Nice names a street after late F1 driver Bianchi
The late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi now has a street named after him following a ceremony in his home city of Nice on Monday. Compatriot and former racing rival Jean-Eric Vergne posted.. Read More
Merkel says populism won't solve world's problems
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that openness, not populism, polarisation or isolation, was the answer to the world's challenges of globalisation and digitalisation. ''I think that.. Read More
Body of seventh victim found in Italy hotel avalanche, court opens probe
The body of a seventh victim was found in the buried ruins of a mountain hotel in central Italy on Monday as questions multiplied over the official response to last week's blizzards and deadly avalanche.. Read More
Brexit is opportunity to pull Europe closer together
The European Union Parliament's chief Brexit negotiator on Monday said Britain's decision to make a clean break from the EU was an opportunity to reform Europe and avoid a further breakdown in ties.. Read More
Fate of Turkish troops who fled to Greece to be decided this week
Greece's Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on Thursday on whether or not to extradite eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece in a helicopter after a failed military coup in July, the Athens.. Read More
Protesting farmers cover EU summit centre with milk powder
Dairy farmers protesting low milk prices sprayed a tonne of milk powder onto a building used by EU leaders for summits in Brussels on Monday, saying a planned sale of milk powder stocks would depress.. Read More
Italy reviews new electoral law as old problems pile up
After a turbulent first month in office, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni could learn this week how much longer his government might last when the constitutional court reviews the validity of Italy's.. Read More
German firms expect little fallout from Brexit
A large majority of German companies expect Britain's divorce from the European Union to cause little if any damage to their business, according to a poll published by the Cologne Institute for Economic.. Read More
Protectionism is a bad idea - ECB's Coeure
European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Monday that economic protectionism was a bad idea, as he commented on new U.S. President Donald Trump, who has backed protectionist.. Read More
France's Valls urges big second round turnout as presidential bid stumbles
Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called on Monday for a big turnout in the second round of the Socialist primaries after a first round vote made left-wing rival Benoit Hamon frontrunner to.. Read More
Women from Madrid and Barcelona joined five million people in anti-Trump protests
Hundreds of thousands of women filled the streets of major American cities to lead an unprecedented wave of international protests against President Donald Trump, mocking and denouncing the new.. Read More
German Finance Minister says UK should take a Brexit leaf out of Switzerland's book
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Britain should take a leaf out of Switzerland's book on how to handle relations with the European Union, according to Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung.. Read More
British shoppers thinking digital
British fashion retailers will switch their spending firepower to technology from the high street in 2017 after online shopping became the key driver of sales growth over the all-important festive.. Read More
Twenty four still missing as dig continues in Italian avalanche hotel
Twenty-four people are missing from the wreckage of a hotel in central Italy that was flattened by a deadly avalanche, with difficult research and rescue operations still ongoing, authorities said.. Read More
European far right leaders hope Brexit will start domino effect
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and ''wake up'' in 2017, at a meeting of right-wing leaders aiming to oust established.. Read More
Women take to the streets worldwide to protest against Trump
Thousands of women took to the streets of European capitals to join ''sister marches'' in Asia against newly installed U.S. President Trump ahead of a major rally in Washington expected to draw.. Read More
Merkel will work to preserve relationship with the US
German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Saturday to seek compromises on issues like trade and military spending with U.S. President Donald Trump, adding she would work on preserving the important relationship.. Read More
More survivors of Italian avalanche found but body count rises
A total of nine people have been pulled alive from the rubble of a hotel demolished on Wednesday by an avalanche in central Italy, although officials said five have died and an estimated 23 more.. Read More
Sixteen dead in Italian bus accident
Sixteen people were killed and about 40 were injured when a bus carrying Hungarian students burst into flames on a highway in northern Italy, police and the fire service said on Saturday. The.. Read More
Liverpool loan asks if racism is legal in France after crowd abuse
A furious Mario Balotelli asked fans if racism was ''legal in France'' after the Nice striker accused Bastia supporters of abusing him during his team's 1-1 Ligue 1 draw on Friday, prompting a French.. Read More
