Here's a look at stories The Associated Press plans to cover in Europe from Saturday, Dec. 31, through Monday, Jan. 2. Questions about coverage plans can be directed to the Europe Desk at email@example.com.
On Saturday, AP will have a story that rounds up New Year's celebrations from around the world.
FRANCE-FAR RIGHT-MONEY MATTERS — Money troubles have dogged French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen for years: Funding schemes have prompted three legal investigations, and a past loan from a Russian bank raised concerns over Moscow's potential influence on French democracy. With French financiers wary of funding the once-pariah National Front, Le Pen may reach out to Russia again for cash, as the nationalist party's treasurer says it's looking "everywhere" for 20 million euros needed to fund upcoming campaigns. By Elaine Ganley. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
FRANCE-NEW YEAR — French President Francois Hollande gives his last New Year's Eve address as president, with his country in a state of emergency and elections four months away. Paris, meanwhile, rings in the New Year with a light show vaunting its bid for the 2024 Olympics, facing a vote in September. UPCOMING: 130 words by 2000 GMT, more on merit. AP Photos.
VATICAN-NEW YEAR'S EVE — Pope Francis leads evening prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica to mark end of year. Service begins at 1600 GMT. 130 words by 1700 GMT. On merits.
GERMANY-MIGRANT MUSIC — A band of Syrian migrants is bringing the music of Aleppo from better times to Germany with the launch of a new record. By Jona Kallgren. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos
VATICAN-NEW YEAR'S — Pope Francis celebrates his first public Mass of 2017. The theme of the appointment in St. Peter's Basilica is traditionally dedicated to world peace. Mass begins at 0900 GMT. 130 words by 1100 GMT. Developing on merits. All formats.
BRITAIN-NEW YEAR'S PARADE — More than 8,000 performers including US marching bands join in the British capital's annual New Year's Day parade. UPCOMING: Begins 1200 GMT.
FRANCE-EQUATORIAL GUINEA — The son of Equatorial Guinea's president goes on trial in Paris on charges including corruption, money laundering and embezzlement in a case that's the result of years of investigation into the lavish French lifestyles of dignitaries from impoverished African countries. UPCOMING: details tba.