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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, […]

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

Image copyright AFP Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all”, he said. EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, […]

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 […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are fears that the latest moves could lead to unrest in Catalonia Spain is to start suspending Catalonian autonomy on Saturday, as its leader threatened to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of […]

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals has always been her “first priority” Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the […]

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 […]

Air Berlin plane does ‘lap of honour’ in Düsseldorf

The incident took place on the bankrupt airline’s final long-haul flight, from Miami to Düsseldorf. Air Berlin files for insolvency Air Berlin plane does ‘lap of honour’ in Düsseldorf

Russia socialite Ksenia Sobchak declares presidential bid

Russia socialite Ksenia Sobchak declares presidential bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Sobchak said her candidacy was motivated by her desire to be “a mouthpiece for those who cannot be candidates” Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak is to stand in the country’s presidential election in March, when Vladimir Putin is widely expected to run again. Ms Sobchak conceded she was an unlikely […]

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain says the government will step up its response if Catalan leaders do not back down Spain will move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader drops his push for independence, the deputy prime minister says. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline […]

Portugal fires: Minister resigns as government faces challenge

Portugal fires: Minister resigns as government faces challenge

Media caption“There are no words to describe it – no words” Portugal’s interior minister has resigned after dozens of people died in a massive outbreak of forest fires. In her resignation letter, Constança Urbano de Sousa said she was leaving to “preserve her personal dignity”. The deadly wildfires killed at least 41 people and hundreds […]

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