The Socialists are poised to win a majority in the French parliament. There are high expectations for the new president, Francois Hollande, in both France and Europe. He may soon have carte blanche to implement his policies, but it won't be easy.
Europe and global financial markets are watching Greece, where voters go to the polls in a rerun of the May elections that created a political stalemate. The vote could affect whether the debt-burdened country stays in the eurozone or if it becomes the first member country to leave it. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Sylvia Poggioli.
NPR's Tom Bowman is just back from a month in Afghanistan, where he went out on several missions with U.S. and Afghan security forces. Bowman speaks with host Rachel Martin about what he saw and the way ahead in the war.
The up-and-down talks appear to be in a down cycle as negotiators prepare to meet Monday in Moscow. Difficult talks in Baghdad last month were followed by contentious comments on both sides less than two weeks before new oil sanctions against Iran are due to take effect July 1.
The European soccer championship is taking place for the first time in former East Bloc countries Ukraine and Poland. The tournament is supposed to highlight Europe's post-Cold War unity, but the age-old plagues of racism and nationalism persist.
Egyptians began two days of voting to elect the nation's first president since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. The polling comes days after an Egyptian high court dissolved the country's first freely elected parliament and the election now reflects the deep divisions in the country that has been unsettled since its revolution last year.
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