Tell Saudis of Concern About Billionaire's Arrest

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 09:19:42 EST

Two former French presidents, François Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, have told Saudi Arabia’s crown prince that the arrest and detention of billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal raised worries among foreign investors, according to French and Saudi government advisers.(image)

In France, Some Say #MeToo Has Gone Too Far

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:50:15 EST

A battle has broken out in France between campaigners against sexual harassment and a group of prominent women who argue overzealous misconduct allegations threaten the country’s embrace of sexual freedom.(image)

What's At Stake as Rules-Based Trade Comes Under Fire

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:41:17 EST

Peter Sutherland, founding chief of the WTO, died this week, 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson first laid out the global rules-based trading system, Simon Nixon writes. Almost everybody professes belief in that system these days, but it isn’t always clear if they mean it.(image)

Catalonia Separatists Support Re-Election of Puigdemont

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:38:41 EST

Catalonia’s two main separatist parties agreed to support the re-election of ousted leader Carles Puigdemont as president, indicating they are eager to ratchet up the tension with Spain’s central government.(image)

Peter Sutherland Shamed Nations Into Coming Together on Trade; Later, He Called Brexit 'Insanity'

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:37:07 EST

Peter Sutherland badgered and shamed 117 nations into accepting the market-opening accord that created the World Trade Organization, an engine for globalization that later helped lift China out of poverty and transformed industries world-wide.(image)

Russian Tycoon Sues Trump's Ex-Campaign Chairman for Fraud

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:19:54 EST

A company owned by a Russian metals billionaire sued President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman on Wednesday, alleging he and a partner misappropriated at least $18.9 million of funds the Russian had invested.(image)

Polish Prime Minister Blames Misunderstandings for EU Deadlock

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:48:00 EST

Poland’s new prime minister said misunderstandings had stalled a high-stakes dispute with the European Union over the health of Polish democracy.(image)

EU Could Deploy Spending Threats in Fight With Poland

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:19:09 EST

Poland’s new prime minister fired some of the most nationalistic members of his government on Tuesday, ahead of a Brussels visit aimed at easing tensions with the European Union as the bloc considers budget changes that could see deep spending cuts in Eastern Europe.(image)

Theresa May Plays It Safe With Cabinet Reshuffle

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 05:01:37 EST

British Prime Minister Theresa May shook up her cabinet but kept most of her senior ministers in place, in a sign of her limited authority after losing her party’s majority.(image)

Pope Calls for Nuclear Disarmament on Korean Peninsula

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:22:40 EST

Pope Francis called for stronger efforts for nuclear disarmament the day before representatives of South and North Korea are due to meet for their first official bilateral talks in two years.(image)

How a Migration Wave Drove Brexit and Why It Is Now Receding, in 8 Charts

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:42:41 EST

More than a year before Britain is scheduled to depart from the European Union, signs are emerging that the largest and most sustained influx of migrants in the country’s modern history is coming to end.(image)

French Presidents Once Acted Like Referees. Then Came Emmanuel Macron

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:36:06 EST

The country’s new leader is moving rapidly to reshape France in his own image, revamping labor laws, co-opting opposition political parties and dividing union leaders. The question now is whether his free-market blitz will stick.(image)

Merkel Begins Last-Ditch Effort to Form Coalition Government

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:11:37 EST

Chancellor Angela Merkel began a last-ditch effort to form a government by beginning five days of talks with her former governing partner, the Social Democrats.(image)

Strong Economic Leadership Can Stem Europe's Populist Tide

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:43:15 EST

The European Union survived the great populist rebellion of 2017, but few believe the threat from antiestablishment euroskeptic parties has receded.(image)

Peter Sutherland, Irish Businessman and Diplomat, Dies at 71

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:46:31 EST

Peter Sutherland, who held senior roles in the European Union, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and at Goldman Sachs, died Sunday in Dublin.(image)

Bitcoin Finds a Home in Cash-Loving Germany

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:26:14 EST

A motley crew of old-money investors, entrepreneurs, crypto-anarchists and anti-inflation hawks is rallying around bitcoin in a surprising place: cash-loving Germany.(image)