Emmanuel Macron due to name PM on first day as French president

Emmanuel Macron due to name PM on first day as French president

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Emmanuel Macron can waste no time ahead of June’s parliamentary elections Emmanuel Macron is beginning his first day as French president, with picking a prime minster top of his to do list. The appointment is crucial for Mr Macron, who needs to do well in next month’s parliamentary elections […]

Angela Merkel’s CDU ‘seizes key state from rivals’

Angela Merkel’s CDU ‘seizes key state from rivals’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Armin Laschet, the CDU’s top candidate in the region, celebrates after hearing the exit poll Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have unseated the Social Democrats in a key state election, exit polls say. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU is projected to win 34.5% of votes in North Rhine-Westphalia, compared with 30.5% for […]

Moscow protests over demolition of Soviet-era homes

Moscow protests over demolition of Soviet-era homes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Estimates of the crowd varied from 5,000 to 30,000 residents Thousands of people took to Moscow’s streets to protest against plans to demolish their Soviet-era homes. The three- to five-storey Soviet apartments are nicknamed “khrushchovki” after the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Moscow’s plan to demolish the blocks and resettle […]

Julian Assange: Ecuador ‘concerned’ over lack of progress

Julian Assange: Ecuador ‘concerned’ over lack of progress

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Australian national has not left the Ecuadorean embassy in London for nearly half a decade Ecuador has voiced concern over the “serious lack of progress” by the Swedish government in dealing with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. It said there had been a “serious failure” by Sweden’s prosecutor to complete […]

Austria could see election ‘in autumn’ after coalition ends

Austria could see election ‘in autumn’ after coalition ends

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Kern said that the People’s Party “put an end to this coalition live on television” Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has said he expects an early election “in the autumn” after his coalition partners abruptly ended their alliance. It comes after months of disagreements between Mr Kern’s Social Democrats and […]

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Image copyright Reuters Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says. Speaking to Britain’s ITV, he said the world faced an escalating threat, and there was concern about the level of potential attacks on Monday morning. The virus took control of users’ files, demanding payments; Russia and […]

‘France must rise to the occasion’

During his inauguration speech, Emmanuel Macron said he was determined to overcome the challenges facing France. At 39, Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest leader since Napoleon. ‘France must rise to the occasion’

Greece train hits house after derailing, killing three

Greece train hits house after derailing, killing three

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The train wrecked a house as it derailed near the village of Adendro in Northern Greece Three people have been killed and many more seriously injured after a passenger train derailed in northern Greece, officials say. The train, travelling from Athens, struck a house when it left the track […]

Angela Merkel faces key test in German state election

Angela Merkel faces key test in German state election

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Angela Merkel has been campaigning with CDU candidate Armin Laschet Voters in Germany’s most populous state are going to the polls in an election seen as a crucial test for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Polls show Mrs Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) could unseat the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in North […]

Emmanuel Macron to be sworn in as French president

Emmanuel Macron to be sworn in as French president

Image copyright AFP Image caption Emmanuel Macron will be France’s youngest leader since Napoleon Tight security is in place across Paris for the inauguration of Emmanuel Macron as France’s president. Mr Macron, an independent, won a resounding victory in last weekend’s second round of voting against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The former investment […]