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Futures News - WSJ.com: What's News Europe
From today, March 19, 2018
- EU Agrees on Brexit Transition Terms; Ireland Issue Remains
EU and British negotiators agreed on the terms of the U.K.?s 21-month transition after it leaves the bloc next March, but left unresolved a thorny issue?the future of Ireland?that could derail the entire Brexit deal.
- Putin's Victory Magnifies Deep Divide in Russia's Political Landscape
Russian President Vladimir Putin?s victory ináSunday?sápresidential election has left deep divisions in an opposition movement that had been buoyed in recent months by countrywide protests, but that failed to translate its momentum into a broad political movement.
- U.K. Has 'Evidence' Russia Is Secretly Developing Nerve Agents
The U.K. government said Sunday it has evidence that Russia has spent the last decade secretly developing nerve agents to use in assassinations, in what it said was a violation of international treaties banning chemical weapons.
- Russian Ex-Spy Affair Poses Test of EU Resolve
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants the U.K. to maintain a close security relationship with the EU post-Brexit. What the EU does now, following the poisoning in England of a former Russian spy, shapes up as a test of her desire.
- Russia to Expel 23 U.K. Diplomats as Spy Row Intensifies
Russia fired back after a similar move by the U.K. government, which blames Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-double agent and his daughter in southern England.
- Better Off Than Their Parents: Why Russia's Youth Are Backing Putin
Vladimir Putin runs for re-election Sunday on a record of improving Russia?s living standards and global swagger while limiting political freedoms. Most first-time voters, who have known no other leader, can accept that trade-off.
- Puzzle in Hit on Russian Spy: How Did Attackers Get the Nerve Agent?
The U.K. says a substance known as Novichok put Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter into comas, and a central question is how attackers got hold of the nerve agent, once one of the Soviet Union?s most secretive projects.
- As Eurozone Economy Roars, Inflation Lags
The eurozone?s annual rate of inflation was even lower than previously estimated in February, as wages continued to grow modestly despite strong economic growth and a steady fall in unemployment.
- U.K. Accuses Putin Over Poison Attack as Police Launch Probe into Exile's Death
Britain?s top diplomat on Friday accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering the poisoning of an ex-double agent, as police launched a murder investigation into the death of another Russian exile.
- Merkel to Throw Cold Water on Macron's Plans to Overhaul European Union
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will push back on French President Emmanuel Macron?s ambitious plans to overhaul the European Union at a meeting in Paris on Friday.
- Slovak Government Resigns Over Slain Journalist Crisis
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his government resigned as a way out of the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancÚe.
- North Korean Official's Trip to Sweden Could Be Prelude to U.S. Talks
A senior North Korean government official was expected in Stockholm for talks that could be a prelude to a planned summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
- U.S. Sanctions Russia for Interference in Elections
The Trump administration issued for the first time sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and for cyberattacks, targeting the Kremlin?s intelligence agencies and individuals indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for their role in election interference.
- The Real Drama in Russia's Election: How Many Voters Will Show Up?
Russian President Vladimir Putin has an approval rating of around 80%, according to polls, making the challenge for the Kremlin not how to assure his victory against a cast of weak opponents, but how to boost voter turnout and legitimize an uncompetitive election.
- Europe's Defense Spending Continues to Miss Trump's 2% Target
Most of Europe?s increased military spending hasn?t kept pace with resurgent economic growth, creating new hurdles for U.S. President Donald Trump?s push that all members must spend 2% of their economic output on defense.
- The Dark Underbelly of Europe's Financial System
The EU is vulnerable to organized crime and money-laundering, Simon Nixon writes. It has created a single market and single financial system, yet responsibility for policing that system lies squarely at the national level.
- Slovakian Prime Minister Offers to Resign
Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico offered to resign in the wake of the Central European country?s biggest protests since the fall of communism.
- U.K. Expels 23 Russian Diplomats Over Spy Poisoning
Prime Minister Theresa May said the U.K. is kicking out 23 Russian diplomats, describing Moscow as showing complete disdain for the gravity of the use of a nerve agent on British soil.
- Russia Shrugs Off U.K. Deadline Over Spy Poisoning
Moscow appeared defiant as it faced a looming British deadline to explain the nerve-agent poisoning of a former spy, demanding London provide a sample of the substance used in the attack.
- Pope Benedict Protects Pope Francis' Right Flank
Retired Pope Benedict played down differences with his successor, Pope Francis, as a matter of ?foolish prejudice,? and insisted on an ?interior continuity? between them, in comments published on the eve of Francis? five-year anniversary as pontiff.
- Italy's 5 Star Movement Has Mixed Record Governing Rome
Since the antiestablishment 5 Star Movement swept to power in Rome nearly two years ago, uncollected trash, chaotic public transport, leaky water pipes and huge debt have compounded its reputation as a movement more suited to protest than to governing.
- U.K.'s May: Moscow 'Highly Likely' Behind Skripal Poisoning
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that it was highly likely Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter, adding the government has summoned the ambassador and demanded an explanation by the end of Tuesday.
- U.K. Bars Entry to Two Far-Right Activists
The U.K. government refused entry to and deported far-right activists Brittany Pettibone and Martin Sellner, saying it can do so if a person?s presence in the U.K. ?is not conducive to the public good.?
- The Quiet English Life of Sergei Skripal, Poisoned Former Russian Spy
Sergei Skripal, poisoned last week with his daughter, was a former Russian agent, but residents of Salisbury, England, saw him as thoroughly ordinary.
- Italian Election Dims Hopes of Eurozone Reform
Italy?s election last week filled more than half of its parliament with representatives of antiestablishment, euroskeptic parties, almost certainly dashing any realistic prospect of eurozone leaders agreeing in June to a package of far-reaching changes, Simon Nixon writes.
- U.S. Trading Partners Seek Guidance on Tariffs
American and European officials are planning new talks this week as U.S. allies seek ways to avoid steel and aluminum tariffs and China signaled it is poised to retaliate.
- Marine Le Pen Urges Makeover as National Front Support Shrivels
After months of soul-searching over the National Front?s decline, Marine Le Pen has proposed a solution: identity politics packaged in a new inclusive brand.
- U.S. Allies Jockey for Tariff Exemptions
President Trump?s declaration that he would soon impose tariffs on steel and aluminum prompted a swift response from allies: calls to be exempted from the duties.
- Is Putin Turning Into Brezhnev?
Like his Soviet predecessor, Putin presides over a stagnant economy and has no clear successor. His eventual exit could bring chaos.
- Turkish Forces Set for Assault on Key Kurdish-Held City in Syria
Turkey is preparing an imminent attack on the Syrian city of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, as its forces closed in on the main goal of a weekslong offensive against the Syrian Kurdish enclave.