Europe

  • Major instances of soccer hooliganism
    Racism-in-soccerop 2012-06-12 20:20:24 UTC
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Russian soccer fans clashed with police and Poland supporters in separate incidents in Warsaw on Tuesday, just hours before the two teams met in a Euro 2012 match. In what appeared to be the most violent incident, Polish...
  • Bailout for Spain's banks buys time for Europe
    Untitled 2012-06-10 04:50:59 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The plan to bail out Spain's banks with up to $125 billion in aid buys European policymakers time to try to save the euro and eases deep fears in global financial markets. The deterioration of Spain's banks and the pressing ne...
  • Putin's hard line against protests to be tested
    Cbimages 2012-06-08 19:17:37 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Helmeted riot police round up hundreds of protesters, including some whose only apparent crime is wearing white ribbons of opposition. A teacher who spoke out about election rigging is dragged into court and fined. Now a new law sign...
  • Ireland votes on Europe's deficit-fighting treaty
    C7162b4e6a29495189512214455d1702-bbd6fe1641c84bc6a4e92f05b2a2b859-0 2012-05-31 20:04:13 UTC
    DUBLIN (AP) — Saying yes could mean dooming Ireland to more long, hard years of austerity. But saying no could mean national bankruptcy next year. Ireland's debt-burdened voters confronted an existential dilemma Thursday as they decided in a re...
  • 17 dead in latest killer quake in northern Italy
    Untitled 2012-05-29 19:23:20 UTC
    MIRANDOLA, Italy (AP) — Rescue workers combing through the rubble of Italy's latest deadly quake say they have found the bodies of two workers in a collapsed factory, raising the death toll to at least 17. The rescuers in the northern town of M...
  • Spain's Bankia to ask for $24BN state aid
    Untitled 2012-05-25 21:21:52 UTC
    MADRID (AP) — The board of directors of Spain's troubled bank, Bankia, has asked the Spanish government for €19 billion ($23.8 billion) in financial support. Jose Ignacio Goirigolzarri, the bank's president, said late Friday that the bailout wo...
  • Greek party most extreme of Europe's far right
    D8a5bcc6-e1e0-4441-acdd-ec91ca3bc58a 2012-05-17 19:12:56 UTC
    Twenty-one members of Golden Dawn were sworn into Greece's Parliament on Thursday, making it arguably the most far-right party to enter a European national legislature since Nazi-era Germany. Europe's financial crisis is changing the tone across t...
  • Greece gets caretaker PM until next vote in June
    Untitled 2012-05-16 23:16:57 UTC
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A senior judge was sworn in Wednesday to head Greece's caretaker government for a month as the debt-crippled country lurches through a political crisis that threatens its membership in the 17-nation eurozone. The political...
  • Hollande names Ayrault new French prime minister
    Untitled 2012-05-15 16:37:40 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — Francois Hollande was sworn in Tuesday as France's new president — the first Socialist to lead the country since 1995 — and within hours named lawmaker Jean-Marc Ayrault as his new prime minister. Ayrault, who leads the Socialists ...
  • Greek negotiations over govt to continue
    D016c1d08fd8477294bdaaaee9f50dc2-97ea2ae8322743448e1da75b2a9bd61a-3 2012-05-14 19:32:29 UTC
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's politicians on Monday lurched towards a ninth day of talks to try and form a government that could handle the country's acute financial crisis, stave off default and ensure Greece stays in the euro. More than a we...
  • NRW vote likely to cause shakeup at national level
    0__15946589_401_00 2012-05-14 15:59:59 UTC
    Germany ( DW ) - For political scientist, Thorsten Faas, the conservative CDU's clear defeat in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) election was the biggest surprise. But, the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) also staged an impressive comeback. DW: Mr...
  • Putin's first week sees wave of challenges
    Untitled 2012-05-12 16:15:55 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin appeared to shed tears of joy the night he won back the presidency in March. After less than a week in office, he may be tempted to shed some in frustration. Since his inauguration on Monday, the man whose 2000-2008...
