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. 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. 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. France’s Hollande Removes Far Leftists from Cabinet

    Unusually sharp criticism from economy minister Arnaud Montebourg leads to the far leftist’s downfall.

    French prime minister Manuel Valls resigned on Monday, clearing the way for a cabinet reshuffle that is likely to see leftists critical of President François Hollande's budget policy removed from the government. The move came after economy minister Arnaud Montebourg lamented the "financial absurdity" of reining…
  1. Abe’s Refusal to Shake Up Japan’s Labor Market Spells Decline

    Young Japanese can’t find the job security they need to start a family. Their government is doing nothing to help.

    When Prime Minister Shinzō Abe finally unveiled his plans to make Japan more competitive in June, the proposals underwhelmed. While he promised to lower Japan's corporate tax rate, currently the highest in the developed world, to below 30 percent, Abe shied…
  1. Merkel: Ukraine’s Territorial Integrity, Including Crimea, “Essential”

    While the West appears to have largely acquiesced in Russia’s annexation of the Crimea, Merkel insists it belongs to Ukraine.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said Ukraine's territorial integrity was an essential aim of German foreign policy and argued that a lack of controls along the country's long eastern border with Russia stood in the way of ending…