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Theresa May Prods EU for Tough Russia Response

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:08:11 EDT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is pushing European Union leaders to sharpen their response to the poisoning of a Russian former double agent, in a test of how much influence London will have over the EU’s foreign policy once it leaves the bloc.

EU Awaits Tariff Fate Ahead of U.S. Decision

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:02:50 EDT

European Union leaders are discussing the bloc’s response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs as they hold out hopes of winning an exemption from the Trump administration that could avert a trans-Atlantic trade war.

French Labor Strikes Pose a Test to Macron's Overhauls

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:03:59 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.

U.S.-European Division Clouds Effort to Salvage Iran Nuclear Deal

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:40:25 EDT

A disagreement between Washington and Europe over a key Trump administration concern about the Iran nuclear agreement threatens to scuttle efforts to preserve the international accord.

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.

U.K. Accuses Putin Over Poison Attack as Police Launch Probe into Exile's Death

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:29:17 EDT

Britain’s top diplomat on Friday accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering the poisoning of an ex-double agent, as police launched a murder investigation into the death of another Russian exile.

Merkel to Throw Cold Water on Macron's Plans to Overhaul European Union

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:49:40 EDT

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will push back on French President Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious plans to overhaul the European Union at a meeting in Paris on Friday.

Slovak Government Resigns Over Slain Journalist Crisis

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:43:09 EDT

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his government resigned as a way out of the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancée.

North Korean Official's Trip to Sweden Could Be Prelude to U.S. Talks

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 21:31:41 EDT

A senior North Korean government official was expected in Stockholm for talks that could be a prelude to a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

U.S. Sanctions Russia for Interference in Elections

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:59:25 EDT

The Trump administration issued for the first time sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and for cyberattacks, targeting the Kremlin’s intelligence agencies and individuals indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for their role in election interference.

The Real Drama in Russia's Election: How Many Voters Will Show Up?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:16:33 EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin has an approval rating of around 80%, according to polls, making the challenge for the Kremlin not how to assure his victory against a cast of weak opponents, but how to boost voter turnout and legitimize an uncompetitive election.

Europe's Defense Spending Continues to Miss Trump's 2% Target

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:51:25 EDT

Most of Europe’s increased military spending hasn’t kept pace with resurgent economic growth, creating new hurdles for U.S. President Donald Trump’s push that all members must spend 2% of their economic output on defense.

The Dark Underbelly of Europe's Financial System

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:34:16 EDT

The EU is vulnerable to organized crime and money-laundering, Simon Nixon writes. It has created a single market and single financial system, yet responsibility for policing that system lies squarely at the national level.

Turkish Forces Set for Assault on Key Kurdish-Held City in Syria

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 23:00:40 EST

Turkey is preparing an imminent attack on the Syrian city of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, as its forces closed in on the main goal of a weekslong offensive against the Syrian Kurdish enclave.