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Polish President Raises Questions Over Controversial Court Bill

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:47:48 EDT

Polish President Andrzej Duda has reservations about a recently passed bill that would let the government dismiss every judge on the country’s supreme court, as he faces pressure at home and abroad.

U.K. Imposes Rules on Hobby Drones

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:01:03 EDT

The U.K. will require operators of many hobby drones to register them with the government and take a test to assure proper use amid growing concern that the unmanned planes pose a threat to aviation.

Polish Court Move Unnerves EU, but Not Many Voters

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 04:14:26 EDT

Poland is giving the government sweeping powers over its judiciary, a move that is rattling European Union leaders but hasn’t shifted voters much at home.

The Big Question for More Than Four Million People After Brexit

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:57:46 EDT

After the second round of Brexit talks between U.K. and EU representatives, officials said differences are narrowing on future rights of EU citizens in Britain, but the big question of whose courts enforce any deal looms unsolved.

Quake Kills Two in Greece, Injures 120, Some Critically

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:58:00 EDT

Two people were killed and dozens were injured when a powerful earthquake struck in the Aegean Sea, shaking major Greek and Turkish tourist destinations in the early hours.

Germany Warns of New Steps Over Turkey Arrest

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:18:06 EDT

Germany said it would take new steps in response to Ankara’s crackdown on human rights activists, including escalating a travel alert, as a feud that has tested relations between the traditional allies deepened.

ECB's Inaction Echoes Global Caution Over Weak Inflation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:00:25 EDT

ECB policy makers haven't yet discussed the future of their bond-purchase program after its tentatively scheduled end in December, but will do so in the fall, ECB President Mario Draghi said.

Poland Moves to Replace Supreme Court, Despite Protests

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:07:53 EDT

Poland’s lower chamber of parliament approve a bill that would allow the government to replace every judge on the Supreme Court, a move opposition politicians and European Union leaders warned undermines democracy in the once-communist nation.

IMF Board Approves Greece's Latest Bailout 'In Principle'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:47:41 EDT

A new cap on debt in the International Monetary Fund’s latest Greek bailout approved Thursday keeps pressure on Europe to deliver debt relief and prevents Athens from raising fresh cash in the markets anytime soon.

Don't Expect the EU to Ride to the U.K.'s Rescue

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:04:25 EDT

The rest of Europe can be forgiven a little schadenfreude as it sees that Brexit appears to have bought Britain little but political instability and economic uncertainty, Simon Nixon writes. But is the EU being too complacent about the risks it could face from a botched Brexit?

Germany Says Turkey's Detention of Rights Activist Could Threaten EU Aid

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:59:26 EDT

Germany​ lashed out at Turkey for jailing a German national and suggested the latest escalation in a growing feud between the two countries could cost Turkey billions of euros in European ​funding.

Investigation Against Former Greek Statistics Official Escalates

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:49:25 EDT

Greek authorities are escalating a criminal investigation against Andreas Georgiou, the former head of Greece’s statistics agency, who has been accused of inflating the budget deficit to help creditors justify the country’s bailout terms.

French Army Chief Steps Down Over Spat With Macron

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:21:07 EDT

France’s top military officer resigned Wednesday in a public feud with President Emmanuel Macron over military spending, posing the first major test of the new leader’s drive to invest his office with more authority.

Where Will Banks Go After Brexit? Frankfurt Takes Early Lead

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:01:25 EDT

Germany is favored for its stable political and economic environment, a well-educated workforce that speaks English and reasonable costs.

U.S., Russia Remain at Odds Over Seized Compounds

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:39:37 EDT

U.S. and Russian diplomats failed to come to an agreement over the return of Russian Embassy compounds that were seized by the Obama administration in late December as punishment for Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Eurozone House Price Growth Eases

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:04 EDT

The eurozone’s housing market cooled in the first three months of the year, as declines in German prices eased worries that a long period of very low interest rates risked fueling a bubble.

