Britain Holds Up China Aerospace Deal Over National Security

LONDON — Fears of a Chinese takeover of companies important to national security have felled deals around the world both big and small. Now even the sale of a minor airplane parts maker is being closely examined for serious risks. In delaying the proposed takeover of the parts maker, Northern Aerospace, to a rival owned by a Chinese conglomerate, British government officials appear worried that even a small supplier to Airbus and Boeing could have important national security implications. It is the latest instance of countries around the world showing…

Hungary Passes ‘Stop Soros’ Law Criminalizing Aid to Migrants

Collectively, the moves reinforce efforts by Mr. Orban to create a more illiberal and homogeneous society since regaining power in 2010. He has undermined the country’s checks and balances, gamed the electoral system, appointed loyalists to key positions in the judiciary, and eroded the independence of the news media. To maintain public support for these measures, he has presented himself as the country’s only competent bulwark against external threats like migrants, Mr. Soros and the European Union, whose officials provide Hungary with crucial subsidies but who have been critical of…

Pope Francis Criticizes Trump Administration on Family Separations

ROME — Pope Francis has criticized the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents, saying in an interview that “populism is not the solution” to a migration crisis that is transforming global politics. In a rare sit-down interview, Francis told Reuters that “I am on the side” of the United States’ Catholic bishops’ conference, which called taking children from their parents “immoral” and “contrary to our Catholic values.” In the face of mounting outrage, President Trump has stuck to a “zero-tolerance” policy intended to deter illegal immigration by…

As Auto Industry Transforms, Ford and Volkswagen Consider an Alliance

Traditional automakers have faced increasing pressure in recent years from changed driving habits, the swift development of technology and emerging rivals from Silicon Valley. So to avoid being left behind, some are teaming up. Volkswagen and Ford, two of the world’s biggest carmakers, have announced that they are exploring a strategic alliance, possibly joining forces for an array of projects like the development of vans. “Markets and customer demand are changing at an incredible speed,” Thomas Sedran, Volkswagen’s head of strategy, said in a statement released Tuesday evening. “To adapt…

Germany, Marijuana, Trade War: Your Wednesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Compromises in Europe, a rethink on medical marijuana in Britain and trade tensions roil markets. Here’s the latest: • The leaders of Germany and France are scrambling to save the European Union — and themselves — amid a growing number of populist fires over migration on the Continent. President Emmanuel Macron of France agreed to take back asylum seekers who were first registered in France, a boon for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany as she seeks to forge…

Merkel and Macron Try to Save European Union, and Themselves

If she is unable to reach agreements with other European countries within about two weeks, her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, has threatened to act unilaterally, turning back any migrant to Bavaria whose asylum process is pending in another European Union country. Under these circumstances, analysts said, the leaders’ joint declaration, which also covered support for closer military cooperation and foreign policy, was more substantive than might have been expected. The agreement “is an important step in the right direction,” said Marcel Fratzscher, head of the German Institute for Economic Research,…

That’s ‘Mr. President’ to You, Macron Scolds France

Beyond his seeming impatience with working-class French citizens and their views of his reforms, he has shown a tendency to portray himself as a “Jupiterian” president, or the president as monarch. It is an image of the French presidency as an august office, above the fray, that was favored by General de Gaulle and almost every other president until Mr. Macron’s immediate predecessor, François Hollande. Mr. Macron also aspires to be a postmodern president, the self-appointed harbinger of France’s future, yet his tone and language alternates between elevated intellectual conceits…

Italian Minister Moves to Count and Expel Roma, Drawing Outrage

Italian news organizations noted on Tuesday that whenever Mr. Conte was about to step out on the international stage, as he did in Berlin on Monday, Mr. Salvini managed to steal the limelight. The interior minister’s comments on the Roma drew the first significant grumblings from his coalition partners, and Mr. Di Maio scrambled to have his voice heard. “Italians have priority,” said Mr. Di Maio, who is minister for labor and economic development. “It’s fine to deal with problems related to immigration, but let’s start working on the problems…

Stung by a Boy’s Suffering, U.K. Reviews Medical Marijuana Rules

LONDON — Britain’s home secretary, Sajid Javid, ordered a review on Tuesday of the nation’s policy on the medical use of marijuana, days after a 12-year-old’s cannabis-based epilepsy medicine was confiscated at Heathrow Airport, prompting a national discussion as the boy fought life-threatening seizures and politicians procrastinated. The boy, Billy Caldwell, suffers from status epilepticus, a kind of seizure that can last for hours. When a seizure takes hold he sometimes starts to turn blue. And without treatment, one could be fatal. Over the weekend, Mr. Javid authorized the use…

Migrants, World Cup, Turkey: Your Tuesday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. Germany’s migration truce, Britain’s supposed Brexit dividend and Turkey’s education battle. Here’s the latest: • “We still do not have a grip on the whole migration issue.” That was Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, speaking after he and Chancellor Angela Merkel, above, agreed to a two-week cooling period in a standoff over migration — avoiding a government collapse, for now. If Ms. Merkel fails to make a migration deal with European allies by July, Mr. Seehofer has vowed…