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More Than 3 Million Vote In Left's Open Primaries In Italy

Emulating the French Socialists, Italy's Democratic Party staged a primary in the hope that this will pave way to electoral victory.Amiel Ungar, 11/27/2012, 9:56 PM

Loss Of EU Membership Major Roadblock For Would-Be Separatists

Convergence and Unity, the moderate Catalan nationalist party, expects to get a vote of confidence to pursue independence.Amiel Ungar, 11/23/2012, 12:16 PM

Downgrading Threatens Bailout Funds; Budget Talks Snarled

The problems facing the French economy also threaten the European Union as a whole.Amiel Ungar, 11/22/2012, 3:42 AM

German Coalition Finds Something For Everyone With Eye To Voters

To increase reelection prospects the German coalition is increasing welfare spending.Amiel Ungar, 11/7/2012, 4:15 AM

EU Tries To Reconcile Differences On Spending And Priorities

The EU is racing the clock to find a compromise on its 7 year budget.Amiel Ungar, 10/31/2012, 10:36 AM

Spain Pressed To End Its Vacillations On Accepting A Bailout

Spain's Mariano Rajoy is being pressed to decide on whether Spain wants or rejects a bailout.Amiel Ungar, 9/25/2012, 2:50 AM

Economic Crisis Drives Catalan Independence Aspirations

The economic crisis is unraveling the compromise reached on regional autonomy in SpainAmiel Ungar, 9/23/2012, 4:00 AM

11 European States Chart Course For A Federal Europe With Army

Europe is making moves towards forming a federal state with a military capacity.Amiel Ungar, 9/20/2012, 4:08 PM

Dutch Elections And Constitutional Decision In Germany Cheer EU

The defeat of explicitly anti-EU parties in Dutch elections and German court's ruling on constitutionality of ESM avert crisis - for now.Amiel Ungar, 9/14/2012, 9:04 AM

Francois Hollande Outlines Path To €30 Billion Deficit Slash

Francois Hollande has outlined his blueprint for taming the French budget deficit. No one is pleased.Amiel Ungar, 9/11/2012, 6:04 AM

French Pessimism Returns Three Months After Hollande's Victory

Francoise Hollande, who briefly inspired hope in both France and Southern Europe, no longer offers any.Amiel Ungar, 9/4/2012, 4:20 AM

Greek PM Samaras Faces Stiff Headwind In Pleas For More Time

The statements coming out of Germany are intended to tell Greek PM Samaras not to imagine renegotiating bailout.Amiel Ungar, 8/24/2012, 5:46 AM

The Austerity In Spain Is Forcing Desperate Measures

Spain's economic crisis is felt in schools, supermarkets and rubbish bins.Amiel Ungar, 8/13/2012, 3:33 AM

Italian Commentator Accuses Germany Of Establishing 4th Reich

Italy and Spain have sought to get the ECB to purchase their bonds. Germany has blocked this approach, stirring resentment.Amiel Ungar, 8/7/2012, 4:31 AM

The News From Europe on the Economy Is Universally Depressing

The euro rallied today, but there are strong doubts it can keep up the pretense, given the succession of bad news. Germany's rating is down.Amiel Ungar, 7/26/2012, 4:46 AM

Regional Excess Spending Aggravates European Debt Crisis

The indebted regions have aggravated the financial plight of Spain and Italy and may lose some competencies.Amiel Ungar, 7/23/2012, 5:54 AM

Coalition Embraces Growth By Betting On Infrastructures

Attempting to jump-start a sagging economy, Britain will underwrite loans to infrastructure projects.Amiel Ungar, 7/19/2012, 4:42 AM

Italian PM Lashes Out At 'Inappropriate' Remarks by EU Members

European finance ministers hit resistance while trying to stave off a rout prompted by skyrocketing interest charges on Spanish debt.Amiel Ungar, 7/10/2012, 5:21 AM

Romanian Government Criticized for Toying With Constitution

Rumania, with looming financial crisis, is drawing criticism for tinkering with the constitution to impeach President BasescuAmiel Ungar, 7/10/2012, 5:01 AM

French Socialists Now Face The Challenge Of Balancing The Budget

Despite calls for slashing government spending from the national audit, the Socialist government of France is signalling higher taxation.Amiel Ungar, 7/8/2012, 7:19 AM

Cyprus Takes Over Rotating EU Presidency With Low Expectations

Small countries that are economically endangered don't usually make successful European presidents.Amiel Ungar, 7/6/2012, 6:30 PM

