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Futures News - WSJ.com: What's News Europe
From today, November 17, 2018
- Brexit Deal in Jeopardy as Senior Ministers Resign
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was fighting to save her deal just hours after it was sealed, as six government ministers quit and she vowed ?to see this through.? The pound fell sharply.
- U.K.'s May Gets Cabinet's Go-Ahead on Brexit Deal
British Prime Minister Theresa May secured cabinet approval for her Brexit deal, clearing an important hurdle but setting the stage for a battle in Parliament that could shake her government and unravel the pact with the EU.
- May Seeks Backing for Draft Brexit Deal From Doubtful Allies
Negotiators for Britain and the European Union hammered out a draft Brexit deal, setting up a critical endgame in which Prime Minister Theresa May must now try to sell the plan to her skeptical ministers and Parliament.
- Global Economy Shows Strain as U.S. Steams Ahead
Signs of a global slowdown are mounting, indicating a deceleration in China and trade tensions are beginning to take a toll on much of the rest of the world.
- Italy Snubs EU on Budget Plans
The populist Italian government says proposed fiscal measures are needed to finance costly policies it promised its voters.
- Brexit Negotiators Still at Odds, Leaving All Options Open
With fewer than 20 weeks until Britain?s planned departure from the EU, it isn?t clear whether any deal Prime Minister Theresa May negotiates with the bloc would secure the support of her own cabinet, let alone the U.K. Parliament.
- Vatican Bars U.S. Bishops' Action on Sex Abuse
The Vatican barred Roman Catholic bishops in the U.S. from taking action to confront sex abuse, frustrating church leaders from across the country gathered in Baltimore for their annual meeting aimed at addressing the crisis.
- Trump, Macron Seek to Ease Tensions Over Security
President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron sought to thaw recent tensions over the future of transatlantic security ties, agreeing that Europe needs to share more of the burden for defending the continent.
- Far-Right Groups Join Massive March Marking Polish Independence
Far-right movements from across Europe joined a massive march in Warsaw to celebrate Poland?s 100th anniversary of independence, in what has become an annual gathering point for Europe?s political fringe.
- Britain Struggles With Rise in Knife Attacks
Knife crimes are rising in Britain and knives have become the weapon of choice for London gang members, leaving the U.K. struggling with a crime trend that the city?s mayor says will take a generation to solve.
- U.K. Economy Picked Up Pace in Third Quarter
The U.K.?s economy expanded in the third quarter at its fastest pace in almost two years, making it one of only a handful of countries in Europe to avoid the broad slowdown across the continent.
- Trump Visits Paris After Turbulent Week
President Trump called comments by Emmanuel Macron ?very insulting? as he landed in Paris for a meeting with the French president.
- Europe's Center-Right Parties Face Threats on Continental Stage
Battles that have riven national politics across the EU are hitting the continental stage as campaigning for the bloc?s legislature threatens the center-right?s commanding position.
- The U.K. Has a Citizenship Test and It's Dreadfully Hard (Quick: What's the Statute of Rhuddlan?)
Amid a flood of Brexit-related applications, the test is now under review; ?a nerd?s guide to the British nation?
- U.S. Hits Russians, Ukrainians With Sanctions Over Crimea
Treasury says the moves were aimed at preventing attempts by Moscow to normalize relations with the annexed region.
- In Russia, McDonald's Serves Local Fries and a Side of Realpolitik
Once an ambassador of American culture in post-Soviet Russia, McDonald?s is now navigating rising U.S.-Kremlin tensions. To stay above the fray, the chain is taking a new tack: Go Russian.
- Praise for Reviled Vichy Leader Lands France's Macron in Hot Water---Again
French President Emmanuel Macron waded into controversy by praising Philippe Pétain, who oversaw France during its Nazi occupation, as a ?great soldier? during World War I.
- Anger Over Old Terrorists Upsets New Friendship Between Greece, U .S.
The potential release from prison of a notorious Greek terrorist is drawing protests from the U.S., testing the Greek government?s newly close relations with Washington.
- ECB Nominates Italian Economist as Region's Top Banking Supervisor
The European Central Bank said it had nominated Italian economist Andrea Enria as the region?s top banking supervisor amid renewed investor scrutiny of Italian lenders.
- France's Macron Calls for Creating a 'European Army'
French President Emmanuel Macron called for the creation of a ?true European army,? issuing a sharp critique of trans-Atlantic security ties days before U.S. President Trump is due to visit France.
- Huawei, Still Big in Britain, Faces New Scrutiny
The U.K. government is reviewing the makeup of its telecommunications-equipment market?a move that executives say ratchets up scrutiny of China?s Huawei Technologies.
- In the U.K., Endless Brexit Squabbles Are Snarling Everything Else
A look at one recent week in Britain?s government illustrates how the seemingly endless debate over Brexit has dominated Parliament, putting much proposed legislation on hold.
- Trophy Infrastructure, Troublesome Debt: China Makes Inroads in Europe
Beijing is constructing parallel financial and commercial networks across Central and Eastern Europe to challenge the global order. Its offers give emerging economies a quick path to development and infrastructure?but with downsides, including debt burdens.
- Trump Will 'Probably Not' Meet With Putin in Paris
President Trump said he would ?probably not? meet with Vladimir Putin on his trip to Paris this weekend, after saying last month that he would likely meet with the Russian leader.
