Greek party most extreme of Europe's far right
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
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.
Hollande names Ayrault new French prime minister
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
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
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.
Putin's first week sees wave of challenges
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
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.
Putin's no-show at US meeting sets a sour tone
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Angry Greeks vote in key parliamentary election
2012-05-06 14:18:48 UTC
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks hammered by two years of deep spending cuts voted Sunday in a parliamentary election critical to the country's prospects for pulling itself out of a deep financial crisis that has roiled global markets and threatened G...
France chooses a new president during tough times
2012-05-06 14:14:30 UTC
PARIS (AP) — France voted in a presidential run-off election on Sunday that could see Socialist challenger Francois Hollande defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy by capitalizing on public anger over the government's austerity policies.
German President Gauck visit about 'sharing freedom'
2012-05-05 23:03:24 UTC
Germany/ The Netherlands (DW) - The German president's visit to Holland shows the two countries' 'common concerns and goals,' said a Dutch studies professor. He discounted protests against Germany's refusal to extradite war criminals.
Leaders fall in Europe crisis: Sarkozy next?
2012-05-05 08:57:50 UTC
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is widely expected to be kicked out of office in elections Sunday. If he goes, he'll be in good company: Almost every crisis-hit European country that has held an election since disaster struck in 2009 has thrown o...
New French accusations: Strauss-Kahn in Washington
2012-05-04 18:14:22 UTC
PARIS (AP) — French investigators are studying accusations that Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in a rape during a sex party in a Washington hotel in 2010 while he was chief of the International Monetary Fund, a judicial official sai...
French candidate goes from wishy-washy to wow
2012-05-04 05:15:34 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The last time France voted for president, Francois Hollande was a portly, smiley man likened to custard pudding who played second fiddle to Segolene Royal, his Socialist party's candidate and the mother of his four kids.
Now he's t...