1. Netherlands to Reduce Tax Burden, Raise Defense Spending

    The Dutch will keep their deficit under the European treaty limit while reducing taxes to help job creation.

    The Dutch government promised to reduce taxes and overturn defense cuts on Tuesday as the small European nation's economy is projected to grow 1.25 percent next year. In a speech read out…
  1. Sweden’s Left Short of Majority, Hopes to Lure Centrists Into Coalition

    Sweden’s Social Democrats must convince centrist parties to back them or form a minority government instead.

    Sweden's Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven reached out to smaller centrist parties on Monday after failing to win an outright majority for his coalition in an election the day before. "The…
  1. Salmond Confident Independent Scotland Can Join European Union

    First Minister Alex Salmond says it would be “ridiculous” for the rest of Europe to deny an independent Scotland membership.

    Scottish leader Alex Salmond expressed confidence on Sunday his country would be welcomed into the European Union if it voted to secede from the United Kingdom, arguing that its rich fishing waters and energy potential could make…
  1. Sweden’s Social Democrats Ahead in Polls But Without Majority

    Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrats look certain to win the election but could struggle to form a majority government.

    Swedes looked certain to return a leftist majority to parliament on Sunday but the Social Democrats, ahead of the ruling liberal party in the polls, could struggle to form a government. Surveys put the Social Democrats at around…
  1. Swedes Ought to Reelect Reinfeldt

    Sweden’s prime minister leaves his country a much better place than he found it eight years ago.

    John Fredrik Reinfeldt's government in Sweden looks certain to lose an election on Sunday. That is unfortunate. His government, in office since 2006, has done much to transform the Nordic country. Once…
  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…