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Germany Reaps Upside to ECB's Easy Money

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:26:15 EDT

Germany is a vocal critic of the ECB’s easy-money policies because they hurt the nation’s savers, but its federal and regional governments are among the biggest winners of the prolonged low interest rates.

Worries Grow Over Greek Economic Forecast

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:27:41 EDT

Greece’s economic recovery is proving elusive, challenging the forecasts of the country’s government and its foreign creditors who are still counting on a growth revival this year.

Greek Lawmakers Pass Bill Aimed at Unlocking Aid Tranche

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:28:51 EDT

Greek lawmakers approved a bill aimed at unlocking €2.8 billion ($3.15 billion) in aid for the country that includes deeply unpopular plans to transfer state-controlled water companies to a privatization fund.

EU Defense Ministers Discuss Deeper Military Cooperation

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:25:31 EDT

The initiative to improve security ties is aimed at strengthening regional unity after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Draghi Urges Governments to Help ECB Boost Economy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:50:44 EDT

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi issued a fresh plea to eurozone governments to help out the ECB by enacting growth-boosting overhauls, underlining how central banks are moving closer to the limits of what their stimulus policies can achieve.

Italy to Hold Referendum on Constitutional Overhaul Dec. 4

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:01:11 EDT

Italy said it would hold a national referendum on Dec. 4 on key constitutional changes that aim to slim down the country’s bloated legislature, speed up lawmaking and attack the bureaucratic morass.

EU Pushes Back Against Protectionist Forces

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:34:50 EDT

Brexit and the rise of antiestablishment parties have been widely perceived as a howl of rage by voters left behind by globalization, but Europe’s free traders aren’t giving in without a fight, Simon Nixon writes.

Truce Crumbles in U.S.-Russia Distrust

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:31:37 EDT

The U.S. and Russia struck a deal this month that promised to test the boundaries of trust between Washington and Moscow. Over a violent and tumultuous week in Syria, they couldn’t overcome the distrust and animosity dividing them.

Incumbents Win Regional Elections in Northern Spain

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 21:11:10 EDT

Two popular incumbents in northern Spain won re-election Sunday in regional races that tested the strength of political parties locked in an impasse over who will govern the country.

Two Women Detained on Suspicion of Planning Terror Attack in France

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:32:10 EDT

Two young women suspected of planning an attack in France were detained by police in the southern French city of Nice, a person familiar with the investigation said Sunday, the latest sign that Islamic State is shifting its focus from the battlefield in Syria to orchestrating terror plots in Europe.

Corbyn Seeks to Unify U.K.'s Labour Party After Victory

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:40:53 EDT

Veteran leftist Jeremy Corbyn called for the U.K. opposition Labour Party’s disaffected parliamentarians to rally behind him after he was re-elected as leader by a solid margin.

Max Mannheimer, Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 96

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:50:23 EDT

Holocaust survivor Max Mannheimer died Friday in a Munich hospital at the age of 96, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial said Saturday.

France's Economy Shrank Slightly in Second Quarter

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:26:51 EDT

France’s economy contracted slightly in the second quarter, according to national statistics agency Insee.

Greek Prime Minister Urges Unity on Migrant Crisis

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 04:05:50 EDT

In an interview with the Journal, Greece’s prime minister called on his European partners to stick to their obligations and help Athens manage the migration crisis.

U.K.'s Economic Resilience Adds Wrinkle to Brexit

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:32:44 EDT

The timing of any obvious Brexit-related economic setback could have major consequences for the U.K. and the rest of Europe.

Poland Considers Near-Complete Abortion Ban

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:56:37 EDT

Polish lawmakers began examining a bill that would effectively ban abortion, reopening a sensitive debate in the deeply Catholic nation.

U.K.'s Johnson Sees Brexit Formally Starting Early Next Year

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:39:12 EDT

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he expects the U.K. formally to begin its exit from the European Union in the early months of next year.

Free-Movement Question Isn't U.K's Only Hurdle to Accessing EU Market

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:26:48 EDT

Switzerland’s difficult relationship with the EU highlights a likely bigger impediment to the U.K. securing a high level of access to the single market: Who makes the rules and how are they enforced?

French Children Practice for Terrorist Threat

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:13:57 EDT

As the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Paris attacks, new terrorism drills at schools are a sign of how a spate of Islamist violence has changed everyday life.

Switzerland Moves Closer to Compromise Over EU Immigration

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:39:11 EDT

Switzerland’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday appeared to defuse a potential conflict with the European Commission over the Alpine country’s efforts to limit immigration.

EU Sets Up Bloc-Wide Antiterror Sanctions

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:11:50 EDT

The European Union agreed to new steps to enhance its ability to slap bloc-wide sanctions on people linked to or supporting Islamic State and al Qaeda terrorist groups.

U.K.'s May, at U.N., Seeks to Assure Allies Over 'Brexit'

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 02:21:33 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May, in her first speech to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, said the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU wasn’t a vote for walking away from partners in the world.

At U.N., Hollande, Erdogan Decry Failures

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 22:10:55 EDT

French President François Hollande and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for action in resolving the war in Syria and fighting terrorist groups.

U.S. Spy Chief Suggests Russia Was Behind Election-Linked Hacks

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:08:43 EDT

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Russia has been conducting similar exercises against the U.S. since the 1960s.

Report Cites Hurdles in U.K.'s Mideast Fight

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:01:07 EDT

The U.K. military is making progress in its fight against Islamic State in Iraq, but the campaign in Syria is being complicated by a lack of partners on the ground, a panel of British lawmakers found.