Russia-Backed Separatist Rebels Proclaim New State in Ukraine

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 01:25:34 EDT

Separatists in eastern Ukraine proclaimed a new state that aspires to include not only the areas they control but also the rest of Ukraine.

U.K. Inflation Eases Unexpectedly in June

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:03:50 EDT

U.K. consumer inflation slowed unexpectedly in June, new figures showed, offering a tentative sign that a lengthy squeeze on households evident since last year’s Brexit vote may soon begin to ease

EU Takes Tough Line on North Korea Amid Differing Views Within Bloc

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:47:06 EDT

EU foreign ministers swung largely behind Washington’s stance on North Korea with a call for further sanctions and more pressure on China, but behind that joint stance, European governments are staking out conflicting positions on one of the world’s most volatile flashpoints.

EU to Sanction Some Syrians Over Chemical Attacks

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:26:56 EDT

The European Union is set to target 16 Syrian scientists and military officers in a new round of sanctions against the Assad regime on Monday, seeking to punish those responsible for chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

As Ukraine Fulfills Some European Aspirations, Obstacles Loom

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:09:58 EDT

Ukraine last week got a chance to show off its steps toward fulfilling its European aspirations, but persistent economic and political challenges make its path to the EU difficult.

Poland's Ruling Party Moves to Take Control of Judiciary

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:28:28 EDT

Poland’s senate approved new laws on Saturday that allow the current government to demote and reassign judges and then choose their replacements, including Supreme Court judges who would be forced into retirement pending a third bill under discussion.

Beneath Helsinki, Finns Prepare for Russian Threat

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:52:59 EDT

As Moscow plans its biggest military exercise in years, its neighbor Finland is developing a subterranean city beneath Helsinki that forms a crucial line of defense for the capital.

Trump Appears Enthralled by Paris Military Parade

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:15:24 EDT

President Donald Trump was the star in Paris after having remained out of the public eye in Washington earlier this week amid a political furor over his associates’ talks with Russians.

British Bill Sets Up More Brexit Strife

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 04:01:19 EDT

The U.K. government published its first draft legislation on Brexit since a June election cost Prime Minister Theresa May her parliamentary majority, marking the first step in what looks set to be a bitterly fought domestic battle

U.K. Serenity on Brexit Perplexes Brussels

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:39:43 EDT

British government ministers are apparently keeping calm and carrying on in the face of the many challenges posed by Brexit negotiations, showing a lack of urgency that bewilders Brussels, Stephen Fidler writes.

NATO, Moscow Squabble Over Russian War Games Near Alliance Borders

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:56:40 EDT

Alliance officials say military exercises risk accidents and miscalculation that could trigger a crisis between Moscow and the West.

Charlie Gard Has Chance of Improvement With Therapy, U.S. Doctor Tells Court

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 03:23:31 EDT

A U.S. doctor offering to treat terminally ill British baby Charlie Gard told a court that new evidence suggested an experimental therapy could offer up to a 10% chance of improving his muscle strength.

ECB's Draghi to Speak at Jackson Hole, Giving Chance to Signal Shift

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 22:19:04 EDT

Mario Draghi’s address at the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole conference is expected to give a further sign of the ECB’s growing confidence in the eurozone economy and its reduced dependence on monetary stimulus.

Emmanuel Macron Takes Regal Approach to French Presidency

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:58:44 EDT

The air of regal authority surrounding the young presidency of Emmanuel Macron was on full display Thursday as he played host to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Macron Pushes Germany to Commit More to Eurozone

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:42:18 EDT

French President Emmanuel Macron pushed Germany to step up commitments to the eurozone with more investment as he met with Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying Berlin has benefited from a dysfunctional currency bloc and the weakness of other economies.

Estonia Seeks to Digitally Transform the EU

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 20:04:09 EDT

After having turned itself in just 25 years from a former Soviet republic into Europe’s undisputed digital leader, Estonia wants to use its EU presidency to export its e-citizen revolution to the rest of Europe, Simon Nixon writes.