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In Europe, Four Main Concerns About Trump

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:45:16 EST

Across the Atlantic, Mr. Trump’s arrival on the world stage has been met with widespread anxiety. The immediate economic impact has been positive for Europe. Nonetheless, European policy makers have four major concerns.

Eurozone Business Confidence Grows Despite Impending Elections

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:38:45 EST

Eurozone businesses grew more optimistic about their prospects in February, as a measure of confidence among service providers rose to its highest level since before the global financial crisis.

One Dead, Two Injured After Man Drives Into Group in Germany

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:27:26 EST

A 73-year German citizen has died in a hospital in Heidelberg, Germany, a few hours after he was injured when a man drove into a group of people in that city on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

China Becomes Germany's Leading Trading Partner

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:30:33 EST

China upstaged the U.S. and France to become Germany’s leading trading partner for the first time last year, highlighting the broad footprint of Germany’s export-oriented economy—a feature that has helped it weather external shocks in the past.

French Presidential Hopeful Sets Economic Agenda

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:51:34 EST

In an interview with a French daily, Emmanuel Macron urged tax cuts, reductions in public spending and employment training programs, mixing policies associated with both the French right and left.

U.K. Opposition Leader Under Pressure After Election Defeat

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:29:16 EST

The leader of the U.K.’s main opposition party was under fire after his party lost a parliamentary seat it has held for more than 80 years to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives.

U.K. Conservative Party Wins Local Election Dealing Blow to Labour

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:27:54 EST

Trudy Harrison won a seat that the center-left Labour Party had held for decades, giving Prime Minister Theresa May a boost before she formally starts the U.K.’s negotiations on leaving the European Union.

Citizens' Rights Questions Loom Over Brexit

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:40:19 EST

The post-Brexit future of millions of continental and British expatriates has become a point of contention as the U.K. and the European Union gear up for divorce talks, Laurence Norman and Valentina Pop write.

WTO Confirms Russian Ban on EU Pig Products Breaches Rules

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:16:57 EST

The World Trade Organization has ruled that a Russian government import ban in 2014 on European Union pigs, pork and other pig products breaches international trade regulations, the EU said.

Mnuchin Comments Imply U.S. Wants IMF to Keep Hard Line on Greece

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:23:52 EST

Greece’s economic crisis is principally Europe’s problem, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, offering the first hints on how the Trump administration will treat one of the eurozone’s most critical issues.

Eurozone Growth Bucks Political Unease

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:38:30 EST

There is a strange disconnect in Europe at the moment, Simon Nixon writes, with the eurozone economy growing at its fastest rate in more than six years as Europe’s political class is in deep malaise.

Ukraine's Ex-President Pushes Peace Proposal

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:57:48 EST

Ukraine’s former president, living in self-imposed exile in Russia, has sent President Donald Trump a peace plan on ending the conflict in Ukraine, in the newest freelance effort by a Ukrainian politician to reach out to the White House.

Macron's Campaign Gets Boost as Centrist Leader Declines to Run

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:43:43 EST

Emmanuel Macron’s campaign for president of France received a boost after the leader of a centrist political party said he wouldn’t run in the election.

Ireland's Kenny to Reveal Plans for End of Tenure as Prime Minister

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:08:44 EST

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Wednesday said he would lay out his plans for stepping down as leader of his party and the country when he returns from a traditional St. Patrick’s Day visit to Washington next month.

Election to Test Depth of U.K. Labour Party's Decline

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:48:40 EST

Labour’s struggle to hold on to working-class voters in postindustrial areas illustrates how dramatically the political landscape has shifted in the wake of Britain’s vote last year to leave the EU.

Eurozone Finally Finds Itself Free of Deflation

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:08:15 EST

For the first time in almost four years, none of the eurozone’s 19 members was in deflation during January, an encouragement to the ECB in its long struggle to lift inflation to its target and keep it there.

After U.S. Tilt Toward Russia, U.N. Disagreement Is Sharp

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:36:41 EST

At a Security Council meeting, Western diplomats called Russia the biggest destabilizing force in Europe because of its incursion into Ukraine while some Central European countries contended the only solution for Europe’s concerns involved closer ties between U.S. and Russia.

