Turkey is heading rapidly toward a new election and only the "will of the people" can break a political deadlock after the ruling AK Party failed to form a working government, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Wednesday (19 August).
France and Britain are to sign a deal today (20 August) aimed at preventing undocumented migrants entering the Channel Tunnel, while stepping up joint police operations against the people-smugglers who profit from their desperation to reach Britain.
The Netherlands was the last eurozone state to endorse a third bailout for Greece Wednesday (19 August), as both the cabinet and parliament approved the package after a bruising debate. This means that Athens can receive the first installment as early as today.
Asked to comment today (19 August) on a statement by the premier of Slovakia that his country would only accept Christian migrants, the European Commission reiterated the principle of non-discrimination, which is at the core of EU legislation.
German lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of a third Greek bailout on Wednesday (19 August), heeding a call from Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to give Greece the chance for a new start, despite his own concerns it might not work.
The European Union demanded Russia release an Estonian police officer sentenced on Wednesday to 15 years in jail for spying, nearly a year after the EU says Eston Kohver was abducted by Russian agents from Estonia territory.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu formally ended attempts to form the next government om Tuesday (18 August) after weeks of coalition talks failed, raising the prospect of a fractious interim administration leading the country to a new election.