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France's Macron Woos Big Names Like Facebook and Google

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:59:55 EST

French president Emmanuel Macron planned wined and dined Davos-bound business leaders inside the Palace of Versailles in an effort to shake off the country’s image as a guillotine for foreign investment.

Germany's Social Democrats Back Entering Coalition Talks With Merkel

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:01:58 EST

Angela Merkel’s efforts to form her fourth coalition government cleared a crucial hurdle after the center-left Social Democrats voted in favor of entering formal coalition talks with the German leader’s conservative bloc.

Italy's Elites Are Anxious as Election Nears

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:37:06 EST

With antiestablishment parties gaining popularity, the grip that political elites have had on Italian politics looks likely to come under unprecedented assault in the general election in March.

Pope Francis Warns of Government Corruption in Latin America

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:42:44 EST

Pope Francis warned that a series of corruption scandals has tarnished current and former presidents and is rotting political systems and hurting democracy across the region.

Some Brits Seek Their Brexodus in This Tiny Country

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:12:33 EST

Increasing numbers of U.K. citizens in Luxembourg are seeking citizenship in preparation for Brexit. One big hurdle: mastering the country’s obscure tongue-twisting language.

Merkel's Future Hinges on German SPD's Vote on Forming Coalition

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:49:46 EST

Delegates from Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party will meet to decide whether to forge a ruling alliance with Angela Merkel’s conservatives and usher in the German chancellor’s fourth term in office.

Data Case in U.S. Sparks Concern in Europe

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:41:44 EST

European lawmakers and companies worry that a lawsuit the U.S. government has brought to the Supreme Court could clash with European Union law, trapping tech companies between complying with U.S. data requests and strict EU data-privacy rules.

France, U.K. Agree to Cooperate on Defense, Security After Brexit

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:37:47 EST

France and the U.K. are set to agree at a summit to forge a new treaty on managing migrant flows to British shores as the two countries attempt to bolster ties before the U.K. exits the European Union.

EU Confronts Deep Divisions Over Legal Standards

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:14:45 EST

The European Union is locked in increasingly bitter battles with its newer members over their adherence to democratic standards of law, a clash of cultures that EU officials say poses a long-term threat to the union.

Poland Risks Second-Class EU Citizenship

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:00:17 EST

Warsaw’s fight with the European Union on refugees and judicial selections will weaken its position in other key negotiations in Brussels, writes Simon Nixon.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.