Le Pen Refuses to Wear Headscarf During Lebanon Visit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:45:28 EST

Marine Le Pen, presidential candidate for France’s far-right National Front, seized on a trip to Lebanon to showcase her hard line on Islamic custom, refusing to wear a headscarf before a meeting with a Muslim leader.

EU's Juncker Verbally Slaps U.K. Over Brexit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:59:11 EST

The European Commission president said Britain would face a “very steep” bill and years of negotiations to establish a new working relationship with the bloc.

Trump Lashes Out at Sweden Over Immigration

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:25:07 EST

President Donald Trump criticized Sweden’s immigration policies after walking back his suggestion at the weekend that a major incident had recently occurred there.

French Police Search Marine Le Pen's Office in EU Funds Probe

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:44:53 EST

French police searched the offices of National Front leader Marine Le Pen on suspicion the presidential candidate and other members of her far-right party misused European Union funds.

Greece's Creditors Agree to Small Step in Bailout Negotiations

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:47:45 EST

International creditors, eurozone finance ministers and the Greek government on Monday agreed to send technical teams back to Athens, a small step forward in the negotiations on the country’s next bailout tranche.

Eurozone Consumer Confidence Weakens Amid Political Uncertainty

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:36:14 EST

Eurozone consumer confidence weakened in February for the first time since August, a sign that rising political uncertainty may be taking its toll on the economy.

Romanian Crisis Tests European Values

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:03:52 EST

Bucharest rejects any suggestion that its recent efforts to reform the penal code were a breach of European values. However, few inside or outside Romania are buying that, writes Simon Nixon.

Pence Pledges EU Support on Ukraine, Terror, Economy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:30:15 EST

Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. commitment to the European Union was “steadfast and enduring,” seeking to reassure anxious European leaders. Mr. Pence pledged stepped-up cooperation on terror, the economy and said the U.S. would continue to hold Russia accountable for its actions in Ukraine.

Italy's Ruling Party Faces Quandary as Renzi Steps Down

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:04:07 EST

Italy’s governing center-left Democratic Party was locked in a fierce battle over the best way to pull the country’s economy out of the doldrums as former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned as the party’s leader.

Pence Looks to Reassure Ukraine, Baltics of U.S. Support

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:48:02 EST

The U.S. vice president met European leaders amid questions about the Trump administration’s Russia policy.

Trump Fallout Hits Dutch Anti-Islamic Candidate Wilders

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:03:58 EST

Geert Wilders, the far-right candidate for Dutch prime minister who has been dubbed the “Dutch Trump,” is distancing himself from comparisons to the U.S. president amid a backlash in local public opinion against the Trump administration.

May to Meet Peugeot CEO Amid Concerns Over Vauxhall

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:07:59 EST

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to meet Peugeot Chief Executive Carlos Tavares this week to discuss the French car maker’s proposal to buy General Motors’ Vauxhall unit.

Pence Backs NATO; Russia Official Touts a New World Order

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:29:53 EST

Vice President Mike Pence made one of the Trump administration’s most full-throated efforts yet to reassure nervous European partners. Later, a Russian minister spoke of a “post-West world order.”

Merkel Defends German Trade Surplus After U.S. Criticism

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:17:07 EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back against the Trump administration’s criticism of Germany’s big trade surplus, saying she could do nothing about the euro’s valuation.

Pentagon Chief Tries to Soothe a Jittery Europe

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:04:03 EST

‘When it comes to security, no one goes their own way in this world,’ Defense Secretary Jim Mattis tells a security conference in Munich.

Spain's Princess Cristina Acquitted of Tax-Fraud Charges

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:38:34 EST

Judges acquitted Spain’s Princess Cristina de Borbón of tax fraud charges in the first-ever trial of a Spanish monarch’s sibling.

U.K. Seeks to Limit Post-Brexit Trade Pain

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:40:22 EST

Britain is already putting out feelers about its future trading relations outside the EU, which has handled its global trade arrangements for more than 40 years, Stephen Fidler writes.

Merkel Stresses Importance of German-U.S. Intelligence Cooperation

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:26:56 EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the importance of close intelligence cooperation between Germany and the U.S. and said she was confident it would continue under President Donald Trump.

