Voice of America : Europe (96)

EU Pushes to Curb Africa Migration More, Still Split on Hosting Refugees

European Union leaders will discuss how to further curb immigration from across the Mediterranean over dinner on Thursday, but are as divided as ever on how to take care of refugees who still make it to Europe. Their chairman, Donald Tusk, proposed creating a new financing tool in the bloc’s ...

Trump’s Climate Politics Propel US Scientist to New Start in France

When U.S.-based scientist Christopher Cantrell heard President Donald Trump pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, he did not imagine that six months later he would be shaking the French leader's hand and starting anew in France. Hours after Trump’s announcement in June, ...

War-scarred Neighborhoods Dot Ukraine's Rebel-held Donetsk

Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets — this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name. The self-styled Donetsk and next-door Luhansk "people's republics" broke away from central rule in ...

Russia's Olympic Committee to Support its Neutral Athletes at Winter Games

Russia's Olympic Committee agreed on Tuesday to support its athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea as neutrals following a ban on the Russian national team. The International Olympic Committee last week banned Russia from the Games, due to take place in Pyeongchang ...

Bulgaria Freezes Assets of Independent Media Publisher

Bulgaria has frozen assets, property and bank accounts belonging to businessman and media owner Ivo Prokopiev, who said the state was trying to silence the country's independent media. The Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture is preparing to file a claim against Prokopiev and his businesses to ...

NATO Chief Stoltenberg Wins Extended Term to Late 2020

NATO allies extended Jens Stoltenberg's term as secretary-general of the Western military alliance until late 2020 on Tuesday, giving the former Norwegian prime minister a rare six-year mandate in the top job. Stoltenberg, who took up the post on Oct. 1 2014, will now step down two years later than ...

Migrants Stranded on Greek Island: 'This Is Not A Life'

Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets. Nearby, three Syrian men share a flimsy tent designed for two. Like the ...

New Polish PM: Must Defend National Interest in EU Future Debate

Poland should defend its national identity and interests at a time when the European Union is debating its own future, the country's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told parliament on Tuesday. Warsaw has grown increasingly isolated in the European Union since the Law and Justice party won ...

Report: EU Complicit in Human Rights Abuses in Libya

Europe has been complicit in human rights abuses committed by Libyan authorities against refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, Amnesty International said Tuesday. According to a report entitled "Libya's Dark Web of Collusion," the international watchdog said that European ...

Putin Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on Syria; but, Could It Prove Premature?

Vladimir Putin confirmed last week he would seek a fifth term as Russia’s president next March — and this week, he kicked off his re-election campaign, not in his home country, but overseas in the Middle East. With stops in Egypt, Turkey and Syria, where he declared Monday that ...

Offshore Wind Turbine Debut Reflects Roadblocks in France’s Climate-Fighting Ambitions

The skies were threatening, but that didn’t dampen the speeches and celebrations at this gritty, Brittany port. “Floatgen, I wish you good wind and fair seas,” French sailor Catherine Chabaud announced to a crowd of dignitaries, before sending a champagne bottle smashing against a ...

British Banker Appeals Conviction of Double Murder in Hong Kong

A British banker sentenced to life in prison for the gruesome murders of two Indonesian women went before a Hong Kong court Tuesday to appeal his conviction. Rurik Jutting was convicted last year of the 2014 murders of Sumarti Ningsih and Seneng Mujiasih in his luxury apartment. Jurors were shown ...

Paris Summit Focused on Boosting Funding for Climate Change Fight

French President Emmanuel Macron has told more than 200 global investors and 50 world leaders in Paris the global community “is losing the battle” against climate change. “It’s time to act and move faster and win this battle,” Macron said Tuesday at a summit to secure more ...

Princes William, Harry Set for 'Last Jedi' London Premiere

Princes William and Harry are due on the red carpet for the European premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," in which the royal siblings reportedly make a cameo appearance. Royal officials refuse to comment on reports that the princes played stormtroopers in the sci-fi saga when they visited the ...

EU Suspends Funding for Cambodian Election

The European Union has suspended funding for Cambodia's 2018 general election because the vote cannot be credible after the dissolution of the main opposition party, according to a letter sent to the national election committee on Tuesday. The Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved by the ...

Green Cash, Carbon Tax: What to Expect at Paris Climate Meet

French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting an international summit Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, hoping to inject the pact with new energy after President Donald Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from it. The accord reached two years ago set goals for ...

Putin Visits Ankara as Bilateral Relations Continue to Deepen

In their third meeting in a month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Ankara. The talks primarily focused on Syria, but Putin's visit coincides with U.S.-Turkish relations, reeling from a crisis sparked by U.S. President Donald Trump's ...

