Germany election: Merkel seeks fourth term as voting begins

Media captionHow young voters are shaking up the election Voting has opened in Germany’s federal elections, with Chancellor Angela Merkel tipped to retain power. She is seeking a fourth term in office and to keep her Christian Democrat party’s (CDU) status as the largest presence in Germany’s Bundestag. The CDU’s coalition partner, the SPD, is […]

Brexit: UK needs to clarify issues – Macron

Image copyright Reuters The UK must provide more clarity about its negotiating position on Brexit, the French president has said. Emmanuel Macron said the issues of EU citizens’ rights, the exit bill and the Irish border question must be settled before talks could be held on trade. On Friday, Theresa May made suggestions including a […]

Kalashnikov statue changed because of German weapon

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The drawing on the base of the statue (on the right) which showed Germany’s StG 44 rifle Workers in Moscow have cut out part of a new monument to a Russian creator of the world famous AK-47 assault rifle because a weapon depicted on the statue was actually a German-designed […]

Brexit: Theresa May sets out UK offer to break deadlock

Brexit: Theresa May sets out UK offer to break deadlock

Media captionTheresa May says an “implementation period” of two years “will create valuable certainty” for the UK and EU Theresa May has set out proposals for a two-year transition period after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. She wants existing EU market access arrangements to apply during that period and promised Britain would pay […]

Erdogan protesters beaten and ejected from New York speech

Erdogan protesters beaten and ejected from New York speech

Media captionAnti-Erdogan demonstrators are punched as they are removed from a New York hotel Violence erupted at a New York hotel after protesters heckled a speech by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with chants of “terrorist”. Mr Erdogan was addressing supporters in Turkish at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square when he was interrupted […]

Eurozone sees ‘burst of activity’ in September

Image copyright Getty Images The eurozone economy ended the third quarter of the year on a strong note, a survey has indicated. The IHS Markit composite purchasing managers’ index (PMI) suggested private businesses grew faster than expected in September. It said manufacturers had enjoyed their best month since early 2011. Chris Williamson, chief business economist […]

Catalonia referendum: Madrid court fines organisers

Image copyright Reuters Image caption There were protests outside a Barcelona court deciding whether to free pro-independence Catalan officials Spain’s constitutional court has imposed daily fines of up to €12,000 (£10,600; $14,300) on top Catalan officials for every day they continue organising a banned referendum. Among those threatened is Josep Maria Jove, a top Catalan […]

Florian Philippot: Le Pen’s top aide quits National Front

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Philippot was emblematic of the party’s embrace of a softer stance on social issues One of the best-known figures in France’s far-right National Front (FN) has announced he is leaving the party. Florian Philippot was right-hand man to Marine Le Pen during the recent presidential election which saw her […]

L’Oreal heiress Lillian Bettencourt dies at 94

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Bettencourt was the world’s 14th wealthiest person, according to Forbes magazine’s 2017 list Liliane Bettencourt, the heiress to cosmetics firm L’Oreal, has died aged 94, her family has confirmed. A statement said she died at home “peacefully” overnight. With an estimated 2017 net worth of 33bn euros (£30bn; $40bn), […]

Russia turns on Morgan Freeman over election ‘war’ video

Media captionMorgan Freeman: US is ‘at war’ with meddling Kremlin Russia has aimed its entire media arsenal at the veteran Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman over his appearance in a video accusing the Kremlin of waging “war” on America during last year’s presidential election. The video shows the Oscar winner accusing President Vladimir Putin, a “former […]

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