European Union foreign ministers must again condemn Turkey's offensive in Syria, call for an arms embargo on Ankara and request that the United States hold a meeting of the coalition against Islamic State, France's foreign minister said on Monday. The EU, which Turkey still aspires to join, had already condemned the Turkish air and artillery strikes on Kurdish militia in northeast Syria but has been infuriated by President Tayyip Erdogan's threats to send refugees to Europe.
Nearly complete results in Poland's weekend election confirm that the conservative ruling party Law and Justice capitalized on its popular social spending policies and social conservatism to do better than when it swept to power four years ago. Poland's state electoral commission reported Monday that Law and Justice got nearly 45% of the vote, up from 38% in 2015. The centrist Civic Coalition is running second with almost 27%, while a left-wing alliance is trailing with 12%.
Spain's Supreme Court on Monday convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in a secession bid in 2017, a ruling likely to inflame independence supporters in the wealthy northeastern region. The court sentenced ex-Catalan regional Vice President Oriol Junqueras to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds following one of Spain's most important trials since democracy was restored after the death of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco in 1975. Eight received lengthy prison terms in Catalonia's attempt to break away from Spain following an illegal independence referendum, while three received lesser sentences.
BEIRUT/ANKARA, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Syria's troops have entered a northeastern town, Syrian state media said on Monday, after Washington announced it was abruptly pulling out its forces, and its former Kurdish allies reached a deal with Damascus to help resist a Turkish attack. The abrupt U.S. withdrawal from the eight-year Syrian war, and the potential return of the Syrian army to the Kurdish-controlled northeast, are major victories for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran.
LONDON/LUXEMBOURG, Oct 14 (Reuters) - A deal to smooth Britain's departure from the European Union hung in the balance on Monday after diplomats indicated the bloc wanted more concessions from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and said a full agreement was unlikely this week. After three years of crisis in London and tortuous negotiations with the EU, a crucial week of last-ditch talks could decide whether Brexit is orderly, acrimonious or delayed yet again. Johnson says he wants an exit deal with the EU to allow an orderly departure on Oct. 31 but that if one is not possible he will lead the United Kingdom out of the club it joined in 1973 without a deal, though a law demands he delay.
A three-day rally in European shares halted on Monday as investors assessed the scale of progress from Friday's U.S.-China trade talks and worried that a Brexit withdrawal agreement was still some way off after signs of a major breakthrough. The pan-European STOXX 600 was down 0.8% at 0814 GMT, handing back nearly half of a more than 2% gain on Friday that was its best day since January. Growing optimism around last week's Sino-U.S. talks and a Brexit agreement had helped the index log its best weekly performance since in February, making some retreat natural.
London-listed companies with exposure to the domestic economy retreated on Monday after last week's dramatic surge amid signs that more work was needed to sort out a Brexit deal, while cybersecurity firm Sophos surged 38% after a buyout offer. The FTSE 250 shed 1.2%, handing back part of the more than 4% gain it had recorded in the previous session, which was its best in nearly a decade. Britain and the European Union said over the weekend that a lot more work would be needed to secure a Brexit agreement.