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Three Dead in France in Terrorist Attack

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:36:58 EDT

A gunman killed three people Friday in a terrorist attack in southern France that tore through roadways and a supermarket, illustrating the difficulty Europe faces in countering radicals whom Islamic State has instructed to hit soft targets.

With Clock Counting Down, Next Phase of Brexit Talks to Start

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:43:46 EDT

A year before Britain’s exit from the European Union, the bloc’s leaders approved the start of negotiations over future trade ties with the U.K., setting up a race to sketch the shape of the deal.

Ireland's Quandary: It Has a Brexit Veto That Could Be Risky to Use

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:01:15 EDT

Ireland’s leaders face a serious dilemma. They are pushing hard to ensure the U.K.’s departure from the European Union doesn’t leave it with a visible land border, but they want to avoid alienating the country’s larger neighbor with which it has only lately become reconciled.

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Hits Back at His Accusers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:21:23 EDT

Allegations that he accepted campaign cash from the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi are a conspiracy by Gadhafi’s family and associates to slander him, ex-leader tells French television.

EU Leaders Back May in Accusing Russia of Spy's Poisoning

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:05:38 EDT

European Union leaders pointed the finger of blame at Russia over the poisoning of a Russian former double agent in Britain, backing U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s claim that there was no other plausible explanation.

EU Leaders Awaiting Clarity Over U.S. Tariff Exemption

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:32:48 EDT

European Union leaders expect an exemption from new U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum kicking in on Friday, but they are still waiting for an official notification from Washington.

French Labor Strikes Pose a Test to Macron's Overhauls

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:49:44 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron got a taste of paralyzing strikes and protests he is set to face in the coming months as his economic overhauls collide with deeply entrenched constituencies in France’s public sector.

BOE Holds Steady as May Aims for Brexit Transition Deal

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:02:45 EDT

The Bank of England signaled that it remains on course to lift interest rates in Britain this year and next, as figures showed a yearlong squeeze on consumers caused by a steep fall in the pound appears to be coming to an end.

Europe Plants a Flag in the Digital-Tax Debate

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:53:32 EDT

The European Commission’s has announced plans for a new digital tax, seeing an opportunity to bring about international change on its terms, Simon Nixon writes.

Vatican Media Chief Quits Over Use of Letter From Retired Pope Benedict

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:25:26 EDT

The head of the Vatican communications office resigned over the promotional use of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI, an incident that has undermined the credibility of a media operation that is being reorganized under Pope Francis.

ECB's German Skew Raises Questions Over Draghi's Successor

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 12:04:21 EDT

Germany’s outsize influence at the European Central Bank is raising concerns among some eurozone officials and banking executives ahead of a decision over whether to name a German to lead the institution for the first time.

EU Agrees on Brexit Transition Terms; Ireland Issue Remains

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:40:54 EDT

EU and British negotiators agreed on the terms of the U.K.’s 21-month transition after it leaves the bloc next March, but left unresolved a thorny issue—the future of Ireland—that could derail the entire Brexit deal.

Italy Seizes Spanish Ship in Dispute Over Migrants

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:20:34 EDT

Crew of the Open Arms had refused to hand over migrants to Libya, as required in a Libyan-Italian agreement, because of concerns about the conditions in which returned migrants are being held in Libya.

Putin's Victory Magnifies Deep Divide in Russia's Political Landscape

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:54:18 EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s victory in Sunday’s presidential election has left deep divisions in an opposition movement that had been buoyed in recent months by countrywide protests, but that failed to translate its momentum into a broad political movement.

U.K. Has 'Evidence' Russia Is Secretly Developing Nerve Agents

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:54:54 EDT

The U.K. government said Sunday it has evidence that Russia has spent the last decade secretly developing nerve agents to use in assassinations, in what it said was a violation of international treaties banning chemical weapons.

Russian Ex-Spy Affair Poses Test of EU Resolve

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:54:05 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants the U.K. to maintain a close security relationship with the EU post-Brexit. What the EU does now, following the poisoning in England of a former Russian spy, shapes up as a test of her desire.

Russia to Expel 23 U.K. Diplomats as Spy Row Intensifies

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 09:37:40 EDT

Russia fired back after a similar move by the U.K. government, which blames Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-double agent and his daughter in southern England.

Better Off Than Their Parents: Why Russia's Youth Are Backing Putin

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 23:59:37 EDT

Vladimir Putin runs for re-election Sunday on a record of improving Russia’s living standards and global swagger while limiting political freedoms. Most first-time voters, who have known no other leader, can accept that trade-off.

Puzzle in Hit on Russian Spy: How Did Attackers Get the Nerve Agent?

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:24:45 EDT

The U.K. says a substance known as Novichok put Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter into comas, and a central question is how attackers got hold of the nerve agent, once one of the Soviet Union’s most secretive projects.

As Eurozone Economy Roars, Inflation Lags

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:58:43 EDT

The eurozone’s annual rate of inflation was even lower than previously estimated in February, as wages continued to grow modestly despite strong economic growth and a steady fall in unemployment.