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Norway Considers Pulling Its $1 Trillion Wealth Fund Out of Oil Stocks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:40:04 EST

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund said it may stop buying oil and gas stocks, a move that would deprive the energy sector of investment from a $1 trillion asset manager.

U.K. Faces Hurdles on Path to a Free-Trade Era

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:09 EST

British leaders envision a free-trade bonanza from Brexit, but they confront some thorny challenges in just keeping the global trade benefits Britain already enjoys as a European Union member.

Notorious Mob Boss Salvatore 'Toto' Riina Dies at Age 87

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:56:48 EST

Italian media say Mafia “boss of bosses” Salvatore “Toto” Riina died while serving multiple life sentences. He was 87 years old.

Catalans Fail to Live Up to Brexit Expectations

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:38:58 EST

Brexiters who hoped their own revolution in the U.K. would lead to another European domino falling saw promise in Catalonia’s independence movement after so many disappointments in European elections this year.

U.K. Reports Russian Hacking Across Industries

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:28:14 EST

Russia has launched cyberattacks against the U.K. media, telecommunications and energy sectors, the British government’s top cybersecurity official said.

EU Nations Scheme to Clinch U.K.-Based Agencies Post-Brexit

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:39:45 EST

Britain’s planned exit from the European Union is triggering a contest for the spoils that some observers say has all the decorum of a lurid pop-music extravaganza.

May's Brexit Strategy Scrutinized as U.K. Lawmakers Begin Debate

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 03:27:10 EST

British lawmakers on Tuesday began examining legislation that would start the process of splitting the U.K. from the European Union, the first of a series of parliamentary tests that will measure Prime Minister Theresa May’s authority over her country’s exit from the bloc.

German, Italian Growth Add Fuel to Eurozone Recovery

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:53:39 EST

The German and Italian economies moved up a gear in the third quarter, aided by an increase in demand for their exports, as the eurozone’s $10 trillion economy remained on course for its strongest year since 2007.

U.S. Fight Against Islamist Terror Moves to Airwaves

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:48:11 EST

The U.S. government is testing new strategies to counter Islamic State propaganda in Central Asia, a fertile recruiting ground for militant groups and birthplace of the suspect who attacked New York last month.

U.K. Inflation Rate Holds at Five-Year High

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:57:54 EST

The U.K.’s inflation rate remained unchanged at a five-year high in October but growth in raw-material prices slowed sharply, signaling that the impact of the pound’s steep depreciation last year may be starting to wane.

Polish Ruling Party Faces Backlash Over March Response

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:11:46 EST

Poland’s ruling party faced growing criticism over its response to a weekend rally organized by nationalist groups, as opposition lawmakers and others accused it of largely turning a blind eye to a rising tide of racism and xenophobia.

EU to Beef Up Efforts to Counter Fake News

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:23:49 EST

The European Union will beef up efforts to counter disinformation and fake news, officials said Monday, as Spain’s foreign minister voiced concerns about Russian interference in Catalonia’s independence bid.

EU Agrees to Boost Military Cooperation but Doubts Remain

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:31:41 EST

In a show of post-Brexit vote unity, 23 European Union countries agreed to a new defense pact aimed at improving military cooperation, after the U.S. requested Europe take more responsibility over defense.

Spain Sees Signs That Tide Is Turning in Catalonia

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:21:16 EST

Underestimating the strength of feeling that Catalonia’s push for independence would provoke among pro-Spanish Catalans and elsewhere in Spain was just one of a series of misjudgments by the region’s separatist leaders.

Polish Leaders Condemn Nationalist March

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:08:06 EST

Polish government leaders condemned two self-described radical nationalist groups seeking an ethnically and religiously pure country that organized an event attracting tens of thousands of people.

Polish Nationalist March Draws Thousands in Capital

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:16:01 EST

Tens of thousands of Poles marched across downtown Warsaw in an independence-day procession organized by a nationalist youth movement that seeks an ethnically pure Poland with fewer Jews or Muslims.

EU Pushes U.K. on Key Brexit Divorce Issues

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:47:04 EST

The U.K. has two weeks to show the European Union that sufficient progress has been made on a trio of divorce issues for talks to move onto Britain’s future relationship with the bloc, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said.

Russian Network RT to Register as Foreign Agent After U.S. Request

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:32:53 EST

The state-funded foreign television network RT said it would comply with a Justice Department request that the channel register as a foreign agent, but announced its intention to fight in court.

Brexit Turbulence Gives Rise to U.S.-U.K. Aviation Talks

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:29:08 EST

With Brexit talks between London and Brussels bogged down, Britain’s best hope for some progress preparing for life after the European Union may come from Washington.

Judge Orders Catalonia's Parliament Speaker Released on Bail

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:27:41 EST

A Spanish court ordered the speaker of Catalonia’s parliament to be released on bail while prosecutors continue to investigate separatist leaders’ bid to secede from Spain.

U.S. to Seek Russian Approval for Peacekeepers in Eastern Ukraine

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:33:31 EST

U.S. officials are preparing to test Moscow’s willingness to end the Ukraine conflict by seeking Russia’s approval for 20,000 peacekeepers in Ukraine’s embattled east, U.S. and Western officials said.

EU Officials Boost Efforts to Meet Paris Climate-Change Commitments

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:27:56 EST

European Union officials agreed to revise the bloc’s cap-and-trade system, ramping up efforts to curb carbon-dioxide emissions as part of their push to meet Paris Agreement commitments to fight climate change.

U.K. Appoints Second New Cabinet Minister in a Week

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 10:47:29 EST

Penny Mordaunt has been appointed international development secretary following the resignation of Priti Patel over a series of unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials.

