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Spain Impasse Ends as Mariano Rajoy Is Assured Re-election

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 14:30:38 EDT

Mariano Rajoy, a prominent target of the antiestablishment fervor rising across Europe, was assured of re-election as prime minister when his Socialist rivals conceded defeat, ending Spain’s 10-month leadership impasse.

EU Sets Belgium CETA Ultimatum

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:03:52 EDT

The European Union is giving Belgium until Monday evening to decide whether it will agree to sign a trade deal with Canada after a Belgian region has persistently refused to support the accord.

EU Ponders Canada Trade Deal's Fate---And Its Own

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:27:41 EDT

Objections from a Belgian region have imperiled the pact, adding to questions about the bloc’s ability to handle future shocks.

Britain: Desperately Seeking Trade Expertise

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:37:58 EDT

The U.K. faces an unparalleled trade challenge of negotiating new trade terms with the EU and revamped accords with old allies and fast-growing markets, but its prowess on trade negotiating has atrophied since the 1970s.

Hungarian Premier Again Opposes EU on Immigration

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 12:56:20 EDT

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban criticized what he sees as a new oppressing force, the European Union, as he commemorated the 60th anniversary of the 1956 revolution against Soviet rule on Sunday.

Russian Warships Sail Through English Channel

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:12:56 EDT

A fleet of Russian warships, including the country’s sole aircraft carrier, sailed through the English Channel in a very public display of naval might after European leaders again called on Moscow to stop its attacks on Aleppo, Syria.

EU Queries Industry on Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:53:36 EDT

In their review of Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, European Union antitrust regulators are attempting to measure the rough value of the professional network’s data and whether rival sites can replicate it.

BAT Offers to Buy Remaining Reynolds Stake for $47 Billion

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:55:56 EDT

British American Tobacco said the deal for roughly 58% of Reynolds American would give it a major position in the U.S. tobacco market and high-growth emerging markets.

NATO Appoints Its First Intelligence Chief

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:52:11 EDT

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has appointed its first intelligence chief, a post designed to help the alliance improve counterterrorism coordination.

May Wants Britain, EU to Trade Freely After Brexit

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:07:43 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a warmer tone with the European Union on Friday, calling for constructive talks and promising the U.K. would enthusiastically cooperate with its allies in the bloc even after it leaves.

Hundreds Evacuated from London's City Airport

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:09:41 EDT

Authorities evacuated a small but popular central London airport late Friday and treated more than two dozen at the scene for breathing difficulties. No elevated levels of harmful substances were found, and the facility was declared safe.

Italy Unveils 2017 Budget Plan

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:35:59 EDT

Italy’s government approved a 2017 budget plan that aims to avert tax increases as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi faces increasing pressure ahead of a national referendum over constitutional changes.

Eurozone Exports Rose in August, Easing Brexit Fears

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:19:46 EDT

The eurozone’s trade surplus with the rest of the world widened in August for the first time since April, a fresh sign that the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU has had little immediate impact on growth across the continent.

May's 'Hard Brexit' Signs Come With a Damper

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 02:05:54 EDT

If Prime Minister Theresa May was preparing the ground for a “hard Brexit” in her speeches last week to the Conservative Party, she also suggested an approach that could lessen shocks to U.K. businesses, Stephen Fidler writes.

Suspect Found Dead in German Jail Had Traveled to Syria

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:19:12 EDT

The Syrian terror suspect who committed suicide in German custody had shown increasing signs of radicalization but failed to get on authorities’ radar.

London's Most Persistent American Won't Quit Until Tube Riders Talk to Each Other

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:19:26 EDT

Despite setbacks and ridicule on social media, Colorado’s Jonathan Dunne wants to get commuters chatting; ‘the last thing we want’

Maldives to Leave the Commonwealth

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:32:40 EDT

The Maldives plans to leave the 53-country Commonwealth, a few weeks after the organization warned it would consider suspending the Indian Ocean nation if it didn’t take steps to promote the rule of law.

Germany Faces Criticism Over Terror Suspect's Suicide

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:21:26 EDT

German officials rejected criticism they could have prevented the suicide of Syrian terror suspect Jaber Albakr after a week of mishaps that have raised questions about Germany’s preparedness in the face of an unprecedented terror threat.

