But her longtime finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, was also a leading enforcer of policies that protected German banks while imposing harsh austerity on southern Europe. At the time, Germany refused to back the idea of collective European debt — a position that Ms. Merkel abandoned last year, when faced withContinue Reading

JERUSALEM — Unilever said on Wednesday that it had sold the Israeli arm of the ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, nearly a year after Ben & Jerry’s set off a fury in Israel by saying it would stop selling its products in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Unilever, a BritishContinue Reading

MADRID — Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO leaders on Wednesday outlined a muscular new vision that names Moscow as the military alliance’s primary adversary but also, for the first time, declares China to be a strategic “challenge.” It was a fundamental shift for an alliance that was bornContinue Reading

MADRID — NATO’s top official said Tuesday that Turkey had dropped its objections to the membership of Sweden and Finland, two historically nonaligned nations that, alarmed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, have asked to join the military alliance. Turkey’s reversal is a blow to President Vladimir V. Putin, who inContinue Reading

TELFS, Austria — Leaders of the Group of 7 nations said Sunday they would stop buying gold from Moscow and discussed a new American proposal to undercut its oil revenues, even as Russian forces rained missiles on Kyiv for the first time in weeks. The dueling escalation underscored how theContinue Reading

Speaking Thursday, Mr. Morrison said the reinforced security alliance with the United States and Britain, which will include collaborations on artificial intelligence and other emerging technology, reflected the needs of a more dangerous dynamic in the Asia-Pacific region. “The relatively benign environment we’ve enjoyed for many decades in our regionContinue Reading

PARIS — France reacted with fury on Thursday to President Biden’s announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines, calling it a “unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision” that resembled the rash and sudden policy shifts common during the Trump administration. The angry words from Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreignContinue Reading

WASHINGTON — Four months into the war in Ukraine, the countries aligned against Russia face growing economic pain even as sanctions and energy embargoes are showing little impact on Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s military campaign or his political standing at home. U.S. officials vowed that Russia’s financial system wouldContinue Reading

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders will meet on Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward joining the bloc, signaling to the embattled nation — and to Russia — that they expect Ukraine to win the benefits of being in the club, even if it takes a decade or longerContinue Reading

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government confirmed on Monday that it is part of a regional military partnership to combat threats from Iran, in the latest example of Israel’s growing engagement with some Arab governments and the recalibration of Middle Eastern alliances. The members of the new initiative, called the MiddleContinue Reading