Trophy Infrastructure, Troublesome Debt: China Makes Inroads in Europe

BELGRADE, Serbia—Europe is distracted by internal discord over immigration and its tense relationship with Russia and the U.S. Seeking to fill the void, China is taking advantage of a historic opportunity to wedge itself into the heart of the West. Deal by deal, applying experience honed in Asia and Africa, China is constructing parallel financial…

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Putin: If US delivers missiles to Europe, we will mirror this

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia will respond in kind if the US withdraws from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Putin’s warning followed US President Donald Trump’s weekend announcement that he intends to opt out of the landmark 1987 nuclear arms control pact – which rid Europe of land-based nuclear missiles – over alleged Russian violations. “If the…

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Europe Extends Lead Over US to 8-4

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What Did You Miss? What Brexit Did When Europe Hit the Beach

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Refugees in Greece hopeless as Europe eyes more returns

Athens, Greece – Heat radiated from the pavement on a summer day at the Eleonas refugee camp in an industrial area on the outskirts of the Greek capital. Wearing a flowing shirt, Manazza Fatima wrapped a salmon-coloured scarf loosely around her head. The 40-year-old Pakistani asylum seeker motioned to a two-person tent across the street…

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Corruption and instability in Europe

The toppling of Spain’s prime minister and the rise of Italy’s new populist government have led to concerns over newfound instability in Europe. One factor in both cases: corruption. By the numbers: 81% in Spain and 84% in Italy believe government corruption is widespread, among the highest marks in the EU, according to Gallup. Read…

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Visa cards experience “service disruption” across Europe

The Visa credit card system has suffered major outages across Europe, with thousands of businesses and customers unable to process payments, reports the BBC. The impact: The problem was particularly severe in the United Kingdom, where Visa card usage accounts for 1 in every 3 dollars of all spending. The incident highlights one of the…

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