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Elections 25-04-2017

Investors cheer Macron, but worry about parliament backing

Financial investors say they trust centrist Emmanuel Macron to bring much-needed economic reform to France if he wins a presidential election runoff.

Enlargement 25-04-2017

Albania opposition blocks roads in call for PM to quit

Albania's political opposition blocked the country's main roads for more than an hour yesterday (24 April) to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, three months before a general election.

Global Europe 24-04-2017

American OSCE monitor killed in rebel east Ukraine

An American monitor with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe died after a mission patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Russian-backed separatist east, eliciting sharp words towards Moscow from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday (23 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

Greek 2016 primary surplus at surprisingly high level

Greece in 2016 registered a primary surplus of 3.9% of output, its statistics agency said today (21 April), in an important announcement for the country's reform talks with its creditors.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

New Venezuela protest clashes follow deadly unrest

New clashes erupted Thursday (20 April) between Venezuelan riot police and President Nicolas Maduro's opponents, inflaming tensions after a day of deadly unrest in the beleaguered oil-rich nation.

Global Europe 21-04-2017

Argentina puts hope in Brexit for new EU position on the Falklands

The EU could re-evaluate its position on the disputed Falkland Islands after Britain leaves the bloc, Argentina's foreign minister said yesterday (20 April).

Elections 21-04-2017

IMF warns against protectionism as Trump, Brexit loom

The International Monetary Fund renewed its warnings against protectionism yesterday (20 April) as nationalist political trends threaten trade integration on both sides of the Atlantic.

Brexit 21-04-2017

Britain must pay EU divorce bill in euros

Britain may be leaving the EU but it will still have to settle the divorce bill in euros, not pounds, according to an EU document on the upcoming negotiations.

Elections 20-04-2017

Juncker wants Poland to treat Tusk with ‘dignity’

Poland should treat EU president Donald Tusk in a dignified manner, the European Commission said today (20 April), after the former Polish premier was grilled for eight hours in Warsaw in an intelligence probe.

Freedom of thought 20-04-2017

Turkey rejects referendum challenges as activists detained

Turkey's election authority rejected opposition requests on Wednesday (19 April) to cancel a referendum that boosted President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's authority as police detained activists over street protests following the contested poll.

Elections 20-04-2017

Albania fails to elect president

The Albanian parliament failed to elect a new president yesterday (19 April) after Prime Minister Edi Rama's governing Socialists decided not to offer a candidate in the first round of voting.

Elections 20-04-2017

Europhiles see chance of revival in Brexit election

According to analysts, voters could give Europhile politicians a boost in Britain's upcoming election but the effect will be limited and the prospect of a grand alliance to soften Brexit is improbable.

Poles show support for Tusk during spy case testimony

European Council President Donald Tusk testified for eight hours in Warsaw on Wednesday (19 April) as a witness in an investigation of two former military counter-intelligence chiefs accused of overstepping their duties.

Elections 19-04-2017

British MPs approve snap election in Brexit shadow

British lawmakers on Wednesday (19 April) overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a "mandate to complete Brexit".

Elections 19-04-2017

Trump wishes Britain ‘best of luck’ with early election

US President Donald Trump wished Britons "best of luck" with the early election announced by their prime minister, Theresa May, on Tuesday (18 April), the White House said.

Global Europe 19-04-2017

EU urges probe into Turkey referendum fraud claims

Turkey's opposition on Tuesday (18 April) demanded the annulment of a contentious referendum that approved sweeping constitutional changes boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's powers, claiming blatant vote-rigging had swung the result.

Brexit 19-04-2017

Five key issues as Britain heads to general election

British Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise call for a snap general election comes with the country facing a host of challenges – all closely bound up with the country's exit from the European Union.

Elections 18-04-2017

Le Pen, Macron and Mélenchon stage rival rallies in Paris

The two frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, staged rival rallies in Paris on Monday, while outsider Mélenchon cruised through the capital on a barge.

Global Europe 18-04-2017

Reactions: Turkey urged to heal divisions after poll

International observers cited flaws in Sunday's (16 April) controversial referendum in Turkey, while European leaders urged reconciliation in a divided country and warned Ankara of its commitments on the death penalty.

Global Europe 18-04-2017

Erdogan says Turkey could hold referendum on EU membership bid

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday said Turkey could hold a referendum on its long-stalled EU membership bid after Turks voted to approve expanding his powers in a plebiscite.

Marine Le Pen

Legal source: France asked EU Parliament to lift Le Pen immunity

French prosecutors have asked the European parliament to lift the immunity of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen over an inquiry into alleged fake parliamentary jobs, legal sources said Friday (14 April).

Economy & Jobs 14-04-2017

US government ‘open’ to IMF participation in Greek bailout

Washington will keep an “open mind” regarding the participation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Greek bailout programme, a senior US Treasury official said yesterday (13 April).

Health 14-04-2017

Swedish midwife takes case to ECHR over anti-abortion discrimination

A midwife who has been repeatedly denied employment in Sweden due to her anti-abortion stance has decided to refer her case to the European Court of Human Rights as a last resort.

Northern Ireland power-sharing talks on hold in political spat

Talks on forming a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland broke up for the Easter holiday yesterday (12 April), six weeks into bitter negotiations which have failed to resolve the deadlock.