Syrian Accused of Bomb Plot in Germany Commits Suicide

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 02:59:06 EDT

A Syrian refugee arrested this week for plotting a terror attack in Germany was found dead in prison in the latest setback for a security operation marred by police mishaps.

Biggest Economic Risk to Europe Lies in the Politics

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:02:58 EDT

Some policy makers fear that the eurozone may be just one political shock away from disaster—and that the risk of another shock is alarmingly high, Simon Nixon writes.

U.K.'s May Faces Pressure in Parliament Over Brexit Plans

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:08:45 EDT

Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday defended itself from accusations it isn’t giving lawmakers enough say in its plans to leave the European Union, saying it welcomed scrutiny but needed to protect its negotiating position.

Overburdened German Cities Tell Refugees to Move Out

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:58:36 EDT

Germany’s parliament passed a law this summer allowing overburdened cities to send jobless refugees back to the states they were first assigned. But the move seen as a boon to struggling cities is also raising a host of questions in practice.

Europe's Russia Ties Fray Over Syria

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 01:07:08 EDT

European relations with Moscow, which went into a tailspin over Ukraine in 2014, are deteriorating anew as Russian bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo sweeps aside moves to ease tensions.

FBI Suspects Russia in Hack of Podesta Emails

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 20:24:19 EDT

Top Russian officials meanwhile shifted away from denying a role in separate hacking of the Democratic National Committee, with President Vladimir Putin saying it is irrelevant who stole the computer records.

Paris Attacks Suspect's Lawyers Quit

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:01:42 EDT

The two lawyers representing Salah Abdeslam, the main suspect in the investigation of the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people in November 2015, have stepped down, saying he is now likely to remain silent.

Europe Worries Portugal Is Prone to a Debt-Crisis Relapse

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:58:26 EDT

Portugal’s souring investment climate and weak economic growth are raising concern across Europe and beyond that the country, which required an international bailout five years ago, could choke again on a debt that now stands at nearly 130% of its gross domestic product.

White House Vows 'Proportional' Response for Russian DNC Hack

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:43:47 EDT

The White House vowed to hit Russia with a “proportional” response after the conclusion by U.S. intelligence officials that Moscow hacked into emails from the Democratic National Committee and other organizations.

Ireland Plans to Cut Debt as it Braces for Brexit

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:40:41 EDT

Ireland’s government has set a tough new target for reducing its debts over the coming decade as it outlined ways to help businesses cope with the U.K.’s decision to leave the EU.

Putin Cancels Paris Trip Amid Differences Over Syria

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 02:44:30 EDT

French President François Hollande had demanded that the agenda for talks with the Russian leader cover only the war in Syria.

Greece Denies Asylum Bids of Four More Turkish Officers

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 14:32:23 EDT

Greece on Tuesday rejected the asylum claims of four more Turkish army officers who fled to Greece in mid-July after a failed coup attempt in Turkey, officials said.

Syrian Terror Suspect Plotted Berlin Airport Attack, Officials Say

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:49:21 EDT

Authorities said a 22-year-old Syrian refugee arrested after a two-day manhunt had been plotting to attack airports in Berlin and was captured only after fellow Syrians tied him up and turned him in.

May Visits Netherlands and Denmark Amid Tough Brexit Talk

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:33:52 EDT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May travels to Copenhagen and The Hague to drum up support as she signals a hard line on Brexit talks, but is likely to face skepticism from traditional allies as they grapple with anti-European Union movements at home.

Hungarian Leader Seeks to Tighten Constitution on Immigration

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:20:13 EDT

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban asked Parliament to tighten constitutional rules on immigration as opposition leaders accused him of restricting freedom of speech.

Greece Clears Hurdle Toward Another Round of Bailout Aid

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:41:55 EDT

Greece has completed a set of key economic overhauls, eurozone finance ministers agreed, marking the end of the first review of its fiscal bailout and clearing the way for some $3 billion of new loans.

New Vision for U.K. Kicks Up Old Brexit Fears

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:42:01 EDT

Last week’s sterling flash crash was over in minutes, but the perception of instability that hangs over the U.K. may be harder to dispel, Simon Nixon writes.

