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The Calculated Rise of Emmanuel Macron
The French presidential candidate skipped electoral politics, instead connecting with the elite. His contest with Marine Le Pen will determine the future of his country—and of the European project.
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Hungary's Orban Agrees to Work With EU
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he will ‘cool down’ the anti-European rhetoric and work with the EU institutions on controversial measures against foreign-funded universities and civil rights groups.
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Le Pen Lines Up Far-Right Candidate as Prime Minister
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said she will name the head of a separate far-right party as prime minister if she wins next weekend’s election, a move to capture more votes as she faces off with centrist front-runner Emmanuel Macron.
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EU Seeks Meeting With Turkey's Erdogan at NATO Summit
EU top officials will seek to hold a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the margins of the NATO summit next month, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
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EU Signals U.K. Trade Talks Are Still Months Away
The European Union adopted its core positions Saturday for the coming Brexit negotiations, making it clear to Britain that talks on a future trade agreement remain months away.
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U.K. Economy Slows Sharply Ahead of Election, Brexit Talks
The U.K. economy slowed sharply in the first quarter as consumers pared back spending, a warning sign on growth ahead of a national election in June and the start of Britain’s exit talks with the European Union.
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EU to Say Northern Ireland Can Join Bloc in Event of Unification
European Union leaders are set to promise that if Northern Ireland were to unite with the Republic of Ireland in the future, it would automatically rejoin the bloc.
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Le Pen Appointee Resigns Post Amid Holocaust Controversy
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s replacement to serve as interim head of her National Front party steps down after his remarks in 2000 over the use of poison gas in Nazi death camps resurface.
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EU Foreign Ministers Clash Over Relations With Turkey
Europe’s top diplomats meeting here Friday said they are unwilling to formally end Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, but pressed Ankara to make clear its intentions.
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French Economic Growth Slowdown Casts Doubt on Strength of Eurozone
French economic growth slowed at the start of the year, but the Spanish economy gained momentum, a mixed signal at a time of cautious optimism about the outlook for the eurozone’s so-far modest recovery.
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Pope, in Egypt, Takes Aim at Violence Based on Religion
Pope Francis opened a two-day visit to Egypt Friday with a forceful denunciation of religiously inspired violence and a call for religious freedom, three weeks after terrorists killed dozens in bombings at two Christian churches there.
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Pope Visits Islamic School at Center of Extremism Debate
A thousand-year-old university where Pope Francis took part in a peace conference on Friday is at the center of a dispute gripping Egypt over how to modernize Islam at a time of terrorist violence.
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EU Says National Front May Have Misspent as Much as €5 Million
Lawmakers from France’s National Front may have misspent as much as €5 million in EU funds, the European Parliament now estimates, more than double the original estimate in the investigation into the party’s activities.
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Brexit Fight Looms Over Role of EU Courts
When leaders of 27 European Union states meet on Saturday to settle guidelines on how to negotiate Brexit, they will show their determination to give EU courts a major role over U.K.-EU affairs, after Theresa May’s demand for freedom from European jurisdiction.
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A Miracle at the World's Largest Church: People Are Showing Up
Our Lady of Peace in Ivory Coast can hold 18,000 people, but years of civil strife and its remote jungle location long kept worshippers and tourists away. ‘It is indeed strange.’
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U.K. Police Detain Man on Terrorism Suspicions Near Parliament
Intelligence officials had been tracking the 27-year-old who was carrying knives. Police said no bystanders were injured and there were no known immediate threats.
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ECB Gives No Indication It's Ready to End Easy Money
The European Central Bank gave no signs it is ready to wind down its monetary stimulus despite an economic rebound in the eurozone, opting to soothe financial markets ahead of the second round of France’s presidential election.
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Merkel Says Some Britons Expect Too Much From Brexit Talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the U.K. risked “wasted time” because some people in the country suffered illusions over how well Britain could fare in talks about the country’s exit from the European Union.
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Eurozone Confidence Hits Postcrisis High
Eurozone businesses and consumers grew more upbeat about their prospects in April, as a measure of confidence rose to its highest level since a year before the global financial crisis struck in 2008.
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Macron, Le Pen Clash at Closing Whirlpool Plant
French presidential candidates on Wednesday turned a Whirlpool Corp. factory threatened with closure into a impromptu stage for an ideological battle over how to revive the country’s declining industrial might.
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