Corsica's Nationalists Dream Bigger After Election Win

Corsican nationalists said on Monday it was time for talks with Paris on greater autonomy for the French Mediterranean island, after they won nearly two-thirds of seats in local elections. Support for their cause in Sunday's vote was boosted by dissatisfaction with France's mainstream parties, a ...

France Awards Climate Grants to US-based Scientists on Summit Eve

Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming. Macron unveiled the "Make our Planet Great Again" grants after ...

Austria to Drop Impending Smoking Ban, Bucking Western Trend

While much of the West has barred smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria's impending ban is set to be stubbed out. The small, affluent country is famed for its Alpine scenery and its capital, Vienna, is regularly rated as the world's best city to live in. But many visitors are surprised to find ...

Poland's New Prime Minister Sworn In With Old Cabinet

Poland's new prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, was officially sworn into office Monday along with the Cabinet members who served under his predecessor.   The country's prime minister of the last two years, Beata Szydlo, was sworn in as deputy prime minister during the ceremony at the Presidential ...

Romania's Lower House Approves Controversial Courts Bill

Romania's lower house of parliament, which is dominated by the ruling Social Democrats, approved a bill on Monday that will change the way magistrates are supervised and which critics say threatens judicial independence and efforts to fight corruption. Thousands of Romanians have rallied in the ...

Catalan Protesters Clash With Police Over 'Plunder' of Religious Artifacts

Protesters clashed with police trying to reclaim disputed religious artifacts from a museum in Catalonia on Monday, in the latest display of tension between Catalan separatists and Spain's central government ahead of a Dec. 21 election. A monastery in neighboring Aragon region says over 44 of its ...

UK Leader Says There's New Optimism in Brexit Talks

Prime Minister Theresa May says there is a new sense of optimism about negotiations over Britain's departure from the European Union, insisting that a preliminary deal has given fresh impetus to the talks. May met with her Cabinet on Monday before a scheduled address to the House of Commons, where ...

Saakashvili Appears in Court in Ukraine

Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president turned opposition leader in Ukraine, appeared in court Monday in the Ukrainian capital for a hearing on whether he should continue to be held in custody. Saakashvili was arrested Friday on allegations that he colluded with Ukrainian businessmen tied ...

France Offers Chinese Primer in Mastering Wine Industry

After dominating industries like textiles, electronics and mobile phones, powerhouse China is setting its sights on a new sector.  Experts predict that by 2020, the country will rank just behind Spain as the world’s biggest wine market, fueled by both domestic production and foreign imports. ...

Romania: Protests of Laws Viewed as lax on Graft Renewed

More than 10,000 people on Sunday participated in another round of protests against Romanian legislation that critics say would make it harder to punish high-level corruption. The main protest outside government offices in Bucharest brought out thousands on Sunday and riot police closed roads due to ...

German FM: 'United States of Europe' Wouldn't Negate Nations

Germany's foreign minister says a "United States of Europe" proposed by his party's leader wouldn't spell the end of nation-states on the continent. Martin Schulz, who heads the center-left Social Democrats, told a party meeting last week that countries refusing to sign a treaty establishing a ...

Thousands in Ukraine Demand Saakashvili's Release

Thousands in Ukraine rallied Sunday in protest of the arrest of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili, calling for his release and the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko. Ukrainian officials have accused Saakashvili, whom they arrested Friday, of abetting an alleged "criminal group" led by ...

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Nuclear Powers to Sign UN Treaty

Winners of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize warned that the world was "one impulsive tantrum" away from destruction, urging nuclear nations to adopt a U.N. treaty banning atomic weapons. "Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?" Beatrice Fihn, who accepted the award on behalf ...

New Protests Erupt in Muslim, Arab World Against Trump's Jerusalem Decision

A new wave of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital erupted Sunday in parts of the Muslim and Arab world. Lebanese security forces outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut fired water cannons and tear gas to beat back Lebanese and Palestinian ...

France’s Republicans Set to Elect Leader to Challenge Macron

In his first seven months in office, President Emmanuel Macron has faced little opposition. But come Sunday, the once-dominant Republicans elect a new leader they hope might recover the party’s voice. The front-runner to lead the party of former presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy is ...

William and Harry Choose Sculptor for Diana Statue

A sculptor who produced the image of Queen Elizabeth used on Britain’s coins has been chosen to create a new statue of Princess Diana, the office of Princes William and Harry said Sunday, to commemorate 20 years since her death. Ian Rank-Broadley, whose effigy of the Queen has appeared on all ...

German Conservatives Reject 'United States of Europe' Ahead of Coalition Talks

Senior members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Saturday rejected the vision for a "United States of Europe" put forward by the Social Democrats , with whom they are hoping to form a governing coalition. SPD leader Martin Schulz said Thursday that his party, which suffered its ...

