Europe

France's Marine Le Pen to visit Russian parliament

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is expected to visit Moscow on Friday to meet with Russian lawmakers, a high-ranking member of the Russian parliament announced.

EU calls on Turkish ambassador to explain Erdogan comments

The European Union has called on Turkey's ambassador to the EU to explain apparently threatening remarks made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards the bloc, a spokeswoman for the EU's foreign affairs service said Thursday.

Host of EU summit Rome tightens security after London attack

Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti met with intelligence and anti-terrorism officials Thursday to assess threat levels after the London attack and ahead of an EU summit in Rome.

Austrian minister balks at refugee relocations from Italy

Austria should not admit any asylum seekers from Italy under the EU relocation programme, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Thursday, pointing to the large number that his country has already taken in.

Islamic State claims London attacker as its 'soldier'

The Islamic State extremist group claims that the attacker who rammed pedestrians and stabbed a police officer in central London was one of its "soldiers."

Italy's taxi drivers strike over proposed Uber regulations

Taxi drivers went on strike across Italy on Thursday over a government proposal to regulate new market players, such as Uber.

Four terrorist cell suspects arrested in Italy

Italian police have arrested four suspected members of a terrorist cell that spread propaganda on social media, police tweeted Thursday.

28 migrants escape unharmed after truck smuggling them catches fire

Twenty-eight migrants had to be rescued when a truck smuggling them into Bulgaria from Turkey caught fire, the Focus news agency reported on Thursday, quoting police.

Ex-Russian lawmaker, a Kremlin critic, shot dead in central Kiev

Former Russian parliament member Denis Voronenkov was shot dead on Thursday outside the Premier Palace Hotel in central Kiev, state media reported.

Major Ukrainian munitions depot goes up in flames, sabotage alleged

One of Ukraine's largest munitions depots went up in flames on Thursday in what the military is calling an act of sabotage.

British police say 7 arrested after London terrorist attack

Seven people have been arrested and six addresses raided in connection with the deadly car-and-knife rampage outside the British parliament, police said Thursday.

Terrorism expert on London: Everything points to an Islamist attack

Terrorism expert Peter Neumann's research at King's College in London focuses on how potential attackers become radicalized. He believes the London incident may be an Islamist attack.

London attack: What we know and don't know so far

An attacker, believed to have been "inspired by international terrorism," deliberately drove a car into pedestrians on central London's Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon before stabbing a police officer to death outside the British parliament.

Five dead, 40 injured in terrorist attack near British parliament

The death toll has risen to five, with about 40 injured, after an attacker drove a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before running through an adjacent gate to the British parliament and stabbing a police officer.

EU's Brexit negotiator: EU will be 'friendly' but 'never naive'

The European Union will aim for a successful agreement over the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc, EU chief negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier said Wednesday.

Scottish lawmakers delay referendum debate due to London attack

The Scottish parliament suspended its sessions on Wednesday following an apparent terrorist attack near the British parliament at Westminster.

Suspected acquaintance of Berlin attacker Amri detained

A man suspected of being involved in a violent incident in a Berlin shisha bar last year, which also involved Christmas market truck attacker Anis Amri, has been detained by police in the German capital.

60 years after Treaty of Rome, EU again faces challenges

The European Union (EU) is facing a number of challenges that it can resolve through better communication with citizens and by overcoming narrow national perspectives of common problems and insisting on common values, a conference on the future of the EU heard in Zagreb on Wednesday.

Police: Four dead, 20 injured in attack near British parliament

Four people have died and at least 20 were injured near the British parliament in central London on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said, in what the force described as a "terrorist incident."

Police targeted in Northern Ireland bomb explosion

A bomb exploded in the town of Strabane in Northern Ireland in an apparent attempt to kill police officers, the police said on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported.

Norway grants asylum to Turkish officers after failed coup

Norway has granted political asylum to four Turkish officers and a military attache who feared reprisals after last year's failed coup in Turkey, an attorney said Wednesday.

