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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.


Obama urges allies to keep an open mind about Trump

President Barack Obama left Europe on Friday urging U.S. allies to keep their relationships strong – and to keep an open mind about President-elect Donald Trump.


European leaders, NATO caution Trump on warming relations with Russia

European and NATO defense officials on Tuesday cautioned President-elect Donald Trump about his warming relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that they welcomed dialogue but that the United States …


U.K. rejects report that claims it has no Brexit plan

The British government on Tuesday strongly rejected claims in a leaked report that it is divided over leaving the European Union and has no coherent plan to extricate the U.K. …


Trump victory mirrored by nativist movement sweeping Europe

The same nativism that infused Donald Trump’s campaign has a long and sometimes violent history – in Europe, as well as the United States.


Eurozone economy grows at muted rate as inflation picks up

Economic growth in the 19-country eurozone remained modest in the third quarter, official figures showed Monday, the latest sign that the single currency bloc failed to fully capitalize on a …


Belgium urged to break EU-Canada trade deadlock by Monday

Sources say that if Belgium cannot break a deadlock over the European Union’s landmark free deal with Canada by Monday night, EU leaders will consider canceling a signing ceremony scheduled …


European Mars lander’s fate unclear, signs ‘not good’

The European Space Agency lost contact with an experimental Mars probe shortly before its planned landing on the red planet Wednesday. Scientists said that wasn’t a good sign for the …


EU ratification to make Paris climate deal a reality

The European Union ratified the international Paris agreement on climate change late Tuesday, fulfilling the second and final condition for the accord to go into force later this year.


Trudy Rubin: Face dangers of Trump presidency

The Donald brags he will make America “strong again” but the policies he promotes would do exactly the opposite: emboldening our enemies, undercutting our allies and destroying America’s clout in …


What does Brexit mean? With divorce talks looming, Britain still doesn’t have a clue

“Brexit means Brexit,” Theresa May has said. But two months after May took the keys to 10 Downing Street as her predecessor sped away without glancing back, Britain is none …


European proposal to ban American lobsters to move forward

An arm of the European Union says there’s enough scientific evidence to move forward with a review of Sweden’s request to declare the American lobster an invasive species.


U.S. holiday keeps a lid on European markets

European stock markets closed a tad lower Monday following mixed economic data. Trading activity was dented by the Labor Day holiday in the U.S.


European green crab found in San Juan Island waters

A team of volunteer monitors have found an invasive green crab in the waters of Westcott Bay on San Juan Island.


Eurozone growth halves in Q2 but inflation inches up in July

Official figures show that economic growth across the 19-country eurozone halved in the second quarter of the year, a development that’s probably more likely due to the fading boost from …


Bank of England mulls rate cut to cushion Brexit blow

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is already taking its toll on the British economy, raising speculation that the Bank of England will on Thursday decide to reduce its …


IMF: Brexit fallout will shave eurozone growth in 2016, 2017

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will trim economic growth this year and next across the 19 countries that share the euro currency.


UK gov’t won’t offer guarantee to EU citizens

Britain’s immigration minister says he can’t guarantee that European Union citizens who live in the U.K. will be able to stay after the country leaves the bloc.


Britain plans to cut corporation tax to hold onto business

Britain’s Treasury chief plans to cut U.K. corporation tax to less than 15 percent to encourage companies to invest and ease business concerns about the country’s vote to leave the …


Stocks dip in Europe amid thin trading; U.S. closed for holiday

European stock markets slipped Monday, despite gains earlier in Asia, as investors awaited more clarity on Britain’s future outside the European Union and a U.S. holiday kept trading volumes thin.