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Europe Edition: Donald Trump, Syria, Corsica: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Julien Warnand/European Pressphoto Agency • Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain is in Brussels today trying to unlock Brexit negotiations ahead of a mid-December summit meeting. [Bloomberg] • The German authorities said that an explosive package found in the city of Potsdam was part of an effort to extort DHL, the logistics company, and not an attempted act of terrorism. [Reuters] • In an Op-Ed, the former television host Billy Bush said that the famed 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording of Donald Trump making vulgar comments was real. […]

Alternative for Germany: Who Are They, and What Do They Want?

Alexander Gauland, one of the party’s lead candidates, insisted on Monday there was nothing in the party’s platform that should cause worry for Jews.PhotoLeaders of Alternative for Germany arrived for a news conference in Berlin on Monday. From right, Frauke Petry, Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland.Credit Tobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesIts leadersFrauke Petry, 42, has been the party’s leader and its face abroad.She is widely considered a relatively moderate force in the party, but she recently split with many of its members over their attempt to expel a member in the eastern state of Thuringia, Björn Höcke, who was seen as challenging Germany’s national atonement for the Holocaust and for its Nazi crimes.On Monday Ms. Petry appeared to continue her spat with other party leaders, announcing that she would not join AfD’s caucus in Parliament.The party’s leading candidates in the election, who are now expected to take charge of that caucus, were Mr. Gauland, 76, a former newspaper publisher who had run the office a Christian Democrat governor in Hesse, and Alice Weidel, 38, an economist who worked for Goldman Sachs as a banker.Despite their nationalist rhetoric, the leaders are diverse in ways that have gotten notice. Ms. Petry was, like Ms. Merkel, trained as a scientist, and is fluent in English. Ms. […]

Germany’s Far Right Complicates Life for Merkel — and the E.U.

Polls indicate that the same will be true in Austria, where the Freedom Party seems set to enter the coalition government after next month’s elections.The far right will be a constant presence in the minds of Europe’s leaders if they want to avoid worse political fallout ahead, even as the populists may make it harder for Ms. Merkel and Mr. Macron to come up with solutions that could keep them at bay.Compared with Germany, Mr. Macron faced a far more robust assault from the far right in France, but he was able to vault to power by capturing the center, creating his own political movement and precipitating the collapse of mainstream parties.VideoSeeking Asylum in Germany, and Finding HatredEscaping violence in Libya, Abode struggles to belong in a German town that has become a flashpoint of anti-immigrant anger.By AINARA TIEFENTHÄLER, SHANE O’NEILL and ANDREW MICHAEL ELLIS on Publish Date September 21, 2017.Photo by Andrew Mitchell Ellis.Watch in Times Video »embed In Germany, many votes for the AfD were cast in protest against 12 years of Merkel’s pragmatism about issues like immigration, national identity and the burdens of the European Union.As Mr. Macron himself has warned, a failure to reform the European Union, better secure its borders and fix the euro currency will only further feed the far right.Globalization, the bureaucratic nature of the European Union and its inability to protect its borders and produce thriving economies in all member states have led to increased nationalism, anxieties about national identities and Islamophobia.But while institutional reform of the European Union may be vital, it is harder to sell to increasingly fragmented national polities, especially as the center-left parties lose ground.Continue reading the main story“The German elections confirm the decline of mainstream traditional parties in Europe to the benefit of insurgents, including Macron’s En Marche,” said Stefano Stefanini, a former Italian diplomat based in Brussels.“A domestically weakened Merkel must hold the E.U. together and safeguard the trans-Atlantic bond despite an unpredictable American president, while trying to forge a strong alliance with Macron, tame the Visegrad dissidents and bring on board Italy and Spain, both in choppy waters,” he said […]

Live Briefing: In Poland, Trump Asks Whether West Has ‘Will to Survive’

• West European countries had hoped to isolate Mr. Trump after he rejected the Paris climate change agreement, but those efforts appear to be faltering.Continue reading the main storyIn speech, Trump calls for unity against terrorism.Mr. Trump delivered a message on Thursday of determination in the face of terrorism to the Polish people in a speech in Krasinski Square, where a monument commemorates the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis, calling on the West to defend itself in a good-versus-evil fight against extremism.“The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive,” he said, employing the same life-or-death language as his inauguration speech, which promised a war against the “American carnage” of urban crime.“Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? […]

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Europe Edition: Cyberattack, Donald Trump, Syria: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Miguel Gutierrez/European Pressphoto Agency • Rogue police forces in Venezuela attacked the Supreme Court, dropping grenades from a helicopter, officials said. [The New York Times] • Few details have emerged in the car bombing in Kiev yesterday that killed a colonel in Ukraine’s military intelligence. [Kyiv Post] • The issue of same-sex marriage moved to the center of Germany’s national election campaign. Martin Schulz, the left-wing candidate, demanded a parliamentary vote this week. [The New York Times] • Meanwhile, the Chaos Computer Club, a Hamburg collective, is working on hacker-proofing the German election in the fall. […]

New Cyberattack Spreads in Europe, Russia and U.S.

The vulnerability used by Eternal Blue was patched by Microsoft last April, but as the WannaCry attacks demonstrated, hundreds of thousands of organizations around the world failed to properly install the patch. But researchers at F-Secure, the Finnish cybersecurity firm, also noted that the ransomware used at least two other vectors to spread, beyond Eternal Blue, which suggests even those who used the Microsoft patch could be vulnerable. “Just because you roll out a patch doesn’t mean it’ll be put in place quickly,” said Carl Herberger, vice president of security at Radware. “The more bureaucratic an organization is, the higher chance it won’t have updated its software.” Immediate reports that the computer virus was a variant of Petya suggest the attackers will be hard to trace. Petya was for sale on the so-called dark web, where its creators made the ransomware available as “ransomware as a service” — a play on Silicon Valley terminology for delivering software over the internet, according to the security firm Avast Threat Labs. That means anyone can launch the ransomware with the click of a button, encrypt someone’s systems and demand a ransom to unlock it. If the victim pays, the authors of the Petya ransomware, who call themselves Janus Cybercrime Solutions, get a cut of the payment. That distribution model means that pinning down the individuals responsible for Tuesday’s attack could be difficult, if nearly impossible […]