Miraculous rescue two days after Italy avalanche
Four children and a woman were pulled clear on Friday from the wreckage of a mountain hotel in central Italy flattened two days earlier by an avalanche, the national fire service said. A further.. Read More
Hopes fade of finding survivors buried under avalanche in Italy
Hopes of finding survivors dwindled on Thursday more than 24 hours after an avalanche struck a luxury mountain hotel in Italy burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris. The Civil Protection.. Read More
Ex-VW CEO denies early knowledge of diesel emissions cheating
Former Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn refused to tell German lawmakers when he first learned about systematic exhaust emissions cheating but said it was no earlier than VW has officially.. Read More
European Union antitrust regulators welcome Amazon & Apple audiobook deal
A decision by Amazon and Apple to scrap all exclusivity obligations in the supply and distribution of audiobooks will likely boost competition, EU antitrust regulators said on Thursday. The companies.. Read More
Avalanche hits Italian hotel with many feared dead under snow
A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said.. Read More
Islamic State using online headhunters to recruit young Germans
Islamic State is using ''headhunters'' on social media and instant messaging sites to recruit disaffected young people in Germany, some as young as 13 or 14, the head of the country's domestic intelligence.. Read More
Facebook to build third foreign data center in Denmark
Facebook will build a new data center in the Danish city of Odense, the California-based tech company said at a press conference with local authorities, only the third such facility outside of the United.. Read More
ECB maintains stimulus as growth picks up speed
The European Central Bank kept its super-easy monetary policy unchanged as expected on Thursday, maintaining extraordinary stimulus to aid a tepid recovery in growth after nearly a decade in the doldrums.. Read More
Euro zone investments fall, current account surplus widens in November
Investments in the euro zone fell sharply in November while the bloc's current account surplus widened, the European Central Bank said on Thursday. The 19-member currency bloc's seasonally and working.. Read More
Poland's priority for Brexit is to guarantee rights of Poles in Britain
Poland's priority in Brexit talks will be to obtain a guarantee that the current rights of Poles living in Britain will be upheld, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Thursday in Warsaw's first reaction.. Read More
Czech bubble artist surrounds 275 students with soap screen to claim record
A Czech performer of bubble art surrounded 275 high school students and a car with a single soap-bubble screen on Wednesday, breaking the national record. Matej Kodes raised the screen around.. Read More
Retailer Carrefour fourth quarter sales growth slows as France lags
Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer, said sales growth slowed in the fourth quarter, reflecting a weaker performance in its core French market where hypermarket stores still lagged amid a.. Read More
Turkish parliament approves more constitutional reform articles
Turkey's parliament approved the first seven articles in a second round of voting overnight on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, keeping the reform on course.. Read More
Does the rise of U.S. brews spell the end of traditional Belgian beer?
For centuries, Belgium has been associated with beer. First brewed by abbey monks in the 12th century, today brands like Leffe, Duvel and Chimay sell to beer connoisseurs worldwide, largely banking.. Read More
Security issues sow divisions as Cyprus talks resume
The vexed issue of security arrangements in a post-settlement Cyprus took centre stage on Wednesday in talks on the island's future, as officials played down chances of swift progress in a push towards.. Read More
Spate of strong earthquakes hit snowbound central Italy
A series of strong earthquakes hit snowbound central Italy on Wednesday, unnerving residents shaken by last year's deadly tremors and forcing the closure of hundreds of schools as well as rail links.. Read More
Germany set for federal election on Sept 24, Merkel seeks fourth term
Germany looks set to hold its federal election on Sunday 24 September, with Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking a fourth term in office and the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party expected to.. Read More
Johnson raises hackles over WW2 punishment beatings jibe at Hollande
Just as British ministers were hoping to win EU leaders' support for their newly revealed Brexit plan, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised hackles by comparing any attempt to punish Britain to a.. Read More
Juncker tells Trump to stop encouraging EU break-up
Donald Trump should lay off talking about the break-up of the European Union, the bloc's chief executive said on Wednesday, pointing out that Europeans do not push for Ohio to secede from the United.. Read More
France's ruling Socialists to stay in race for presidency despite poor ratings
France's ruling Socialist Party (PS) will stay in the running for the presidency no matter what despite poor opinion poll ratings, its top official said on Wednesday, while acknowledging a divided Left.. Read More
