Europe Situation Reports

Ukraine: Germany, France And Russia Pledge To Back New Truce

Following Feb. 18 talks, the governments of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine have agreed to use their influence to enforce a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine beginning Feb. 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Vice President Reassures NATO Allies

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 18 and said that Washington's commitment to NATO is "unwavering" but that members needed to spend more on defense, Reuters reported. Read more…

Norway: Sovereign Wealth Fund Changes Planned

The Norwegian government announced two proposals Feb. 16 to the management of the Government Pension Fund Global, Regjeringen reported. Read more…

Italy: Democratic Party Could Soon Fracture

A major split could soon take place in Italy's Democratic Party over disagreements about the ambitions of former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, La Stampa reported Feb. 16. Read more…

Germany: Ruling Coalition Split Over Defense Spending

Members from Germany's ruling coalition appear to be split over the possibility of increased defense spending, FAZ and Reuters reported Feb. 15. Read more…

Spain: Catalan Independence Vote Blocked

Spain's top court has ruled against an independence bid by the separatist region of Catalonia, branding it unconstitutional, AFP reported Feb. 14. The Constitutional Court of Spain rejected a resolution that was put forward by the Catalan regional parliament for a referendum on independence. Read more…

Italy: Former Prime Minister Renzi Resigns As Democratic Party Leader

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned as leader of the center-left Democratic Party on Feb. 13, La Repubblica reported. Read more…

Germany: Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier Elected President

Germany's parliamentary assembly in Berlin elected former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for president Feb. 12, BBC reported. Read more…

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