Greek Leader’s Efforts to Loosen Church-State Ties Are Met With Skepticism

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece, right, and the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Ieronymos, announcing a tentative deal this month to remove clerics from civil service payrolls and to resolve a longstanding dispute over church property.CreditCreditAndrea Bonetti/Greek Prime Minister’s Office, via Associated Press ATHENS — An effort by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras […]

At Brexit Crunch Time, Theresa May Takes a Pummeling

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain delivering a statement outside 10 Downing Street on Wednesday.CreditCreditJack Taylor/Getty Images LONDON — Theresa May rose to her feet before the British House of Commons on Thursday to make the sales pitch of her life, promising that the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union would be “smooth and […]

Brexit for the Non-Brit: What Is It, and Why Can’t They Get It Done?

Competing Brexit demonstrations on Thursday outside Parliament.CreditCreditAdrian Dennis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — After years of delays, stumbles and intermittent negotiations, Prime Minister Theresa May this week finally presented a draft plan for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union — and it has been roundly and loudly panned. Her government is teetering on the […]

Britons on Twitter: #BrexitShambles, #BrexitChaos

A demonstrator against Brexit outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday.CreditCreditMatt Dunham/Associated Press LONDON — Presenting the agreement she had negotiated for Britain to leave the European Union, a process known as Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament on Thursday: “It is a draft treaty that means that we will leave the […]

European Court Vindicates Aleksei Navalny, Russian Opposition Leader

The Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny addressing the news media in Strasbourg, France, on Thursday after Europe’s top human rights court ordered the Russian government to pay him 63,678 euros, or $72,000.CreditCreditFrederick Florin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images MOSCOW — Russia’s multiple arrests of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny during street protests amount to […]

Turkey Calls for International Inquiry in Khashoggi Killing

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey. “We will do whatever it takes to bring the murder to light,” he said.CreditCreditReuters LONDON — Turkey’s foreign minister on Wednesday called for an international investigation into the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, pointedly reminding Saudi Arabia of Ankara’s determination to keep calling attention to the case. […]