Kremlin denies France's Fillon introduced businessman to Putin

The Kremlin denied on Wednesday that France's scandal-hit conservative presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, had arranged a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for Lebanese pipeline magnate Fouad Makhzoumi in 2015.

Germany set to compensate homosexuals convicted in post-war era

German homosexuals convicted under tough anti-gay laws in place for decades after World War II are to be compensated under draft legislation agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday.

Cops capture fugitive Italian Mafia boss after 10 years on the run

A 'Ndrangheta Mafia boss who has been in hiding for 10 years was captured by Italian police at dawn on Wednesday.

Belgium marks first anniversary of deadliest attacks in its history

Solemn commemorations were held at the Brussels international airport and one of the city's metro stations as Belgium marked the first anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in its history on Wednesday.

Scotland's Sturgeon seeks approval for second independence referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday asked the devolved parliament to approve her plans to hold a second referendum on Scotland's independence from Britain.

Downing Street: Britain to follow US flight ban on laptops in cabins

Britain will follow the United States by banning laptops and other larger electronic devices from passenger cabins on some inbound flights from Middle Eastern and African nations, the government said on Tuesday.

Lukashenko says 20 militants captured over planned attack in Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Tuesday that authorities have captured about 20 militants planning to conduct an armed provocation to foment unrest in the country.

Three teens handed prison terms for Sikh temple bombing in Germany

Three teenagers have been sentenced to between six and seven years in prison after a German court found them responsible for a bomb attack at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen last year in which three people were injured.

Erdogan: Turkey won't be threatened by talk of EU accession process

Threats about Turkey's accession process towards EU membership

'EU open for business' leaders say, as Japan's PM pushes trade deal

"The EU is open for business," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, before heading into a meeting convened to push for a swift conclusion of a free trade agreement between Japan and the EU by the end of this year.

Almost 10 million watched French presidential debate

Some 9.8 million viewers tuned in to Monday night's French presidential debate, according to one of the television channels that broadcast it.

Tributes pour in as Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness dies at 66

Politicians on all sides paid tribute on Tuesday to Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's former deputy first minister and an ex-commander of the Irish Republican Army, who died overnight aged 66.

Alitalia airline workers confirm April 5 strike over planned cuts

Alitalia unions confirmed their strike call Monday after a government-mediated meeting with management over the loss-making airline's turnaround plan failed to bring the two sides to an agreement.

EU, African leaders hatch plan to shut down Libya migrant route

Human traffickers need to be combated, border surveillance needs to be boosted and deportations must be stepped up, argued EU and North African leaders as they concluded a summit aimed at shutting down the migration route from Libya to Europe.

Merkel: Erdogan must stop Nazi accusations, no 'ifs or buts'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must stop likening the current German government to the Nazi regime, warned Chancellor Angela Merkel Monday amid a dispute about Turkish campaigning in support of constitutional reform.

Britain to trigger Brexit negotiations on March 29

Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger formal negotiations on Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, the British government said on Monday.

Three German citizens detained in Turkey over Berlin market attack

Three foreign nationals were detained at Istanbul's main international Ataturk airport over alleged links to the attack on a Berlin Christmas market in December, which left 12 people dead.

Merkel, Abe advocate free trade at German technology fair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the CeBIT technology fair Monday in a meeting intended to give new momentum to a trade accord between Japan and the European Union.

Philippine police assure EU of safety of detained Duterte critic

The Philippine police chief on Monday assured the European Parliament of the safety of a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who was arrested on illegal drug charges.

Denmark to probe reports that Turkey critics face reprisals

Denmark will probe allegations that Danish nationals with Turkish origin have been threatened with reprisals for criticizing the Turkish government, the Danish foreign minister said Sunday.

Schulz, hoping to unseat Merkel, gets unanimous backing as SPD leader

Martin Schulz, who will challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel in September national elections, was confirmed leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Sunday by unanimous vote at a party congress in Berlin.

