Europe

  • Germany calls on UK to offer more 'concrete' Brexit plans
    Germany_calls_on_uk_to_offer_more_'concrete'_brexit_plans 2018-02-16 17:47:12 UTC
    BERLIN (Reuters) - A Brexit deal should strike a balance to ensure Britain clearly diverges from the European Union’s single market but keeps close economic ties with the bloc, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after meeting British Prime Minis...
  • German workers win right to 28-hour week and 4.3% pay rise
    German_workers_win_right_to_28-hour_week_and_4.3__pay_rise 2018-02-12 10:19:03 UTC
    Berlin — German workers have won the right to a 28-hour week in a victory towards their fight for a better work-life balance. Industrial union IG Metall, Europe’s largest trade union, has won its workers the right to work the equivalent of unde...
  • Audi, VW and Porsche Develop Joint Electric Car Platform
    To_save_costs_audi__porsche__vw_develop_joint_electric_car_platform 2018-02-10 21:32:51 UTC
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Porsche and Audi, Volkswagen’s main luxury car divisions, plan to develop a joint platform for electric vehicles that will enable them significantly cut down on costs, German newspapers quoted their chief executives as saying...
  • Schulz Drops Bid to Be Next Germany's Foreign Minister
    Martin_schulz_abruptly_drops_bid_to_be_next_germany's_foreign_minister 2018-02-09 20:06:38 UTC
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The embattled leader of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) abruptly gave up plans on Friday to become its next foreign minister, hoping to shore up support among SPD members for a new coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservatives. ...
  • Merkel reaches coalition breakthrough with Germany's main center-left party, SPD
    Merkel_reaches_coalition_breakthrough_with_center-left_party 2018-02-07 18:43:50 UTC
    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country’s main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political gr...
  • Britain's Hope For New Vote On Brexit
    Britain's_hope_for_new_vote_on_brexit 2018-02-06 21:00:28 UTC
    LONDON — Brexit opponents have begun pushing for a new referendum in the hopes that British voters will have had a change of heart about leaving the European Union. That may just be so, reports Samira Shackle from London. At the end of December...
  • Germany slams US nuclear plans, urges Europe to act
    Germany_slams_us_nuclear_plans__urges_europe_to_act 2018-02-04 20:13:53 UTC
    BERLIN — Germany's top diplomat Sigmar Gabriel joined a chorus of condemnation on Sunday after the US proposed upgrading and expanding its nuclear arsenal. Gabriel said it was now up to Europe to take the lead in pushing for worldwide nuclear d...
  • Germany's Economy Growing Fast with Surplus
    German_economy_powers_on-_in_surplus_and_growing_fast 2018-02-01 22:18:01 UTC
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government this week raised its 2018 growth forecast to 2.4 percent from 1.9 percent after bullish economic data, which could translate into added tax revenues. That would give more leeway to increase state spendin...
  • EU Pledges Additional $53 Million in Aid to Palestinians
    Eu_pledges_additional___53_million_in_aid_to_palestinians 2018-01-31 20:55:32 UTC
    The EU has promised an extra $53 million to Palestinians for state-building efforts. The aid comes after the US decision to withhold millions in funding from the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees. The European Union has pledged €42.5...
  • France's Macron Condemns Turkey's Invasion Into Syria
    France's_macron_condemns_turkey's_invasion_into_syria 2018-01-31 09:56:25 UTC
    PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron warned Turkey that its operation against Kurdish militias in northern Syria should not become an excuse to invade the country and said he wanted Ankara to coordinate its action with its allies. ...
  • British government forecast predicts UK will suffer in every Brexit scenario
    Leaked_uk_government_forecast_predicts_britain_will_suffer_in_every_brexit_scenario 2018-01-30 18:34:42 UTC
    A confidential report prepared for the British government and leaked on Monday suggests all UK industries will be hurt by leaving the European Union, Buzzfeed News reported. The findings are the latest embarrassment for British Prime Minister T...
  • Davos: Merkel says right-wing populism is a 'poison'
    Davos-_merkel_says_right-wing_populism_is_a_'poison' 2018-01-24 21:04:11 UTC
    DAVOS, Switzerland — German Chancellor Angela Merkel evoked the two world wars and questioned whether the West had learned the lessons from those conflicts. Merkel has told WEF delegates that "the right-wing populism is a poison." “We are ...
