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What the New Round of Russia Sanctions Means

And how Putin could retaliate

(Newser) - Amid tensions between Vladimir Putin and the West, Russians have shown little serious concern about the direction their country is headed. But with the downing of the Malaysia Airlines plane and increasing sanctions from the US and EU , the mood appears to be shifting, the New York Times reports. Russian... More »

Obama: Putin Setting Back 'Decades' of Progress

US, Russia again tighten sanctions over Ukraine

(Newser) - The EU approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions today against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of US penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin to end his country's support for separatists in Ukraine whom the West... More »

US Imposes Toughest Sanctions Yet on Russia

But Europe is more restrained

(Newser) - The US and Europe imposed new economic sanctions on Russia today, with President Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting rebels "have consequences." Though the American and European sanctions were coordinated, they nonetheless exposed fissures in what the West has tried to project as... More »

Wall Street Freaks Over Portuguese Bank's Crisis

Banco Espirito Santo missis payment to creditors

(Newser) - The Dow plunged 153 points at the open this morning, reports the Wall Street Journal , as investors cast a worried eye toward Portugal and its second-largest lender. Banco Espirito Santo's shares plunged more than 17% before trading was halted on them, after its parent company revealed that it had... More »

Ukraine Signs Deal That Started It All

And Russia isn't happy

(Newser) - It's official: The Ukraine has signed a free trade deal with the European Union, the BBC reports—the same free trade deal that sparked the protests that led to the current crisis. President Petro Poroshenko called the deal the most historic moment for Ukraine since it gained independence in... More »

Albania Goes to War With Pot Farmers

Hundreds of cops descend on lawless village

(Newser) - There's a new war in the Balkans: Albanian police versus the farmers who have made the country Europe's biggest producer of illegal marijuana. After years of turning a blind eye to the trade that rakes in billions of dollars a year—almost half the country's GDP—hundreds... More »

Far-Right Surges in EU Parliament

Key 'Euroskeptic' groups make big gains

(Newser) - Europe's parliamentary elections have resulted in big gains for those opposed to European Union power, including far-right parties in France, the UK, and Greece, the BBC reports. "The people have spoken loud and clear," said the leader of France's National Front, Marine Le Pen. "They... More »

Google Must Erase Certain Links If Asked: EU Court

Decision aims to protect individual privacy

(Newser) - If you want certain articles or court documents removed when your name is Googled—and you live in Europe—the search giant must comply, Europe's top court says. The ruling, which affects all search engines, focuses on privacy protection and the "right to be forgotten" in Europe, the... More »

Internet Cable Will Span Atlantic to Thwart US Spying

It will guarantee Internet neutrality: Brazilian president

(Newser) - In the wake of Edward Snowden's NSA revelations, a fuming Brazil began plotting an undersea cable to reroute Internet traffic away from the US—and the plan is one that will come to fruition. Brazilian and EU officials yesterday agreed on the installation of an undersea communications cable that... More »

Google May Change Search Results to Settle EU Case

It would depict competing services equally, at least in Europe

(Newser) - The European Union's antitrust watchdog today accepted "far-reaching" concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the 3-year-old case close to an end. Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results in Europe in favor of... More »

European Corruption 'Breathtaking': EU Report

Romania and Bulgaria lead the pack of worst offenders

(Newser) - Think Europeans are unlikely to be corrupted by a bribe? Not according to a new EU report that calls European corruption "breathtaking" in scope and says it costs at least $120 billion a year, the BBC reports. The extent of corruption varies by country, but 75% of Europeans surveyed... More »

Deal Near? Kerry Heads to Iran Talks

Uranium enrichment rights remain point of contention

(Newser) - In the event that an Iranian nuclear deal appeared close, six world powers' head diplomats were poised to head to Geneva, the New York Times notes—and now John Kerry is doing just that. Already today, Russia's foreign minister did the same; Britain's foreign secretary has tweeted that... More »

US Picks New Fight With Germany— on Economics

Merkel's camp fires back at Treasury report

(Newser) - As if US-German relations weren't fraught enough already, the US Treasury savaged the eurozone powerhouse in its semiannual currency report yesterday, complaining that "Germany's anemic pace of domestic demand growth and dependence on exports" have hurt the EU's struggling members, and created "a deflationary bias... More »

Web Sites Liable for Anonymous User Comments: EU Court

Newser editors terrified

(Newser) - Web sites can be held legally liable for anonymous user comments posted on them, the European Court of Human Rights declared yesterday, in a ruling sure to terrify news sites everywhere. The case revolves around the Estonian news site Delfi, which in 2006 posted an unflattering article about a ferry... More »

Malala Wins Top EU Human Rights Award

Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Skyi among previous winners

(Newser) - European lawmakers have awarded their top human rights prize to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year. The European Parliament announced today that 16-year-old Malala, who has also been mentioned as a possible recipient of tomorrow's Nobel peace prize , won the $65,000 Sakharov... More »

EU: Assad Is Likely Guilty, But Wait for UN Report

Representative calls chemical attack a 'war crime'

(Newser) - The European Union officially weighed in on Syria today, and Reuters uses a very common phrase of late to describe its statement: "carefully worded." It says that, yes, a chemical weapons attack occurred, and yes, all the available information "seems to indicate strong evidence that the Syrian... More »

EU Looks to Make Drivers Stop Speeding

Britain opposes 'Big Brother' proposal

(Newser) - The European Union is pushing a high-tech plan to prevent speeding: Cars could be equipped with devices to reduce their speed when it breaks the limit, the Daily Mail reports. Some 30,000 people in the EU die in road accidents each year; officials are hoping to slash that figure... More »

Obama, Merkel Plan Meeting on US Spying

As EU officials gather to discuss reports

(Newser) - President Obama and Angela Merkel have discussed US spying allegations by phone, the White House says, and they're organizing a meeting between US and German security officials on the issue. "The president assured the chancellor that the United States takes seriously the concerns of our European allies and... More »

France: No Trade Talks With Spying US

Calls on EU to suspend free-trade zone talks until US offers more details on surveillance

(Newser) - France is apparently still pretty pissed about all this NSA-spying-on-EU business , and is pushing to suspend trade talks between the EU and US until the White House offers up more details on its surveillance activities. "We don't want to abandon negotiations on the free trade agreement with the... More »

Eurozone Joblessness Hits New High

Zone may not exit recession this quarter

(Newser) - Unemployment across the 17 European Union countries that use the euro hit another all-time high in May, official data showed today. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said the eurozone's unemployment rate rose 0.1 percentage point in May to 12.1%. April's unemployment rate was initially estimated... More »

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