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French President Emmanuel Macron (left), German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (center) and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk join hands at a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin on Friday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 16, 2024
France and Germany to build arms plant in Ukraine as stakes rise
The announcement will do little to address Ukraine’s most pressing need: getting Kyiv enough ammunition in the short term.
Investors been pouring money into promising AI startups, eager to uncover the next big thing after ChatGPT.
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 11, 2024
AI talent war heats up in Europe
The talent war means workers are increasingly well-placed to make demands of their prospective employers.
An amphibious assault demonstration with joint forces of the Swedish, Finnish, Italian and French army during the Nordic Response 24 military exercise on Sunday near Sorstraumen, above the Arctic Circle in Norway. Nordic Response 24 is part of the larger NATO exercise Steadfast Defender.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 12, 2024
In frozen north, a stronger NATO prepares for Russia's threat
NATO's four-month Steadfast Defender exercise in its Arctic fringe are part of the largest drills staged by the alliance since the Cold War.
Firefighters tackle a blaze near the village of Piedrafita in northern Spain's Asturias region on March 31.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Mar 12, 2024
Europe must do more against 'catastrophic' climate risks, EU says
The risks are plenty and varied, including fires, water shortages, flooding, erosion and saltwater intrusion.
French President Emmanuel Macron greets Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Feb. 26.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 9, 2024
Macron and Scholz, never close, spar over policy toward Ukraine and Russia
A fraught relationship has recently turned bitter, with insults and barbs threatening European unity at a critical moment.
Swedish soldiers take part in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 8, 2024
Sweden’s NATO accession unlocks defense options to fend off Russia
Becoming a full member removes any ambiguity about whether the alliance would defend Sweden in the event of an attack, and vice versa.
A DITA howitzer-gun vehicle at an arms factory in Sternberk, Czech Republic
WORLD / Politics
Mar 7, 2024
As Russia advances, Europe extends reach to source ammunition for Ukraine
Supplies of ammunition to Ukraine have been interrupted by politics, with U.S. Congress holding up a $60 billion military aid package.
The Netherland's Prime Minister Mark Rutte waves as he walks past NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg during a summit at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels in June 2021.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 6, 2024
‘A safe pair of hands’: Dutch PM emerges as NATO chief front-runner
Although the top contender, Mark Rutte may still have to win over about a third of the alliance’s 31-member states.
Soldiers during a live-fire exercise in Weiden, Germany
WORLD / Politics
Mar 5, 2024
Germany faces pressure to tighten security after Ukraine details exposed
One official described the lapses that led to the leak as expected from people who have never had security briefings but not from military officials.
Remember, Vladimir Putin ridiculed the idea that he would invade Ukraine, right up until he ordered close to 200,000 troops over the border.
Mar 3, 2024
Would Putin stop if he wins in Ukraine? Let’s not find out.
Just because the Russian leader is a serial liar doesn’t prove he is being untruthful now.
Artillery shells and primers in a self-propelled howitzer operated by Ukraine’s 80th Brigade, near Kreminna, Ukraine, in January 2023.
WORLD / Politics / FOCUS
Mar 2, 2024
Europe battles gunpowder shortage to supply shells for Ukraine
Hard-to-find gunpowder is hindering Europe's scramble to provide hundreds of thousands of shells to Kyiv.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual state of the nation address in Moscow on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 1, 2024
NATO risks nuclear war if troops are sent to Ukraine, Putin warns
The Russian leader has reiterated that his country remains committed to the goals of its February 2022 invasion.
French President Emmanuel Macron's comments fitted with his reputation as a diplomatic disruptor who likes to break taboos and challenge conventional thinking.
Feb 28, 2024
Macron's Ukraine troop talk shakes up NATO allies
The French president's idea of possibly sending troops to Ukraine was so ambiguous that he sparked confusion and irritation among some allies.
Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson receives information that Hungary's parliament has voted yes to ratify Sweden's NATO accession, at the government headquarters in Stockholm on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 27, 2024
The NATO welcoming Sweden is larger and more determined
The alliance's expansion was a consequence from the invasion of Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin may not have calculated.
Customers shop at the GU store in the SoHo neighborhood of New York. The brand's operator Fast Retailing hopes to expand its share in markets in the United States and Europe.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 26, 2024
Uniqlo’s sister brand GU takes aim at market in U.S. and Europe
International sales made up more than half of Uniqlo’s revenue in the latest fiscal year, GU has mostly only flourished domestically.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomes French President Emmanuel Macron at the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July 2023.
Feb 24, 2024
Europe’s east is losing faith in its west over arming Ukraine
The mood in diplomatic circles is that, should Russia ultimately win its war in Ukraine, Western Europe will not be forgiven.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks on the second day of the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.
Feb 21, 2024
China-Europe ties worsen on Ukraine and disputes over trade
Beijing’s support for Russia has been a sticking point in relations with Europe.
Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born electric cars on the production line at the company’s plant in Zwickau, Germany.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 21, 2024
Europe is being forced to reboot its car industry
Unless they can get strategies back on track, Europe’s automakers risk falling further behind China and Tesla
The European Union is looking to conclude a security and defense partnership agreement with Japan amid China's maritime assertiveness.
JAPAN / Politics
Feb 20, 2024
EU to seek security and defense pact with Japan amid China's assertiveness
The two sides will explore increasing cooperation across wide areas including maritime security, intelligence sharing and coping with hybrid attacks
The European Union plans to investigate TikTok, the video-sharing app owned by China's ByteDance, regarding its possible negative impacts on young people.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 20, 2024
EU launches probe into TikTok over alleged failure to protect children
Brussels is concerned the video-sharing app may not be doing enough to address negative impacts on young people including from algorithmically fed content.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on