ISIS Succeeds at Luring Converts


ISIS Succeeds at Luring Converts
BY YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

Islamic State’s ability to lure thousands of Westerners is unprecedented in modern history, and may be its scariest success. It is especially disturbing because the bulk of these women and men flocking to Syria are relative newcomers to Islamic…read more…

British Jihadist In Videos Named


British Jihadist In Videos Named
BY MARGARET COKER AND JENNY GROSS
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

LONDON—The masked Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John, who appeared in several videos showing the beheading of hostages, was identified by Western officials on Thursday as Mohammed Emwazi— a British man who was known to British authorities for…read more…

Ukraine, Rebels Begin To Pull Back Weapons


Ukraine, Rebels Begin To Pull Back Weapons
BY JAMES MARSON — Laurence Norman in Brussels contributed to this article.
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

MOSCOW— In the clearest sign yet that a cease- fire is taking hold, Ukraine’s army said it would start pulling back heavy weapons from the front lines of its 10-month conflict with Russia-backed militants. Ukraine announced the move Thursday after…read more…

Cash in Hand, Greeks Tiptoe Back to Banks


Cash in Hand, Greeks Tiptoe Back to Banks
BY ALKMAN GRANITSAS
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

ATHENS— Greece’s interim deal with its eurozone partners has helped to calm nervous depositors, according to senior banking and government officials, reversing a weekslong flow of savings out of the country’s cash- strapped banks. One senior banking…read more…

BHP, Rio Defy Iron Ore’s Drop


BHP, Rio Defy Iron Ore’s Drop
BY RHIANNON HOYLE
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

SYDNEY—The world’s largest iron- ore mining companies have much in common with Big Oil right now: Each sector is grappling with slumping commodity prices cutting deeply into their financial results. What some of the mining companies don’t share with…read more…

Refining Cushions Repsol Loss


Refining Cushions Repsol Loss
BY CHRISTOPHER BJORK
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

MADRID—The world- wide collapse in crude prices has prompted losses and big spending cuts at Repsol SA, but the Spanish oil company found safe harbor in refining, a business that until recently was a disaster for European energy firms. Chief Executive…read more…

Big Swings Are Viewed As New Normal for Oil


Big Swings Are Viewed As New Normal for Oil
BY ERIC YEP
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

SINGAPORE—The plunge in global oil prices since last summer has led to talk of a new normal for the market. But far from normalizing, oil prices have rarely been more volatile. It isn’t so long since oil markets were rather dull. Brent crude, the…read more…

Bond Buyers Await ECB Starting Gun


Bond Buyers Await ECB Starting Gun
BY TOMMY STUBBINGTON AND CARLA MOZEE
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Feb 27 2015

Government-bond prices across the eurozone soared Thursday, sending yields to record lows, as investors anticipated the start of the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program. The ECB’s quantitative- easing plan begins in March, under which it will…read more…