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Futures News - WSJ.com: What's News Europe
From today, December 18, 2017
- How the EU Survived the Populist Wave in 2017
This was supposed to be the year that the European Union imploded?the year when the populist revolts that engulfed the U.S. and the U.K. in 2016 would spread to the continent. Yet the EU ends the year in better shape and more united than it has been for years.
- Italian King's Remains Return to Italy Amid Controversy
The body of one of Italy?s last kings, Victor Emmanuel III, who ruled the country during the two world wars and the advent of fascism, was returned from Egypt early Sunday, greeted by a storm of controversy as some of his descendants decried the decision not to inter him in Rome?s Pantheon.
- Austrian Conservatives Cement Country's Shift to the Right
In Europe?s latest shift to the right, the expected next chancellor of Austria announced that his conservative party had cemented terms to form a government with the country?s anti-immigrant Freedom Party.
- EU Leaders Agree to Advance Brexit Talks
European leaders agreed to advance Brexit negotiations but called on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to tell them quickly what her government wants from a future trade agreement for serious talks to start in March.
- Brexit Summit Opens Day After Legislative Setback for May
European leaders are set to approve a divorce deal with the U.K. that opens the door to trade talks, but British leader Theresa May faces a new Brexit hurdle at home.
- Putin Backs Trump in Annual Press Conference
Russian President Vladimir Putin in a nationally televised press conference praised President Donald Trump?s performance, saying Washington was consumed by ?spy mania.?
- Five Things to Know After Europe's Central Banks Thursday
Four of Europe?s central banks announced policy decisions, the day following a fifth rate rise by the U.S. Federal Reserve, with promises of more to come in 2018.
- As Fed Tightens, Europe Hangs Loose
Central banks in Europe showed continued caution about the region?s economic recovery, signaling that they are in no rush to follow the Federal Reserve in steadily raising interest rates.
- Five Questions for the European Central Bank's Policy Meeting
Investors will be looking for clues on when the ECB might phase out its bond-buying program and follow the Federal Reserve on the path toward higher interest rates.
- British Lawmakers Give Parliament More Say on Any Brexit Agreement
Prime Minister Theresa May lost a crucial vote in Parliament when rebel lawmakers from her party joined the opposition in approving a measure that gives the legislature greater control over the Brexit terms.
- From German Faucets to Italian Chocolate, Trade Barriers Are Rising Again in Europe
The rise of economic nationalism is clashing with the open-market ideals of the EU?s original founders. Member states, including France and some in the east, are introducing new rules to favor domestic production and labor.
- Beefed-Up Eurozone Meets Waning Interest in Capitals
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker?s proposals to create a eurozone budget and finance ministry have less political appeal amid a robust economy, Simon Nixon writes, particularly since many policy failures and structural problems have already been addressed.
- Western Criticism Bolsters Putin at Home
For Russian President Vladimir Putin, being cast in the West as a global supervillain is proving a boon for his image at home as he prepares for his annual press conference on Thursday and presidential elections in March.
- EU Prepares to Discuss a Long-Delayed Trade Deal With Britain
Following a Brexit divorce accord, European leaders may finally authorize negotiations at a summit this week on the outlines of a future trade deal with Britain.
- NATO Extends Chief's Term
The alliance added two years to the term of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, paving the way for him to become the longest serving chief since the Cold War.
- Unemployment Back to Precrisis Level in Rich Countries
The rate of unemployment across the world?s developed economies finally returned to its pre-crisis level in October, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- Theresa May's Brexit Triumph May Prove Short-Lived
The British prime minister struck a landmark deal to conclude the first phase of Brexit talks, but the question of how to avoid a hard Irish border may need to be further clarified before an agreement with the EU on a full divorce deal.
- Three Arrested in Attack on Swedish Synagogue
Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Göteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days.
- U.K., EU Reach an Agreement on Brexit Divorce Terms
The U.K. and the European Union reached an agreement Friday on Brexit divorce terms after six months of tense talks, opening the way for negotiations to advance on a trade deal.
- EU Officials Warn of Risk to Global Trade
European Union officials said the U.S. is threatening to cripple global commerce by undermining the World Trade Organization, ahead of a gathering of officials from 164 countries on Sunday in Buenos Aires.
- Brexit Breakthrough Leaves Thorniest Problems for Later
The U.K. is hailing a Brexit breakthrough. It is more a small step toward confronting even bigger political, financial and economic issues.