Eurozone Growth Set to Accelerate as Threats Subside

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:29:16 EST

The European Union said the eurozone was on track to post its fastest growth rate in a decade as political uncertainties that threatened to cast a shadow over the bloc this year largely failed to materialize.

New Brexit Report Highlights U.K. Free-Trade Gamble

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:56:09 EST

A new report on Brexit by a British think tank is worth taking note of not just because it will be taken seriously by ministers but because it makes some important points.

U.K. Minister Resigns Over Unauthorized Israel Meetings

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 02:18:58 EST

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, embroiled in another political crisis, sought to reassert authority over her cabinet, calling a minister back from overseas over her unauthorized meetings with Israeli officials.

EU Unveils Proposal to Cut Vehicles' Carbon-Dioxide Emissions

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:11:30 EST

The European Union proposed a 30% cut in carbon-dioxide emissions from cars and vans in the decade through 2030, seeking to prod auto makers toward cleaner technologies led by electric vehicles and curb climate change.

Berlusconi's Coalition Wins Sicily Regional Election

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 17:43:55 EST

A center-right coalition headed by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won regional elections in Sicily, a ballot considered a litmus test for next year’s national elections in Italy.

Spain Presses Case for Unity Ahead of Catalan Vote

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:11:43 EST

Pro-independence forces in Catalonia and the Rajoy government have begun maneuvering ahead of regional elections in December that will determine the near-term fate of a secessionist movement that has riven Spain.

Belgian Judge Frees Ousted Catalan Leader Pending Extradition Decision

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:15:23 EST

A Belgian judge ordered the conditional release of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four former officials sought by Spain.

U.S. Probes Three Banks' Links to Mozambique Debt

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 12:55:27 EST

The Justice Department and the FBI are investigating BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse and VTB for their roles in selling about $2 billion of debt for Mozambique, opening a new phase in the global inquiry into the deals.

Sicily Vote Will Gauge Italy's Mood

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 12:19:38 EST

The island of Sicily, a microcosm of the problems that plague Italy, has a chance to set the country’s political direction in a fresh round of regional elections today, before a national vote likely in March.

Germany Struggles to Balance Terror Defense With Individual Rights

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:38:58 EST

Germany’s antiterror posture is facing a shake-up as parties locked in talks about forming the country’s next government wrangle over how to balance a strong state and individual liberties.

Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Former Catalan President

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 16:50:05 EDT

A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, the former head of Catalonia’s regional government, and four of his ex-ministers, raising the possibility of a legal battle to force them to return to Spain from Belgium.

Europe Struggles toContain Catalan Tensions

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 03:11:43 EDT

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s surprise flight to the European Union’s capital this week underlined in dramatic fashion that Europe, try as it might, cannot brush separatist tensions in the region under the carpet.

Bank of England Raises Rates Amid the Brexit Gloom

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:03:14 EDT

The U.K. economy is lagging the world, and the Bank of England says that Brexit is having a “noticeable impact” on the economic outlook. That is a gloomy place to start from for a rate increase.

Bank of England Raises Interest Rates for First Time in a Decade

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 06:03:30 EDT

The Bank of England raised its benchmark interest rate for the first time in a decade, a telegraphed move that represents the latest step by the world’s major central banks to withdraw crisis-era stimulus.

U.K. Defense Minister Resigns After Sexual-Misconduct Allegations

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:18:35 EDT

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigned from the cabinet amid sexual misconduct allegations, saying his past behavior had “fallen below” the high standards required of the armed services.

U.K.'s Internal Brexit Debate Stymied by Grim Choices

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:48:35 EDT

One of the alarming aspects of the British Brexit debate is the way that it keeps going around in circles, according to Europe File columnist Simon Nixon.

New Data Shows Russian Ads Targeted Facebook Users by Profile

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:58:25 EDT

Russian operatives targeted users on Facebook by race, political preference, religion and interests such as gun ownership, according to troves of data released by lawmakers as part of a probe into Russian manipulation on social media around the U.S. election

Catalonia's Former Leader Says He Will Respect Election Results

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 05:54:33 EDT

Carles Puigdemont, the embattled leader of Catalonia’s independence movement, said he would respect the result of regional elections called by the Spanish government, marking a possible turning point in the separatists’ drive for secession.

Germany Arrests 19-Year-Old Syrian Terror Suspect

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:40:06 EDT

German police detained a 19-year-old Syrian man suspected of planning a terror attack and seized bomb-making material at his home, underscoring the threat posed by potential Islamist terrorists in Germany.

Spain Seeks Sedition Charges for Catalan Leaders

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 08:09:22 EDT

Catalonia’s former leader was in Belgium on Monday as Spain’s state prosecutor said it was seeking charges against him and other former Catalan separatist leaders for sedition, rebellion and misappropriation of public funds.

As Catalonia Braces for Spain's Direct Rule, Some Accept It

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 10:32:35 EDT

Pro-union Catalans are anxious to move beyond Spain’s deepest political crisis in decades and see potential solutions in upcoming elections and the possibility of a constitutional amendment to allow a legal referendum on independence.

Eurozone Businesses, Consumers Undeterred by Political Uncertainty

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:15:04 EDT

Businesses and households in the 19 countries that use the euro are more upbeat about their prospects than they have been for almost 17 years, a sign that the currency area’s economic recovery is set to continue at a robust pace despite renewed threats to its political stability.

Italy Faces Challenge of Living Without ECB Alchemy

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:47:06 EDT

As the European Central Bank unwinds the stimulus program known as quantitative easing, Italy—which made gains from QE but hasn’t made deep structural changes—is an important test case for the long-term success of the policy.