1. Greek Parties Reject Samaras’ Offer to Hold Off Elections

    Opposition parties are unmoved by the prime minister’s offer, meaning early elections are still likely.

    Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras' surprise offer to bring small opposition parties into the government in exchange for their support in this month's presidential election did not appear to have persuaded enough independents to prevent a third…
  1. German Foreign Minister Warns Against More Russia Sanctions

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier argues it is not in Europe’s interest to bring Russia to its knees.

    Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, warned against imposing more sanctions on Russia in an interview that was published on Friday, saying bringing Russia to its knees would not make Europe safer. "I can only warn against…
  1. Juncker Could Be Britain’s Ally in Europe: Lawmaker

    The new European Commission president could be more amenable to British interests than they thought.

    The man Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, fought tooth and nail to prevent becoming European Commission president might yet turn out to be an ally of his government's, argues one of the country's Conservative Party lawmakers. Writing in The…
  1. Deal to Rescue Dutch Coalition Alarms Other Parties

    Opposition parties criticize a coalition proposal to bypass the Senate if it fails to enact critical health reforms.

    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte told parliament in the early hours of Friday he had agreed to make last-minute changes in a critical health care bill to save his government from collapse. But the deal he did with his…
  1. Is Austerity Losing the Battle in Europe?

    Germany accepts investments and stimulus but hasn’t given up on structural reform.

    By Alberto Lozano The different measures implemented in Europe in order to boost growth through increased monetary action, investment and structural reforms have replaced austerity as the new dominant dogma. While Angela Merkel is…
  1. Future Dutch Coalition Still in Doubt After Second Night of Talks

    Lawmakers are hopeful the ruling parties will manage to stave off early elections.

    Opposition lawmakers left talks with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and Labor Party leader Diederik Samsom in the early hours of Thursday with some hope that an accord could yet be reached…
  1. Greek Parliament Fails to Elect President, Snap Elections Possible

    The government gets two more votes to elect a president before parliament would need to be dissolved.

    Greece's ruling parties fell short of the required supermajority in parliament to elect the country's next president on Wednesday, raising the possibility of early elections that could bring the radical Syriza party to power. The defeat was…
  1. Dutch Parties Yet to Resolve Government Crisis

    Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s cabinet could fall as the result of a Labor Party rebellion.

    The two ruling parties in the Netherlands had yet to resolve a cabinet crisis on Wednesday that was triggered when three Labor Party senators unexpectedly voted down the government's health reforms a day earlier. The defection of the…
  1. Dutch Parties in Crisis Talks After Senate Votes Down Health Law

    The defection of three Labor Party senators triggers a coalition crisis in the Netherlands.

    Dutch ruling Labor and liberal party leaders gathered separately in The Hague on Tuesday night for emergency talks after the Senate unexpectedly voted down a critical health reform. Health minister Edith Schippers -- who is tipped as a potential successor to Prime Minister Mark Rutte…