Brexit: EU’s Juncker urges Belgian citizenship for UK staff

Image copyright AFP Image caption British expats in Brussels don’t want to lose the rights they currently enjoy The EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, has urged Belgium to grant citizenship to British EU staff worried about their post-Brexit status. About 1,100 UK citizens work for the EU in Brussels and Luxembourg. Mr Juncker called Belgium […]

Eta: Disbandment won’t change our policy says Spain’s Rajoy

Media captionETA has “completely dismantled all of its structures” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says there will be no impunity for Eta, despite the separatist group’s announcement that it is disbanding. In an audio statement provided to the BBC, the Basque organisation said it had ceased all political activity. It first announced it was disbanding […]

German rappers in anti-Semitism lyrics row to visit Auschwitz

Image copyright AFP Image caption Kollegah and Farid Bang’s Echo award prompted a number of musicians to return their Echo awards Two rappers whose lyrics about the Holocaust provoked an outcry in Germany have accepted an invitation to visit the death camp, reports say. Farid Bang and Kollegah are set to make the trip to […]

German Red Cross nurse kidnapped in Somalia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kidnappers snatched the nurse from inside this ICRC compound in Mogadishu A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was kidnapped in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, the aid group said. She was seized by unknown armed men from inside the ICRC compound at 20:00 local time […]

Spotify earnings debut misses a beat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Co-founder Daniel Ek says competition from Apple and Amazon is having no “meaningful impact” on Spotify. Spotify shares dropped 9% after its first earnings report as a public company disappointed investors. The Swedish firm said losses narrowed to 41m euros (£36.1m; $49m) in the three months to the end […]

Armenia crisis: Opposition leader suspends nationwide protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Nikol Pashinyan has called on his supporters to practise civil disobedience Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has suspended nationwide protests after the governing Republican Party indicated it would support his bid to be interim prime minister. The demonstrations brought much of Armenia to a standstill on Wednesday. Mr Pashinyan told […]

Armenia crisis: Protesters bring cities to standstill after vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters of all ages returned to Republic Square in the capital as Armenians responded to a call for a general strike Tens of thousands of supporters of Armenia’s protest leader, Nikol Pashinyan, have responded to his call for civil disobedience, blocking key roads and government buildings. He has led weeks […]

Eta: Basque group disbands but leaves deep wounds for Spain

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than half Eta’s 800 victims were members of Spain’s Civil Guard For Spain this is the end of an era. Separatist group Eta has formally announced it is disbanding, almost exactly 50 years after claiming its first victim. A ceremony is set to take place later this week […]

EU budget: Plans for farm subsidy cuts but more on security

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new budget sees a cut to agricultural subsidies across the EU The European Commission’s first multi-year budget after Brexit would try to plug the gap left by the UK’s exit from the European Union with taxes on plastic waste and carbon emissions. The 2021-2027 budget of €1.279tn (£1.1tn; […]

Armenia crisis: Protesters block roads after Pashinyan rejected as PM

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Protesters blocked roads in Yerevan and other cities and metro stations in the capital were closed Tens of thousands of supporters of Armenia’s protest leader, Nikol Pashinyan, have responded to his call for civil disobedience, blocking key roads and government buildings. Mr Pashinyan has led weeks of anti-government protests that […]

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