German AfD rightist triggers fury over Holocaust memorial comments
A senior member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Wednesday that media had misrepresented comments he made about Berlin's Holocaust memorial and the need to rewrite history books.. Read More
France's Hollande expects quick start of Brexit negotiations
French President Francois Hollande told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday that negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union should begin as soon as Britain invokes Article 50.. Read More
China's Xi says willing to help resolve Ukraine crisis
China is willing to play a constructive role in seeking a political resolution to the crisis over Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Ukrainian counterpart, adding that he considers the eastern.. Read More
Drugmakers in Davos shift focus to chronic diseases of poor
Two decades after they were spurred into action to tackle AIDS in Africa, global drugmakers said on Wednesday they would invest $50 million (40.5 million pounds) over three years to fight cancer and.. Read More
German finance minister preparing for Greek aid without IMF
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is preparing for a continuation of aid for Greece without the involvement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Germany's Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.. Read More
Top German court refuses to outlaw far-right NPD party
Germany's Constitutional Court on Tuesday said the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) resembled Adolf Hitler's Nazi party, but ruled against banning it because it presented no threat to democracy.. Read More
European car sales rose 6.5 percent in 2016
European car sales rose for a third consecutive year in 2016, with all major markets recording gains, industry data showed on Tuesday. New car registrations across the European Union and European.. Read More
Facebook moves to head off tougher regulation in Germany
Facebook is stepping up efforts to head off tougher regulation by Germany, a fierce critic of the social media network operator, with top managers visiting Germany and saying they would do more to combat.. Read More
Centre-right leads EU speaker race in first vote
Italian conservative Antonio Tajani established a strong lead in Tuesday's first round of voting for speaker of the European Parliament following a coalition deal with the liberals, official returns.. Read More
Amnesty International say draconian EU anti-terror laws target Muslims
A raft of new counterterrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday. The human rights group.. Read More
Bodies of five migrants found off Spain's southern coast
Five migrants have been found dead off the southern Spanish coast this weekend, a Spanish police spokeswoman said on Sunday, after another at least eight were discovered off the coast of Libya on.. Read More
Trump threatens German carmakers with 35 percent U.S. import tariff
In an interview with German newspaper Bild, published on Monday, Trump criticised the German carmakers for failing to produce more cars on U.S. soil. ''If you want to build cars in the world, then.. Read More
Retailer H&M monthly sales growth 6 percent
Budget fashion retailer H&M reported on Monday a 6 percent year-on-year increase in local currency sales in December, the slowest pace since September and lagging expectations. Analysts.. Read More
Monti says EU needs new budget to face security woes in Trump era
The migration and security challenges faced by the European Union need to be addressed with a different funding system which would give the EU a direct share of national tax revenues, former Italian.. Read More
Istanbul nightclub attack involved an intelligence organisation
The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organisation, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on.. Read More
Three men detained in Brussels anti-terror raid on Saturday released
Three men detained for questioning late on Saturday after an anti-terror raid in the Brussels district of Molenbeek were released without charges, Belgian prosecutors said on Sunday. Prosecutors.. Read More
Hammond says UK could change economic model if blocked on EU access
Britain could change its economic model to regain competitiveness if it were to leave the European Union without an agreement on market access, British finance minister Phillip Hammond said in a German.. Read More
Brexit negotiator says EU will demand special vigilance over financial firms EU access
The European Union's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Saturday that the EU will demand ''special vigilance'' before letting British financial firms access the bloc because of the large risk.. Read More
Impending Trump investiture underlies unease at World Economic Forum
Beneath the veneer of optimism over the economic outlook lurks acute anxiety about an increasingly toxic political climate and a deep sense of uncertainty The global economy is in better shape.. Read More
Bombscare downs plane on Kuwait-Cologne flight
There was no evidence that a bomb was on board a plane operated by Lufthansa's budget unit Eurowings bound for Cologne on Sunday, a company spokesman said in Germany, in reply to an enquiry. He confirmed.. Read More
British PM will call for united front in major Brexit speech