French Election Puts Possibility of 'Frexit' on the Agenda

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:48:33 EST

The two front-runners in France’s coming presidential election share a basic analysis of the choice facing the country. While Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron are poles apart politically, they both agree that the defining issue is France’s membership of the eurozone.

EU Approves Long-Awaited Trade Deal With Canada

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:16:53 EST

After nearly eight years of talks, CETA has passed a critical step, giving the EU a rare consensus policy victory among member states. It still must be ratified by more than 30 national and regional parliaments, however.

Greek Deal Is Within Sight, EU Official Says

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:08:49 EST

Greek bailout talks are making progress and “Grexit” is no longer a threat, but more work is needed to bridge the gap between the negotiating parties, the European Union’s economics chief said.

Tillerson in Germany for First Overseas Trip as Secretary of State

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:17:18 EST

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Bonn, Germany, for his first overseas trip as the chief U.S. diplomat, where he will introduce himself to many of his counterparts and seek to soothe anxiety about the Trump administration’s foreign policy.

French Candidate Says Russia Is Out to Torpedo His Campaign

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:32:07 EST

In the wake of alleged Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election, Emmanuel Macron–a front-runner in France’s presidential race–is accusing Moscow of doing it again.

Trump Puts NATO Allies in the Crosshairs Over Military Spending

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 05:45:46 EST

U.S. officials head to Europe seeking to put new muscle behind a long-standing demand that allies spend more on defense—including pressing Germany to add tens of billions of dollars to its military budget.

Greece Wants Concessions on Creditor Demands

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:57:46 EST

Greece is balking at creditors’ latest austerity proposal, effectively ending hopes of a deal this month to break the deadlock over the country’s troubled bailout.

Paris Riots Fuel French Presidential Campaign Rhetoric

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 03:24:46 EST

A week of social unrest at the edges of France’s capital has begun to resonate on the campaign trail as Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front seized on the violence to rail against the country’s ruling class.

Steinmeier Is Elected as Germany's President

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 10:38:30 EST

Former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected president, taking on the prestigious but largely ceremonial position months before rival Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a big election test.

Corruption Crusader Stirs Romania

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:58:26 EST

A Romanian prosecutor and her team’s anticorruption investigations have drawn fierce resistance from the government, sparking the nation’s biggest protests since the fall of Communism.

U.K. Defense Chief, Following Prime Minister, Praises Trump Approach

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 02:23:41 EST

U.K. Defense Minister Michael Fallon said the British-American defense partnership has never been stronger and that Trump has likely galvanized the two countries’ efforts to strengthen NATO and to push allies to contribute more to mutual defense.

Swiss Corporate Tax Overhaul Faces Big Test

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 04:00:19 EST

Switzerland is struggling to preserve a cornerstone of its ultracompetitive economy: low corporate taxes. On Sunday, it will hold a referendum on a plan to eliminate sweetheart deals that cantons strike with companies.

Greek Bailout Negotiations Stall

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:36:56 EST

Talks between Greece’s international creditors and the country’s finance minister on Friday failed to bring a breakthrough in ongoing bailout negotiations ahead of a series of elections in the eurozone’s core countries.

French Debt Jitters Show a Disconnect

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:13:36 EST

French government bonds markets are selling off on worries that a possible Marine Le Pen win in national elections could lead France to pull out of the euro, but investors in other markets seem less concerned.

Trump Moves Toward Backing NATO Candidate Over Russian Objections

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:17:01 EST

The Trump administration is leaning toward supporting Montenegro’s bid to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to senior U.S. officials, a decision that could both bolster the Western alliance and antagonize Russia.

Erdogan Sets Showdown on Executive Powers

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:11:43 EST

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a bill authorizing a referendum on changes to Turkey’s constitution that would concentrate power in his office.

Greek Bond Could Set Deadline on Country's Talks With Creditors

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 22:46:21 EST

Greece made a triumphant return to bond markets in 2014, proclaiming it had turned the corner two years after its near-exit from the euro, but now one of those bonds has come back to haunt it.

Greece's Economy Minister Confident of Reaching Deal With Creditors

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:48:13 EST

Greece’s economy minister said he is optimistic the country can resolve its deadlock with its international creditors this month over how to fulfil its bailout program, allowing Greece to bring down its borrowing costs and return to bond markets late this year.

