May 8, 2014

First lady accents tour with side trips

Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made several diplomatic visits while accompanying her husband on his six-nation swing through Europe ending Thursday, government officials said. The first lady visited an elementary school in London for students with autism and other developmental ...

Japan, EU to hold cyberspace talks

May 3, 2014

Japan, EU to hold cyberspace talks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and European Union leaders will agree at a summit in Brussels on May 7 to launch a dialogue to boost cybersecurity, according to a draft of a statement that is expected to be issued after the meeting. With China as ...

Apr 12, 2014

Sun, sand, summit: Abe plans euro-tour

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit six European countries between April 29 and May 8, government officials said. During the tour, Abe will meet with European leaders to discuss mainly the situation in Ukraine and measures to bolster Japan’s cooperation with the region, the ...

Mar 10, 2014

Suspected Russian spyware targets Europe, United States

A sophisticated piece of spyware has been quietly infecting hundreds of government computers across Europe and the United States in one of the most complex cyberespionage programs uncovered to date. Several security researchers and Western intelligence officers say they believe the malware, widely known ...

Feb 14, 2014

Swiss voters send EU a message on immigration

by William Pfaff

Conventional debate in Europe has interpreted increased anti-immigrant sentiment as the result of xenophobia, racism and a new sympathy for the authoritarian far right. Analysis does not bear this out in the case of Switzerland and its narrow majority vote against "massive immigration."

EU nations abuzz over bee decline

Jan 18, 2014

EU nations abuzz over bee decline

Many countries in Europe face a worrying lack of crop-pollinating honeybees, a problem caused mainly by an EU policy shift in favor of biofuels, scientists warned earlier this month. “Europe as a whole only has two-thirds of the honeybee colonies it needs, with a ...

Jan 16, 2014

EU urges action as foreign fighter numbers grow

The number of young Europeans going to fight alongside extremist groups in Syria and countries such as Somalia and Sudan is growing and the EU must try to halt it, a senior official said Wednesday. Youngsters joining up with radical groups such as al-Qaida ...