Prime Minister Theresa May will use a major speech on Brexit next week to call on Britons to reject the acrimony of last year's referendum and unite around the vision of a Britain more open to the world.. Read More
Snap elections in Northern Ireland will not delay Brexit timetable
Likely snap elections in Northern Ireland will not delay the British government's timetable for withdrawal from the European Union, Britain's Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said on Sunday.. Read More
Marie Le Pen's plans to ditch euro
A proposal by France's National Front leader Marine Le Pen to ditch the euro and return to a national currency that would be part of a basket of European currencies with a system to manage exchange.. Read More
Europe expects answers from Italy over alleged Fiat emissions cheating
The European Commission on Thursday called on Italy to provide proof against Germany's allegation that Fiat Chrysler used illegal exhaust emissions defeat devices, stepping up pressure on the group.. Read More
Merkel says EU 27 must show united front in Brexit talks
The 27 members of the European Union negotiating with London on Britain's exit from the bloc must stick together and not allow themselves to be divided, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.. Read More
Euro zone economic recovery seen on shaky ground ahead of elections
Recent optimism the euro zone economy has finally turned a corner on growth and inflation is on shaky ground and will only be maintained if there are no major upsets in several national elections.. Read More
Britain sends Boris Johnson to support Cyprus peace talks
British foreign minister Boris Johnson will attend Cypriot-led negotiations in Geneva on Thursday aimed at ending the decades-long division of the island, the Foreign Office said. The strategically.. Read More
Poll sees Fillon beating far-right's Le Pen easily in French runoff
French conservative Francois Fillon will beat far-right leader Marine Le Pen by 63 percent to 37 percent if they meet head to head in a presidential election runoff in May, a poll showed on Thursday.. Read More
Microsoft agrees to Windows 10 adjustments with Swiss data watchdog
Switzerland's data protection czar will not take Microsoft to court after the U.S. company agreed to adopt recommendations for improving data processing transparency for its Windows 10 operating system.. Read More
France received 1.22 bln euro boost from Euro 2016
Last year's European Championship soccer tournament generated a 1.22 billion euro ($1.3 billion) boost for host France, a study commissioned by the French government showed on Wednesday. It said.. Read More
Nutella maker fights back on palm oil after cancer risk study
The $44 billion palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella. Italian confectionery.. Read More
European carmakers hope to catch Tesla with faster e-car chargers
Europe's biggest carmakers are drawing on the full force of the continent's industrial prowess to build a network of ultra-fast charging stations as they look to stoke demand for electric cars and.. Read More
Presidential hopeful Fillon says France needs immigration quotas
France needs immigration quotas, presidential election frontrunner Francois Fillon said on Wednesday ahead of a visit to the south-east border town of Menton. Immigration and security are top issues.. Read More
Italian PM hospitalised following heart problems
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has undergone an emergency angioplasty, a procedure to unblock obstructed arteries of the heart, after feeling ill while returning from Paris on Tuesday, his spokeswoman.. Read More
EU privacy proposal could have big effect on Facebook, Gmail ad revenue
Online messaging services such as WhatsApp , iMessage and Gmail will face tough rules on how they can track users under a proposal presented by the European Union executive on Tuesday which may.. Read More
Former German president Roman Herzog dies aged 82
Roman Herzog, who as German president was a powerful advocate of economic reforms in the 1990s after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has died, the president's office said on Tuesday. He was 82. Herzog.. Read More
FIFA agrees to expand World Cup to 48 teams
FIFA has voted to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from its current 32, brushing aside concerns that the expansion would lower the overall standard of the tournament, and make it too long and unwieldy.. Read More
Northern Ireland faces elections as deputy leader McGuinness quits
Northern Ireland's deputy leader, Martin McGuinness, resigned on Monday in protest at First Minister Arlene Foster's handling of a controversial green-energy scheme, a move likely to trigger an.. Read More
U2 celebrate 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree with European and North America tour
Irish rockers U2 said on Monday they would mark the 30th anniversary of their hit album ''The Joshua Tree'' by playing it in full on a European and North American tour. The 1987 album sold more.. Read More
German prosecutors rule that Lubitz has sole responsibility for Germanwings crash
German prosecutors have decided that nobody other than pilot Andreas Lubitz could be held accountable for the crash of a Germanwings plane in March 2015, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's.. Read More
Police arrest 16 in France over Kardashian robbery
