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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 15, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Austrian poised to become Europe’s 1st millennial leader

Austria’s 31-year-old foreign minister declared victory for his party Sunday in a national election that set him up to become Europe’s youngest leader and puts the country on course for …


Frost, drought hit wine production hard in Europe

Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe’s grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent.


Europe’s left-wing could find spark in Iceland

Europe’s left wing parties have been suffering ignoble defeats but could soon find a spark in Iceland, a tiny outpost of 340,000 people in the north Atlantic.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

U.K. lawmakers back key Brexit bill, but fight still looms

Britain’s minister for leaving the European Union says Brexit will descend into chaos if lawmakers don’t approve a bill designed to lay the legislative groundwork for the country’s EU exit.


At democracy’s birthplace, France’s Macron dreams of EU 2.0

Standing at a Greek site where democracy was conceived, French President Emmanuel Macron called on members of the European Union to reboot the 60-year-old bloc with sweeping political reforms or …


British government facing battle to pass key Brexit bill

With 18 months until Britain is due to leave the European Union, the U.K. government warned lawmakers on Thursday that it would be “reckless” to oppose a key piece of …


ECB cuts European inflation forecasts

The European Central Bank has lowered its forecasts for inflation – to 1.2 percent next year from 1.3 percent previously and to 1.5 percent in 2019 from 1.6 percent.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

One-hundred-six-year-old Afghan woman faces deportation from Sweden

A 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe, carried by her son and grandson through mountains, deserts and forests, is facing deportation from Sweden after her asylum …


Japan unimpressed with May’s Brexit but ‘too polite’ to say so

Theresa May got a taste of Japanese restraint and formality during a tea ceremony with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What might be lost in translation is how unimpressed a key …


Europe still ‘hasn’t done homework’ on refugees, German leader says

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday she did the right thing by allowing large numbers of migrants into Germany two years ago and that Europe hasn’t done enough to develop long-term …


Britain looking to push Brexit talks with E.U. onto trade

The European Union and Britain started a third round of Brexit negotiations on Monday with EU negotiator Michel Barnier testily berating the British government for what he perceives as a …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 1:38 p.m.

Britain seeks smooth rules to resolve legal disputes after Brexit

Britain says rules governing judicial cooperation with the European Union should stay much as they are now after Brexit to prevent international business disputes and divorce battles from becoming longer …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 1:21 p.m.

Spain rescues 600 migrants in Mediterranean in 24 hours

Spain’s maritime rescue service has saved more than 600 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco in the past 24 hours, making it one of its busiest days …


UK is said to set out more detailed Brexit vision next week

The U.K. is preparing to give further details of its approach to Brexit next week when it lays out positions in at least three different areas that it wants to …


Gary Graham: World is watching rancor in America

I will return to a country that remains divided in ways that I’ve not seen since the Vietnam War era. The country I love is far better than what it …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

People from across Europe protest logging in Polish forest

Hundreds of people have gathered in an ancient forest in Poland to protest the widespread logging the government has ordered there.


Golf with Jim Meehan: Wendy Ward back for more at Solheim Cup

Still in celebration mode shortly after the U.S. team’s stunning rally to win the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany, Juli Inkster was asked if she wanted to return as captain …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 11:56 a.m.

Ongoing ‘Lucifer’ heat wave stifles large swath of Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia – No wonder it’s been dubbed “Lucifer.” A relentless heat wave that gripped parts of Europe this week has sent temperatures soaring to record highs for several days, …


Wildfires tear across French island of Corsica and Greece

Wildfires are threatening homes south of Athens and a famed hikers’ route in Corsica as high winds and unusually hot weather hits many areas of Europe.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 7:29 p.m.

Pence says future of Balkans is ‘in the West’

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the future of Europe’s Balkan nations is in the West, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the region as Russia works to assert its …


Macedonia, Bulgaria sign historic treaty, renounce rivalry

Macedonia and neighboring Bulgaria signed a landmark friendship agreement Tuesday that is designed to dampen a historic rivalry in a section of the Balkans where many countries remain at odds …


Germany’s immigrant population hits new high in 2016

The number of people in Germany with immigrant roots rose 8.5 percent last year to a record 18.6 million, powered by the influx of refugees and other migrants up to …


Italy OKs naval support to help Libya fight trafficking

Italy on Friday approved sending Italian naval ships to help the Libyan coast guard combat migrant trafficking following a request by the North African nation.


Europe horse meat scam: At least 66 people arrested

Authorities have arrested at least 66 people in a European food scam which sold horse meat unfit for human consumption.


‘Thank you, dear Donald’: Why Macron invited Trump to France

If the potential for a productive relationship between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron initially seemed a scant possibility, Trump’s whirlwind Bastille Day visit to France suggested that …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 7:37 p.m.

Where’s Rey? Despite Monopoly maker’s promise, still missing

Where is the character Rey in the “Star Wars” version of Monopoly? In a land far, far away, apparently. Eighteen months after game-maker Hasbro promised to add the female character …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe

Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.


E.U. parliament threatens veto on Brexit over citizens’ rights

The European Parliament on Monday set itself on a collision course with Britain, making a damning assessment of British proposals on EU citizens’ rights after the U.K. leaves the European …


In Poland, Trump says of Russian meddling: ‘Nobody really knows for sure’

Hours before a crucial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump stopped short Thursday of condemning Moscow for meddling in the U.S. presidential election – and refused to …


President Trump welcomed by cheering, flag-waving supporters in Warsaw

Donald Trump was welcomed Thursday by an enthusiastic crowd in Warsaw that chanted his name and waved U.S. and Polish flags when he delivered an address – just as Poland’s …