Voters in France and Germany voted decisively against the EU austerity measures last week, electing a socialist in France and ending a four-decade-old two-party system in Greece. NPR reporters Eleanor Beardsley, Sylvia Poggioli and Eric Westervelt join host Scott Simon to talk about Europe's political and economic landscape one week later.
The U.S. strategy for leaving Afghanistan calls for U.S. troops to hand off responsibility for security to Afghan forces. The target date is two years away. It's been a slow process so far, with Afghan troops sometimes unwilling, or unable, to assume leadership.
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks' appearance before the Leveson inquiry into media ethics is expected to produce revelations about contacts with British politicians that could prove particularly embarrassing for Prime Minister David Cameron.
President-elect Francois Hollande and his longtime companion, journalist Valerie Trierweiler, will become the first unmarried couple to move into France's presidential palace. But that's no big deal to most French.
The first truly competitive presidential election in Egypt's history is just two weeks away. The campaign has sparked lively interest around the country, as the candidates appear at campaign rallies and on televised talk shows. The election is also the major topic of conversation in many Egyptian living rooms.
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