Austrian minister wants welfare benefits curtailed for EU migrants

EU countries should restrict social benefits for migrants from other member states to prevent the abuse of welfare systems, Austrian Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz said Sunday.

Father of Paris airport attacker released from custody

The father of a man who attacked soldiers at Paris' second-largest airport has been released from custody, French news agency AFP reported on Sunday citing judicial sources.

Bill limiting counterdemonstrations in Poland signed into law

A "right to assembly" bill that gives priority to demonstrations deemed to be of national importance in Poland was signed into law Saturday by President Andrzej Duda, his spokesman said.

Paris prosecutor: Airport attacker said he wanted 'to die for Allah'

A man who was shot dead after attacking soldiers at Paris's second-largest airport on Saturday had said he wanted "to die for Allah," according to an anti-terrorism prosecutor.

Scotland's Sturgeon invites Brexit opponents to move north

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon on Saturday invited people unhappy with Britain's plan to leave the EU to move north of the border.

Human trafficker suspected of torture arrested in Italy

A people smuggler who allegedly tortured refugees in Libya has been arrested in Italy after he was recognized by migrants there and nearly killed by a lynch mob, police said on Saturday.

Women's 'pussy hat' march in Zurich draws more than 10,000

More than 10,000 people took to the streets of Zurich on Saturday to demonstrate for women's rights and against sexism, police said, in an event modelled on the January 21 marches in the United States and other countries.

Report: Russian parliament to investigate US broadcasters

Russia's parliament is to investigate US broadcasters operating in Russia such as CNN, Radio Liberty and Voice of America, government newspaper Rossijskaja Gaseta reported Saturday.

Thousands of Kurds gather in Frankfurt for pro-democracy march

Several thousand members of Germany's Kurdish community attended a pro-democracy demonstration in the city of Frankfurt on Saturday in response to recent political developments in Turkey.

Sicilian airport reopens after Mount Etna volcano ash causes closure

Sicily's Catania airport reopened Saturday after authorities closed the facility due to plumes of volcanic ash from the volcano Mount Etna.

Trump demands "vast sums of money" for defending Germany

Berlin owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the United States for the defence of Germany, US President Donald Trump said Saturday on Twitter, a day after a White House meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Man shot dead at Paris airport after tackling soldier for weapon

Two French soldiers patrolling Paris' second-largest airport shot a man dead early Saturday after he tackled their female colleague and tried to take her weapon.

Germany threatens Turkish politicians with ban on public appearances

Germany has threatened Turkish politicians with a ban on public appearances, in an escalating war of words triggered by the refusal of several European countries to allow the Turkish government to hold rallies in support of constitutional change.

Nicola Sturgeon refuses to back down over Scottish independence

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Friday she would not give up on seeking an independence referendum after Prime Minister Theresa May said now was "not the time" to discuss a vote.

Swiss cancel Turkish nationalist event for security reasons

Swiss police on Friday cancelled a planned concert by a Turkish nationalist group, citing security reasons after Swiss radical leftists had announced a protest against the event.

Air traffic controllers strike to ground hundreds of Alitalia flights

Alitalia said Friday it has cancelled 40 per cent of its domestic and international flights next Monday due to a national strike by air traffic controllers and ground crews.

Report: Basque separatist group ETA to announce disarmament

Basque separatist group ETA plans to announce it is giving up its weapons, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

Turkish daily brands Merkel 'Frau Hitler' on front page

An image of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as 'Frau Hitler' was splashed across the front page of a Turkish tabloid on Friday, amid a bitter diplomatic row between Turkey and several European countries.

Finnair cancels 100 flights over ground-staff strike

Finnish national airline Finnair cancelled about 100 flights Friday due to a strike by a labour union that organizes ground staff at the country's main airports.

