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U.K. Economy Slows Sharply Ahead of Election, Brexit Talks

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:01:19 EDT

The U.K. economy slowed sharply in the first quarter as consumers pared back spending, a warning sign on growth ahead of a national election in June and the start of Britain’s exit talks with the European Union.

French Economic Growth Slowdown Casts Doubt on Strength of Eurozone

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:26:28 EDT

French economic growth slowed at the start of the year, but the Spanish economy gained momentum, a mixed signal at a time of cautious optimism about the outlook for the eurozone’s so-far modest recovery.

Pope's Visit Expected to Highlight Christian Minorities in Middle East

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:38:04 EDT

Pope Francis departed for Egypt on Friday morning for a two-day trip expected to draw attention to the plight of Christian minorities in the Middle East amid an upsurge of Islamist terrorism that poses security concerns for the Holy See.

Pope to Visit Islamic School at Center of Extremism Debate

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:18:09 EDT

A thousand-year-old university where Pope Francis will take part in a peace conference on Friday is at the center of a dispute gripping Egypt over how to modernize Islam at a time of terrorist violence.

EU Says National Front May Have Misspent as Much as €5 Million

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:16:08 EDT

Lawmakers from France’s National Front may have misspent as much as €5 million in EU funds, the European Parliament now estimates, more than double the original estimate in the investigation into the party’s activities.

Brexit Fight Looms Over Role of EU Courts

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:04:34 EDT

When leaders of 27 European Union states meet on Saturday to settle guidelines on how to negotiate Brexit, they will show their determination to give EU courts a major role over U.K.-EU affairs, after Theresa May’s demand for freedom from European jurisdiction.

A Miracle at the World's Largest Church: People Are Showing Up

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:11:15 EDT

Our Lady of Peace in Ivory Coast can hold 18,000 people, but years of civil strife and its remote jungle location long kept worshippers and tourists away. ‘It is indeed strange.’

U.K. Police Detain Man on Terrorism Suspicions Near Parliament

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:51:20 EDT

Intelligence officials had been tracking the 27-year-old who was carrying knives. Police said no bystanders were injured and there were no known immediate threats.

ECB Gives No Indication It's Ready to End Easy Money

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:57:49 EDT

The European Central Bank gave no signs it is ready to wind down its monetary stimulus despite an economic rebound in the eurozone, opting to soothe financial markets ahead of the second round of France’s presidential election.

Merkel Says Some Britons Expect Too Much From Brexit Talks

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:13:16 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the U.K. risked “wasted time” because some people in the country suffered illusions over how well Britain could fare in talks about the country’s exit from the European Union.

Eurozone Confidence Hits Postcrisis High

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:11:15 EDT

Eurozone businesses and consumers grew more upbeat about their prospects in April, as a measure of confidence rose to its highest level since a year before the global financial crisis struck in 2008.

Macron, Le Pen Clash at Closing Whirlpool Plant

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:45:14 EDT

French presidential candidates on Wednesday turned a Whirlpool Corp. factory threatened with closure into a impromptu stage for an ideological battle over how to revive the country’s declining industrial might.

Stars Align for Emmanuel Macron---and France

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:42:33 EDT

French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron is positioned to succeed in his goal of overhauling the French economy, despite legitimate concerns about his record and platform and the political obstacles ahead.

EU Sets Sights on Hungary's Orban in Bid to Fight Off Critics

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:51:29 EDT

The European Union’s executive branch is ramping up its defense against critics, taking an unusually firm stand against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over his “Stop Brussels” campaign and moves against foreign-funded universities and nongovernmental organizations

Marine Le Pen's Bid to Lead France Hinges on Low Turnout

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:18:19 EDT

Breaking with a longstanding tradition of French voters setting personal beliefs aside to coalesce behind whoever could block the National Front, many voters on the left and the right plan to stay home for the second round.

Inside Turkey's Irregular Referendum

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:39:54 EDT

On election day, monitors across the country reported problems in voting that expanded the powers of the president. Ballots lacked verification stamps and observers were kept from polling places.

EU Hopes to Increase Dialogue With Moscow but Obstacles Remain

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:53:47 EDT

The European Union wants to expand its dialogue with Russia on key foreign policy issues, the first significant sign of a thaw in relations and a move that reflects growing concerns in Brussels about U.S. foreign policy.

Pope Francis to Visit Egypt in Wake of Attacks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:17:49 EDT

Pope Francis will pursue efforts to reach out to Muslims during a visit to Egypt this week that comes as rampant Islamist terrorism is posing the greatest test to dialogue between the faiths since the Vatican made it a priority half a century ago.

Turkey Arrests Over 1,000 Suspected Gulen Supporters

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:54:18 EDT

Turkish police detained more than 1,000 people suspected of links to a network which Turkey blames for a failed coup attempt last July.

French Vote Fuels Hopes for Growth

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:42:49 EDT

The ascension of centrist Emmanuel Macron as the heavy favorite in France’s presidential race spurred investors to set aside the political worries that have long plagued European markets and to make new bets on economic growth.

Will Emmanuel Macron Be Able to Run France?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:39:55 EDT

Political novice Emmanuel Macron is widely expected to win the French presidency on May 7, but he will need a big victory in yet another crucial round of elections to become more than a mere figurehead.

How a Macron Presidency Could Bring About ECB Tapering

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:13:26 EDT

An ascension of Emmanuel Macron to France’s presidency could trigger a much-anticipated event in European financial markets: tapering of the ECB’s massive stimulus program.

French Presidential Runoff Heralds New Political Era

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:30:17 EDT

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen led the first round of voting in France’s presidential election, as voters redrew the political map, placing the European Union at the center of a new divide.

Macron, Le Pen Outcome in France Offers Encouragement for EU

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:24:42 EDT

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen look headed for the May 7 presidential runoff. A win by Mr. Macron would strengthen the conviction of Europe’s mainstream politicians that they can beat back anti-EU nationalists such as Ms. Le Pen.

How Theresa May's Election Gamble Could Backfire

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:33:26 EDT

The U.K. prime minister’s decision last week to call a snap election was a gamble, though not for the reasons that usually lead politicians to avoid unnecessary appointments with voters.