Brexit: Government studies handed to MPs amid secrecy row

Brexit: Government studies handed to MPs amid secrecy row

Image copyright Reuters Parliament is being treated with contempt over the partial release of Brexit documents, Labour has claimed. MPs will see for the first time later studies of how the UK’s exit will affect 58 sectors of the economy, but certain sections will not be released. Ministers say they are being as “open as […]

Prince Harry and Meghan: More royal wedding details expected

Prince Harry and Meghan: More royal wedding details expected

Media captionMeghan Markle has revealed that Prince Harry proposed on a Sunday night at home More details on the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to be revealed later. Clarence House announced on Monday that the couple were engaged and planning to marry in spring, but no details of the ceremony […]

Clean bill of health for UK banks

Clean bill of health for UK banks

Image copyright Getty Images For the first time since the financial crisis, all of the UK’s biggest lenders have passed the Bank of England’s stress tests. The tests imagine a series of adverse economic scenarios to see whether the banks could continue to lend money to support the UK economy. The Bank said Barclays and […]

Ireland’s leaders in talks to avoid snap election

Ireland’s leaders in talks to avoid snap election

Image copyright RTE Image caption Frances Fitzgerald was Irish minister for justice during a police whistleblower controversy The leaders of Ireland’s two main political parties will hold crisis talks on Tuesday in an attempt to avoid a snap general election. Calls for Ireland’s deputy prime minister to resign over a controversy involving a police whistleblower […]

Danish court extends girl’s jail sentence for terror plot

Danish court extends girl’s jail sentence for terror plot

A court in Denmark has increased the jail sentence of a teenage girl who had planned bomb attacks on schools. The 17-year-old, a Muslim convert, was jailed in May for planning attacks on two schools in the Copenhagen area. At her home, police found bomb-making ingredients and writings expressing sympathy with so-called Islamic State. The […]

Prince Harry: Stars were aligned when I met Meghan

Prince Harry: Stars were aligned when I met Meghan

Media captionMeghan Markle has revealed that Prince Harry proposed on a Sunday night at home Prince Harry says he and US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle fell in love “so incredibly quickly” and it seemed proof that the “stars were aligned”. The fifth in line to the throne was speaking after the couple announced their engagement […]

EU settles dispute over major weedkiller glyphosate

EU settles dispute over major weedkiller glyphosate

Image copyright AFP Image caption Crop-spraying in Meteren, northern France: glyphosate can have a big impact on biodiversity EU countries have voted to renew the licence of glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller at the centre of environmental concerns. The proposal at the EU Commission’s Appeal Committee got 18 votes in favour and nine against, with […]

Germany coalition: Crucial week of talks in bid to end impasse

Germany coalition: Crucial week of talks in bid to end impasse

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mrs Merkel’s efforts to form a three-party coalition failed last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her former centre-left partners are preparing for crucial coalition talks in a bid to end a political stalemate. After initially refusing to hold discussions with Mrs Merkel’s CDU/CSU conservative bloc, the Social Democrats have […]

Children of German tycoon Schlecker jailed for fraud

Children of German tycoon Schlecker jailed for fraud

Image copyright AFP/EPA Image caption Lars and Meike Schlecker were found to have deceived auditors and shareholders The son and daughter of a German retail tycoon have been jailed for more than two years each in a bankruptcy case. Anton Schlecker was on trial with his wife and two children over the collapse of his […]

Don’t let Brexit end culture city hopes, MPs tell Juncker

Don’t let Brexit end culture city hopes, MPs tell Juncker

Image copyright Alan Richardson A group of MPs have written to the head of the EU Commission to complain about Brexit scuppering the UK’s entries for European Capital of Culture. The cross-party group each represents areas that have submitted bids for the 2023 title. They said it was “inexplicable” the EU waited for bids to […]