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1,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean; 2 dead

Two migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea on Saturday during a rescue operation that saved more than 1,000 others who were attempting the dangerous crossing to Europe, according to a …


Trump commits to NATO mutual defense after hesitating

President Donald Trump says the United States is committed to the mutual defense of NATO members, casting aside concerns that his failure to mention the commitment last month weakened the …


Though economy surprises, Europe Central Bank to stick with stimulus program

Europe’s economy is surprising people with its strength. But don’t look for the European Central Bank to signal a withdrawal from its stimulus efforts at Thursday’s meeting.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Kaspersky files antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Europe

Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of the Russian cybersecurity firm, said Tuesday that the company had filed antitrust complaints accusing Microsoft of making it more difficult to run Kaspersky antivirus software in …


Defying Russia, Montenegro finally joins NATO

Once the Balkan stronghold of pro-Russian sentiments, tiny Montenegro is on Monday silently celebrating its entry into NATO in a historic turn that has made the Kremlin furious.


France’s President Macron emerges as one of top anti-Trump voices in Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron launched an astonishing broadside at President Donald Trump Thursday night, attacking Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.


Russia envoy says Moscow will respond to NATO buildup

Russia’s envoy to NATO warned Thursday that Moscow is concerned by the alliance’s military deployment in the Baltic States and Poland, and will respond to the buildup, as thousands of …


Eurozone inflation falls to lowest level this year

Inflation across the 19-country eurozone has fallen to its lowest level this year, official figures showed Wednesday, in a development that may temper speculation that the European Central Bank will …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 1:01 p.m.

Trump stuns NATO leaders and reverts to scolding message of his campaign

President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to crack down on leaks that prompted Manchester police to withhold information from the United States about the investigation into this week’s bombing. He also …


French president talks to Putin, faces uproar over media access

French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday – all under a growing cloud …


UK’s May promises voters immigration curbs, fairer society

Prime Minister Theresa May revealed her core election promises and political vision Thursday, saying she will slash immigration and take Britain definitively out of the EU, then build a “great …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Not just a new president, new faces for France’s parliament

A female fighter pilot, a farmer, a teacher, people out of work. They all applied for the job – and got it, among more than 19,000 people hoping to become …


German exports, imports reach record heights in March

German exports rose to a new record high in March, but were outpaced by imports to slightly narrow the trade surplus, while factory production dropped slightly, according to two reports …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Liquor laws, May 11, 1934


French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

French President-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork Monday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his …


Stark French choice: Fiery Le Pen or novice Macron

France’s presidential candidates could hardly be more different: Pro-European progressive Emmanuel Macron is facing far-right, anti-immigration Marine Le Pen in their only direct debate Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s runoff election. …


British leader accuses EU officials of election interference

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday accused European Union officials of trying to influence the U.K. elections, ratcheting up tensions with Brussels over her country’s departure from the bloc.


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 9:10 a.m.

Putin denies interfering in U.S., Europe elections

President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


May brushes off EU calls to settle Brexit divorce bill first

Britain’s prime minister has brushed off calls for her country to settle its “divorce bill” from the European Union before beginning trade talks, saying she was confident she could secure …


European Central Bank says economy is ‘increasingly solid’

The European Central Bank kept its stimulus program and interest rates unchanged Thursday even though it conceded that the economy of the 19-country eurozone is becoming stronger.


UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential runoff May 7.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 4:46 p.m.

UK leader seeks snap June 8 election to bolster Brexit hand

In a shock announcement, Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election to be held June 8 to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain’s …


Overlooked by guidebooks, Slovakia is a worthy European destination without the crowds

I always search for the road less touristed. Yet it was not without trepidation that I drove with my spouse across the Hungarian plain from Budapest into Kosice, Slovakia’s second-largest …


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

Dutch authorities carry out raids in tax evasion probe

Dutch authorities have carried out raids in multiple countries in an investigation into dozens of people suspected of tax evasion and money laundering via an unidentified Swiss bank.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 1:38 p.m.

Russia’s meddling in other nations elections is nothing new. Just ask the Europeans

Russia’s suspected interference in last year’s U.S. presidential election may have come as a surprise to some. But to many European nations, such an intrusion is nothing new.


UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

Tillerson calls NATO critical in countering Russian aggression

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said NATO is crucial to countering Russian aggression, easing allies’ concerns about President Donald Trump’s commitment to trans-Atlantic security while repeating demands for members …


Settle Brexit items, then hold fall talks on Britain’s future, EU leaders say

The European Union on Friday raised the possibility of starting general talks on Britain’s future relationship with the bloc as early as the fall if decisive progress is made on …


Merkel’s Party wins German state election, blunting projected opposition surge

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party won a state election as the main opposition party fell short of polls forecasting a surge, according to exit polls, potentially denting her Social Democrat …


Tillerson will meet with NATO counterparts, after all

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with NATO allies next week in Brussels, a move that could quell controversy over his earlier decision to skip a long-planned summit of …


Putin meets Le Pen, denies French election interference

President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting Friday with France’s far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, yet dismissed suggestions that Russia aims to influence the election in her favor.