Lesbos Fire Leaves Asylum Seekers Without Shelter

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:25:57 EDT

Authorities on the Greek island of Lesbos were rushing to accommodate several thousand asylum seekers after a fire burned down much of the housing at the island’s main refugee camp.

French Police Detain Eight Men Linked to Attack in Nice

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:41:58 EDT

French police have detained eight more suspects in connection with the terror attack in Nice, prosecutors said, as investigators broadened their search for a possible network behind the assault.

NATO Rejects Russian Air-Safety Proposal for Baltics

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:14:08 EDT

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has rejected a Russian air-safety proposal that would require all military planes in the Baltic region to fly with their transponders operational, according to allied officials.

Merkel: Germany Won't Stop Accepting Refugees, Muslims

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:19:54 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacted to her party’s latest electoral loss by sticking to her migration policy but acknowledging, more explicitly than before, that she had made mistakes along the way.

At Oktoberfest, the Beer Flows but Anxieties Linger

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:40:25 EDT

Oktoberfest opened over the weekend without major disruption, but after Bavaria was shaken by a string of attacks this summer, Munich was prepared for the worst, with its tightest security in years.

France Mourns Terrorist Victims

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:21:36 EDT

French President François Hollande led a tribute Monday to the victims of terror attacks, an annual ceremony that is taking on added significance as the country tries to heal from assaults that have killed over 200 people in the past year.

Brexit Revives Debate Over Irish Reunification

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:39:08 EDT

It is a mark of how Brexit has upended British politics that Irish reunification—an issue thought to be settled for at least a generation—is once again a subject of political discussion, Simon Nixon writes.

German Center-Left Party Wins Berlin State Election

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:01:35 EDT

The center-left Social Democrats won an election in the city-state of Berlin, and an upstart anti-immigrant party in Germany was propelled into its 10th state legislature.

Greek Government, Central Bank Seek to Defuse Tension over Lender

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:39:43 EDT

Greece’s government and central bank sought to defuse a power struggle over a troubled lender, which has reignited tensions between the central bank and the ruling left-wing Syriza party.

Putin's Party Shores Up Power in Parliamentary Elections

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:58:33 EDT

Vladimir Putin declared victory after Russians voted in a new parliament that maintains his party’s dominance, although turnout plummeted to a new low.

Freed Hostage Tells of Ordeal at the Hands of Abu Sayyaf

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:23:43 EDT

Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, abducted by the terror group Abu Sayyaf, was safely in the hands of the Philippine government Sunday after nearly a year in captivity.

France's Jacques Chirac in Hospital With Lung Infection

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:07:15 EDT

Officials say former French President Jacques Chirac has been hospitalized with a lung infection.

NATO's Baltic Deterrent Force to Be in Place by May 2017

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:46:32 EDT

The new allied deterrent force for the Baltic region will be in place by May 2017, with some units arriving earlier, the head of the Western alliance’s military committee said.

EU Wants U.S. and Canada to Take In More Refugees

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:36:56 EDT

Europe expects more help from the U.S. and Canada on refugees as it struggles with a rise in populism and xenophobia, a senior EU official said.

Bulgaria, Smugglers Escalate Migrant Battle

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 04:17:34 EDT

Beefed-up border controls have brought new risks, officials say, scaring part-time amateurs out of a business they once dominated and turning trafficking over to a monopoly of professional smugglers.

EU Leaders Set Course for Bloc After Brexit Vote

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:24:53 EDT

European Union leaders sketched out a tentative agenda Friday aimed to set the bloc on a path to recovery after Britain’s June vote to leave, but there were immediate signs the bloc’s unity hadn’t been restored.

Former Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi Dies

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:10:04 EDT

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, an Italian statesman who served as governor of the Bank of Italy, prime minister and finally president and guided the country through times of turbulence, has died. He was 95.

Swedish Court Upholds Arrest Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder Assange

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:42:35 EDT

A Swedish appeals court ruled on Friday that a request by Swedish prosecutors to detain WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicion of rape should remain in force, dealing a blow to Mr. Assange’s defense team’s long-running efforts to get the case against him dropped.

Germany's Migrant Population Hits Record High

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 05:57:05 EDT

Germany’s society is the most multicultural it has ever been, as the Federal Statistical Office said that a total of 17.1 million people in the country had a migrant background last year.

Prosecutor Raids Business of Greek Central Banker's Wife

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:55:18 EDT

A Greek prosecutor raided the offices of the wife of Greece’s central bank governor as part of a continuing investigation into business she has done with a state entity.

Paris Dismantles Migrant Camp as Influx Grows

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:09:20 EDT

French authorities on Friday dismantled a makeshift camp in Paris, as France struggles to cope with a growing number of migrants flocking to its capital.

Why Europe Shouldn't Be Complacent About Brexit

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:33:56 EDT

The muted reaction of the European Union’s 27 other member states to Britain’s vote to leave is partly a reflection of it being only one of several damaging recent blows to the union, Stephen Fidler writes.

Germany Falters in Effort to Integrate New Migrants Into the Workforce

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:29:05 EDT

Following calls by the German government to hire asylum seekers, companies big and small have scouted refugee shelters and job centers for potential workers. The result is sobering.

EU Extends Sanctions on Russian Officials Over Ukraine Crisis

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 16:45:26 EDT

The European Union extended its sanctions against Russian officials and pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine and won a legal victory when the bloc’s courts upheld an EU asset freeze on ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

U.K. Gives Go-Ahead to Hinkley Point Project With EDF

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:39:49 EDT

The U.K. government said it would ahead with the $23.82 billion project to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point with French utility Electricite de France, the country’s first in a generation.