  • Greek president in last-ditch coalition effort
    Untitled 2012-05-12 16:12:40 UTC
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek President Karolos Papoulias called for the leaders of Greece's political parties to meet on Sunday, in a last-ditch effort to broker a deal for a coalition government and avoid another general election. Papoulias too...
  • Putin's no-show at US meeting sets a sour tone
    Untitled 2012-05-11 22:31:25 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Among Vladimir Putin's first acts now that he's back in Russia's top job was to cancel a date with President Barack Obama. Both nations insist Putin's no-show at a high-profile economic gathering tailored for his attendance is...
  • Shoe-thrower interrupts Breivik trial
    Courtroomoslodistrictcourt-large 2012-05-11 20:12:40 UTC
    OSLO, Norway (AP) — An Iraqi man whose brother was killed in Norway's worst peacetime massacre hurled a shoe at the confessed killer and urged him to "go to hell" in a rare outburst Friday that briefly interrupted the terror trial of Anders Behrin...
  • Putin pulls out of US summit, meeting with Obama
    Gilyaneh20120222100904427 2012-05-10 01:13:27 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is skipping a planned visit to the United States this month for an economic summit and a much-anticipated meeting with President Barack Obama, the White House announced Wednesday. The Russian l...
  • Europe at the crossroads: splinter or unite
    Untitled 2012-05-09 20:05:39 UTC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, a hope for peace that rose from the fires of World War II, paused Wednesday to honor its past and ponder its future — and how it can ensure it still has one in light of the anti-austerity anger expressed this we...
  • Putin to parade: Russia will stand up for policies
    Russian-soldiers-march-during-a-rehearsal-of-a-military-parade-in-moscow-in-2011 2012-05-09 07:32:12 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the annual massive military parade in Red Square that the country will stand up for its positions. Putin's short speech to some 14,000 servicemen and thousands of guests comes less than a ...
  • Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years
    Merkel__putin_share_common_ground_on_iran_nuclear_accord 2012-05-07 18:12:04 UTC
    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency. ...
  • Austerity is a dirty word in Europe but what next?
    E193f8fc-e0b4-4092-a1d6-c5a87b102cc4 2012-05-07 17:58:02 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — The day after Francois Hollande rode to power in France on a slogan of "change now" the conversation in Europe is already different: Austerity has become a dirty word. In Greece, political parties who reject the extreme belt-tighte...
  • What's at stake as 6 European nations vote
    Ohne_titel 2012-05-07 00:52:35 UTC
    Six European countries are holding elections Sunday. Here is a quick look at what's at stake: —FRANCE: Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeats incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency by capitalizing on anger over austerity measures....
  • France gets new leader, Europe new direction
    604-17rhtv.aust.55 2012-05-07 00:34:27 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — France handed the presidency Sunday to leftist Francois Hollande, a champion of government stimulus programs who says the state should protect the downtrodden — a victory that could deal a death blow to the drive for austerity that ha...
  • Markets could stumble after France, Greece votes
    Photo_1336344239287-1-0 2012-05-07 00:26:27 UTC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Financial markets will likely stumble this week after elections in Greece and France cast a pall of uncertainty over Europe's efforts to solve its debt crisis. On Sunday night, the euro plunged to $1.2988, a nearly five-month ...
  • Greece: Socialist party head calls for coalition
    Fileoxmnbd 2012-05-06 19:47:59 UTC
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's former finance minister and Socialist party leader called for a broad coalition government of pro-European parties, ruling out a two-party government with his conservative rivals after his party received a drubbing i...
  • Socialist Francois Hollande wins French presidency
    France 2012-05-07 00:42:57 UTC
    PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande has declared victory in France's presidential election, railing against austerity measures and urging national unity after a bitter campaign against Nicolas Sarkozy. The mild-mannered Hollande promised h...