France's Macron is determined to implement deep institutional reforms
2017-07-03 17:55:03 UTC
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he would go directly to voters via referendum if parliament does not vote major institutional reforms quickly enough.
In a much-touted policy speech to both houses of parliament which was ...
Germany: U.S. No Longer a 'Friend' in Merkel's Agenda
2017-07-03 16:06:40 UTC
BERLIN — In their campaign program for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have dropped the term "friend" in describing the relationship with the United States.
Four years ago, the joint program of her Christian Democr...
BREXIT: EU demands up to $114 billion before talks on trading
2017-07-02 20:21:37 UTC
LONDON — UK Brexit minister David Davis said two months ago that Britain will not pay 100 billion euros ($114 billion) to leave the European Union after it was reported that the EU was preparing to demand that amount.
But the EU wants to agree ...
World Leaders Gathering at European Memorial Ceremony
2017-07-01 22:17:46 UTC
SPEYER, GERMANY — Leaders from the United States, Russia and across Europe paid tribute on Saturday to former German chancellor Helmut Kohl as the architect of German reunification and a driving force for European integration.
Kohl, who died on...
Germany distancing itself from the US and the UK
2017-06-29 17:38:22 UTC
BERLIN — Germany is distancing itself from the US and the UK and toward France. Chancellor Angela Merkel made that abundantly clear in a major speech to parliament about the EU's future and next week's G20 summit in Hamburg.
Germany and France ...
Trump heading to the right-wing nationalistic-ruled Poland
2017-06-29 05:51:15 UTC
WARSAW — A trip to Poland by the U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump next week may feel like a diplomatic coup for Poland's new right-wing government, but western European nations are uneasy it will encourage Warsaw's defiance toward...
Massive hack attack: "It's like WannaCry all over again"
2017-06-27 17:39:04 UTC
MOSCOW/KIEV — A ransomware attack hit computers across the world on Tuesday, taking out servers at Russia's biggest oil company, disrupting operations at Ukrainian banks, and shutting down computers at multinational shipping and advertising firms....
EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record $2.7 billion fine
2017-06-27 16:50:51 UTC
BRUSSELS — EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones.
Germany: Trump, Putin and Erdogan behaved like "autocratic rulers"
2017-06-24 08:34:19 UTC
BERLIN — The European Union must become stronger in response to a weakening of democracy in the United States, Russia and Turkey, the leader of Germany's centre-left Social Democrats said in remarks published on Saturday.
Martin Schulz, who is ...
The world is looking at Germany: Leadership is about freedom
2017-06-23 18:12:51 UTC
What does the word "German" mean to people? It's a popular debate topic in the country. Now Chancellor Angela Merkel has put forth her own answer. It's a typical Merkel-style response, says Ines Pohl.
Expectations are weighing more heavily...
Any association with Trump is a kiss of death
2017-06-20 07:04:11 UTC
In Europe, any association with Trump is a kiss of death. As far as Europe’s far right is concerned, Trump is a loser.
He is the nemesis of an intensifying European far right movement that has suddenly turned sour. Like the Black Plague of mid...
Macron wins strong parliamentary majority
2017-06-19 05:05:50 UTC
PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron won a commanding majority in France's parliamentary election on Sunday, sweeping aside traditional parties and securing a powerful mandate for pro-business reforms.
The result, based on official figures and pol...
French parliamentary elections: Macron expected to win big
2017-06-18 06:18:22 UTC
Voters in mainland France are casting their ballots on Sunday for the 577-member National Assembly, in the second and final bout in France's legislative election.
Pollsters predict that Macron's 15-month-old centrist La Republique en Marche (Th...
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, "a great European," dies at 87
2017-06-17 07:13:46 UTC
BERLIN — Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, the architect of Germany's 1990 reunification and mentor to Angela Merkel, has died at age 87, his Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) said on Friday.
The mass-selling newspaper Bild reported that Kohl...
Merkel's Plan is a Miracle for Africa
2017-06-14 05:08:30 UTC
Alpha Conde, head of the African Union and Guinean president, nudged German Chancellor Angela Merkel conspiratorially: yet another of his African counterparts had just described the so-called "Marshall Plan" for Africa, laid out by German Developm...
France's Macron Crashing Parliamentary Majority
2017-06-13 05:15:13 UTC
PARIS — "France is back," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on French TV. "Next Sunday, the National Assembly will embody the new face of our republic."
French President Emmanuel Macron's party and its allies have won the biggest share of th...
Macron to US Scientists: Move to France with Your Families
2017-06-13 05:13:57 UTC
If you are an American scientist, student, teacher, or business person working on climate change solutions, France would love for you to stay awhile.
Following President Trump's June 2 decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement — a m...
The leader of the free world, Angela Merkel
2017-06-13 05:13:43 UTC
Angela Merkel is increasingly referred to as the 'leader of the free world.' Yet it is a title she herself does not want. She is not defined by her aspirations, but rather by her pragmatism, says Kay-Alexander Scholz.
The best remedy for populi...
So much for strong and stable
2017-06-09 16:26:07 UTC
LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would form a government backed by a small Northern Irish party after her Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election days before launching talks on Britain's EU departure.
++UK PM Theresa May Lost The Election++
2017-06-09 06:43:29 UTC
London — Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting to hold on to her job on Friday as British voters dealt her a punishing blow, denying her the stronger mandate she had sought to conduct Brexit talks and instead weakening her party's grip on power....
Paris: Man armed with hammer wounded one officer before he was shot
2017-06-06 19:04:37 UTC
Paris — A man armed with a hammer shouted "this is for Syria" before attacking police officers on Tuesday outside France's Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, the interior minister said.
The assailant wounded one officer before he was shot and wound...
Movement: U.S. States and Cities Against Washington for Paris Climate Accord
2017-06-03 17:07:22 UTC
U.S. far-right nationalist and climate change denier President Donald Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, has pulled the US out of the Paris Agreement. But climate protection will carry on - there may even be a bright side.
German capital felt the 'Bern' as Sanders excoriated Trump
2017-06-01 21:13:06 UTC
"Just follow all the young people." Those were the instructions I got when I asked for directions from the subway station to the main auditorium of the Free University of Berlin, where former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was la...
Will France and Germany lead European defense?
2017-05-31 08:50:53 UTC
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's time for Europe to take its fate into its own hands, given a Trump Administration attitude toward European defense that's too tepid for the comfort of some NATO governments.
Countries that are underspe...
Germany no longer sees the U.S. as a leading power
2017-05-30 05:48:33 UTC
BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel underlined her doubts about the reliability of the United States as an ally on Monday after surprising Washington with her frankness a day earlier.
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel unleashed a voll...