Russian boy’s WW2 speech to German MPs stirs web anger

Image copyright German Bundestag Image caption Nikolai Desyatnichenko (r) told German MPs that the fate of a Wehrmacht soldier “touched him” A Russian schoolboy has received online abuse and death threats after suggesting that many German troops who invaded the USSR in World War Two were themselves victims of the conflict. Teenager Nikolai Desyatnichenko was […]

Brexit: UK ‘ready to pay more to the EU’

Image copyright EPA Brexit supporters in the cabinet have agreed the UK should offer to pay more money to the EU as it leaves. But no formal offer will be made until the EU agrees to begin talking about a new trade deal with the UK. No new figure has been given – but it […]

Bialowieza forest: EU threatens Poland with fine over logging

Media captionBiałowieża is home to European bison, wolves, lynx and elks, among other rare species Europe’s top court has given Poland 15 days to prove it has complied with a court order to stop logging in Europe’s oldest forest or face fines of €100,000 ($118,000; £89,000) a day. The European Court of Justice said it […]

Pope Francis calls for police to show drivers ‘mercy’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Pope Francis says the streets have been transformed “into Formula One tracks” Drivers who are caught speeding could now cite the Pope when asking for sympathy from the police. At a meeting with traffic police in Italy, Pope Francis urged them to show “mercy” towards those who break the rules […]

Syria: Putin renews call for political deal in Assad visit

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The two leaders met for the first time since October 2015 Russian President Vladimir Putin has renewed his call for a political solution to the war in Syria, during a rare visit by the Syrian leader. Mr Putin told Bashar al-Assad the military campaign was “wrapping up”, but there was […]

Paris and Amsterdam to host key EU agencies post-Brexit

Image copyright Getty Images Paris has won a battle to host the European Banking Authority (EBA), which will relocate from London after the UK leaves the European Union. The French capital’s victory follows a win earlier for Amsterdam, which will host the London-based European Medicines Agency (EMA). Paris was picked after lots were drawn when […]

Poland fury over ‘attack’ by EU’s Tusk

Image copyright EPA Image caption The EU’s Donald Tusk accuses the Polish government of drifting away from core EU values The Polish government has accused EU Council President Donald Tusk of “attacking Poland” after he voiced alarm at the government’s policies. “Today, by using his position to attack the Polish government, he is attacking Poland,” […]

Cities fight to win key EU agencies from London

Cities fight to win key EU agencies from London

Image caption Frankfurt produced a glossy video as part of its campaign to win the European Banking Authority A decision on the future location of two key European agencies will be made on Monday through a complex voting process. London is losing the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) because of […]

Brexit: German business grouping calls for UK to remain in EU

Image copyright Getty Images A group of influential German business figures have launched a campaign to keep the UK in the European Union. The alliance, dubbed a New Deal for Britain, includes three ex-presidents of the Federation of German Industry. One of the three, Heinrich Weiss, said: “With Britain, the EU is losing its most […]

Brexit divorce bill: Theresa May to hold ‘inner cabinet’ talks

Image copyright EPA Theresa May is to chair a meeting of some of her senior ministers to try to make progress on stalled EU talks. They are expected to discuss how much the UK should offer to pay the EU to settle its bill as it leaves. This bill, which is likely to run into […]

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