Police in France arrested 16 people on Monday over a robbery in which reality TV star Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint in a Paris apartment by gangsters who made off on bicycles with jewellery worth.. Read More
Sterling slides after PM May reignites 'hard Brexit' fears
Sterling was on track for its biggest daily losses in three months on Monday, skidding more than 1 percent to a 10-week low, after Prime Minister Theresa May said over the weekend that she was not interested.. Read More
Swedish court finds in favour of Man United striker Ibrahimovic in libel case
A Swedish court found former national track and field team manager Ulf Karlsson guilty of aggravated libel against Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday for suggesting he used performance.. Read More
British law firm seeking compensation for UK drivers over emissions scandal
A British law firm has launched legal action against Volkswagen,seeking thousands of pounds of compensation each for UK drivers affected by the carmaker's emissions scandal. The German company is.. Read More
British house price increases accelerated in December
Mortgage lender The Halifax predicts price increases will slow in 2017 Growth in British house prices picked up speed for the second month in a row in December, helped by a shortage of homes to buy.. Read More
Ethnically divided Cyprus seeks to resolve historic disagreements
The leaders of both sides of ethically divided Cyprus have sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough in unification talks that started on Monday, initially focusing on how to handle property disputes.. Read More
Jaguar Land Rover sells record 583,313 cars in 2016
Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) sold a record 583,312 cars last year as the Indian-owned firm continues its rapid expansion with the aim of building 1 million vehicles a year at.. Read More
Aldi UK says December sales up 15 percent year on year
Aldi, the German-owned discount supermarket, said on Monday total sales at its British business rose more than 15 percent in December compared to the same month in 2015, boosted by strong demand for.. Read More
Scottish First Minister warns the UK not to disregard Scotland in Brexit negotiations
Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said on Sunday she knew little of Britain's plan to leave the European Union, a situation that was ''unacceptable'' six months after the Brexit vote... Read More
Theresa May denies that Brexit thinking is muddled
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would set out her strategy for Brexit over the coming weeks, denying suggestions she was ''muddled'' in the pursuit of what she called the right.. Read More
New Spanish Interior Minister recognises difficulty of achieving joint sovereignty of Gibraltar
Brexit negotiations could soon become a reality if Article 50 is triggered in March as expected, and ex-pats living in Spain and the British Territory of Gibraltar, are keen to know what the future.. Read More
Trafficker leaves migrants in freezing German motorway car park
A people smuggler left 19 migrants, including five children, at a motorway parking area in freezing temperatures in southern Germany and fled the scene, police said on Sunday. Police said the.. Read More
Red Cross says UK Health Service is a humanitarian crisis
Britain's health service is engulfed in a ''humanitarian crisis'' that requires the support of the Red Cross to use Land Rovers to transport patients, the charity said on Saturday. Founded in.. Read More
Scotland could put secession on hold if the UK avoids 'hard Brexit'
Scotland could suspend its drive to become independent if Britain avoids a ''hard Brexit'' in which it loses access to the European Union's single market, the head of its secessionist government said.. Read More
Leading Conservative donor will pull financing if UL loses single market access
Brexit negotiations will begin when the PM triggers article 50 A leading donor to Theresa May's Conservative Party warned on Saturday he would cut his financial support if the government pulled Britain.. Read More
Real Madrid go 6 points clear in La Liga after crushing Granada
Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing struggling Granada 5-0 on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of La Liga. Spain midfielder Isco.. Read More
London relaunches its menswear fashion week
London relaunched its menswear fashion week on Friday with a new name and quirky designs as the city seeks to hold on to its status as a creativity hub following Britain's vote to leave the European.. Read More
Pope Francis holds picnic for the homeless to celebrate Epiphany
Pope Francis gave 300 homeless people and refugees a sandwich and a drink to thank them for helping to hand out religious pamphlets at an Epiphany feast day service on Friday. The picnic, announced.. Read More
Sterling expected to slip back against the Euro and Dollar when Brexit talks begin
Sterling will slip a touch more against the euro and dollar after Britain begins its official divorce process from the European Union, a poll amongst foreign currency strategists found on Friday, while.. Read More
Barca's Pique hits out at 'roulette' refereeing
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes his side are suffering from unfavourable treatment from referees compared to arch-rivals Real Madrid. Barca lost 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao in a King's Cup last.. Read More