Rome's battle with Europe will show if Italy is too big to fail, strategist says

Rome's battle with Europe will show if Italy is too big to fail, strategist says

Franco Origlia/Getty Images Giuseppe Conte delivers a declaration after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella as part of consultations for a new government at the Quirinale Palace on May 23, 2018 in Rome, Italy. There’s a standoff emerging between the European Union and the new Italian government, one which will ultimately answer the question […]

Why Europe is pivotal player for China in a three-way trade puzzle

Why Europe is pivotal player for China in a three-way trade puzzle

China should collaborate on multiple fronts to work through a three-way stand-off over trade between Beijing, Brussels and Washington, observers and diplomats have said. The need for a strategic balancing act has gained fresh urgency with Beijing and the European Union (EU) to hold high-level economic talks on June 25, according to a European source, […]

Europe markets higher as trade developments linger, WH Smith up 4%

Europe markets higher as trade developments linger, WH Smith up 4%

Overall market sentiment was influenced by politics. New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte presented the coalition’s plans to crackdown on immigration and up welfare spending while cutting taxes on Tuesday. The yield on 10-year Italian paper traded 12 basis points higher shortly after the market open at 2.86 percent — showing investors are wary about […]

Even where gay marriage is banned in Europe, same-sex spouses have right to residency, court rules

Even where gay marriage is banned in Europe, same-sex spouses have right to residency, court rules

Clai Hamilton, left, and Adrian Coman, an American-Romanian gay couple who were married in Belgium, are shown in Bucharest, Romania, on July 22, 2016. (Vadim Ghirda/AP) In 2010, Adrian Coman, a Romanian, and Clai Hamilton, an American, married in Brussels. Then, in 2012, Coman’s contract with the European Parliament ended. The couple were considering moving to Coman’s home […]

Ireland still one of the most Christian states in Europe

Ireland still one of the most Christian states in Europe

Ireland remains one of the most Christian countries in western Europe, though church attenders are outnumbered by non-practising believers, according to a new survey. Four out of five Irish people identify as Christian, the highest figure across the continent apart from Portugal. One in three of us attends church, just behind Portugal (35 per cent) […]

Brexit Nightmare: 17-Mile Traffic Jams at the Dover Border

Brexit Nightmare: 17-Mile Traffic Jams at the Dover Border

Those who want to keep close ties to the bloc point to warnings that quitting a customs union could cause chaos at ports and cost firms more than $25 billion a year. Certainly, Mrs. May could pay a high political price if she gets things wrong. Here at Dover, within eight minutes, trucks can normally […]

HBO Europe Begins Shooting Cyber Crime Series 'Hackerville' in Romania

HBO Europe Begins Shooting Cyber Crime Series 'Hackerville' in Romania

Cable company HBO Europe has started to shoot cyber-crime thriller series “Hackerville” in Transilvania, a region of Romania, as its first international co-production, building on a string of locally shot productions, including Romania-set detective series “Umbre” (pictured). “It will put Romania on the map of the international TV drama scene,” says co-creator and executive producer […]

20 great traditional festivals in Europe

20 great traditional festivals in Europe

Water jousting, France Fête de la Saint-Louis, Sète, LanguedocWhen: 23-28 AugustHighlight: The final night’s firework display Since 1666, the port of Sète has been celebrating its patron saint in boisterous style. The town, known as the Venice of Languedoc, stages water-jousting tournaments on its canals throughout the summer, but it’s during its August festival that […]

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