Cameron Seeks Limits On Migrants


Cameron Seeks Limits On Migrants
BY NICHOLASWINNING AND JENNY GROSS
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

LONDON— Prime Minister David Cameron said limiting migration to the U. K. from within the European Union through welfare- payment changes will be an “absolute requirement,” as he embarks on negotiations to deliver on a pledge to overhaul the U.K.’s…read more…

Japan Plans to Boost Funding for Asia Infrastructure


Japan Plans to Boost Funding for Asia Infrastructure
BY TATSUO ITO
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

TOKYO— Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled Thursday a plan to expand Japan’s financing for infrastructure projects in Asia by 30%, suggesting Tokyo’s intent to counter China’s push for a new regional investment bank. Mr. Abe pledged to offer roughly…read more…

Shift in Russia Vote Seen Aiding Putin


Shift in Russia Vote Seen Aiding Putin
BY PAUL SONNE
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

MOSCOW—Momentum is building in Russia behind a proposal to move the next parliamentary elections up three months to September 2016, a shift that could further disadvantage the opposition by relegating the campaign to vacation season. Sergei Naryshkin,…read more…

EU Leaders Accuse Russia Of â€�Bullying’ Its Neighbors


EU Leaders Accuse Russia Of â€�Bullying’ Its Neighbors
BY JURIS KAŽA AND LAURENCE NORMAN
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

RIGA, Latvia—European leaders criticized Russia’s “bullying tactics” against its neighbors Thursday but signaled they would steer clear of any promises to allow countries such as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia a path to eventual membership in the…read more…

OECD Says Rise in Inequality Is Hurting Growth


OECD Says Rise in Inequality Is Hurting Growth
BY PAUL HANNON
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

Two-fifths of the population of developed countries have gained little over recent decades, driving a rise in income inequality that is damaging economic growth and that can be reversed only through a wide range of government measures, including higher…read more…

Islamic State Poised to Attack New Syria Cities


Islamic State Poised to Attack New Syria Cities
BY RAJA ABDULRAHIM AND KAREN LEIGH
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

Islamic State fully captured the Syrian city of Palmyra and its ancient archaeological treasures on Thursday, providing the extremist group with a strategic base from which to advance on key Syrian state-held areas. Moving in after government troops…read more…

Ramadi Defeat Poses Dilemma for U.S. and Allies


Ramadi Defeat Poses Dilemma for U.S. and Allies
YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

The fall of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest province, has bared the weaknesses in the American strategy against Islamic State. Evaluating how to respond, the U. S. and Western allies face three potential paths— to keep going with the current…read more…

Europe Stocks Rise; Pound Gets a Lift


Europe Stocks Rise; Pound Gets a Lift
BY CARLAMOZEE
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

European stocks edged higher Thursday, despite disappointing German economic data, while the S&P 500 ticked up to another record closing high. The Stoxx Europe 600 gained 0.4% to 407.87. Germany’s DAX wavered during the session and finished ahead…read more…

Italy, Spain Debt Merits a Look


Italy, Spain Debt Merits a Look
— Richard Barley
The Wall Street Journal Europe
May 22 2015

Unusually, it has been Germany in the spotlight in the eurozone government bond market this year— first for the relentless decline in Bund yields and then for their sharp reversal. But these dynamics may have created opportunities in southern…read more…