BC-EU--Europe News Digest, EU
TOP STORIES FROM EUROPE AT 1100 GMT
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian troops launch an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advance through the city’s outskirts. The nation’s interior minister, Arsen Avakov, says government troops broke through rebel positions around the village of Semenovka on the eastern fringe of Slovyansk, a rebel stronghold. By Nebi Qena. SENT:440 words, photos.
BRUSSELS — With the Kremlin watching carefully, NATO defense ministers gather to discuss is how to react long-term to Russia’s new military capabilities and its willingness to use them. The two-day meeting in Brussels is supposed to help set the stage for the U.S.-led alliance’s summit meeting in Wales. By John-Thor Dahlburg. SENT: 330 words, photos.
MOSCOW — Russia’s gas giant Gazprom hails progress in talks to resolve the impending Ukrainian gas crisis which threatens not only to cut supply to Ukraine but could also cause disruptions in the gas flow to Europe. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said “there’s now an understanding of how to move forward.” SENT: 230 words.
MADRID — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy chairs an emergency cabinet meeting to draft the legal process for King Juan Carlos to abdicate and be replaced by his son, Crown Prince Felipe. By Alan Clendenning. SENT: 140 words, photos.
LONDON — British police arrest leading Pakistani politician Altaf Hussain on suspicion of money-laundering, a move that sparked fears of violence in his home base of Karachi By Jill Lawless. SENT: 300 words.
PARIS — The suspect in the recent killings at the Jewish Museum in Brussels provides a textbook example of a longstanding fear in the West — the threat posed by radicalized citizens returning from the battlefields of Syria. Since Syria became a magnet for Westerners, European nations have been slowly fortifying themselves with measures to detect potential jihadis and counter any plots. But French-born Mehdi Nemmouche, the first Western citizen returning from Syria to be implicated in a major attack, was caught by chance. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 990 words, photos.
WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s Solidarity movement played a central role in the drama of ousting communism from Europe and in the breakup of the Soviet Union. A look at five figures in Poland’s transition from communism to democracy, as the nation celebrates 25 years since the parliamentary elections that made the transformation possible. By Monika Scislowska. SENT: 470 words, photos.
FRANKFURT, Germany — Inflation in the eurozone sagged more than expected to 0.5 percent in May, increasing pressure on the European Central Bank to take action this week to support the weak economic recovery. The figure released Tuesday by the European Union’s statistics agency fell from 0.7 percent in April and was short of market analysts’ forecasts for 0.6 percent. By David Mchugh. SENT: 500 words, photos.
PARIS — France’s foreign minister said a reported multibillion-dollar fine that bank BNP Paribas is facing in the U.S. is unreasonable and could threaten a free-trade agreement between Europe and the United States. SENT: 160 words.