Russian spy: ‘More known’ about substance involved

Image copyright EPA/ Yulia Skripal/Facebook Image caption Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are in a critical condition in hospital More is known about the substance used in the suspected poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter, the home secretary has said. Speaking after chairing a meeting of the government’s […]

Mario Balotelli condemns Italy’s first black senator

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Mario Balotelli made the criticisms on Instagram Italian footballer Mario Balotelli has attacked the country’s first black senator in an online post. Toni Iwobi was elected on Sunday for the anti-immigration Lega party. “Maybe I’m blind or perhaps they have not told him yet that he is black. But shame!!!” […]

Belgium sexism law: Man who insulted officer first to be convicted

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The female officer had stopped the man for suspected traffic violations (file photo) A man who insulted a female police officer because of her gender has become the first person to be convicted of sexism in a public space in Belgium. The man, who has not been named, was […]

Russian spy: Sergei Skripal collapsed alongside daughter

Media captionPolice are looking at CCTV footage of a man and woman walking near the bench where Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found The woman found slumped on a shopping centre bench alongside a former Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain is his daughter, it has emerged. Yulia Skripal, in her 30s, and father […]

France to fix legal age of sexual consent as 15

Image copyright AFP Image caption Ms Schiappa told French media the government had decided to set the age of consent at 15 France plans to fix the legal age of sexual consent as 15, so an adult having sex with someone of that age or younger will be considered rape. Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa welcomed […]

What is populism, and what does the term actually mean?

Image copyright Getty Images What do Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, and Rodrigo Duterte have in common? Despite their differences, each man has been labelled a populist. Populism is on the rise – especially among Europe’s right, and in the US, where it helped crown Mr Trump. Italy’s populist Five Star Movement and anti-immigrant League parties […]

Italy election: Populist Five Star and League vie for power

Image copyright AFP Image caption Lega chief Matteo Salvini and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio both want to lead Italy The leaders of two anti-establishment parties have each claimed they have the right to govern Italy, after voters in Europe’s fourth-largest economy did not return a majority to any single party. The Eurosceptic, populist […]

Germany coalition deal: Merkel promises action on jobs and EU

Image copyright EPA Image caption After months of political deadlock Chancellor Merkel is now set to serve her fourth term Angela Merkel has said it is important that a new government gets to work quickly after the longest period of coalition-building in post-war Germany. She said she would work to secure jobs and prosperity, and […]

Italy election: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption No single party has won a majority, early figures suggest Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties, vote projections based on partial results suggest. Ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition looks set to win the most seats in the lower house […]

Italy election: Early exit polls point to hung parliament

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pollsters do not expect any party to win an outright majority Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-leaning and populist parties, exit polls suggest. Initial projections say ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition is set to win the most seats in the lower house of […]