ECB Officials Stump for the EU

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:52:25 EST

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday, the latest turn in an exceptional round of election-year politicking by top ECB officials.

Errant Russian Strike Kills Turkish Soldiers in Syria

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:38:11 EST

An errant Russian airstrike killed three Turkish soldiers fighting to capture the town of al-Bab from Islamic State, amid a complicated battle for control in northern Syria.

Merkel to Speed Deportations of Rejected Migrants

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:49:21 EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping up efforts to speed deportations of rejected asylum seekers after a terror attack in Berlin last year.

French Presidential Contender Fillon Asks Probe Be Dropped

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 13:58:19 EST

François Fillon’s lawyer on Thursday asked prosecutors to drop an investigation into allegations that he misused public funds by employing his wife as a parliamentary aide.

Germany's Global Trade Surplus Hits Record

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:46:35 EST

Germany’s exports exceeded its imports by the widest yearly margin on record last year, a sign of the strength of Europe’s biggest economy that could inflame tensions between Washington and Berlin.

Greek Government Divided Over Deadlock in Creditor Talks

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 02:57:33 EST

The wrangling comes amid mounting doubts in financial markets that Greece can fulfill the tough terms of its latest bailout plan.

Greece's Never-Ending Fiscal Drama Bubbles Back Up

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:34:17 EST

Simon Nixon explains why the country is back in the headlines, with its future in the eurozone again called into question amid yet another standoff with its creditors.

British Parliament Gives Brexit Go-Ahead

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:01:02 EST

The U.K. Parliament’s lower house overwhelmingly gave Prime Minister Theresa May a green light to begin the country’s formal withdrawal from the EU, leaving her government on course to begin Brexit by the end of March.

Boris Johnson Renounced U.S. Citizenship in 2016

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 02:22:22 EST

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has given up his U.S. citizenship, according to the Treasury Department, one of a record number of people to do so last year.

Top Ukraine Rebel Commander Killed in Blast

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:32:14 EST

Mikhail Tolstykh, more widely known by his nickname Givi, died in a blast near the city of Donetsk in what separatist rebel media called a “terrorist act.”

Candidate for German Chancellor Finds a Rallying Cry: Trump

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:37:27 EST

Martin Schulz, a Social Democrat, says the U.S. president’s attacks on Europe are an attack on Germany. In a time of Trumpism, he says, it is time for ‘value-based cooperation’ among the democracies of Europe.

Russian Opposition Activist Navalny Found Guilty in Retrial

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:03:31 EST

The European Court of Human Rights had previously denounced his treatment, which he blames on his anticorruption efforts. The Kremlin wouldn’t comment.

Concerns Loom Over a U.S. Pact to Protect Privacy of Europeans

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 21:43:16 EST

The ability of companies to transfer everything from payroll files to social media posts to the U.S. from Europe could be in jeopardy, tech executives and European officials worry, should the Trump administration consider removing existing privacy protections for Europeans.

IMF Revives Greek Euro-Exit Warning Amid Bailout Deadlock

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 09:37:24 EST

The International Monetary Fund sent the clearest sign yet the emergency lender isn’t likely to bail out Greece again without Athens and its European creditors agreeing to deeper economic overhauls and substantial debt relief.

Nicolas Sarkozy to Stand Trial Over Campaign Financing

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:44:18 EST

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly breaking campaign financing rules in his failed bid for reelection in 2012, a judicial official said.

Greece's Response to Its Resurgent Debt Crisis: Prosecute the Statistician

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:39:32 EST

Andreas Georgiou became Athens’s statistics chief in 2010 to fix a data debacle and bring the country into line with EU standards. Now he faces accusations, and repeated prosecutions, that he manipulated deficit figures to help put Greece under the austerity imposed by the EU and IMF.

Facebook and Google Step Up Efforts to Combat Fake News

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:25:03 EST

With European countries heading into pivotal election campaigns in coming months, Facebook and Google are rolling out initiatives and tools aimed at slowing the spread of online misinformation by flagging false or hoax news articles for readers.

French Presidential Candidate Fillon Apologizes for Employing Wife

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:21:33 EST

The clear front-runner before the scandal, the conservative said his wife performed “modest” tasks. However, he said reimbursing the state was “out of the question.”