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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.


Boris bows out: UK in shock as Johnson avoids leadership bid

The race to become Britain’s next prime minister took a dramatic, unexpected turn Thursday as former London Mayor Boris Johnson – popular with the public and widely considered to be …


U.K. takes historic vote to leave EU

Britain entered uncharted waters Friday after the country voted to leave the European Union, according to a projection by all main U.K. broadcasters.


High court nixes European suit against R.J. Reynolds

The Supreme Court says the European Union can’t pursue a lawsuit accusing tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds of taking part in a global money-laundering scheme that sponsored cigarette-smuggling in Europe.


Trudy Rubin: Democracy threatened as populism rises

What Trumpism ignores is Ilves’ larger point: The West must recognize the value of a free and secure Europe, something that NATO countries took for granted during the past two …


Eurozone economic sentiment improves for second month

Confidence in the economy of Europe’s 19-country eurozone is up across the region for a second successive month thanks in particular to greater optimism among consumers.


EU gives go-ahead for huge beer merger

The European Union’s regulator has given the go-ahead to the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, clearing another hurdle for the combination of the world’s two biggest beer makers.


Austria narrowly rejects far-right candidate in presidential election

It was like Bernie Sanders versus Donald Trump in the heart of Europe, and the Bern won by a nose. Left-wing economics professor Alexander Van der Bellen was elected Austria’s …


Polish forest’s fate uncertain

It is the last remaining relic of an ancient forest that stretched for millennia across the lowlands of Europe and Russia, a shadowy, mossy woodland where bison and lynx roam …


Putin warns Russia will respond to NATO missile shield

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday described the development of NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense program as a threat to global security and vowed that his nation will take the necessary …


Euro countries hold first talks on Greek debt measures

European finance ministers on Monday debated for the first time measures to ease Greece’s massive debt burden amid concern the International Monetary Fund might withdraw from the bailout talks.


European court OKs crackdown on e-cigarettes, packaging

The European Union’s top court dealt a blow to the tobacco industry Wednesday by approving sweeping new rules that will require plain cigarette packs, ban menthol cigarettes and regulate the …


Weak U.S. hiring report sends stocks lower

U.S. and global stock indexes moved lower a second day Wednesday following a dismal report on job creation that gave investors concern over the state of the economy. The data …


Eurozone economy regains size of 2008 but remains shaky

It’s been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis. The 19-country currency union, which as …


Euro jobless rate drops to 10.3 percent, lowest since 2011

The unemployment rate inched down to 10.3 percent in February in the 19 countries that use the euro.


President Obama says NATO alliance remains key to collective security

President Barack Obama says NATO continues to be the cornerstone of collective defense for the U.S. and Europe.


U.S. to beef up military presence in Eastern Europe

The Pentagon plans to deploy an armored brigade combat team to Eastern Europe next February as part of the ongoing effort to rotate troops in and out of the region …


Eurozone economic confidence falls to 13-month low

Even before a potential knock to economic sentiment from the Brussels attacks, confidence across the 19-country eurozone was already on the wane.