Hungary's Orban blasts human rights court verdict as "absurd"

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday blasted the European Court of Human Rights over an "absurd" verdict ordering his government to compensate Bangladeshi asylum seekers for poor treatment.

Irish tourist raped, strangled in India

An Irish woman whose body was found in India's western beach resort state of Goa had been raped and strangled, police officials probing the case said Friday.

Hungarian law calling for asylum seeker camps signed by president

A new law that would force asylum seekers in Hungary into special camps in transit zones has been signed by President Janos Ader, according to official notifications and press reports on Thursday.

Lithuanian President calls for reinforcement of NATO's eastern flank

NATO should move its military command closer to the alliance's eastern borders, in view of changing geopolitical dynamics and tensions with Russia, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Thursday.

Greece linked to IMF blast as leftist group claims bomb to Berlin

A parcel that exploded, injuring one person, at the IMF offices in Paris was sent from Greece in the guise of mail from a politician, officials in Athens said Thursday, a day after a similar bomb was defused at the German Finance Ministry in Berlin.

Schulz: EU membership for Turkey completely ruled out at present

Martin Schulz, Angela Merkel's main challenger in the upcoming German elections, says Turkey has no chance of joining the EU for the time being.

Malta customs seizes 350 kilograms cocaine: country's biggest bust

More than 350 kilograms of cocaine were found in a container in Malta, the island's largest-ever narcotics bust, the customs department said on Thursday. 

May: 'Now is not the time' for Scottish independence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that now is "not the time" to discuss a referendum on Scottish independence because it could jeopardise Britain's negotiations with the European Union.

Armed student arrested after French school shooting

A student at a secondary school in southern France was arrested Thursday, a police source said, after a shooting that officials said left the headmaster and two students injured.

Parcel explodes at IMF Paris office, one person injured

One person was slightly injured on Thursday when a booby-trapped parcel exploded at the Paris office of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), police said.

Greek leftists say they sent letter bomb to German Finance Ministry

A militant leftist group in Greece has claimed responsibility for sending a mail bomb to the German Finance Ministry in an online statement Thursday.

Germany charges disillusioned returnee with Islamic State membership

German prosecutors said Thursday that they have brought charges of membership in a foreign terrorist group against a 23-year-old man who returned to Germany after becoming disillusioned by the Islamic State's practices in Syria.

EU countries register 1.2 million asylum seekers in 2016

EU member states registered just over 1.2 million first-time asylum applications in 2016, which is slightly lower than the number of asylum claims submitted in 2015, the European Union's statistical office said Thursday.

Italy police seized 2.6 billion euros in assets from Mafia in 2016

Italy's finance police seized assets worth 2.6 billion euros (2.8 billion dollars) from the Mafia last year, the corps said in its annual report out Thursday.

Turkish foreign minister warns of potential 'religious war' in Europe

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Thursday at a campaign rally that Europe was losing its unity and could again sink back into religious wars.

Turkish-led party set to take three seats in Dutch election

The Turkish-led DENK party secured its first electoral success in the Netherlands, taking three seats in the new parliament, with nearly all votes counted on Thursday.

Rutte in clear lead, followed by Wilders in Dutch election

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has emerged the clear leader in Dutch parliamentary elections early Thursday and is set to lead talks to form his third successive coalition government since 2010.

Turkey threatens to suspend EU refugee deal as diplomatic row deepens

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu threatened Wednesday to suspend a refugee deal with the European Union, amid a worsening diplomatic row with EU countries including Germany and the Netherlands.

Despite reduced majority, Dutch PM Rutte set to lead coalition talks

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is set to play the dominant role in forming a governing coalition in the Netherlands after his pro-market VVD party emerged on top in parliamentary elections, according to an exit poll by national broadcaster NOS.

Istanbul dumps Rotterdam as its twin city amid row with the Dutch

Istanbul's city council cancelled its partnership with the Dutch city of Rotterdam, amid a dispute over campaign rallies by Turkish ministers in the Netherlands.

