King Felipe VI says Catalonia ‘will remain’ Spanish

King Felipe VI says Catalonia ‘will remain’ Spanish

Image copyright AFP Spain’s King Felipe VI has said Catalonia “is and will remain” an essential part of the country. It is his second intervention in the Catalonia secession crisis. He told an awards ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo that the Catalan government was causing a rift and Spain would solve the problem […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan authorities have refused to drop their campaign for independence from Spain Spain’s conservative government has agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, the socialists say. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, […]

Spain plans for Catalan elections, escalating independence row

Spain plans for Catalan elections, escalating independence row

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan authorities have refused to drop their campaign for independence from Spain The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) party to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, according to the PSOE. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend […]

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

Image copyright AFP Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were “encouraging” signs of progress EU leaders have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with the UK – as Theresa May admits there is “some way to go” in negotiations. As expected, her 27 EU counterparts agreed at a Brussels summit that not […]

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrej Babis’ ANO (Yes) party is predicted to win the biggest share of the vote Czechs are voting in a two-day general election in which the favourite is a populist billionaire who has campaigned on an anti-establishment platform. Andrej Babis, 63, is estimated to be worth $4 billion (£3bn) making […]

Roma charged by Uefa for fans ‘monkey chants’ at Antonio Rudiger

Roma charged by Uefa for fans ‘monkey chants’ at Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger could also have played international football for his mother’s homeland, Sierra Leone Roma have been charged by Uefa after some of their fans were heard making “monkey chants” towards Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. The German international came on as a 77th-minute substitute during Wednesday’s Champions League Group C tie which ended 3-3 at Stamford […]

Ibrahim Halawa freed from jail in Egypt

Ibrahim Halawa freed from jail in Egypt

Image copyright Free Ibrahim Halawa Image caption Campaigners posted a Facebook message on Thursday to say Mr Halawa had been freed. Ibrahim Halawa, an Irishman who has spent more than four years in prison in Egypt, has been freed. Mr Halawa, who is from Dublin, was arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in […]

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy is with other EU leaders – including France’s Emmanuel Macron (L) – at a major summit European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation. “There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or […]

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

Media captionTheresa May: I want ‘urgency’ on citizens’ deal EU leaders have urged Theresa May to do more to break the deadlock in the Brexit negotiations as they gather at a crunch Brussels summit. Dutch PM Mark Rutte said “a lot more clarity” on the UK’s financial offer was needed before talks could progress. German […]

Malta journalist Daphne Galizia’s sons reject million euro reward

Malta journalist Daphne Galizia’s sons reject million euro reward

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Daphne Caruana Galizia’s sons say they are “not interested in justice without change” The sons of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Malta have refused to endorse a one million euro (£890,000) reward for evidence leading to a conviction in the case. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s three […]

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