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EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Austrian far-right ministers to resign en masse amid ‘Ibiza-gate’ fallout

All remaining ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) are to resign, a party spokesman said Monday (20 May), after one of them, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, was fired in the fallout from a corruption scandal that has brought down the government.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Milkshakes become weapon of choice in UK European campaign

The lowly milkshake has turned into an unlikely weapon of choice for Britons determined to make a splashy statement against the rise of the Brexit-backing populist right.
Future EU 21-05-2019

The EU Game of Thrones explained

This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs, but won't decide the winners. Here is a guide to the horsetrading. 

Swiss vote to tighten gun laws and stay in Schengen

The Swiss voted Sunday (19 May) to toughen their gun laws and bring them in line with EU legislation, heeding warnings that rejecting the change could have threatened relations with the bloc.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Spanish, French or Polish: expats fight Brexit at UK polls

Chatting with voters in a small town in northwest England ahead of this week's European elections, lawyer Sophie Larroque's French accent is hard to miss.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Thousands rally in Germany against nationalism before European vote

Thousands of people marched in cities across Germany on Sunday (19 May) to protest against nationalist and far-right parties looking to secure more seats in this week's European elections.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Bannon presence raises hackles in France ahead of Europe polls

Political tensions soared in France Sunday (19 May) a week ahead of tightly-contested European elections, with the ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron expressing unease over the presence of Donald Trump's controversial ex-strategist Steve Bannon.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

Austria scandal overshadows Salvini’s European nationalist rally

Italian populist leader Matteo Salvini on Saturday (18 May) gathered Europe's disparate nationalists for a unifying rally overshadowed by a major corruption scandal shaking Austria's far-right coalition.
Economy & Jobs 16-05-2019

EU fines five major banks €1bln for currency collusion

The EU's powerful antitrust authority fined five major banks, including Barclays and Citigroup, on Thursday (16 May) with more than a billion euros for collusion in the massive foreign exchange currency market.
Transport 15-05-2019

Paris takes pesky e-scooter fleets to task

Paris authorities have warned operators of the thousands of electric scooters that have inundated the city to keep them off pavements or face a temporary ban amid rising complaints from pedestrians.
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Europe rejects US escalation strategy against Iran

Europe on Monday (13 May) urged the US not to further escalate tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, with Britain issuing a stark warning of the risk of conflict erupting "by accident" in the Gulf.
Global Europe 14-05-2019

Meeting of the minds as Trump receives Orban

US President Donald Trump on Monday (13 May) praised Hungary’s hardline authoritarian Viktor Orbán as a leader respected throughout Europe who kept his country safe with his crackdown on immigration. “Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in so many...
Elections 13-05-2019

Merkel’s preferred successor says won’t seek post before 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's preferred successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said Sunday (12 May) that she would not seek the top job before Merkel's term ends in 2021.
Future EU 13-05-2019

Ignoring critics, Trump to welcome Hungary’s Orban to White House

US President Donald Trump on Monday (13 May) will host Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán -- an anti-immigration firebrand and one of his few European admirers -- at the White House, despite criticism of the visit at home.
Elections 13-05-2019

Lithuania presidential runoff pits novice against ex-minister as PM quits

An economist and political novice, Gitanas Nauseda, took the lead in the first round of Lithuania's presidential election on Sunday (12 May) and will face Ingrida Simonyte, a conservative ex-finance minister, in a 26 May runoff coinciding with the European elections.
Elections 10-05-2019

Inequality tops agenda as Lithuania elects new president

For all its economic growth, income inequality and poverty are top election issues as Lithuanians vote on Sunday (12 May) for a new president in round one of a tight race in the Baltic eurozone state.
Economy & Jobs 09-05-2019

EU leaders sideline eurozone divisions at summit on future

EU leaders meeting in a mountainous city in Romania on Thursday (9 May) will discuss the future of Europe, but the fate of the euro will be mostly ignored.
EU Elections 2019 09-05-2019

EU Ombudsman: Barroso and Selmayr cases gave ammunition to populists

The European Union's ombudsman has voiced "frustration" to AFP that high-profile lapses in standards by the bloc's institutions in recent years provide "ammunition" for eurosceptics to attack the EU.
Enlargement 09-05-2019

Montenegro court to deliver verdicts over ‘pro-Russian coup plot’

A Montenegro court is set Thursday (9 May) to deliver verdicts to 14 people accused of planning to violently overthrow the government with Russian help in 2016, an alleged plot whose details remain murky even after a lengthy trial.
Brexit 08-05-2019

Juncker regrets not intervening in Brexit referendum campaign

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday (7 May) he regrets not intervening in the Brexit referendum, insisting the EU could have "destroyed the lies" that led to Britain voting to leave.
Global Europe 08-05-2019

Palestinians turn to EU to counter Kushner plan

The Palestinians are asking the European Union to pick up the mantle in defence of the two-state solution if the upcoming US peace plan ditches Palestinian statehood, their UN envoy said Tuesday (7 May).
Enlargement 08-05-2019

In North Macedonia, Pope urges Balkans to embrace diversity

Pope Francis urged the Balkans to embrace its patchwork of faiths and ethnicities during his visit to North Macedonia on Tuesday (7 May), where he delivered prayers and speeches that kept returning to the legacy of an illustrious Skopje native: Mother Teresa.
EU Elections 2019 07-05-2019

Timmermans calls on all EU members to adopt minimum wage

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Monday (6 May) called for each EU member to have a minimum wage equivalent to 60% of its median salary to reduce the bloc's growing wealth gap.
EU Elections 2019 06-05-2019

Spain’s top court says Catalonia’s Puigdemont can run for EU elections

Spain's Supreme Court on Sunday (5 May) said Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium in 2017 after a secession attempt, could contest EU polls this month.

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