Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Austria election: 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz tipped as next leader

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has reinvented Austria’s conservative party, making it more right-wing and tougher on immigration. Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative party leader and current foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is just 31 years old. According to opinion polls, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and […]

Original Asterix illustration sells for 1.4m euros in Paris auction

Original Asterix illustration sells for 1.4m euros in Paris auction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The French-Belgian comic book series Asterix has been translated in to more than 100 languages A signed original illustration for an early Asterix comic book cover has sold for more than 1.4m euros (£1.25m; $1.7m), auctioneers in Paris say. The record sum was more than seven times the expected […]

Italy school students ‘strike’ over work experience

Italy school students ‘strike’ over work experience

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rome: The banner says students are rebelling to change schools Thousands of Italian school students are protesting nationwide over work placements which they say contribute little to their future job prospects. The students are calling it a “strike” in 70 cities. Student unions organised the protest via social media. Italy’s […]

EU Spain: Juncker does not want Catalonian independence

EU Spain: Juncker does not want Catalonian independence

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Juncker says he does not want an EU of some 90 states European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he does not back Catalan independence, fearing others may follow the same path. Mr Juncker, speaking at a students forum in Luxembourg, warned it could result in a region too […]

UK-built Sentinel satellite to track air pollution

UK-built Sentinel satellite to track air pollution

Image copyright ESA Image caption Sentinel-5 Precursor is a major UK contribution to the EU’s Copernicus programme A UK-assembled satellite is set to go into orbit shortly to monitor air quality around the globe. Its Dutch-designed instrument will make daily maps of polluting gases and particles known to be harmful to health. Called Sentinel-5P, the […]

Berlin lorry attack: ‘Gross mistakes’ made by police

Berlin lorry attack: ‘Gross mistakes’ made by police

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anis Amri drove a truck into a crowded market in central Berlin on 19 December 2016 An investigation into last year’s deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has revealed “gross mistakes” by German police and security services. The report commissioned by Berlin’s state senate says police missed several […]

Austrian parties in election TV clash

Austrian parties in election TV clash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rival slogans: Mr Kurz’s People’s Party says “now or never!”, while the Social Democrats say “change with responsibility” Austrian party leaders took part in a final TV debate on Thursday, with conservative hardliners on immigration tipped to win an election on Sunday. The spotlight was on Foreign Minister Sebastian […]

Catalonia: Spain celebrates National Day amid political turmoil

Catalonia: Spain celebrates National Day amid political turmoil

Image copyright AFP Image caption Anti-independence supporters in Barcelona are displaying Spanish and Catalan flags Spain is preparing to celebrate its National Day amid a continuing political crisis sparked by Catalonia’s disputed independence referendum. The public display of unity comes a day after PM Mariano Rajoy told parliament the country was facing the most serious […]

Catalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule

Catalonia: Spain takes step towards direct rule

Media captionMr Rajoy accused the Catalan leader of creating confusion Spain’s prime minister has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. Mariano Rajoy said his government had asked the regional government to clarify whether or not it had declared independence. The move is the first step towards suspending Catalonia’s […]

Spain takes step to Catalan direct rule

Spain takes step to Catalan direct rule

Media captionMr Rajoy accused the Catalan leader of creating confusion Spain’s prime minister has put Catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. Mariano Rajoy said he had asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to confirm whether or not he has declared independence. The move is a first step towards activating Article […]