EU crisis: Angela Merkel panics as Brussels budget deadlock sparks ‘very serious problems’

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Talks between European Union leaders over €1.8trillion budget and recovery package broke down last night, sparking a crisis in Brussels. Poland and Hungary both vetoed the plan, because access to the funds […]

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Coronavirus: Europe is ‘epicentre of pandemic once again’, WHO chief warns after deaths rise by 35%

Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic again after a sharp spike in deaths and hospital admissions, the World Health Organisation has warned. The region accounted for nearly half of the 2.8 million new COVID-19 cases reported worldwide last week, WHO said. Virus-related fatalities are also up 35% on the previous week, European […]

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Two killed, 25 missing as drenching rain hits parts of France and Italy

PARIS/ROME (Reuters) – Two people died and 25 people were missing in France and Italy after a storm hit border regions of the two countries, bringing record rainfall in places and causing heavy flooding that swept away roads and damaged homes, authorities said on Saturday.Slideshow ( 5 images )The storm, dubbed Alex, ravaged several villages […]

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EU effort to stem African migration leaves some ex-smugglers empty handed

AGADEZ, Niger (Reuters) – Andre Chani said he once earned thousands of dollars a month driving Europe-bound migrants from Niger’s desert trading hub of Agadez to Libya. But in 2016, he said, police in Niger impounded his two white pick-up trucks as part of an effort to stem the flow of Africans onto European shores. […]

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Spain slams British, German travel advisories as discriminatory

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain reacted with outrage on Tuesday to recommendations from Britain and Germany that their citizens avoid its islands and beaches because of an increase in coronavirus cases during what should be the height of the tourism season. With advisories piling up on top of a quarantine order from Britain for returning travellers, […]


European stocks gain as focus shifts to earnings, stimulus talks

(Reuters) – European shares rose on Monday, with cyclical sectors leading gains as investors hoped the upcoming earnings season and stimulus talks will feed into an economic recovery from the coronavirus-induced downturn. The pan-European STOXX index rose 0.5%, with miners .SXPP gaining 1.7% on optimism over China’s recovery and surging metal prices. [.SS] [MET/L] Other […]


European stocks slide as Wall Street hit by virus surge

(Reuters) – European stocks closed sharply lower on Thursday as Wall Street tumbled after another record surge in U.S. coronavirus cases that raised fears of fresh lockdowns. London stocks .FTSE were among the biggest casualties in Europe, sliding 1.7%, with energy firms BP (BP.L) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) down about 4% as oil prices […]

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Europe coronavirus resurgences alarm WHO

Europe has seen an increase in weekly cases of Covid-19 for the first time in months as restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus are eased, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. In 11 countries, which have not been named, accelerated transmission has led to “very significant” resurgences, said Regional Director Dr Hans […]

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Germany: Riot and attacks on police in Stuttgart after drug check

More than a dozen police officers wounded and 24 people detained after violent scuffles quickly turned into riots. Police in the German city of Stuttgart have said 24 people were arrested and 19 police officers injured after a check for drugs sparked attacks on officers and police vehicles followed by widespread vandalism of storefronts in […]

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'Concrete evidence' missing British girl McCann is dead: Germany

Prosecutor says German authorities do not have Madeleine McCann’s body, but they have ‘concrete evidence, facts’. Authorities in Germany have “concrete evidence” that missing British girl Madeleine McCann is dead, according to a prosecutor. Brunswick prosecutor Hans Christian Wolters told the AFP news agency on Wednesday it was unable to disclose exact information, but the […]