BC-AP--AP Europe News Digest at 0700 GMT, AP
Jul. 17, 2013
UPCOMING IN EUROPE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013
BERLIN — Allegations of widespread U.S. data surveillance have created turbulence for Angela Merkel on what looked like a smooth cruise to a third term as German chancellor, even though it remains to be seen whether the flap will threaten her seriously. Merkel's center-left opponents have seized on disclosures of National Security Agency surveillance programs by leaker Edward Snowden to assert that she hasn't been doing enough to confront Washington and protect Germans' personal data — and to cast doubt on officials' assertions that they didn't know of the programs. By Geir Moulson. AP Photos.
MOSCOW — Alexei Navalny's energy and charisma propelled him from a lonely role blogging about corruption to wide renown as Russia's leading opposition activist. His projects, including a campaign to run for Moscow mayor, have attracted hordes of volunteers and fundraisers. Now comes a day that looms large for Navalny and the opposition: A court hands down its verdict Thursday in an embezzlement case that could send him to prison for six years. By Nataliya Vasilyeva.
GROSSETO, Italy — Trial resumes for the sole defendant in the Costa Concordia cruise liner shipwreck that claimed 32 lives. The hearing, with former Captain Francesco Schettino charged with manslaugter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship, is expected to deal with procedural matters involving survivors and relatives of victims who are seeking damages in connection with the criminal case. By Frances D'Emilio.
PARIS — Human rights groups stage protests demanding greater reforms from Myanmar President Thein Sein, as he meets France's president and lunches with the French prime minister in Paris.
PRAGUE — Parliament to vote whether to call early elections at the opposition request.
CHISINAU, Moldova — Romanian President Traian Basescu, a staunch supporter of Moldova's bid to join the European Union visits the former Soviet republic amid tensions in a pro-Russian separatist region in eastern Moldova which opposes Moldova integrating into the EU.
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican offers details of the pope's first foreign trip, a July 22-28 visit to World Youth Day in Brazil.
VILNIUS, Lithunia — IMF chief Christine Lagarde visits, scheduled to take part in panel discussion on European economic integration.
GENEVA — Swiss drug maker Novartis AG posts second-quarter results before the opening of the Zurich exchange Wednesday.
GENEVA — The U.N. labor organization and OECD publish updated G20 labor market data ahead of the G20 labor and employment ministers' meeting in Moscow.
LONDON — Details are revealed of the first Bank of England policy meeting under new governor Mark Carney.
LISBON, Portugal — Bailed-out Portugal, mired in a political hopes to raise up to 1.5 billion euros in a debt auction in a key test of investor sentiment as politicians negotiate to keep a fragile governing coalition intact. By Alan Clendenning.
MOSCOW — Russia's top economic and finance officials take part in an international investment conference ahead of meetings of G-20 finance ministers.