Europe

Three Men Convicted in Murder of Dutch Journalist

A Dutch court on Wednesday sentenced three men to decades in prison for the murder of the renowned crime journalist Peter R. de Vries, whose brazen killing in broad daylight…

Why Is Biden Going to Europe Twice in a Week?

Air Force One is plenty comfortable if you are its most privileged frequent flier, with a comfortable bedroom and a spacious office. Still, most American presidents will try to avoid…

In Wake of Election Defeat, Germany’s Olaf Scholz Will Slog On

Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany heads to the Group of 7 summit meeting in Italy on Thursday as a diminished leader after Sunday’s battering in elections for the European Parliament.…

Greece Closes Schools and Acropolis Amid Heat

Intense heat in Greece prompted a mini lockdown for two days starting on Wednesday, with some schools closing and the Acropolis restricting visiting hours, as the authorities searched for two…

Defiant Macron Predicts Chaos if France Succumbs to Extremes

Declaring himself an “incorrigible optimist,” President Emmanuel Macron of France appealed on Wednesday to all French people “who reject the extremes” to vote for centrist parties in snap elections and…

Saudi Arabia’s Next Billion-Dollar Sports Play: A Boxing Takeover

Saudi Arabia has already launched a hostile takeover of professional golf. It has invested billions of dollars in world soccer. Now it wants to own professional boxing, too. An ambitious…

U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia as G7 Leaders Gather

The Biden administration announced a series of new financial sanctions Wednesday aimed at interrupting the fast-growing technological links between China and Russia that American officials believe are behind a broad…

Denmark’s Prime Minister Says She’s ‘Not Quite Myself’ After Assault

Four days after being assaulted in a busy Copenhagen square, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark said she was carrying out her duties as leader but still recovering, in her…

At the G7, Biden Will Push for Frozen Russian Assets to Help Ukraine

Two weeks after President Biden reversed himself and approved firing American weapons into Russian territory, he and his closest allies are preparing a different kind of assault, using the proceeds…

Ukraine Says It Shot Down Most of a Russian Missile and Drone Barrage

Ukraine said on Wednesday that its air defenses — drawing on stocks of anti-aircraft missiles recently replenished by its allies, including the United States — had shot down 29 of…

Ukraine Plans Privatization Push to Help Fund War Effort

Towering over Kyiv for six decades, Hotel Ukraine has witnessed some pivotal moments in Ukraine’s recent history. Crowds gathered on the square in front of the 14-story hotel to celebrate…

How Conservatives Lost a New U.K. Heartland

On a hilltop next to a vast limestone quarry in England’s East Midlands, a crowd of about 60 people gathered last Thursday evening to witness the lighting of a beacon…

Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

President Biden’s reaction: “I am the president, but I am also a dad,” Biden, who has vowed that he will not pardon his son, said in a statement. “I will…

Pope Francis Is Accused of Using a Homophobic Slur Again

Pope Francis repeated an anti-gay slur during a meeting with priests in Rome on Tuesday, Italian news outlets reported, the same offensive term he was accused of using two weeks…

U.S. to Send Another Patriot Missile Battery to Ukraine

President Biden has approved the deployment of another Patriot missile system to Ukraine, senior administration and military officials said, as the country struggles to fend off Russian attacks on its…

Macron’s Call for Elections in France Adds to Fears of Financial Woes

Investors made clear on Tuesday the depth of their concerns over President Emmanuel Macron’s gamble to call for new elections in France, driving up the nation’s borrowing costs, pushing down…

France’s Conservative Leader Calls for Alliance With Far Right

The head of France’s mainstream conservative party on Tuesday called for an alliance with the far right in upcoming snap elections, throwing his party into deep turmoil as the shock…

Migrants Seeking Safety in Cyprus Are Stuck in U.N. Buffer Zone

Nearly 30 asylum seekers are stuck in the United Nations-controlled buffer zone between the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus and the internationally recognized south amid a crackdown by the Cypriot authorities…

Is Serifos the Perfect Greek Island?

“I have analysis paralysis,” said my friend Maite, an Argentine who lives in Madrid. Maite is a world traveler but has always been stymied when it comes to Greece. “There…

When Vienna’s Opera Tradition Got Too Traditional, They Stepped In

Still, the house worked out an arrangement to broadcast new productions, performed to an empty hall. Viewership was high, about 500,000 for the first show. So, the State Opera continued,…

Buoyed by Election, Meloni Basks in the Spotlight as Italy Hosts the G7

Five years ago, when her party won 6 percent of the vote in elections for the European Parliament, Giorgia Meloni tried to pop a bottle of sparkling wine, but the…

Tuesday Briefing – The New York Times

The U.N. adopted a U.S.-backed cease-fire resolution The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution, brought by the U.S., to call for an immediate truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.…

No One Told the Cows Not to Lick the Artwork

On Sunday morning, Roman Mathis, a farmer on the outskirts of the bucolic Swiss city of Basel, noted with concern that one of his cows was standing in a small…

Ukraine Reconstruction Official Resigns, Highlighting Tensions

A Ukrainian official with a long record of anti-corruption advocacy resigned on Monday from a government agency overseeing mostly Western-financed reconstruction work in Ukraine, citing poor management of funds. His…