- Germany and France try to turn tide of European skepticism Updated: Oct-07-15 6:00 am
STRASBOURG, France - It's hard to imagine a tougher year for Europe's union. Pressure to pull the EU's 28 countries tighter together instead risks pushing it farther apart. So the most powerful proponents of European unity - the leaders of Germany and France - are trying to come to its rescue.
- Merkel calls on VW to clear up emissions-rigging scandal Updated: Oct-05-15 8:15 am
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal a "far-reaching event" and demanded the world's largest automaker quickly investigate it.
- Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges Updated: Oct-03-15 12:22 pm
BERLIN - Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe's political heavyweight - and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience.
- Portugal: A look at the election of a new government Updated: Oct-03-15 2:18 am
LISBON, Portugal - Portugal holds a general election Sunday when the country's 9.7 million eligible voters choose a government for the next four years. Here are some of the issues:
- Russian, Ukrainian leaders hold talks in Paris Updated: Oct-02-15 5:24 pm
PARIS - A summit reviving a European push to bring peace to eastern Ukraine ended Friday with a call for the delay of contentious rebel plans to hold local elections this month and for both sides to begin a promised withdrawal of smaller-caliber weapons.
- Nobel official's behind-scenes book overshadows peace prize Updated: Oct-02-15 9:24 am
STAVANGER, Norway - A book detailing the secret tussles behind some of the most controversial Nobel Peace Prizes in the last quarter century is having its own disruptive effect on the 2015 award.
- In FIFA crisis, politicians must turn up the heat for change Updated: Oct-02-15 7:54 am
PARIS - Here's a cheery thought for those despairing of the unrelenting disaster that is FIFA. In Chinese, the word "crisis" is formed from two characters: "danger" and "opportunity." As grim as things look at the top of football, there may still be a chance to salvage a brighter future from the scorched earth of Sepp Blatter's reign.
- Poll adds to signs migrant flow hurting Merkel's popularity Updated: Oct-02-15 6:51 am
BERLIN - A new poll is adding to indications that Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal popularity is taking a knock amid the influx of migrants to Germany, though there's no sign of serious political damage.
- Europe's story: Layers of migration Updated: Oct-01-15 6:35 am
LONDON - London's Brick Lane Mosque started as a church for Protestants hounded from Catholic France - for whom the word "refugee" was first coined. Later, displaced Jews turned it into a synagogue. Today, Muslims kick off their shoes in the lobby before prayers.
- German states lower housing standards amid migrant influx Updated: Sep-29-15 5:53 pm
BERLIN - Refugees coming to Germany can expect a roof over their head, a bed to sleep in and three meals a day. But with authorities struggling to find housing for tens of thousands of people each month, many new arrivals will find their lodgings a squeeze.
- UN envoy: 'Great mistake' to block aid in east Ukraine Updated: Sep-29-15 12:09 pm
GENEVA - Efforts by Russia-backed separatist rebels to block "desperately needed" humanitarian aid from reaching people in conflict-ridden eastern Ukraine could amount to crimes against humanity, a top U.N. human rights official said Tuesday.
- Austrian minister: Deal with Assad - but only short term Updated: Sep-28-15 8:13 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Austria's foreign minister said Monday that European nations are increasingly contemplating some role for the Syrian regime at negotiations to end the war in that country and suggested a compromise that could include President Bashar Assad but only for the short term.
- News Guide: A look at the UN General Assembly Updated: Sep-28-15 8:35 am
UNITED NATIONS - The annual U.N. General Assembly ministerial meeting is always a major event, but this year's is extraordinary. It could bring a record number of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, who hasn't attended in years. Most of the attention will be on Putin and President Barack Obama who will have their own separate meeting in New York at a time of tensions over Russia's military involvement in Syria.
- Leaders pledge money, clout to achieve women's equality Updated: Sep-27-15 10:09 pm
UNITED NATIONS - World leaders pledged money and political clout to achieve equality for women by 2030 at a U.N. meeting Sunday co-chaired by China's President Xi Jinping, who has faced strong criticism for cracking down on women's rights activists.
- Migrant arrivals unlikely to bring major changes to Europe Updated: Sep-26-15 7:03 am
STOCKHOLM - Inside the strip mall in Stockholm's Rinkeby neighborhood, a string of Swedish flags hangs over a coffee shop offering Swedish cinnamon buns and Middle Eastern pastry.
- Syrian family's life darkens in town that saw neo-Nazi riots Updated: Sep-25-15 10:22 am
HEIDENAU, Germany - From the bright lights of Berlin to a grim former Nazi military barracks near the Czech border, the Syrian refugee family's new life in Germany has been a roller-coaster of euphoria and despair.
- Will Volkswagen scandal tarnish 'Made in Germany' image? Updated: Sep-24-15 4:54 pm
BERLIN - The "Made in Germany" label has stood for precision and reliability for decades, but since Volkswagen admitted to cheating on U.S. car emissions tests, many are questioning whether the automaker's problems could taint the rest of the country.
- Diplomats jostle to lay out position on how to end Syria war Updated: Sep-24-15 4:32 pm
PARIS - Europe's top diplomats, the United States and Russia jostled to lay out their positions Thursday on how best to end the civil war in Syria, which has sent millions fleeing their homes and killed thousands.
- Untangling Syria: Europe's top diplomats mull new strategy Updated: Sep-24-15 11:54 am
PARIS - The top diplomats of Britain, France, Germany and the European Union are sketching out a possible new diplomatic push to end the fighting in Syria.
- VW CEO: 'I am endlessly sorry' brand is tarnished Updated: Sep-22-15 11:47 pm
DETROIT - Volkswagen AG's smog-test scandal escalated Tuesday as the company acknowledged putting stealth software in millions of vehicles worldwide. The crisis has already cost VW more than 24 billion euros ($26 billion) in market value.
- EU holds more migration talks as calls for answers grow Updated: Sep-22-15 3:09 pm
BRUSSELS - The European Union's two emergency meetings on the migration crisis this week won't provide any quick solutions to ease the plight of tens of thousands of people seeking sanctuary in Europe despite a decision Tuesday to share 120,000 more refugees arriving in Greece and Italy.
- Germany's Merkel pays tribute to predecessor's reforms Updated: Sep-22-15 8:09 am
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute Tuesday to the economic reforms her predecessor launched - and to his campaigning skills that nearly stopped her from winning the top job a decade ago.
- Greece's Tsipras: bailout rebel to bailout enforcer Updated: Sep-21-15 1:47 pm
ATHENS, Greece - Greeks have elected Alexis Tsipras prime minister for the second time this year but with a strikingly different mandate: Instead of the vehemently anti-austerity platform he espoused in January, he has now agreed to implement yet more stringent spending cuts and tax hikes.
- Europe's aging economies stand to gain from influx of people Updated: Sep-19-15 3:29 am
BRUSSELS - The greatest influx of people into Europe in decades is not just a humanitarian emergency, but also a potential stroke of luck for many countries facing the economic threat of an aging population.
- Greece, migrants - how much division can the EU take? Updated: Sep-17-15 11:24 am
BRUSSELS - Increasingly, it seems, only scar tissue keeps the European Union together.