Jul 13, 2014

'A bad day for Europe'

When British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced the nomination of former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission, Cameron made himself look either ineffectual or petulant to fellow Britons.

Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions in fear of reprisal assault

Jul 13, 2014

Refugees flee Ukraine rebel bastions in fear of reprisal assault

Thousands of panicked refugees are flooding highways and packed trains heading out of the main remaining rebel strongholds in eastern Ukraine, fearing attacks by government forces that lost 30 soldiers in two days to defiant militants. Pro-Russian separatists killed 19 troops in a hail ...

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Jul 9, 2014

Ukraine threatens rebels with a 'nasty surprise'

Ukraine’s government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an “nasty surprise,” but the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold. President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence from the fall of the rebel bastion ...

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Jul 8, 2014

Europe looks to rehabilitate radicals

Chris Boudreau’s son Damian told her over dinner on a November evening in 2012 that he was going to Egypt to study Arabic, the language of Islam. She never saw him again. “He flew to Seattle, then Amsterdam, then into Istanbul,” said Boudreau. “There ...

Jul 8, 2014

Asylum requests in Europe hit all-time high

Almost half a million people requested asylum in Europe last year, 30 percent more than in 2012 and the highest number yet registered, official figures showed Monday. “We have in our immediate neighborhood a very worrying situation,” said EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem ...

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Jul 6, 2014

Ukraine's first big win over rebels dims truce hopes

Resurgent Ukrainian forces on Sunday pursued retreating pro-Russian rebels after seizing their symbolic bastion in a morale-boosting win that appeared to dim hopes for a cease-fire in the bloody separatist insurgency. Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko called the moment when his troops hoisted the Ukrainian ...

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Jul 5, 2014

Ukraine claims victory in rebel stronghold

Ukraine’s forces claimed a significant success against pro-Russian insurgents on Saturday, chasing them from one of their strongholds in the embattled east of the country. Rebels fleeing from the city of Slovyansk vowed to regroup elsewhere and fight on. President Petro Poroshenko said in ...

Is EU ready to actually change?

| Jul 5, 2014

Is EU ready to actually change?

After six decades of relentless — if incremental — integration, might the European Union be about to go into reverse? The “ever-closer union” enshrined in EU treaties since 1957 no longer looks so assured after a voter backlash in May’s European Parliament elections and ...