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Futures News - WSJ.com: What's News Europe
From today, September 19, 2018
- Italy Faces Crunch Time on Budget
Italy?s new populist government has until Sept. 27 to make a difficult decision: How to reconcile its expensive election promises with the reality of the country?s fragile finances.
- Germany's Intelligence Chief Loses Post Over Comments on Far-Right Protests
The German government is replacing a top intelligence official less than two weeks after he made comments that appeared to play down far-right violence at the margins of recent anti-immigration protests.
- Russian Pussy Riot Member Likely Poisoned, German Doctors Confirm
A member of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk group that has drawn the spotlight for its anti-Kremlin protests, was likely poisoned with an unknown substance, according to German doctors, the latest in a string of similar cases involving critics of the Kremlin.
- Russia Blames Israel for Loss of Plane Shot Down by Syria Air Defenses
Russia blamed Israel on Tuesday for the loss of a reconnaissance plane downed accidentally by Syrian forces reacting to a raid by Israeli jet fighters, but leaders of the two countries quickly worked to defuse further tensions, underscoring the desire of regional powers to prevent escalation.
- Russia, Turkey to Create Buffer Zone in Syrian Opposition Stronghold
Russia and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria?s northwestern Idlib province, a move that could help avert a fight and likely humanitarian catastrophe.
- U.K. Will Face 'Substantial Costs' From No-Deal Brexit
The IMF said an abrupt break from the European Union would cause harm to the British economy, adding that the U.K. won?t be prepared for such an outcome when it leaves next March.
- With Six Months to Brexit, EU Sees May's Plan as a Threat
EU leaders will hold their first serious discussions on Brexit since March this week as both the U.K. and the rest of the bloc aims to reduce major disruptions if a deal isn?t reached.
- Italy's Rising Nationalists Have a Money Problem
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, whose popularity has been surging, has hit his first setback: His anti-immigration League party faces possible bankruptcy from a court-ordered penalty for past corruption.
- Storied Bookstalls of Paris Fight for Survival
Bouquinistes along the River Seine seek protection as ?intangible heritage.?
- China, Vatican to Sign Agreement Over Bishops
China and the Vatican are set to sign a landmark agreement ending a long struggle between Beijing?s Communist rulers and the pope over who controls Catholicism in the world?s most populous country.
- Germany Makes Antimigrant Deal With Italy as New Coalition Crisis Brews
Germany and Italy have agreed in principle to stop illegal immigrants from traveling between the two countries, Germany?s interior minister said on Thursday, delivering on a compromise that ended a serious internal crisis in Chancellor Angela Merkel?s government earlier this year.
- ECB Lowers Growth Forecasts as It Confirms Stimulus Taper
The European Central Bank said it would press ahead with a carefully telegraphed plan to phase out easy money, signaling a cautious confidence in the eurozone economy despite recent signs of a slowdown.
- Turkey Takes Action on Strained Economy With Big Rate Rise
Turkey?s central bank sharply raised rates?defying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan?s demand to cut them?in an attempt to counter the country?s economic problems and reverse growing investor aversion to emerging-market economies.
- Russians Accused of Poisoning Ex-Spy in England Claim to Be Tourists
Two Russians accused by the U.K. of poisoning a former Russian spy in England told a Kremlin-backed television station they were ordinary people whose lives had been turned upside down by the allegations.
- Russian Pussy Riot Member Is Hospitalized Amid Fears of Poisoning
A member of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk-themed group that has drawn global media interest in recent years for its public anti-Kremlin protests, was hospitalized this week, with band members suspecting he was poisoned.
- Spain's Parliament Approves Exhumation of Franco
Spain?s parliament approved a law to exhume the remains of Francisco Franco from a monumental basilica, paving the way for his disinterment as soon as later this year.
- France Acknowledges Torture During Algerian War
France has recognized the use of torture by its military during the Algerian War in an attempt by the government of President Emmanuel Macron to heal the wounds of its colonial past.
- Bank of England Holds Key Rate as It Warns on Trade Tension Threat
The Bank of England left its key interest rate unchanged, and warned of a growing threat to global economic growth from trade tensions between the U.S. and China.
- Ukraine Churchgoers Gain Ally in Challenge to Moscow
The foremost bishop in the Eastern Orthodox Church is preparing to grant Ukraine?s request to establish a self-governing church?and undermine Russia?s claim to the country?s 30 million believers.
- European Parliament Votes to Censure Hungary
The lawmakers denounced Viktor Orban?s government as a ?systemic threat to the rule of law,? labeling Hungary an authoritarian state that encourages other nationalists.
- Pope Calls Global Meeting of Bishops to Discuss Sex Abuse
Pope Francis has called a global meeting of Catholic bishops to discuss how to prevent sex abuse, an unprecedented move and a sign that the pontiff is trying to retake the initiative on an issue that has thrown his pontificate into crisis.
- Cardinal Wuerl to Discuss His Resignation With Pope Francis
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, said he would soon travel to Rome to discuss his resignation with Pope Francis as the U.S. Catholic Church is engulfed by a growing sexual-abuse scandal.
- U.S. Eyes Military Expansion in Greece Amid Turkey Strains
The U.S. military is in talks to expand its operations in Greece, including using more air and naval bases, signaling a potential move toward the eastern Mediterranean amid tensions with Turkey, officials said.
- Bank of England's Mark Carney Extends Tenure
Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney agreed to stay on at the central bank until 2020 to help steer the economy after the U.K. exits the European Union, the second time that Brexit has prompted the Canadian to delay his departure.
- Negotiators Meet in Bid to Ease Trans-Atlantic Trade Tensions
Top trade officials from the U.S. and the European Union reached no breakthrough on laying out a trade pact that would deliver on their presidents? earlier agreement to slash tariffs and boost commerce.
- Hungary's Orban Tests EU's Ability to Enforce Rule of Law
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has built almost unchecked power at home by attacking the European Union as a club of liberal, internationalist elites. Now he is counting on some of them to protect him from censure by the bloc.
- Sweden Moves to the Right in a Vote Shaped by Immigration
Sweden became the latest European country to shift to the right on Sunday as immigration continues to reshape the continent?s political landscape.
- Fate of Russian Protesters Uncertain a Day After Mass Arrests
The fate of more than 1,000 people who were detained during nationwide antigovernment protests was still unclear Monday, a day after Russians went to the polls in regional elections.
- U.K. Charges Two Russians With Attempted Murder of Spy, Daughter
Britain charged two believed Russian military intelligence officers with the attempted murder of a former spy, an incident that prompted the largest-ever collective expulsion of Russian diplomats from the West.