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Brexit: EU negotiator Barnier firm on citizens’ rights

Brexit: EU negotiator Barnier firm on citizens’ rights

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Michael Barnier set out his priorities at a news conference in Brussels The EU’s top Brexit negotiator has said there are still major differences between the EU and UK on the rights of EU citizens living in Britain. “The British position does not allow those persons concerned to continue to […]

President Erdogan tells BBC: EU wastes Turkey’s time

President Erdogan tells BBC: EU wastes Turkey’s time

Media captionPresident Erdogan says most Turkish people don’t want EU membership Turkey will find it “comforting” if the EU says it cannot be accepted as a member, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told the BBC. Speaking to HARDtalk’s Zeinab Badawi, he said Turkey was “able to stand on its own two feet”. He also denied […]

Germany makes arrests over theft of giant solid-gold coin

Germany makes arrests over theft of giant solid-gold coin

Image copyright Reuters Image caption This file photo shows an identical coin from the same mintage Police have raided homes and made arrests in Berlin over an audacious night-time heist which saw a huge solid-gold coin stolen from a museum. The raids took place and a car was seized in the district of Neukoelln, German […]

UK state visit by Spanish royals to begin

UK state visit by Spanish royals to begin

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen and Prince Philip greeted King Felipe, right, and Queen Letizia at Horse Guards Parade. The Queen and Prince Philip have welcomed the king and queen of Spain to the UK for a three-day state visit. King Felipe and Queen Letizia are attending a ceremony at Horse Guards Parade […]

Russia ‘ready to expel 30 US diplomats’ in sanctions row

Russia ‘ready to expel 30 US diplomats’ in sanctions row

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The first Putin-Trump meeting took place in Hamburg last week Russia is ready to expel about 30 US diplomats and seize US state property in retaliation for Washington’s sanctions, Russian officials say. The threat came from Russian foreign ministry sources, quoted by the daily Izvestia. Other Russian officials have made […]

Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand

Spanish airline Iberia to drop pregnancy test demand

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iberia insists it did not refuse to hire anyone for being pregnant – and says requiring tests is commonplace in Spain The Spanish airline Iberia has said it will stop requiring female job candidates to take a pregnancy test after being fined for the practice. It had been discovered requiring […]

Italian uproar over fascist-themed beach near Venice

Italian uproar over fascist-themed beach near Venice

Image copyright EPA Image caption One of the signs boasted toilets “for him, for her, for lesbians and gays” When a national newspaper revealed that a beach near Venice was styling itself on the fascist era of Benito Mussolini, police quickly raided the club. One sign said “Anti-democratic zone and regime” while another appeared to […]

G20 clashes prompt German call for database of leftist militants

G20 clashes prompt German call for database of leftist militants

Image copyright AFP Image caption Thousands of the city’s residents are cleaning up the mess – graffiti, vandalised shops and litter German politicians want Europe to set up a database to keep track of leftist militants, following clashes that left nearly 500 police officers injured during the G20 summit in Hamburg. There is a heated […]

Hungary vilifies financier Soros with crude poster campaign

Hungary vilifies financier Soros with crude poster campaign

Image copyright Akos Stiller Image caption A poster showing George Soros, saying “Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh!”. Someone has written “dirty Jew” on his forehead Giant posters vilifying the financier George Soros have gone up all over Hungary – the crudest step in the latest campaign by the rightwing Fidesz government […]

Siemens in dispute with Russia over diverted turbines

Siemens in dispute with Russia over diverted turbines

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A Siemens employee works on a gas turbine rotor in Berlin The German industrial giant Siemens says at least two gas turbines it has supplied to a Russian company have been illegally diverted to Crimea. The firm said the turbines had been moved “against its will” and in breach […]