  • Dollar Slides to 3-year Low as Euro Gains
    Solid_european_economic_outlook_kept_euro_strong_against_dollar 2018-01-24 07:28:05 UTC
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The dollar slid to three-year lows against a basket of major peers on Wednesday. The euro climbed to as high as $1.2335 EUR=, its strongest level since December 2014, and was last up 0.2 percent at $1.2318. Euro zone co...
  • Trumpian Era Brings Unprecedented Trust Crisis in U.S.
    Trumpian_era_brings_unprecedented_trust_crisis_in_us 2018-01-22 07:34:32 UTC
    DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Trust in U.S. institutions, particularly the government, has plunged in President Donald Trump’s first year in office, according to a leading survey released on the eve of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The an...
  • Trade surplus in EU expanded to its highest point in 2017
    Trade_surplus_in_eu_expanded_to_its_highest_point_in_2017 2018-01-15 10:42:15 UTC
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The trade surplus in the 19 countries sharing the euro expanded in November to its highest point in eight months, as a rise in exports of goods outpaced increasing imports, despite a stronger euro, official estimates released ...
  • Merkel Returns to the World Stage for An Epic Clash with Trump
    Merkel%e2%80%99s_return_to_the_world_stage_for_epic_clash_with_trump 2018-01-15 11:09:59 UTC
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President Donald Tru...
  • Scotland Sees 'Golden' Chance to Stay in European Single Market
    Scotland_sees_'golden'_chance_to_stay_in_the_european_single_market 2018-01-14 08:31:04 UTC
    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday there was a “golden opportunity” to argue for Britain to remain in the European single market after Brexit, as no-one had yet demonstrated the benefit of loosening trade ties wit...
  • Norwegians decline Trump's offer to move to US
    Norwegians_decline_trump's_offer_to_move_to_us 2018-01-13 08:35:25 UTC
    Norwegians have been quick to decline the offer from Donald Trump to move to the US. The president had said in less than polite terms that they would be more welcome than migrants from other American or African states. Norwegians were firm but ...
  • Countries around the world celebrating start of 2018
    Countries_around_the_world_celebrating_start_of_2018 2018-01-01 00:21:15 UTC
    In the heart of Berlin, fireworks are igniting the night sky behind the Brandenburg Gate. Similar celebrations are taking place across Germany, including Cologne, Hamburg and Munich. The Chancellor of the Free World, Angela Merkel used her tele...
  • The Face of Russia's Opposition - Who Is Alexei Navalny?
    The_face_of_russia's_opposition_-_who_is_alexei_navalny_ 2017-12-28 04:53:20 UTC
    The Face of Russia's Opposition - Who Is Alexei Navalny? The lawyer-turned-political campaigner has been among the most prominent figures of Russia's opposition to President Vladimir Putin. Navalny came to prominence in 2008, when his blog e...
  • Marlene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday
    Maria_magdalene_dietrich_would_have_been_116_on_wednesday 2017-12-27 09:06:37 UTC
    Described as "a wild original", and hailed as the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema, Maria Magdalene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday. In her honor, Google is changing its logo in 24 countries to a doodle. Durin...
  • Pope Francis equates the story of Joseph and Mary to the current refugee crisis
    Pope_francis_equates_the_story_of_joseph_and_mary_to_the_current_refugee_crisis 2017-12-25 11:16:38 UTC
    Pope Francis strongly defended immigrants at his Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday. , comparing them to Mary and Joseph finding no place to stay in Bethlehem and saying faith demands that foreigners be welcomed and the respect f...
  • Trump's Ambassador to the Netherlands Got Caught Lying
    Trump's_ambassador_to_the_netherlands_got_caught_lying 2017-12-22 19:47:00 UTC
    US President Trump’s new ambassador to the Netherlands just got caught in a lie, and tried to use the phrase “fake news” to get out of it. It didn’t go well. <blockquote>Pete Hoekstra, whom Trump nominated in July and was sworn into office earl...
  • ANC to elect a new leader who is likely to become South Africa's next president
    Anc_to_elect_a_new_leader_who_is_likely_to_become_south_africa's_next_president 2017-12-18 00:06:34 UTC
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s ANC delegates started voting early on Monday to elect a leader to succeed President Jacob Zuma as head of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but has faced scandals and corruption allegations. ...
  • Brexit: Majority of Britons don't want to leave the EU
    Brexit-_majority_of_britons_don't_want_to_leave_the_eu 2017-12-17 19:26:31 UTC
    As Prime Minister Theresa May enters the second phase of Brexit negotiations, a poll commissioned by UK daily The Independent shows that more than half of Britons want to remain in the European Union. A poll conducted by the BMG Research group ...