Pope Francis to Appoint 17 New Cardinals

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 22:00:28 EDT

The new cardinals include three from the U.S. and a number from the developing world, a move that reflects the pope’s goal of rebalancing the college of cardinals toward regions where Catholicism is growing fastest.

ECB's Draghi Says Brexit Vote Is 'Very Significant'

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:25:05 EDT

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi poured cold water on any hopes that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union would have negligible economic consequences.

Police Comb Eastern Germany for Terror Suspect

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:10:03 EDT

German authorities widened the scope of the manhunt for a 22-year-old Syrian refugee suspected of planning a terror attack to neighboring countries.

Sterling's Message: Britain Has Picked Politics Over Economics

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 09:56:46 EDT

The pound’s “flash crash” on Friday was too far, too fast but sets a new target for sterling bears as they worry that British politicians will botch Brexit.

U.K. Firms Issue Plea for More Say in Brexit Talks

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 05:15:22 EDT

Leaders from top business lobbies in the U.K. made an unusually public plea to the government of Prime Minister Theresa May, asking it to consult more with businesses about Brexit planning.

U.S. Blames Russia for Recent Hacks

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 04:22:17 EDT

The U.S. intelligence community took the extraordinary step of directly accusing the Russian government of attempting to interfere in the coming U.S. elections by leaking emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and other entities.

Germany Tries to Slow Migration From Africa

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:47:39 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping up her efforts to stem migration to Europe at the source, flying to Africa this weekend and working to convince Germans that better conditions in developing countries are in their own interests.

Theresa May Gives Up a Bargaining Chip on Brexit Talks

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 02:22:29 EDT

From a negotiating standpoint, by deciding to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaties and launch the two years of divorce talks, the U.K. prime minister takes a big British bargaining chip off the table, Stephen Fidler writes.

German Police Find 'Highly Explosive' Materials in Manhunt

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 14:46:11 EDT

Police in the eastern German city of Chemnitz were hunting for a 22-year-old man from Syria suspected of planning a terror attack and said they had found “highly explosive” materials in his apartment.

ECB Sees Rising Scarcity of Bonds for QE Program

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 14:16:17 EDT

ECB policy makers warned at their September meeting of “increasing challenges” in sourcing bonds for the bank’s quantitative easing program, and hinted that the program could be expanded again.

Merkel Pushes Tough Line on Brexit

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:50:06 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled a toughening stance on future Brexit talks, warning that the U.K. wouldn’t get special treatment.

European Union Launches Beefed-Up Border Agency

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 20:48:20 EDT

The European Union launched a new border and coast guard agency aimed at protecting the bloc’s external borders from uncontrolled migration and security risks.

UKIP Politician Lands in Hospital After Altercation

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:28:44 EDT

Steven Woolfe, a European parliamentarian for the UK Independence Party, was taken to a hospital in Strasbourg after collapsing following an altercation at a Thursday meeting of party lawmakers.

Poland Rejects Abortion Ban After Protests

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 07:57:44 EDT

Polish legislators rejected a blanket ban on abortion after the leader of the country’s biggest political party criticized the proposal that sparked public protests.

Swiss Consumer Prices Fall Again in September

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 10:07:08 EDT

Consumer prices in Switzerland edged lower in September, driven by weaker prices of imported goods and marking nearly two years of continuous price declines.

Risk of Deglobalization Hangs Over World Economy

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:34:59 EDT

A global trade slowdown is worrying because of what it may augur for the long-term health of the world’s economy. The risk now is that politics, economics and finance are combining in a way that threatens to throw globalization in reverse, Simon Nixon writes.

Brexit Likely to Alter EU's Sanctions Policy

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:11:04 EDT

Britain’s pending exit from the EU poses big political and legal challenges to the sanctions policies the bloc has deployed to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions and respond to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, policy makers say.

U.K. Leader Pivots Toward Working Class

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:32:48 EDT

Prime Minister Theresa May used a speech to Conservatives to position her party as a champion for the working class and criticized establishment politicians as brushing aside Britons’ concerns about rising immigration.