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Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 11:52:52 EDT

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U.K.'s May Backtracks on Manifesto Pledge After Dip in Opinion Polls

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:52:06 EDT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May signaled a partial reversal on flagship plans to finance elderly care announced only last week, after a flurry of weekend opinion polls suggested the policy was eroding a double-digit poll lead over the main opposition Labour Party.

Pope Francis Looks to Reconcile With Breakaway Catholic Group

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:17:58 EDT

Pope Francis is edging closer to reconciliation with the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, or SSPX, a possible coup for a liberal pope who could succeed where his more conservative predecessors failed.

Pedro Sánchez Chosen to Lead Spain's Socialists

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:52:46 EDT

Spain’s Socialists re-elected a former party leader, Pedro Sánchez, who had taken a hard line against conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

U.S., Europe Face Divisions Over Iran Policy

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:50:38 EDT

The landslide re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatens to put the Trump administration on a collision course with Europe over future policy toward Tehran.

Poland's EU Isolation Spells Trouble Ahead

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:33:27 EDT

The political upheavals in Europe over the past year took many by surprise, but few have been so completely wrong-footed as the Polish government. After Brexit, Warsaw argued for a looser EU. But following victories by mainstream candidates in France and the Netherlands, the EU is debating deeper integration.

Pope Francis Names Five New Cardinals

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:25:48 EDT

Pope Francis will elevate men from El Salvador, Laos, Mali, Spain and Sweden to the College of Cardinals next month, continuing his practice of adding men from the peripheries of the Catholic world to the body that will elect his successor.

Eurozone Consumer Confidence at Highest Level in Nearly a Decade

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:28:40 EDT

The victory of a pro-European centrist in France’s presidential election has delivered a further boost to already high consumer confidence in the eurozone.

Sweden Ends Probe Into WikiLeaks Founder Assange

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:50:20 EDT

Swedish prosecutors said they have decided to discontinue a probe into alleged rape targeting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, but his lawyers say he is likely to remain holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy.

Greece's Parliament Approves New Cuts, Austerity Measures

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:29:13 EDT

The measures, totaling more than $4.4 billion, were passed by a vote of 153 lawmakers from the ruling left-wing Syriza party and its junior coalition partner, the Independent Greeks.

How to Avoid a Hard Border in Ireland

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:16:44 EDT

Here’s an issue that will quickly occupy Brexit negotiators once they get down to business next month: the appearance soon of a new EU border on the island of Ireland.

ECB Wary of Repeat of Fed's 'Taper Tantrum'

Fri, 19 May 2017 07:10:00 EDT

European Central Bank Officials wants to avoid a repeat of the 2013 ‘taper tantrum,’ when the prospect that the Fed would slow its asset purchases roiled the markets.

U.K. Conservatives Soften Tone on Brexit Divorce Bill

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:47:20 EDT

The U.K.’s governing Conservative Party opened the way to some financial settlement with the European Union after Brexit, as it published its manifesto for a national election next month.

NATO Mulls Arctic and Atlantic Command to Counter Russia

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:13:23 EDT

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization may revive a Cold War naval command to counter Moscow’s increased submarine activity in the Arctic and protect Atlantic sea lanes in the event of a conflict, according to allied diplomats and officials briefed on the planning work.

Slovakia's Anti-Hate Speech Police Target Lawmakers

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:31:34 EDT

A police unit created as part of a government campaign to curb right-wing extremism has put under investigation or charged politicians, as well as social-media users and public figures.

Police Investigators Accused of Cover-Up in Handling of Berlin Attacker

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:55:46 EDT

The city of Berlin accused its own police of covering up their failure to arrest the man behind last year’s Christmas market terror attack on drug charges more than a month before his rampage in the German capital.

Irish Prime Minister Kenny to Step Down

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:30:52 EDT

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he would step down as leader of his party and the country, leaving it to his successor to try to minimize any damage caused by the departure of the U.K. from the EU.

U.K.'s Labour Unveils Left-Wing Platform

Wed, 17 May 2017 02:22:19 EDT

The U.K.’s main opposition Labour Party pledged to nationalize parts of British industry and raise taxes on high earners if it wins elections, a left-wing platform that party leader Jeremy Corbyn hopes will narrow a gap in the polls.

Cybersecurity Firm: U.S. Hacker Linked to Fake Macron Documents

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:34:59 EDT

A group of cybersecurity experts say they have unearthed ties between an American hacker who maintains a neo-Nazi website and an internet campaign to smear Emmanuel Macron days before he was elected president of France.

Austria Readies for Snap Election This Fall

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:39:22 EDT

Austria prepared for a five-month election campaign that will pit the centrist incumbent against the popular conservative foreign minister and a far-right party that sees a new chance to gain power.

U.K. Inflation Fastest Since 2013

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:16:58 EDT

U. K. consumer prices rose at the fastest pace in over three years, data showed, suggesting Britons are facing a living-standards squeeze as the country heads into a general election and begins its exit from the European Union.