1. Cameron Backs Down on Migration, Calls for Modest Reforms

    The British prime minister backs away from radical reforms that could have cost him friends in Europe.

    British prime minister David Cameron's latest proposals to curb European labor migration are notable not so much because of what they entail but because of what he left…
  1. Moldova Next? Voters Asked to Choose Between Europe, Russia

    The stark choice Moldovans face in parliamentary elections is reminiscent of recent events in Ukraine.

    Moldovans are asked to choose between further integration with the rest of Europe or better relations with their former Soviet master, Russia, in parliamentary elections on Sunday. The stark choice is reminiscent of recent events in Ukraine where…
  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. 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. 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,…
  1. Danish Energy Sale to Goldman Sachs Meets Resistance

    Danes are critical of the partial sale of their national energy company to an American investment bank.

    Years of conservative rule ended in Denmark with the 2011 election of Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt, whose coalition also included the Social Liberal Party and Socialist People's Party. Two years later, the Socialist People's Party left the coalition over the decision to sell…
  1. Brussels Warns: Spain’s Labor Legislation Punishes Temporary Workers

    The European Commission urges Spain to eradicate the duality in its labor market.

    By Ana López-Varela The Spanish labor market is bearing its teeth toward temporary workers by penalizing them excessively. That is the verdict of the European Commission, who highlight concerns in a recent report titled "Wage Adjustment in Spain: slow, inefficient and unfair?" (PDF) published by the…
  1. Catalonia Votes for Statehood in Informal Referendum

    The vast majority of Catalans who participated in the “consultation” want their region to secede from Spain.

    More than 80 percent of Catalans voted for statehood in an informal referendum on Sunday that was denounced by the central government in Madrid. More than two out of an estimated 5.4 million eligible voters took part in what was dubbed a "citizens'…