European News

Euro zone economic sentiment jumps in June to almost 10-year high

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone economic sentiment jumped more than expected in June to its highest level in almost 10 years, buoyed by more optimism across all sectors of the economy, monthly data from the European Commission showed on Thursday.<p>The sentiment indicator rose to 111.1 in June from …

European Union

German regulator suspends law on storing phone and Internet data

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German regulator has suspended the launch of a law obliging German telecom companies to keep telephone and Internet data for up to 10 weeks to help fight crime, citing a court ruling.<p>The data retention law, which had been due to come into effect on Saturday, requires companies …

Privacy

Turkish tensions undermine its role in NATO

ISTANBUL — A little more than two years ago, as the dinner at a NATO meeting in the resort town of Antalya came to a close, Turkish Foreign …

World News

Channeling Anger: In Russia, Even Chat Messengers Are Politicized (Op-ed)

Telegram is an entirely different matter. The app was founded by internet entrepreneur Pavel Durov—Russia’s answer to Mark Zuckerberg—after he was …

Russia

Chocolate industry makes pact to improve conditions

Switzerland’s chocolate producers have launched the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa, a joint project to bring about a more sustainable industry …

Switzerland

This could be the best guide to taking the Paris Metro you'll ever read

There are many advice guides online for how to navigate the Paris Metro but a new one posted on the popular content sharing site Reddit could be one …

Europe

Italy threatens to deny entry to foreign ships to force migration action

Italy could stop foreign ships from docking in its ports in a bid to force the European Commission to do something about the large numbers of …

Italy

Czech law to allow civilians to shoot during terrorist attacks

The Czech parliament on Wednesday (28 June) passed a constitutional amendment that challenges EU gun control rules by allowing legal firearms holders …

Guns

12 things Brexit has already ruined

LONDON — It’s been a year since Britain voted by a narrow margin to leave the European Union, and sure, things are moving along — Article 50 …

Brexit

Swiss-EU talks need progress for Swiss funds to flow - Bern

Several political and economic issues remain open in neutral Switzerland's talks on future ties with the European Union, the Bern government said on Wednesday, linking progress in negotiations to whether it continues to pay into the EU budget.<p>Talks on forging a comprehensive new treaty that would …

Brexit

ECB chief was overinterpreted by markets: sources

SINTRA, Portugal (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi intended to signal tolerance for a period of weaker inflation, not an imminent policy tightening, when his comments sent the euro higher this week, sources familiar with Draghi's thinking said on Wednesday.<p>Draghi's intention …

Mario Draghi

Daily Briefing: Central banks ask - Do you know what I mean?

Europe's central banks have a huge task on their hands communicating their intention to gradually wean markets off years of unprecedented stimulus - witness the gyrations yesterday as new nuances emerged in the messaging of both the European Central Bank and the Bank of England.<p>Both will, at some …

World News

German inflation: Early reading from Saxony ticks higher

Well, this will do nothing to douse those hawkish expectations around the next steps for the European Central Bank.<p>The euro is continuing to float …

Germany

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, …

Refugees

EU news, business and politics

<i>(LUXEMBOURG)</i> - EU ministers agreed reduced energy efficiency targets Monday, of 30 per cent by 2030, as well as what has been termed an 'unambitious' …

Energy

Industrialist donates millions to diabetes centre

A new diabetes centre is to be established in Bern this year. The founder of the Ypsomed, which makes injection pens for diabetes, has donated CHF50 …

Diabetes

Global stocks fall on jitters over central bank policy

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>HONG KONG (AP) -- Global stocks edged lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over the prospect of tighter monetary policy from major central banks.<p>KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX fell 0.4 percent to 12,618 while the CAC 40 of France lost 0.2 percent to 5,246. Britain's FTSE 100 …

Business (India)

European Union extends Russia sanctions until Jan 2018

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union formally extended its economic sanctions on Russia on Wednesday, a widely expected step that keeps restrictions on business with Russian energy, defense and financial sectors until Jan. 31, 2018.<p>The sanctions were imposed in July 2014 following Russia's …

World News

UN: Over half a million children risk dying of hunger

The stark warning comes ahead of a WFP funding shortfall that risks further aggravating what Beasley has described as the worst humanitarian crisis …

Geography

Elite French anti-terror police to follow Tour de France riders

But while the jihadist terror threat is high and France remains in a state of emergency, Tour director Christian Prudhomme insists that road …

Tour de France

College meeting: Future of EU finances

Reflection Paper on the Future of EU finances<p>At a time when the EU is doing more than ever before to protect, empower and defend its citizens, …

Europe

Governments scramble to respond to global cyberattack

A second outbreak of ransomware in less than two months highlights how vulnerable Europe remains to cyberattacks, despite repeated commitments by …

Cybersecurity

Swedish Lapland: An Arctic region returning to the wild

(CNN) — Fascinating indigenous culture. World-class river fishing. Close-up encounters with brown bear, lynx, moose and wolverine. Nights out under the Northern Lights. Log cabins, saunas and warming shots of aquavit.<p>Anyone who thinks this sounds like the trip of a lifetime might want to consider …

Europe

MH17 investigators appeal for witnesses with emotional videos

Photo: NBAAI via Dutch Safety Board<p>The Dutch team investigating the downing of flight MH17 in 2014 have released two emotional videos featuring …

Ukraine

Trump accepts Macron's Bastille Day invitation - Americas - RFI

The French president's office announced on Wednesday evening that Trump had accepted the invitation that Macron made for a scond time during a phone call on Tuesday.<p>American troops will be taking part in the parade down the Champs Elysées to mark the 100th anniversary of the US joining France, …

Bastille Day

New museum opens for finance fans

A new museum dedicated to the world of finance, combining multimedia installations and rare historical exhibits, has opened its doors in Zurich. It's …

Switzerland

Japan stocks to rise 9 percent this year on solid earnings, weak yen - Reuters poll

| TOKYO<p>Japanese stocks are expected to notch a near 9 percent gain this calendar year on solid corporate earnings growth, a relatively weaker currency, as well as lingering optimism about the U.S. economy, a Reuters poll found.<p>The Nikkei share average .N225 is forecast to trade at 20,750 at the end …

News (U.S.)

Germany urges lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday (28 June) called for Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to extend a …

Ukraine

Battle for cabinet supremacy

The British chancellor of the exchequer mocks the foreign secretary in Berlin. The Brexit secretary mocks the chancellor in London. And Boris mocks …

Brexit

EU mustn't ignore human rights in giving Eritrea aid - Africa - RFI

“A lot of EU states are obviously reengaging with the Eritrean government but there isn’t any change on the human rights situation,” said Helen Kidan, Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights (EMDHR).<p>Kidan and other Eritrean activists spent time in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday meeting …

Africa