Europe

EC recommends Croatia's gradual integration into Schengen Information System

The European Commission on Wednesday made a recommendation to the Council of the European Union to gradually integrate Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), an information sharing...

German president marks end of term with warning of risks to nation

German President Joachim Gauck marked the end of his term as the nation's largely ceremonial head of state by warning Wednesday of the risks facing the country's democracy as a result of...

Biden: US, EU must fight Russian plan to destroy liberal world order

Russia is intent on dismantling the liberal world order, and the best way to stop it is a strong alliance between the United States and the European Union, US Vice President Joe Biden said...

Russia extends Snowden's temporary residency by 'couple of years'

Russia has extended the temporary residency of fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden by a "couple of years," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post late...

Quakes shake snowbound central Italy

Three powerful tremors shook central Italy Wednesday, the National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) reported Wednesday.

AfD politician's rejection of WWII guilt prompts angry backlash

A right-wing firebrand's claims that Germany is belittling and shaming itself by commemorating the Holocaust prompted an angry backlash from politicians and religious groups on Wednesday.

Assange to remain in embassy but 'happy' for Manning, lawyer says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is "very happy for Chelsea Manning," said Assange's Swedish attorney about US President Barack Obama's decision to reduce Manning's sentence.

Could May's Brexit vision make Britain the Singapore of Europe?

The British prime minister's vision of creating a low-tax bastion of the free market, which the Financial Times said could transform the island nation into the "Singapore of Europe," has left many...

New EU Parliament President Tajani aims to unite, despite criticism

Italian Antonio Tajani won the presidency of the European Parliament on Tuesday after offering support to colleagues from all parliamentary fractions and vowing to defend democracy and the freedom...

European Parliament elects Antonio Tajani as its next president

The European Parliament elected centre-right Antonio Tajani of Italy as its next president over fellow Italian Gianni Pittella, a social democrat, after a lengthy election process on Tuesday.

Report: US and EU make "considerable progress" on TTIP negotiations

The European Union and the United States have made "considerable progress" in negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) since the talks began in July 2013, according to...

Mediterranean death toll exceeds 200 since January 1, IOM says

At least 219 people have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in the first weeks of 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Tuesday.

Estonia, Lithuania sign defence deal with US after Trump bashes NATO

Estonia and Lithuania signed bilateral defence agreements with the US, just days after US-president elect Donald Trump bashed their common military alliance NATO.

German artist fined 700 euros for doing push-ups on church altar

A 38-year-old man was fined 700 euros (750 dollars) by a German court on Tuesday for disrupting the practice of religion and creating a domestic disturbance by doing push-ups on a church altar....

Putin accuses Obama administration of trying to delegitimize Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that the outgoing administration of US President Barack Obama has been trying to delegitimize president-elect Donald Trump.