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France's Tense Presidential Election Gets Under Way

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:48:33 EDT

French voters headed to the polls for the first round of a closely contested presidential election that has turned into a referendum on the future of France’s generous entitlement system and on the nation’s place in the European Union, amid heightened security days after a terror attack in the capital.



France's Choice: Le Divorce?

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:12:41 EDT

French voters will begin to pick a new president this weekend, and their decision may well determine whether the European Union lives or dies.



France Pauses for Breath on Eve of Unpredictable Election

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:15:41 EDT

A day before the first round of a tightly fought presidential election, French voters used the sudden quiet provided by the end of official campaigning to ponder how to wield their ballots.



Federal Prosecutors Weigh Wikileaks Charges

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:39:52 EDT

Federal prosecutors are weighing criminal charges against leaders and members of WikiLeaks, an organization that posts leaked documents on its website, but no charges are imminent, according to people familiar with the matter.



U.K. Treasury Chief Confident on Reaching Trade Pact With U.S.

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:46:42 EDT

U.K. Treasury chief Philip Hammond said he is confident the U.K. and the U.S. can strike a wide-ranging free-trade accord once Britain has left the European Union.



What's Making Britons Grumpy? Voting, Voting, Then Voting Again

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:03:29 EDT

Three national elections in just over two years have tested a nation’s commitment to civic duty, putting ‘Brenda from Bristol’ in a snit; ‘that’s quite enough, thank you very much’



Paris Gunman Was Questioned by Police in February

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 04:46:07 EDT

The attacker who opened fire on the Champs-Élysées was a French national and was a suspected threat to public security. He was released after questioning in February due to lack of evidence, the police said.



G-20 Finance Leaders Don't Dwell on Germany's Trade Surpluses

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:29:50 EDT

Group of 20 finance officials didn’t dwell on Germany’s large current-account surpluses or the exchange rate of the euro at their meeting in the U.S. capital Thursday.



France Fires Up Eurozone Economy Ahead of Presidential Poll

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:33:13 EDT

A gauge of activity in the eurozone’s manufacturing and services sectors rose to a six-year high in April, aided by a pickup in France ahead of presidential elections scheduled to start Sunday.



In China, U.S. Steel Move Is Seen as Self-Destructive

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:14:09 EDT

As the White House threatened new U.S. barriers to steel imports, officials and experts from the world’s biggest steel-exporting nation, China,​said the real loser might be​America itself.



German Bomb Suspect Attacked Soccer Team to Make $1 Million From Stock Drop

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:27:57 EDT

A Russian-German man allegedly bombed one of Germany’s most prominent soccer teams in order to make more than $1 million off a drop in the team’s stock price.



Terror Strikes Champs-Élysées Days Before French Vote

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:27:11 EDT

A gunman opened fire on the Champs-Élysées, killing a police officer and wounding two others in an assault authorities said was likely a terror attack, just days before France’s presidential elections begin.



French Candidates Talk of 'Frexit,' but Le Divorce Would Be Chaotic

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:29:18 EDT

Though French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Mélenchon have proposed returning responsibilities to Paris from EU power centers, the obstacles and repercussions of a ‘Frexit’ would be far greater than those of Brexit.



U.K. Retail Sales Drop in March as Inflation Hits Consumers

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:37:42 EDT

U.K. retail sales dropped sharply in the first quarter of the year, as accelerating inflation began to crimp household budgets, new data showed.



Surge for Le Pen is Fueled by French Industrial Decline

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:27:58 EDT

Far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen has surged in industrial cities like Amiens, where Whirlpool’s decision to close a factory has helped the candidate tap into voter anger with the European Union and political elite.



Exxon Seeks U.S. Waiver to Resume Russia Oil Venture

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:45:06 EDT

Exxon Mobil has applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft in the Black Sea forged in 2012 by then-CEO Rex Tillerson, according to people familiar with the matter.



European Establishment Tries New Election Tactic: Full Embrace of the EU

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:21:50 EDT

To counter rising euroskeptic and nationalist parties, candidates for the leadership of France and Germany are embracing the EU and its single currency. It’s a switch in style that will get a big test in French presidential elections that start this weekend.



Theresa May's Early Election Gambit Reduces Brexit Risks

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:40:41 EDT

Theresa May’s decision to call for a snap election could give her the stronger mandate—and extra time—she needs to get a trade deal done.



Eurozone Construction Booms in February

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:40:39 EDT

Construction of buildings and infrastructure across the eurozone rose at its fastest pace in almost five years during February, while consumer confidence strengthened ahead of a key election in France.



Brexit Set to Dominate U.K.'s Snap Election

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:08:18 EDT

June’s general election in Britain will be dominated by one issue: Brexit. The two main political parties and their voters are split over Brexit—and the big question is to what extent will people change their traditional voting behavior according to their views on the European Union.



Hollywood Prepares for an Unwelcomed Sequel

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:26:21 EDT

Almost 10 years after a writers’ strike that nearly split the entertainment industry, a new battle is brewing between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.



U.K.'s Theresa May Calls Early Election, Seeking Brexit Leverage

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:15:51 EDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would call an early general election on June 8 in a move that if she wins could give her more leeway in coming negotiations with the European Union.



Five Things About the U.K.'s Surprise General Election You Should Know

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 02:21:26 EDT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said she would seek Parliament’s approval to hold a national election in June—here are five things you should know:



EU Says U.K. General Election Will Not Alter Bloc's Resolve on Brexit Talks

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:54:05 EDT

European politicians and officials mainly welcomed British Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call for a general election in June, saying it could ease negotiations over the U.K.’s divorce from the European Union, but said the decision won’t affect their approach to the talks.



Men Accused of Plotting Attack in France Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:54:45 EDT

Police raided the rented apartment of two men suspected of planning a terror attack in Marseille, discovering bomb-making materials, firearms, a silencer, an ISIS flag and a map of the southern port city.



Turkey Opposition Party Seeks to Annul Vote

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:51:53 EDT

The chairman of Turkey’s main opposition party said he had lost faith in the country’s justice system, as his party appealed to the central election authority to annul the government’s narrow win in the constitutional referendum.



Observers Question Turkish Referendum Result as U.S. Sends Mixed Signals

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 03:43:47 EDT

International observers said a closely contested vote on Turkey’s presidential powers contravened Turkish law by changing rules on ballot-counting at the last minute, one of several alleged voting irregularities prompting domestic challenges and foreign criticism.



EU Investigates How Its Cash Is Being Used by Its Critics

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:49:38 EDT

Authorities are gathering information that is said to reveal the unwitting role the European Parliament may have played in funding the rise of politicians who aim to dismantle the 28-country alliance it serves.



Turkey's Erdogan Declares Victory in Referendum to Expand Presidential Powers

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:45:34 EDT

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a close vote on constitutional changes that would concentrate more power in his office and usher in some of the most radical changes since the 1923 founding of the republic.