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. 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. 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. 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…
  1. European Powers to Supply Weapons to Iraq’s Kurdish Forces

    France and the United Kingdom give weapons to the Kurds who are battling an Islamist insurgency in Iraq.

    Leading European powers said this week they would provide weapons and military support to Iraq's Kurds as they battle an Islamist insurgency that seeks to dismantle the Iraqi state and establish…
  1. Russia Retaliates Against Western Sanctions, Economy on the Brink

    Banning cheap fruit and vegetables from Europe could push the Russian economy over the edge.

    Russia on Wednesday suspended beef and cattle imports from Romania. While it cited an outbreak of mad cow disease in the former Soviet satellite state -- first reported in July -- the timing of the embargo suggests it…
  1. Hungary to Build Russian Pipeline Over European Objections

    Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has no intention of withdrawing Hungary from the construction of Russia’s South Stream pipeline.

    Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán said on Tuesday his country will go ahead with the construction of its part of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline, despite objections from other European Union member…