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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.


Scottish Parliament to vote on calls for a second independence referendum

The Scottish Parliament will vote Wednesday evening on whether to back calls for a second independence referendum, potentially setting the stage for a clash between the British prime minister and …


European Union warns of ‘serious consequences’ if no Brexit deal

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator warned Wednesday that there will be “serious consequences for everyone” if the two sides fail to clinch a deal within two years.


More than 6,000 migrants rescued in Mediterranean amid surge on dangerous sea route

More than 6,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea in recent days attempting to make the dangerous crossing from North Africa to Europe, an official said Tuesday.


Macron, Le Pen clash in first French election TV debate

The two front-runners for the French presidency clashed spectacularly in the campaign’s first televised debate between leading candidates Monday night.


Germany’s Merkel renews demand that Turkey drop Nazi swipes

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her demand that Turkey cease drawing Nazi comparisons with Germany and its allies applies “without ifs or buts,” and pointed to a government threat last …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

Turkey threatens to end migrant deal with EU amid spat

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Thursday to scrap a deal with the European Union to readmit migrants who have crossed illegally into Europe, amid a standoff with European …


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

Dutch PM Rutte claims win over ‘wrong kind of populism’

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday claimed a dominating parliamentary election victory over anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, who failed the year’s first litmus test for …


Rutte vs. Wilders puts Wednesday’s Dutch elections in stark light

Amid unprecedented international attention, the Dutch go to the polls Wednesday in a parliamentary election that is seen as a bellwether for the future of populism in a year of …