Turnout up as Netherlands votes after fiercely contested campaign

Early indications pointed to a higher voter turnout than the last election as the Netherlands went to the polls Wednesday after a fiercely contested campaign that focused on identity and cultural values rather than the usual bread-and-butter issues.

Ukraine imposes total blockade on rebel-held eastern areas

Ukraine's Security Council has decided to impose a total blockade on goods being transported to or from areas controlled by pro-Russian rebel groups, President Petro Poroshenko said Wednesday.

Prison sentences for 4 members of German right-wing terrorism cell

Four members of a right-wing terrorist cell accused of plotting to attack refugee homes were sentenced to between three and five years in prison on Wednesday by a court in Germany.

Turkey's EU accession is 'unthinkable,' Austrian ministry paper says

Austria believes that that Turkey should never become part of the European Union, considering the country's increasingly repressive politics, according to a policy document from the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Dutch early birds cast ballots in festive mood

The polling station at Castricum just half an hour by train north-west of Amsterdam was the first to open at midnight in the Netherlands, with 97 voters casting their ballots by 1 am (midnight GMT) on Wednesday.

Merkel praises Serbia for meeting European standards, pushing for peace

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for meeting European standards, fighting illegal migration and pushing for peace in Southeast Europe.

Merkel meets with Serbian prime minister, discusses migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Serbia on Tuesday for its role in helping deal with Europe's migration crisis, as she met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Berlin.

Wilders lashes out at Islam in final Netherlands election debate

Dutch firebrand Geert Wilders made use of the last televised debate just hours before polling stations opened in the Netherlands to lash out at Islam as a religion of violence.

Hungary ordered to pay rejected asylum seekers 10,000 euros each

Hungary said Tuesday it was "unbelievable" it would have to pay a pair of Bangladeshi asylum seekers 10,000 euros (10,602 dollars) each because a court ruled they had not been safe from degrading treatment during a 23-day detention.

Polish member of EU parliament to appeal punishment for sexist tirade

A Polish member of the EU Parliament, who was punished Tuesday for calling women "weaker" and "less intelligent" during a debate this month, will appeal the penalty, he told dpa.

Germany proposes crackdown on slander, fake news on social media

Social networking giants such as Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to 50 million euros (53.15 million dollars) for failing to remove illegal posts aimed at incitement and slander, or disseminating fake news, under a possible new German crackdown.

EU Parliament approves tougher firearms laws

Controls on firearms in the European Union would be tightened under legislation approved by the European Parliament on Tuesday.

Teen suspect breaks silence in right-wing terrorism trial in Germany

The youngest of eight suspects accused of waging a violent terrorist campaign against immigrants and left-wing political opponents in eastern Germany has confessed and testified against his co-defendants.

French investigators open formal probe in Fillon fake jobs scandal

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon is officially under investigation for giving fake jobs to family members, a development his spokesman on Tuesday declared a "non-event."

Headscarf ruling welcomed by lawyers, decried by activists in Europe

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday that allows employers to ban headscarves at the workplace as part of a religious neutrality policy was met with mixed reaction across Europe.

Erdogan blames Dutch for Srebrenica in war of words with Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday blamed the Netherlands for the Srebrenica massacre, amid an ongoing dispute over campaigning by Turkish politicians in European countries.

PM May says Britain on track for 'defining moment' of starting Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed parliament's backing for her bill on starting Brexit negotiations and said this month's planned start of the formal process of leaving the European Union would be a "defining moment" for Britain.

Polish member of EU Parliament punished for sexist tirade

A Polish member of the EU Parliament was punished Tuesday for calling women "weaker" and "less intelligent" during a debate this month, a clip of which went viral online.

Austrian parliament launches inquiry into Eurofighter deal

Austria's acquisition of Eurofighter jets will be scrutinized by a parliamentary inquiry after new allegations about inflated pricing and graft have surfaced.