Tag - europe



Solar installations in the village of Hjolderup in Denmark
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Jan 21, 2024
Europe’s climate push fails to stem crisis in solar industry
Despite insistence to push for more homegrown energy infrastructure, governments have been slow to prop up the ailing industry.
Migrants picked up at sea attempting to cross the English Channel from France disembark from a U.K. border force cutter in Dover, England, on Saturday.
Jan 14, 2024
Four die trying to cross Channel to U.K. in freezing cold
The fatalities were the first reported migrant deaths on the Channel in 2024.
Demonstrators march as they protest in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in London on Dec. 9. Huge demonstrations against the Israeli military’s attacks on Gaza have been taking place in the U.K. and elsewhere.
COMMENTARY / World / Geoeconomic Briefing
Jan 9, 2024
Europe rattled by Israel-Hamas war
Attempts to establish a peaceful international order after two world wars have been greatly shaken by recent conflicts.
A Ukrainian artillery unit operating a Swedish-made Archer self-propelled howitzer fires on Russian positions in the country's Donetsk region on Dec. 16.
Jan 4, 2024
Russian revanchism must be defeated in Ukraine
The fact that Putin has violated numerous treaties would cast substantial doubt on the credibility of any deal.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping after a reception following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 21. China has refused to push back against the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine, in the hopes that the war would weaken the United States and NATO.
COMMENTARY / The Year Ahead
Dec 11, 2023
Europe’s Chinese new year
The last year has solidified China’s status as one of the most salient foreign-policy challenges facing Europe. But it has been a long time coming.
Subsidies in China turned the country into an electric vehicle giant but produced weed-infested graveyards of abandoned EVs.
Dec 25, 2023
No one wants used EVs, making new ones a tougher sell too
In the $1.2 trillion secondhand market, prices for battery-powered cars are falling faster than for their combustion-engine cousins.
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, speaks during a news conference ahead of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Dec. 4.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 19, 2023
Five elections in 2024 that will shape the global order
With half the world heading to the polls in 2024, and some 30 countries electing a president, here are five key elections to watch.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel during an EU summit in Kyiv on Feb. 3.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 15, 2023
EU grants Ukraine membership talks but can't agree on financial aid
The move comes at a critical time for Ukraine, with its counteroffensive against Russian forces having failed to make major gains.
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen arrives at the U.K. Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Summit at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Britain, on Nov. 2.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
EU set to hold talks to finalize agreement on world's first AI law
Brussels wants a legal armory to protect EU citizens' rights, while some member states worry that too much regulation will stifle innovation.
Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, speaks during the Summit on Methane and Other Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases on day three of the COP28 climate conference in Dubai on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 6, 2023
EU takes tough line to China to level economic playing field
The EU fears China's weakened economic recovery may drive an uptick in exports
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signing the Brexit trade deal with the EU in London on Dec. 30, 2020.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 6, 2023
Three years on, U.K. factories still face Brexit challenges
A survey by trade body Make U.K found that 90% of businesses felt post-Brexit trading arrangements were still disrupting trade with the EU.
A BMW electric vehicle is charged at a charging station in Drogenbos, Belgium, in November.
Dec 4, 2023
EU's electric dreams short-circuited by EV charging gridlock
The process for setting up a fast EV charging station has risen to an average of two years from six months in the last few years.
A senior Toyota official speaks about the automaker's sales strategy in Europe during an event in Brussels on Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 4, 2023
Toyota to make 20% of European sales zero-emission cars by 2026
The plan comes as the European Union is set to ban sales of gasoline-powered cars in 2035.
Police patrol the Champs Elysees in Paris last month amid security concerns following a deadly knife attack in northern France.
Nov 25, 2023
Gaza war raises risk of Islamist extremism in Europe
Intelligence in five European countries including Britain, Germany and France said they are increasing surveillance of Islamist militants.
The European Union finds itself at a crossroads of balancing national borders, economic autonomy and liberal values.
Nov 23, 2023
The geopolitics of EU enlargement
The European bloc appears to be moving toward radical reinvention.
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech in Budapest on Nov. 18, after he was re-elected leader at the congress of the governing right-wing Fidesz party.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 23, 2023
Inside Viktor Orban’s $1 billion academy for future nationalists
The academy has become a training ground for the next generation of Orban disciples to ensure the nationalist forces are replenished.
PVV leader Geert Wilders' far-right, anti-Islam party has won a stunning victory in the Dutch election, a political bombshell that will resound in Europe and around the world.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 23, 2023
Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders scores shock election victory
The influx of refugees since the Russia-Ukraine war, and the spiraling cost of food and energy, has fueled support for far-right groups across Europe.
An employee works on the assembly line in a hangar of an aircraft manufacturer near the town of Odolena Voda, Czech Republic, in July 2017.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 20, 2023
Central Europe's defense companies spy African opportunity
Former Warsaw Pact members are well-placed to maintain or upgrade many weapon systems used on the continent.
Professional groups may lobby for regulations to control artificial intelligence and steer it toward labor-augmenting uses rather than labor-replacing ones.
Nov 16, 2023
Managing the AI backlash: Lessons from the past
The history of professional guilds in Europe provides clues as to how workers may react to AI-caused disruptions.
Rassemblement National member of Parliament Marine Le Pen (left), and the president of the far-right party Jordan Bardella (right) march during a demonstration against antisemitism in Paris on Sunday
WORLD / Politics
Nov 16, 2023
EU's far right joins rally against antisemitism, unsettling some Jews
The strategy is to normalize the party's image, helping politicians bolster their anti-migration agenda while rebutting suggestions they are racist.


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