Wall Street Journal : Europe (22)

May Fails to Unblock Brexit Deadlock at Brussels Dinner

British Prime Minister Theresa May was unsuccessful in bridging differences with top European Union officials over financial issues and the timing of free trade talks.

Bomb Kills Reporter Who Covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' Link

A Maltese investigative journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said.

The Eurozone's Challenge: Don't Waste the Recovery

The eurozone is enjoying a stronger than expected recovery, and needs to seize the moment to tackle its vulnerabilities in order to increase the currency bloc's resilience to future shocks.

European Leaders Say Iran Deal Must Be Preserved

European leaders urged Washington not to reimpose U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying they were determined to preserve the nuclear accord but ready to work outside the agreement to address Washington's concerns over Iran's behavior.

EU Sees Trump Cooperation on Financial Rules

European officials see cooperation with the Trump administration on financial sector oversight “developing in a positive way,” according to a top official who met with U.S. regulators on Friday.

ECB Faces Bond Bottleneck

The European Central Bank is down to its last €300 billion. That's the amount of bonds that the ECB could purchase next year under its giant bond-buying program without changing the rules, according to two people familiar with the matter

EU to Press New Measures Against North Korea, Venezuela

European governments are preparing to raise pressure on North Korea and Venezuela, in line with the priorities of the Trump administration, even as Washington throws into doubt the future of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Legal Intricacies Complicate May's Two-Year Brexit Transition Period

Devising a legal way for the U.K. to continue to trade with the EU “on current terms” while no longer in the EU? Theresa May's Brexit proposed Brexit transition period would be fiendishly difficult to pull off.

Wall Street Journal Reporter Sentenced to Prison by Turkish Court

A Turkish court sentenced Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison Tuesday, declaring her guilty of engaging in terrorist propaganda in support of a banned Kurdish separatist organization through one of her articles.

ECB: Banks' Capital Buffers Are Big Enough to Cope With Higher Rates

Eurozone banks won't be required to raise fresh capital to guard against a sudden increase in interest rates, according to the European Central Bank.

Catalonia's Bid for Independence Sows Deep Divisions Among Family, Friends

The divisions that marked the aftermath of Britain's Brexit referendum and the U.S. presidential election are now being felt in Catalonia, where discussion of the independence issue is so fraught that it is off limits for many gatherings of family, friends and colleagues.

For Switzerland's Central Bank, $30 Billion in Profits but Not Much Reward

Imagine being a money manager sitting on profits of over $30 billion in the third quarter alone that you can't cash in. Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Swiss central banking.

Spain's Separatist Divide Spills Onto Soccer Field

Old rivalries in Spain's national sport intensify after Catalonia votes for independence

Taxation Tests European Unity

The European Union is selling its push to wrest tax revenue from multinational companies as a step toward leveling the corporate playing field across the continent. But the move risks exacerbating tax disputes among member states, and undermining the bloc's unity.

Spanish Court Moves to Block Catalan Parliamentary Session

A top Spanish court has suspended Catalonia's planned parliamentary session on independence, as pro-union forces attempt to stop the wealthy northeastern region from breaking away from Spain.

Putin, Saudi King Explore Deeper Cooperation

The first visit by a Saudi monarch to Moscow showcased Russia's efforts to wield its rising influence in the Middle East on Thursday, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said of longstanding U.S.-Saudi ties, “everything changes.”

Vatican Finance Chief Faces March Hearing Over Sex-Abuse Charges

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell, one of the most senior officials in the Vatican, will cross-examine dozens of witnesses called by prosecutors accusing him of historical sexual offenses in Australia.

ECB Discussed Options for Scaling Back QE at Last Meeting

European Central Bank officials discussed options for scaling down their giant bond-buying program at their September meeting, but were worried by the strengthening euro.

ECB Officials Discussed Options for Recalibrating QE at Last Meeting

European Central Bank officials discussed how to scale down their giant bond-buying program at their September policy meeting, and argued over the reasons for the recent strength of the euro, according to minutes.

The European Union's Neoliberal Dilemma

The EU's free movement of capital and people appeared to deliver only winners before the economic crisis, Simon Nixon writes. Since then, however, the downside of competing for capital and labor has become clear.

France's National Assembly Approves Antiterror Bill

France's National Assembly passed contentious antiterror legislation that seeks to enshrine extraordinary powers the government adopted years ago when it declared a state-of-emergency in the wake of the November 2015 attacks.

European Commission Calls Catalonia Vote Illegal

The European Commission said the referendum in Catalonia in which voters overwhelmingly backed independence was illegal but called on all parties to end violence and start a dialogue.