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Sunday’s elections to the European Parliament may be a big yawn for most voters, but they’re set to provide a dramatic boost to far-right parties across the continent. Read more»

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks to sailors from U.S. 7th Fleet on the USS Blue Ridge on Oct. 26. Panetta announced Wednesday that U.S. forces would leave their combat role in Afghanistan as early as 2013.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that U.S. troops in Afghanistan would step out of combat into an “advise-and-assist” role in Afghanistan as early as mid-2013. Read more»

Police at The Grand Palace in Brussels on May 18, 2009. The police presence has increased around Europe since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York.

Some EU lawmakers and civil-rights activists say the post-9/11 solidarity with the United States led to poorly conceived counterterrorism policies that undermine European principles, punishing innocent people instead of potential attackers. Read more»

the history of European integration explains why its single currency is in its current troubled state. Before you click away to a story with more sex appeal, answer two questions. Read more»

Germany, long considered a reliable — and financially generous — supporter of European integration, has begun to anger some of its fellow European Union members with its stubborn, go-it-alone approach. Read more»

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A pro-Flemish independence demonstration in 2007.

Is it time to wave bye to Belgium? Not yet, despite the spectacular gains in Sunday's elections by separatists seeking independence for the country's Dutch-speaking north. Read more»

Richard Bushong, 86, a B-17 pilot, with 'Liberty Belle.' Bushong was a B-17 pilot in the European Theater with 28 combat missions under his belt.

B-17 pilot Col. Richard Bushong, 86, is a Tucsonan who flew 28 combat missions over Europe during World War II. Monday, Bushong was on hand with the B-17 "Liberty Belle" to talk about his experiences. With photo gallery. Read more»

Protesters at the climate conference in Copenhagen, December 2009.

Europe's fear of being pushed to the margin of world affairs has been fueled by a series of American decisions that feed a European gloom about coming decades and has contributed to a particularly choppy period in relations. With the rise of China and Russia, that transatlantic relationship gains strategic importance. Read more»