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That jeering sound you can hear is Europe laughing at Britain

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on That jeering sound you can hear is Europe laughing at Britain
A cartoon in a Dutch newspaper depicts Mrs May whacking herself over the head with a mallet. Another Dutch publication has the prime minister entering the Brexit negotiations with her severed head cradled under her arm. It is not just the Netherlands that is having a good giggle. Britain’s prime minister – and, by extension, Read More

Jean-Luc Mélenchon ready to lead France’s new resistance

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Jean-Luc Mélenchon ready to lead France’s new resistance
Entering the French lower house of parliament as an MP for the first time last week, Jean-Luc Mlenchon pointed to the European flag planted next to the French tricolor, turned to the camera tracking him and said: Do we have to put up with that? Earlier he stood on the steps of the Assemble Nationale, Read More

Franco-Swiss journalist dies in Paris after being injured in Mosul blast

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Franco-Swiss journalist dies in Paris after being injured in Mosul blast
The Franco-Swiss journalist Veronique Robert has died in hospital in Paris after being wounded in an explosion in Mosul earlier this week. She was caught up in a mine explosion in the Iraqi city that killed the Iraqi journalist Bakhtiyar Haddad and the French journalist Stephane Villeneuve. Samuel Foley, who works for Le Figaro, suffered Read More

‘€5,000 would be a deterrent’: the French minister who wants sexual harassment fines

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on ‘€5,000 would be a deterrent’: the French minister who wants sexual harassment fines
The walk from the Gare du Nord across the Seine to France’s centre of power, a string of buildings off the Quai d’Orsay, takes a pleasant, circuitous hour: the route is a tourist’s dream. But for Marlène Schiappa, France’s freshly appointed gender equality minister, the streets of Paris are the frontline in a war between Read More

Whisper it, but Europe and Turkey are talking again

2017-06-24 European News Comments Off on Whisper it, but Europe and Turkey are talking again
Remember how, during the Brexit referendum campaign, voters were told that “millions of Turks” would swamp Europe and Britain if it didn’t get out? Government ministers went on TV to say Turkey’s accession to the EU was just on the horizon, as a result of a refugee deal brokered between Angela Merkel and the Turkish Read More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’s graveyard comes back from the dead

2017-06-23 European News Comments Off on The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’s graveyard comes back from the dead
After more than 50 years, several fistfuls of euros and countless wheelbarrow journeys, one of the most famous graveyards in cinema history has been rescued from oblivion and is to be honoured in a new documentary. Sad Hill cemetery is the setting for the climax of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, when Clint Read More

Primeval forest must lose Unesco protection, says Poland

2017-06-23 European News Comments Off on Primeval forest must lose Unesco protection, says Poland
Poland’s environment minister, Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Białowieża forest, has called for the woodland to be stripped of Unesco’s natural heritage status, banning human intervention. Białowieża, straddling Poland’s eastern border with Belarus, includes one of the largest surviving parts of the primeval forest that covered Read More

Donald Tusk echoes John Lennon to suggest UK could stay in EU

2017-06-23 European News Comments Off on Donald Tusk echoes John Lennon to suggest UK could stay in EU
Donald Tusk used the first EU summit since the general election and the start of the Brexit negotiations to suggest that there is a chance the UK could still remain a member of the union, as leaders called on Theresa May to provide clarity on her minority government’s intentions. Tusk, the president of the European Read More

Sadiq Khan adds voice to calls for UK to remain in single market

2017-06-23 European News Comments Off on Sadiq Khan adds voice to calls for UK to remain in single market
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, is calling on the government to fight to keep Britain in the single market, as senior opposition politicians step up the pressure on Theresa May for a softer Brexit after her Commons majority was wiped out at the general election. Khan said: “The prime minister sought a mandate from Read More

Overheated French male bus drivers don skirts in defiance of dress code

2017-06-23 European News Comments Off on Overheated French male bus drivers don skirts in defiance of dress code
French bus drivers angry at a ban on wearing shorts in the ongoing heatwave have turned up to work in skirts. The drivers in the western city of Nantes had asked to be allowed to dress more casually as temperatures reached 38C (100F) in Europe causing weather alerts across France. When the request was refused, Read More