1. Merkel Holds Out European Union Membership to Balkan States

    The German leader calls for speedy progress in the accession of former Yugoslav republics to the European Union.

    European Union leaders on Thursday held out membership to Balkan states that emerged from the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The offer comes at a time when the possibility of Ukraine one day joining the European Union…
  1. As Growth Slows, Peru’s Humala Resorts to Populist Tactics

    In anticipation of the next election, Peru’s president appoints a loyalist as prime minister and expands public spending.

    Peru's former minister for women's affairs and social development, Ana Jara Velasquez, was sworn in as President Ollanta Humala's sixth prime minister last month. But only on Wednesday, by one vote, did her appointment…
  1. Russian Troops Enter Ukraine, Advance on Mariupol

    Ukraine’s government and NATO say Russian troops have crossed the border and are fighting in the country.

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday that Russian forces had entered his country and the military situation in the eastern Donetsk region was "rapidly deteriorating." The aim of the Russian offensive seemed to be the Ukrainian port…
  1. Russia’s Stealth Invasion of Ukraine

    To keep Ukraine unstable and weak, Russia needs to make sure the separatists are not defeated.

    It appears that the Russian invasion of Ukraine that I have feared since March has now begun in earnest, with the opening of a new front in the vicinity of Mariupol on the shores…
  1. Britain Backs Polish Leader for Top European Council Job

    British prime minister David Cameron supports his Polish counterpart to take over from Herman Van Rompuy.

    British prime minister David Cameron is prepared to back his Polish counterpart, Donald Task, to take over as European Council president, The Guardian reported…
  1. Hollande Signals Pro-Business Policy with Economy Appointment

    The French president reassures business by appointing former banker Emmanuel Macron as his economy minister.

    French president François Hollande appointed former banker Emmanuel Macron as his economy minister on Tuesday. The move suggests the socialist leader is serious about reducing France's high public deficit and unemployment rate, moving his party in a more centrist direction…
  1. Egypt, Emirates Carry Out Airstrikes Against Islamists in Libya

    Without informing their American allies, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carry out airstrikes near Tripoli.

    Acting independently of their American allies, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates twice carried out airstrikes against Islamist militias in Libya in the last week, officials told The New York Times. The United Arab…
  1. Rising Rail Fares Boost Support for Renationalization in Britain

    Rising fares and rail ownership by foreign companies fuels British support for renationalization.

    This week, it was announced that rail fares in the United Kingdom will rise 3.5 percent -- more than double the rate of consumer price inflation and six times as fast as the growth in wages. This has led to some head…