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Ex-CIA agent freed in Europe thanks Trump administration

A former American CIA agent released from prison in Portugal hours before her planned extradition to Italy is thanking President Donald Trump for what she describes as his administration’s intervention …


In trip to Brussels, Pence tries soothing anxious leaders with pro-EU message

Vice President Mike Pence assured nervous European leaders Monday that the Trump administration is committed to “cooperation and partnership” with the European Union, in a bid to quiet fears that …


U.K.’s House of Commons passes bill authorizing Brexit

Britain’s House of Commons gave its final approval Wednesday to a bill authorizing the government to start exit talks with the European Union, despite fears by opposition lawmakers that the …


May’s winning offer to Brexit rebels: a veto on final EU deal

Prime Minister Theresa May kept her plan to trigger Brexit on track after promising lawmakers the chance to veto the final deal she strikes with the European Union. May’s administration …


Scottish Parliament votes against U.K. pulling Brexit trigger

The Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly backed a motion opposing the start of the process for the U.K. to leave the European Union in a gesture against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

U.K. lawmakers back bill to trigger EU exit talks

Britain’s House of Commons plans to vote Wednesday on a bill authorizing Prime Minister Theresa May to start exit talks with the European Union – the first major test of …


UK govt gives lawmakers only 3 days to eye bill on Brexit

The British government on Thursday introduced the long-awaited bill that will launch Britain’s exit from the 28-nation European Union, offering lawmakers a very tight timetable to consider the most influential …


May plans short Brexit bill if Supreme Court rules against her

If the U.K. Supreme Court rules against her on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May plans to rush a short bill through Parliament to trigger Brexit by her self-imposed March 31 …


European police arrest 245 for arms trafficking

Spanish police say a pan-European crackdown on illegal arms trafficking has resulted in 664 guns being seized and 245 people arrested in 11 countries.


European nationalists flaunt strength, buoyed by Trump win

European nationalist leaders came together Saturday in a show of strength at the start of a year of big election tests, celebrating Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president and declaring …


UK’s May signals EU clean break: no ‘half-in, half-out’

Britain will make a clean break from the European Union and not seek to remain “half-in, half-out,” Prime Minister Theresa May will say Tuesday, disappointing businesses and voters who want …


European leaders shocked as Trump slams NATO and E.U., raising fears of transatlantic split

European leaders said Monday that they may have to stand alone without the United States once Donald Trump enters office, raising the prospect of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations …


Trump offers Britain quick trade accord as he shuns Europe

President-elect Donald Trump said he would offer the U.K. a quick and “fair” trade deal when he meets Prime Minister Theresa May shortly after taking office, as he signaled a …


Eurozone inflation spikes to highest in over 3 years

Europe appears to have seen off the deflation bugbear that has stalked it for the past couple of years.


As populists won 2016 ballots, world’s richest made $237 billion

In a year when populist voters reshaped power and politics across Europe and the U.S., the world’s wealthiest people are ending 2016 with $237 billion more than they had at …


EU stands by 2-state solution for Palestinian-Israel peace

The European Union has joined the outgoing U.S. administration in defending the two-state solution as the best way to achieve lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.


UK leader introduces official definition of anti-Semitism

British Prime Minister Theresa May introduced an official definition for anti-Semitism on Monday in hopes of curbing attacks against Jewish people.


McDonald’s moves tax base to UK as EU attacks burger giant

McDonald’s Corp. shrugged off Brexit by announcing plans to switch its non-U.S. tax base to the U.K., ditching tiny Luxembourg where its fiscal arrangements are under attack from European Union …


European Central Bank adds half a trillion euros in stimulus

The European Central Bank will pour another half-trillion euros ($579 billion) in newly printed money into the eurozone economy to support its recovery as the currency union heads into what …


German conservatives back Merkel amid tough talk on migrants

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new term Tuesday as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx …


EU clears Microsoft’s $26 billion LinkedIn deal

European antitrust regulators on Tuesday gave their approval to Microsoft’s $26 billion deal to buy LinkedIn after the software maker agreed to concessions to keep Microsoft products open to LinkedIn …


EU’s Brexit negotiator puts time pressure on Britain

Britain may not have two years to negotiate its divorce from the European Union after all.


European Union populists: Is the genie out of the bottle?

Another crisis looms in an already shook-up European Union. Italian voters rocked Europe’s boat more this weekend than Austrian voters were able to steady it. With its shaky banks and …


Greece gets some short-term debt relief from eurozone

Greece’s creditors in the 19-country eurozone have agreed to give the cash-strapped country some short-term debt relief even though they remain to be convinced that the Greek government has delivered …


Europol announces 5 arrests in ‘unprecedented’ cybercrime op

Europol says five arrests have been made in connection with a massive operation aimed at knocking out a cybercrime group accused of inflicting hundreds of millions of euros in losses …


EU lawmakers block new challenge to Canada trade pact

The European Parliament has voted down a challenge by a group of EU lawmakers to try to have the bloc’s hard-won trade pact with Canada referred to Europe’s top court.


Newly unearthed letter shows how Trump’s grandfather begged to stay in Germany

A letter publicized this week by the German tabloid Bild reveals how Donald Trump’s grandfather Friedrich Trump begged local authorities in southern Germany to revoke an expulsion order for avoiding …


Putin says Russia planning ‘countermeasures’ to NATO expansion

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is warning his forces could target NATO sites if the country feels threatened, sharply raising the stakes against the Western alliance even as President-elect Donald Trump …


British Prime Minister May acknowledges business warning over Brexit ‘cliff edge’

Prime Minister Theresa May acknowledged calls from Britain’s main corporate lobby group to avoid a “cliff edge” in which Britain leaves the European Union before sealing a fresh trade deal, …


NATO looking forward to working with Trump administration

NATO’s general secretary said Monday he is “looking forward” to working with Donald Trump’s upcoming U.S. administration and reiterated the trans-Atlantic alliance’s dedication to increasing funds from non-U.S. members.