Ukrainian Author of Manafort Op-ed Says He Sought Input to Avoid Errors

The author of an article that U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller believes former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort ghost-wrote in violation of a gag order said Saturday that he had sought input on the op-ed before publishing to avoid errors. On Friday, Mueller unveiled evidence against Manafort ...

Russian General Named in Bellingcat MH17 Report Plans to Sue

A senior Russian general who was accused in a recent investigation of being a coordinator of separatist forces in eastern Ukraine and of possibly playing a role in the downing of a civilian airliner in July 2014 has said he plans to sue the authors of the report for defamation. Retired General ...

Saakashvili Declares Hunger Strike Following Arrest in Kyiv

Ukrainian opposition politician and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has declared a hunger strike, his lawyer told journalists on Saturday. Attorney Ruslan Chornolutskiy released a letter from Saakashvili calling on supporters to protest in Kyiv on Sunday and to call for the impeachment ...

Tears, Pomp, Extravagance as France Mourns Rocker Hallyday

France bid farewell to its biggest rock star Saturday, honoring Johnny Hallyday with an extravagant funeral procession down Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue, a presidential speech and a televised church ceremony filled with the country’s most famous faces. Few figures in French history have ...

Aid Groups Vowing to Boycott New Myanmar Camps for Rohingya

Humanitarian organizations are urging the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to ensure Rohingya refugees return to their home country in safety and on a voluntary basis. They also say they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state in Myanmar if the Rohingya refugees are ...

Provocative Exhibition Looks at Artists' Response to Post-9/11 'Age of Terror'

A new exhibition aims to show how the art world has responded to the global changes since the terror attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 at London's Imperial War Museum brings together 40 artists from across the world whose works reflect on conflict and ...

Brexiters Accuse Theresa May of Capitulation

There was relief in London and Brussels Friday after Britain clinched an initial agreement on its terms of divorce from the European Union, opening the way for the next — and even harder — phase of negotiations over the country's future trade relations with the economic bloc. “Let us ...

US Presses Russia About Compliance with Landmark Nuclear Treaty

The United States says it is reviewing military, economic and diplomatic options to compel Russia to return to compliance with the landmark 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty . The State Department marked the 30th anniversary of the Cold War-era treaty, which is set to expire Friday.  ...

Pope Singles Out Rome's Decay, Corruption on Traditional Feast Day

Pope Francis lamented the decay and degradation of Rome on Friday, using a traditional prayer on a national feast day to highlight problems such as environmental blight and corruption in the Italian capital. Francis made his comments at the base of Rome's famed Spanish Steps, where each year popes ...

After Stinging Athens, Turkey's Erdogan Woos Crowds in Northern Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave out toy cars and dolls to children on the final leg of a visit to Greece on Friday, a trip meant to boost ties but which has exposed the deep rifts between the two neighbors. Erdogan visited the Muslim community in Komotini, a town in northern Greece which ...

Polish Lawmakers Advance Legislation Giving Parliament More Power Over Courts

Poland's lower house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved legislation that gives lawmakers more control over the selection of judges, in defiance of warnings from the European Union.  The new legislation allows lawmakers to choose members of the National Judiciary Council, which appoints ...

Ukraine Rearrests Former Georgian President Saakashvili

Ukrainian police on Friday rearrested former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili after he was freed from police custody earlier this week in dramatic fashion by his supporters.   Prosecutors say police detained Saakashvili in Kyiv and are holding him in a temporary detention facility. Hundreds ...

Russian General Identified as 'Figure of Interest' in MH17 Downing

A respected international investigative group says it has identified a senior Russian general as a figure of interest in the downing of a civilian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The Bellingcat investigative group — which uses sophisticated digital techniques to analyze open-source audio ...

Slovenian Magazine Apologizes to US First Lady Melania Trump

A Slovenian magazine apologized Friday to U.S. first lady Melania Trump for suggesting she had worked as a high-end escort while pursuing her international modeling career, and said it is paying her compensation. Melania Trump had filed a libel lawsuit against the Suzy women's magazine. Her ...

FBI Says Its Support for Anti-corruption Unit Abides by Ukrainian Law

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is challenging suggestions of illegal conduct in an undercover sting operation targeting allegedly corrupt government officials in Kyiv, which the FBI conducted in concert with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine . The United States and European ...

Worsening Ukrainian Crisis Suffers from Severe Lack of Funding

The United Nations is appealing for $187 million to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to 2.3 million of the most vulnerable Ukrainians who, it says, have reached the limits of their endurance after four years of conflict. Most people view the ongoing fighting between the Ukrainian ...