Europe Situation Reports

France: Left-Wing Parties Hold Presidential Primary

Socialist voters in France are casting ballots in a nationwide presidential primary to decide on their nominee for the election in April, BBC reported Jan. 22. Read more…

U.S.: German Chancellor Vows Compromise With New President

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Jan. 21 to compromise with the new administration of President Donald Trump on matters such as trade and military spending, Reuters reported. Read more…

Italy: European Commission Wants More Spending Cuts

The European Commission sent a letter to Italy's government Jan. 17 in which it reminded Italy of its obligations under EU fiscal rules and asked it to make additional structural deficit cuts, an Italian Treasury official said, Market Watch reported Jan. 18. Read more…

Italy: Forza Italia Politician Elected As European Parliament President

After four rounds of voting, Antonio Tajani of Italy's conservative Forza Italia has been elected the president of the European Parliament, BBC reported Jan. 17. Read more…

Russia: Trump Aide Meets With Russian Sovereign Wealth Fund

A member of the executive committee of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, Anthony Scaramucci, met with the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund late Jan. 16 at the meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Bloomberg reported Jan. 17. Read more…

Switzerland: Chinese President Defends Globalization At Davos

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an hourlong speech Jan. 17 in Davos, Switzerland, on the first full day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Reuters reported. Xi defended globalization and condemned protectionism, warning that trade wars would only hurt all parties involved. Read more…

Norway: 300 U.S. Marines Deploy For Arctic Training

About three hundred U.S. Marines arrived in Norway on Jan. 16 for a six-month deployment focused on arctic warfare training, a Norwegian military representative said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: 2 Individuals With Neo-Nazi Ties Arrested With Explosives

German authorities have discovered explosives in a house in Lauterecken and arrested two individuals with alleged connections to a neo-Nazi terrorist group known as the Oldschool Society (OSS), The Independent reported Jan. 14. Read more…

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