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Merkel's Coalition Wins, but Support Slips

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:04:53 EDT

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance won the German election, but a steep drop in its support and an anti-immigrant party’s surge signaled political turbulence ahead for Europe’s largest economy.

Strong Showing by Nationalist Party Jolts German Politics

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 03:53:58 EDT

An antiestablishment, nationalist party won a foothold in Germany’s parliament Sunday, jolting the country’s political establishment and sending its multiparty system into uncharted waters.

Election Results Point to Tough Road for Merkel

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:52:18 EDT

German voters handed Angela Merkel a disappointing victory on Sunday, forcing her into what will be one of her most delicate balancing acts since she took power 12 years ago.

U.K.'s Theresa May Buys Time---but Maybe Not Much

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 02:31:38 EDT

Theresa May needed to say enough in her speech last week to unblock stalled Brexit talks without blowing apart the unity of her government. What made this task so complicated, writes Simon Nixon, was that to secure the first objective, she had to abandon many core Brexiter nostrums.

Italy's Antiestablishment Party Picks Moderate Nominee for Premier

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 07:48:19 EDT

The antiestablishment 5 Star Movement on Saturday anointed 31-year old Luigi Di Maio, one of its most moderate leaders, as its candidate for premier in Italy’s national elections next year.

May Calls for Two-Year Brexit Transition, Pledges to Honor Budget Commitments

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 04:38:07 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the U.K. would honor its financial commitments to the European Union’s current budget and seek to retain current terms of trade for two years after its planned exit in 2019.

The Challenges to Germany's Economy---in 11 Charts

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:16:01 EDT

After a strong recovery under Merkel, the economy is vulnerable to changes sweeping the world.

Spain Moves to Block Catalan Vote but Secession Push Persists

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:04:51 EDT

Spain’s efforts to stop Catalonia’s independence referendum by arresting separatist leaders and confiscating ballots may prevent millions of Catalans from formally voting on Oct. 1, but may not avert a crisis.

U.K. Police Charge Man With London Subway Bombing

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:15:06 EDT

An 18-year-old Iraqi man charged with a bomb attack last week on a London subway train bought explosives-making materials online and had expressed hatred toward the U.K., British prosecutors said.

Spanish Police Arrest Suspect in Terror-Attacks Investigation

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:39:47 EDT

Spanish police arrested a man for alleged collaboration with the terrorists that killed 16 people in Spain last month, the country’s interior ministry said, in a sign that the cell is larger than investigators had initially indicated.

Eurozone PMI Beats Forecasts, Pointing to Stronger Growth

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:49:22 EDT

The eurozone economy found fresh momentum in September and may have accelerated in the third quarter as a whole, according to surveys of purchasing managers released.

Even in Staid Germany, Protest Parties Poised to Gain Ground

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 14:10:19 EDT

Germany’s seemingly predictable election campaign may well have a twist in its tail. If the last opinion polls before Sunday’s parliamentary elections are a guide, the crumbling of Europe’s old political order is affecting even the continent’s bastion of stability.

Anti-Immigrant Party Draws In More Germans as Vote Nears

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 01:57:49 EDT

In the last week of what is expected to be Angela Merkel’s successful bid for re-election, the Alternative for Germany is creeping up in the polls as it sounds the alarm about what it says is an existential threat posed by Muslim immigration.

The Secret of Angela Merkel's Longevity: Strategic Flip-Flops

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 01:13:05 EDT

The German chancellor’s party is heavily favored in elections this weekend, which likely will result in her securing a fourth term. Interviews show how her success comes from an uncanny ability to shift decisively with the political wind.

Le Pen Dumps Chief Euroskeptic, Signaling Shift for National Front

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:47:45 EDT

The architect of Marine Le Pen’s anti-euro stance has quit the National Front, paving the way for the party to make a full-throated return to identity politics while jettisoning the broader message of economic “sovereignty.”

Eurozone Consumer Sentiment Hits 16-Year High

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:35:36 EDT

Consumers in the 19 countries that use the euro are more optimistic about their prospects than at any time since the currency was in its infancy, an indication that the economy may be on course for its strongest year since the global financial crisis.

May Promotes Paris Accord, Contrasting With Trump

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:02:27 EDT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking at the United Nations, said the Paris climate agreement is a key part of promoting global security and prosperity, and the U.K. is committed to being a global player.

Italy's 5 Star Movement Looks to Candidate With Mainstream Appeal

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:17:58 EDT

Italy’s Upstart 5 Star Movement is expected to choose as its candidate for prime minister a smooth-talking, suit-wearing lawmaker who could attract voters angry with established parties but wary of the movement’s more radical ideas.

Spain Detains Catalan Officials Ahead of Independence Vote

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:04:58 EDT

Spanish police arrested 13 people in the region of Catalonia and Madrid for their alleged involvement in planning a vote to secede from Spain, the boldest move yet by Spanish authorities to stop the Oct. 1 ballot.

German Election: For Markets, Wages Are What Matter Most

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:52 EDT

Angela Merkel appears on course to win a fourth term as Germany’s leader. For markets, the political stability allows a focus on more fundamental changes going on in Europe’s most important economy.

Macron Issues Sharp Rebuttal to Trump at U.N.

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:25:27 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered an emphatic defense of multilateral diplomacy at the U.N., disagreeing with earlier comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that nations should put their own interests first.

U.K. Police Probe Whether Bombing Suspect Built Device at Foster Home

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:44:27 EDT

Police arrested three men in Newport, Wales, in connection with an investigation into whether an 18-year-old refugee suspected of planting a bomb on a London subway car practiced building the device in a shed in his foster home’s backyard.