1. Dutch Reject Turkey’s Accusations of Racism

    The Dutch reject as “inappropriate” and “bizarre” Turkish accusations of racism in their country.

    Dutch politicians rejected Turkish accusations of racism on Wednesday with social affairs minister Lodewijk Asscher saying the criticism was "ill-informed and inappropriate." Opposition parties were even less ceremonious in their response. The christian democrats…
  1. Mas Calls for Early Elections as Proxy to Secede from Spain

    Catalonia’s regional president says the region could secede within a year and a half after elections.

    Catalonia's regional president, Artur Mas, said on Tuesday early elections could trigger secession from Spain, provided all separatist parties in the region joined a single electoral list. Although Mas wouldn't commit to calling early elections, he told…
  1. Merkel Alarmed by Ukraine’s NATO Ambitions

    Germany’s rejection of a referendum on NATO membership shows the limits of its support for Ukraine.

    German chancellor Angela Merkel opposes NATO membership for Ukraine and worries that a planned referendum in the country about joining the alliance could aggravate Western relations with Russia. The Bloomberg news agency cites a German official saying Merkel…
  1. Russia Suspends Coal Supplies to Ukraine

    After promising to resupply Ukraine with gas, Russia appears to have found a new energy weapon.

    Russia suspended coal supplies to neighboring Ukraine last week in a move that could leave the former Soviet republic literally in the cold this winter. DTEK, Ukraine's largest private energy company, said the suspension was unexpected and unexplained. Ukraine has relied on…
  1. As Deadline Nears, Obstacles to Iran Nuclear Deal Remain

    Negotiations have yet to resolve the security dilemmas that underpin Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

    Iran and world powers are almost certain to miss Monday's deadline for a deal to resolve the country's twelve-year standoff with the West over its nuclear ambitions. The most likely…
  1. Germany Concerned About Russia’s Growing Balkan Influence

    German diplomats worry Russia is levering its influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia.

    Germany fears Russia intends to block further European Union expansion into the Balkans, according to a confidential Foreign Ministry analysis seen by weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine reports that German diplomats worry Russia is levering its influence in…
  1. Ukraine Coalition Seeks NATO Membership, Economic Reforms

    Five pro-Western parties form a coalition in Ukraine to pursue economic reforms and NATO membership.

    Five pro-Western parties in Ukraine announced on Friday they would form a ruling coalition, a month after parliamentary elections prompted renewed fighting in the southeastern Donbas region where Russia supports…
  1. Iraq, Turkey Bury Hatchet in Face of Islamic State

    Threatened by Islamist militants, Iraq and Turkey say they will improve intelligence and security cooperation.

    Iraq and Turkey said on Thursday they would improve intelligence and security cooperation in order to battle the Islamist militant group that calls itself the Islamic State. The announcement marks a turnaround in relations between…
  1. Swedish Nationalists Could Force Snap Elections

    If the Sweden Democrats vote down his budget, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven may be forced to call an election.

    The nationalist Sweden Democrats are considering voting down a budget bill next month which could force Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to call snap elections. Svenska Dagbladet reported on Wednesday that the anti-immigration party, which got almost 13 percent support in September's parliamentary election,…