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Elections 22-06-2017

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, called on Wednesday (21 June) for the woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, banning human intervention.

Economy & Jobs 22-06-2017

Macron reaffirms hope for EU ahead of first summit

On the eve of his first European summit (22-23 June), French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed his belief in a Europe capable of transforming the world with France as a driving force.

Enlargement 21-06-2017

Albania grapples with cannabis, a hurdle to EU accession

As Albania gears up for elections, one huge challenge facing the Balkan country has been low on the campaign agendas: the scourge of its cannabis fields, which threatens to hinder EU accession.

Politics 21-06-2017

Explosion rocks Brussels train station, suspect ‘neutralised’

An explosion rocked the central train station in Brussels yesterday evening (20 June) and a man was shot by police during the incident, prosecutors told Belgian media. He was later reported dead.

Politics 20-06-2017

Greece and Turkey downplay divisions ahead of fresh Cyprus talks

Greece and Turkey put a territorial dispute in the Aegean on the back-burner in talks in Athens on Monday (19 June). The two countries' prime ministers instead focused on their common commercial interests ahead of another round of UN-sponsored talks on Cyprus.

Central Europe 20-06-2017

Orbán: No chance for single EU migration policy

Hungary's populist prime minister said Monday (19 June) that he sees no chance for a single EU-wide migration policy, just days after the bloc launched legal action against Budapest for refusing refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Global Europe 19-06-2017

EU planning grand ceremony to honour ‘visionary’ Kohl

The European Commission hopes to organise a grand ceremony to remember former German Chancellor and European "visionary" Helmut Kohl, a Commission spokeswoman said on Sunday (18 June).

Global Europe 19-06-2017

Raging Portugal forest fires kill dozens

Raging forest fires in central Portugal have killed at least 61 people, many burnt to death in their cars, the government said on Sunday (18 June), in the country's worst such disaster in recent history.

Elections 19-06-2017

Macron marches to clear majority in French parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party swept to a large majority in parliamentary elections on Sunday (18 June), although it fell short of a predicted landslide.

Elections 16-06-2017

Serbia names gay woman as premier in Balkan first

Serbia's president yesterday (15 June) named an openly gay woman as the next prime minister, a milestone move for the deeply conservative country and the wider Balkan region.

Brexit 15-06-2017

European Commission offers ‘open arms’ for British return

European Commission deputy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday (15 June) that he would welcome Britain back into the EU "with open arms" if it reconsidered its decision to quit the bloc.

Languages & Culture 15-06-2017

Money from Europe a lifeline for Nigerian families

Grace and Sunday Otoide's house is the last one standing on Bata Road in Benin City, southern Nigeria. All the neighbours have left and the retired couple hope to do the same.

Global Europe 15-06-2017

Romania in turmoil as ruling left drops support for its own premier

Romania's ruling left-wing party withdrew its support for Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu yesterday (14 June), a move likely to bring down his government, which has only been in power since January.

Central Europe 14-06-2017

Romanian ex-president accused of ‘crimes against humanity’ over 1990 protest crackdown

Ion Iliescu and 13 other officials have been ordered to stand trial on charges of crimes against humanity in connection with the crackdown on a Bucharest protest in 1990, the prosecutor's office said yesterday (13 June).

Elections 14-06-2017

Finnish government survives as new populist faction emerges

Finland's government avoided collapse yesterday (13 June) after Prime Minister Juha Sipila said his coalition could carry on with a new populist faction which emerged when an anti-immigration party split in two.

Brexit 14-06-2017

Macron tells May ‘door always open’ for UK to stay in EU

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (13 June) the door was "always open" for Britain to remain in the EU despite Prime Minister Theresa May saying Brexit talks would begin next week.

EU opens sanctions procedure against Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic over refugees

The EU launched legal action yesterday (13 June) against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in their share of refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Banking union 13-06-2017

EU seeks post-Brexit powers over London euro clearing

The EU unveiled plans Tuesday (13 June) to give itself powers to force a huge slice of London's banking business out of the UK after Brexit in a blow to the city's supremacy as a global financial hub.

Freedom of thought 13-06-2017

Nearly 1,000 held as Navalny supporters protest across Russia

Authorities detained Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and more than 1,000 of his supporters yesterday (12 June), as they mounted demonstrations across the nation against government corruption, coinciding with the National day.

Frontex chief: Migrant influx shifting but no let-up

The migrants pouring into Europe have changed routes: the crossing between Turkey and Greece is practically closed, but ever greater numbers are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy.

Brexit 13-06-2017

EU, Britain fail to agree Brexit talks start date

Top EU and British figures held "talks about talks" on Brexit Monday (12 June) but failed to nail down a date for the start of negotiations amid the fallout from Britain's chaotic election, officials said.

Ukrainians cheer on first day of visa-free EU travel

Ukrainians on Sunday (11 June) celebrated the first day of visa-free access to the European Union, with thousands crossing the border as President Petro Poroshenko proclaimed a dramatic "exit" from Moscow's grip.

Brexit 09-06-2017

Five challenges facing next UK premier

Whoever ends up becoming Britain's new prime minister faces a daunting five years in office, with the negotiations of the country's withdrawal from the European Union topping the list of priorities.

Enlargement 09-06-2017

Fragile Kosovo prepares for ‘crucial’ vote

Nine years after proclaiming independence, fragile Kosovo votes Sunday (11 June) at a time of high tension with Serbia, rampant unemployment and some of its leaders threatened with prosecution for war crimes.