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Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:43:21 EDT

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Germany's Merkel Begins Tricky Three-Way Coalition Talks

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:42:53 EDT

A weakened Angela Merkel has kicked off talks on forming Germany’s first three-party government, a process fraught with pitfalls that experts think could stretch into next year.

British Intelligence Chief Notes Quickening Pace of Terror Threats

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:11:21 EDT

The head of Britain’s domestic intelligence agency said there has been a dramatic uptick in the threat of Islamist extremism to the U.K., with plots occurring at a faster tempo than at any point in his career.

U.K. Inflation Hits Five-Year High

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:54:07 EDT

Consumer prices in the U.K. rose in September at the fastest annual rate for more than five years, a pickup that will reinforce expectations the Bank of England could nudge up interest rates as soon as November.

May Fails to Unblock Brexit Deadlock at Brussels Dinner

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:51:37 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May was unsuccessful in bridging differences with top European Union officials over financial issues and the timing of free trade talks.

Spain Gives Catalonia Thursday Deadline to Drop Secession Drive

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:28:19 EDT

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave the leader of Catalonia until Thursday to cease his bid for independence or face the loss of some powers at the hands of the central government.

Bomb Kills Reporter Who Covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' Link

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:43:37 EDT

A Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed the island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said.

EU Foreign Ministers Agree to Stand by Iran Nuclear Deal

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:46:35 EDT

European foreign ministers attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to pull his administration’s backing for the Iranian nuclear agreement, calling the move a serious mistake that could lead to a military confrontation with Tehran.

Conservatives' Loss in German State Election Is Blow to Merkel

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:29:55 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party lost in state elections Sunday, according to initial results, weakening her position ahead of this week’s coalition-building talks.

The Eurozone's Challenge: Don't Waste the Recovery

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:45:05 EDT

The eurozone is enjoying a stronger than expected recovery, and needs to seize the moment to tackle its vulnerabilities in order to increase the currency bloc’s resilience to future shocks.

Austria's Right-Wing Parties Fare Well in Parliamentary Elections

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:04:56 EDT

Austria’s right-wing parties made strong gains in parliamentary elections on Sunday, after a campaign in which the main contenders competed with tough stances on immigration.

German Towns Filled With Refugees Ask, 'Who Is Integrating Whom?'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:27:15 EDT

Immigration has slowed in Germany, but the lingering effects of more than 1 million refugees is putting communities under stress, pressuring local coffers and feeding concerns about safety, jobs and the quality of education.

European Leaders Say Iran Deal Must Be Preserved

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:57:01 EDT

European leaders urged Washington not to reimpose U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying they were determined to preserve the nuclear accord but ready to work outside the agreement to address Washington’s concerns over Iran’s behavior.

EU Sees Trump Cooperation on Financial Rules

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:39:51 EDT

European officials see cooperation with the Trump administration on financial sector oversight “developing in a positive way,” according to a top official who met with U.S. regulators on Friday.

ECB Faces Bond Bottleneck

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:54:31 EDT

The European Central Bank is down to its last €300 billion. That’s the amount of bonds that the ECB could purchase next year under its giant bond-buying program without changing the rules, according to two people familiar with the matter

EU to Press New Measures Against North Korea, Venezuela

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:24:18 EDT

European governments are preparing to raise pressure on North Korea and Venezuela, in line with the priorities of the Trump administration, even as Washington throws into doubt the future of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In Brexit Talks, the Risk of No Deal Looms Large

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:11:57 EDT

Prime Minister Theresa May promised that, while the U.K. was hoping for successful negotiations with the EU over leaving the bloc, it was preparing the ground in case talks failed.

Spanish Leader Opens Door to Suspending Some of Catalonia's Powers

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:03:26 EDT

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded that Catalonia’s leader clarify whether he declared independence, taking the first step toward potentially stripping the restive region of some of its powers and escalating his confrontation with the separatists.

Legal Intricacies Complicate May's Two-Year Brexit Transition Period

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:15:31 EDT

Devising a legal way for the U.K. to continue to trade with the EU “on current terms” while no longer in the EU? Theresa May’s Brexit proposed Brexit transition period would be fiendishly difficult to pull off.

Europe Strains to Keep United Front on Iran Deal

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:53:44 EDT

European officials are working on a unified response to President Donald Trump’s expected decision to pull U.S. backing from the 2015 Iranian nuclear accord, but strains have emerged that threaten to weaken Europe’s common stance.

Catalan President Stops Short of Declaring Immediate Independence

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:57:41 EDT

Catalonia’s separatist leader backed away from an immediate declaration of independence from Spain, slowing a headlong push for secession and potentially drawing out the standoff with Madrid.

Wall Street Journal Reporter Sentenced to Prison by Turkish Court

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:39:06 EDT

A Turkish court sentenced Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison, declaring her guilty of engaging in terrorist propaganda in support of a banned Kurdish separatist organization through one of her articles.

French Public Sector Adds to Anti-Macron Protests

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:19:45 EDT

French leader Emmanuel Macron’s truce with his country’s unions is showing signs of unraveling less than six months into his presidency, as public-sector workers took to the streets Tuesday to protest his attempts to overhaul the sluggish economy.

U.K., EU Disagree Over How to Get Out of Brexit Stalemate

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:43:46 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May signaled that she expects the European Union to offer concessions over Brexit before the U.K. will make more of its own as negotiations resumed Monday.

Cold War in the Arctic: Russia, Norway Dig In

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:35:58 EDT

Norway this week will decide whether to maintain unprofitable coal-mining operations that serve as a symbol of a power struggle between the NATO member and Russia.

ECB: Banks' Capital Buffers Are Big Enough to Cope With Higher Rates

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:49:19 EDT

Eurozone banks won’t be required to raise fresh capital to guard against a sudden increase in interest rates, according to the European Central Bank.

Thousands Rally in Barcelona Against Catalan Independence

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:51:18 EDT

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards gathered in Barcelona to decry Catalonia’s secessionist push, a bid by pro-union groups to build momentum against a unilateral declaration of independence that could come as soon as this week.