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Abe Lieutenant Pours Cold Water on U.S.-Japan Trade Deal

One of Japan’s top policy makers indicated the government will continue to resist U.S. efforts to create a bilateral free trade agreement between the …

Economy

Brexit Has Already Cost the U.K. More than Its EU Budget Payments, Study Shows

<i>Follow</i> <i>@Brexit on Twitter, join our Facebook group and sign up to our daily Brexit Bulletin.</i><p>The damage to the U.K. economy caused by the vote to leave …

Boris Johnson

German nationalists march in Berlin, face counter-protests

BERLIN (AP) — Supporters of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party marched through central Berlin to protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Sunday, and were kept away from a raft of counter-demonstrations by a heavy police presence.<p>Police said over 5,000 people turned out for …

Europe’s Populist Strongman Faces Judgment

Sixteen years ago, Viktor Orban refurbished a palace overlooking the Danube River in Budapest as a new office to mark his re-election as Hungary’s …

Turkey Calls France a Terrorism Host After Macron Meets Kurds

Turkey accused France of being a host for terrorism after President Emmanuel Macron met a delegation of Kurds from the Syrian Democratic Forces and …

Middle East

Japanese whalers return from Antarctica with huge catch

Three Japanese whaling vessels have returned to port from a controversial trip to Antarctica after catching 333 whales. Tokyo claims the slaughter is …

Brexit brings Europe together as Britain starts packing its bags

While EU has found an unlikely glue in the form of Brexit, plenty of divisive issues remain<p>In Brussels, Paris and Berlin, in Rome and Warsaw, the clocks will be striking midnight on 29 March 2019 and history will be made: for the first time in Europe’s post-war integration story, a country will …

U.K. to Hire 1,000 New Border Staff to Prepare for Brexit

The U.K. plans to hire 1,000 new customs and immigration staff to ensure the security of the country’s border after Brexit.<p>The workers will be funded …

France to lower school starting age from six to three

<b>Children in France will start school at the age of three instead of six, under new reforms announced by President Emmanuel Macron.</b><p>The change will give France one of the lowest compulsory school starting ages in Europe.<p>But it will only affect a small number of children, as the majority of French …

Northern Ireland

Brexit & Beyond:Draghi Under Pressure, Latvian Bank Became Haven for Dirty Money, Berlusconi to Stand Trial

Brexit & Beyond: Europe in Flux is The Wall Street Journal’s round-up of news and analysis of how Brexit will affect global business, economies and finance. You can sign up here.<p>MUST READS<p>Draghi Under Pressure to Raise ECB Interest Rates in Middle of Next Year: European Central Bank President Mario …

Serb party quits the Kosovo government

The Kosovo Serb minority party says it will withdraw from the Kosovo government after the dramatic arrest of a senior Serb politician. The move could …

Romanian parliament says would back reunification with Moldova

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian lawmakers expressed support for reunification with neighboring Moldova in a symbolic vote on Tuesday intended to highlight close historic ties, but the speaker of Moldova’s own parliament said his country cherished its independence.<p>People attend a rally in support of …

The EU's Online Privacy Rules, Explained

Starting May 25, the European Union will implement a new rule called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will drastically tighten …

Privacy

Carles Puigdemont supporters block roads, plan protests in Catalonia

Protesters all over Catalonia have demonstrated against the detention of Carles Puigdemont in Germany. The rallies are the latest in a string of …

Europe

Germany Courts Workers With Sausages and Cheap Housing

Jakob Kratsch isn’t a Harvard Business School grad, an elite engineer, or a software whiz. He’s a 20-year-old manufacturing apprentice. And yet, a …

Europe's Anti-Kremlin Roll Call Was Weak

There's a fundamental flaw in the Russian propaganda narrative about the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the U.K. earlier this month: It assumes that Western nations want to gang up on Russia and punish it regardless of whether there's any evidence linking …

Russia

May welcomes Brexit transition, trade talks loom

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the approval by European Union leaders on Friday of a transition period to help business adapt after Brexit, telling the bloc to ride the “new dynamic” in upcoming trade talks.<p>Endorsing their negotiating stance for trade talks due to …

Great Britain

At last, good news on Brexit: Britain is heading for Norway | Simon Jenkins

Theresa May’s transition deal hints at the best option: remaining in the single market – plus the customs union<p>Norway here we come. This is the good news on the Brexit front. It will take two years. The voyage will be stormy and the destination messy. But plus-or-minus Norway offers the only …

Brexiteers dump fish in Thames to protest at EU deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Supporters of Britain’s exit from the European Union dumped crates of haddock into the River Thames on Wednesday to protest against Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit transition deal which they say has betrayed the fishing industry.<p>As part of the transition deal announced on …

Merkel speaks out against Turkey and Russia in assertive speech on her return to parliament

A weakened Angela Merkel sought to reclaim her place on the world stage on Wednesday as she spoke out against Russian and Turkish aggression and warned President Donald Trump against protectionism.<p>Mrs Merkel tried to put damaging election losses and months of difficult coalition negotiations behind …

Kosovo passes Montenegro border deal after tear gas disruptions

Opposition lawmakers opened tear gas canisters inside parliament's chamber to block a border deal with Montenegro. But parliament pushed through, …

Brexiteers furious as Franco-Dutch company poised to win contract to make iconic blue British passport

A Franco-Dutch company is poised to win the contract to make the iconic blue British passport after the UK leaves the European Union, the Telegraph understands.<p>In a move set to infuriate Brexiteers, sources have told this newspaper that Gemalto, which is listed on the Amsterdam and Paris stock …

Europe

'Christianity as default is gone': the rise of a non-Christian Europe

Figures show a majority of young adults in 12 countries have no faith, with Czechs least religious<p>Europe’s march towards a post-Christian society has been starkly illustrated by research showing a majority of young people in a dozen countries do not follow a religion.<p>The survey of 16- to …

Germany and G20 push for free trade amid fears of global trade war

Germany's finance minister defended open markets after a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires. Officials from other countries also warned against …

War shaped my childhood – don’t let Brexit risk our peace | Patrick Stewart

As the disastrous impact of leaving the EU becomes clearer, UK citizens should be allowed another say<p>Monday, 1 January 1973 was one of the best days of my life. I was starting a seventh year of working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the roles I was being given were getting better and …

Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More

Consumers have long wondered just what Google and Facebook know about them, and who else can access their personal data. But internet giants have …

Cambridge Analytica boasts of dirty tricks to swing elections

Bosses tell undercover reporters how honey traps, spies and fake news can be used to help clients<p>• UK officials seek warrant to enter Cambridge Analytica HQ<p>The company at the centre of the Facebook data breach boasted of using honey traps, fake news campaigns and operations with ex-spies to swing …

Cambridge Analytica

Putin's Fake Election Win Earns Him Some Fake Advice

<i>This highly classified memo was provided to the author immediately after election results were announced in Russia.</i><p><b>18 March 2018</b><p><b>From: Director of State Strategic Planning, Russian Federation</b><p><b>To: President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin</b><p><b>Subject: A Strategy for Our Beloved Motherland Party</b><p>1) …

Russia

EU Demands U.K. Act in ‘Good Faith’ in Brexit Treaty Revision

The European Union failed to water down proposals for the Irish border that Theresa May said no prime minister could ever accept in the first …

Pope expresses concern over national policies dictated by fear

MILAN (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday expressed concern over national policies dictated by fear, speaking only one week after Italy’s general elections which brought populist and anti-immigrant parties to the forefront.<p>Pope Francis shakes hands with a young Syrian man during for a meeting with …

Pope Francis