- Russian Jet Fighter Buzzes U.S. Surveillance Plane Over Black Sea
A Russian jet fighter buzzed an American surveillance plane over the Black Sea on Monday, in an encounter U.S. officials called dangerous and ?irresponsible.?
- Iranian President Promises to 'Break' New U.S. Sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed that his country would resist tough new U.S. sanctions on Iran?s oil and banks, as Tehran braced for a new era of political and economic isolation.
- How Angela Merkel Foiled a Backroom Coup in One Late Display of Clout
By taking herself out of the running to lead Germany?s ruling party, the chancellor dragged its succession process into the light for the first time in decades and cued up a rare public race for her crown. ?Merkel stood up and dropped the bomb.?
- New Caledonians Vote No on Frexit, Will Maintain French Connection
Voters on a French island group in the Pacific rejected the chance to create the world?s newest country in a referendum that exposed deep rifts over wealth equality.
- Many Expect Disruption After Merkel. German History Says Otherwise.
Angela Merkel?s days as German chancellor may be numbered, but many of her policies in Europe and the wider world have entrenched support in the country?s consensus-driven political system.
- Police Probe Alleged Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes by U.K. Labour Party Members
British police are investigating alleged anti-Semitic hate crimes by purported members of the main opposition Labour Party, the latest escalation of the party?s long-running struggle against accusations of anti-Jewish bias.
- Northern Ireland's Stormy Past Haunts U.K. Efforts to Leave EU
Conflicting views in Northern Ireland over the region?s ties to the U.K. complicate Brexit negotiators? efforts to avoid establishing a physical border on the island.
- Europeans Eye Sanctions on Iran Over Covert Activities
Jolted by fresh allegations of Iranian plots on their doorsteps, European governments are discussing targeted sanctions against Tehran as they strain to uphold the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
- Demise of Germany's Political Mainstream Has a Surprise Winner: a Pro-Migrant Party
In Germany, it isn?t just right-wing populists that are getting a boost from disenchantment with Chancellor Angela Merkel?s government. There is another winner: the Greens.
- Italy's Economy Struggles as Tensions With EU, Market Worries Take Toll
Italy?s political tensions with the European Union and the accompanying financial jitters are beginning to take a toll on the Italian economy, the latest data suggest.
- Pro-Business Merkel Rival Jostles to Lead German Conservatives
Friedrich Merz, a corporate lawyer and former Conservative party chieftain, said he would aim to renew the party and establish close ties with Western democracies but wouldn?t push for a radical overturn of current policies.
- A Weakened Merkel Steps Down as Party Chief, Bolstering Rivals
Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down as chairwoman of her conservative party, a move that could accelerate the end of her leadership of Europe?s most powerful country.
- Leicester City Club Owner, Four Others Died in Helicopter Crash
Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai billionaire whose investment in the English soccer club led it to the most improbable championship in Premier League history, died in a helicopter crash outside the stadium named after the duty-free retail giant that he founded.
- German Voters Deal Merkel's Coalition Another Setback
Chancellor Angela Merkel?s beleaguered government has suffered a new blow after both her party and its coalition partner suffered losses in Sunday?s election in one of Germany?s wealthiest states.
- Ireland Votes to Overturn Constitutional Ban on Blasphemy
Ireland has voted to remove a reference to blasphemy as a punishable offense from the country?s constitution, paving the way for repeal of a law that criminalizes public utterances judged offensive to religious sensibilities.
- Europe Court Rules Against Woman Who Insulted Islam
Europe?s highest human rights court ruled on Friday that disparagement of religious doctrines such as insulting the Prophet Muhammad isn?t protected by freedom of expression and can be prosecuted.
- At Istanbul Summit, Russia Seeks Role as Mediator of Syria War
Russia used a four-nation summit here on Saturday to cement its new role as a Middle East power broker and attract European funding for rebuilding Syria after its war ends.
- Russian Officials Slam Trump's Plans to Exit Nuclear Treaty
National security adviser John Bolton, a longtime critic of a landmark nuclear treaty with Russia, is expected to meet with President Vladimir Putin and other top officials in Moscow on Monday, according to U.S. and Russian officials, as tensions rise over what Washington calls the country?s violations of the pact.
- U.S., EU Trade Teams Seek Fast Results and Big Savings
U.S. and European trade negotiators are focused on aligning regulations on goods and services as they seek to cement a July trade cease-fire between President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
- Facebook Turns to U.K. Politician to Help Repair Image
Facebook has hired Britain?s former deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, as its top policy and communications executive, giving a Silicon Valley outsider the task of mending the social network?s image.
- Pope Francis' Handling of Sex-Abuse Cases Fractures a Catholic Stronghold
The pope?s keen instincts as a communicator have abandoned him at crucial moments, especially in Chile, where allegations have swept up 167 Catholic officials and 178 victims so far. Sex-abuse victims say he has dismissed coverup allegations and wavered on promised disciplinary action.
- Italian Credit Downgrade Likely to Add to Pressure on Europe's Markets
Italy?s credit was cut by Moody?s to the lowest investment-grade rating, in a move that will likely add further selling pressure on Italian bonds and raise borrowing costs for the debt-laden country.
- Macedonia's Parliament Approves Name-Change Deal With Greece
Macedonia?s parliament approved a constitutional revision bringing a decades-old dispute with neighboring Greece one step closer to a resolution that would unblock the country?s membership to NATO and the EU.