MPs Want Referendum Now; Cameron Says Maybe Later

David Cameron is increasingly hemmed in by Europe's evolution to greater centralization while his MPs call for getting out of EU.Amiel Ungar, 7/2/2012, 6:11 AM

Harper Rules Out Canadian Cash For European Bailouts

Canadian Prime Minister chided European leaders for lack of resolution and adhering to extravagant social spending.Amiel Ungar, 6/21/2012, 5:39 AM

With Majority In National Assembly, French Socialists In Control

The French Socialists scored an absolute majority in the legislative elections, the first time they have accomplished this since 1981.Amiel Ungar, 6/18/2012, 9:34 AM

Antonis Samaras Will Have No Honeymoon After Narrow Victory

The victory of New Democracy provides temporary relief for the Eurozone but the onerous problems remain.Amiel Ungar, 6/18/2012, 7:17 AM

Hollande Warned By Germans As He Collects Allies Against Merkel

The simmering feud over policy between Germany and France was evident last week.Amiel Ungar, 6/17/2012, 1:40 PM

Bank Bailout In Spain Fails To Quell Questions On Debt Repayment

The usual cycle of solution, temporary euphoria and return to nervousness accompanied the Spanish bank bailout.Amiel Ungar, 6/14/2012, 3:22 AM

Spain Wants Bailout Without Calling It By Name

Spain wants direct help to its troubled banking system claims it is a cheaper alternative.Amiel Ungar, 6/6/2012, 5:20 PM

EU Commission Gives France Polite Warning About Deficit Control

Feeling its way with the new French president, the EU reminds France that its obligations remain in force.Amiel Ungar, 6/1/2012, 5:07 AM

After Rebellious Fling In May 6 Elections Greeks More Realistic

Greece very much wants to stay in the Euro and fears the consequences of an exit. This may shift the vote in the rerun of the elections.Amiel Ungar, 5/31/2012, 2:11 PM

Merkel For Once Plays Good Cop Finance Ministers Are Bad Cops

The EU hopes that some reality checks like a bank run coupled with growth promises will produce a positive Greek vote.Amiel Ungar, 5/16/2012, 10:47 PM

Breakdown Of Greek Coalition Talks Push Greece To Euro Exit

As hopes dim that Greece will abide by the austerity package, there is increasing acceptance that Greece may leave the euro.Amiel Ungar, 5/14/2012, 10:33 AM

Sinn Fein Asks Irish To Join Anti Austerity Revolt And Nix Pact

The elections in France and Greece have narrowed the odds on Irish approval of the European Stability Pact.Amiel Ungar, 5/13/2012, 5:05 AM

After Elections, Greek Implementation Of Bailout Terms Now Iffy

It will be hard to put a coherent Greek government together, increasing jitters in the Eurozone.Amiel Ungar, 5/8/2012, 6:25 AM

Hollande's Expected Victory Casts Shadow On Franco-German Motor

For now the financial markets are discounting Francois Hollande's campaign pledges as mere rhetoric.Amiel Ungar, 5/6/2012, 5:55 AM

The Breakup Of The EU Becomes A Campaign Issue In Europe

The current financial crisis has stirred resentment against the EU and strengthened calls for restoring national sovereignty..Amiel Ungar, 5/4/2012, 5:26 AM

Sarkozy Offer Of Referendum Reflects Legislative Roadblock

Even though his offer of a referendum reflects constitutional reality, Sarkozy's position further unnerves EU.Amiel Ungar, 4/27/2012, 3:45 AM

Sarkozy Trades Barbs With EU Partisans As He Woos Le Pen Voters

The success of anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen has caused a slanging match between the EU and French politicians.Amiel Ungar, 4/25/2012, 5:13 AM

EU Ambassador Denies That EU Takes Anti-Israel Position

Ambassador Andrew Standley defended EU Mideast policy before skeptical journalists and conceded that the EU was facing its worst crisis.Amiel Ungar, 4/17/2012, 10:46 PM

Spanish Interest Rises As Debt Expected To Balloon This Year

Investors are getting jittery about Europe with Spain becoming the epicenter of the crisisAmiel Ungar, 4/7/2012, 9:50 PM

Pirate Party Success Dents Image Of German System's Stability

The surprising surge in the polls of the German Pirate party has shaken assumptions about German stability.Amiel Ungar, 4/5/2012, 3:47 AM

Merkel Got Her Second Bailout But Faces Increasing Opposition

Angela Merkel got a lopsided vote in the Bundestag favoring a bailout but is facing growing dissent in her coalition and public opinion.Amiel Ungar, 2/29/2012, 4:42 AM