French property scheme ‘a slow-burning catastrophe’

French property scheme ‘a slow-burning catastrophe’

A French property scheme is a “slow-burning catastrophe” for British investors who are trapped in costly contracts, an MEP has said. The leaseback schemes were aimed at encouraging people to buy properties in tourist areas, then rent them out. It was supposed to offer the owners a guaranteed return, but many say they are trapped […]

Italy mafia: Many detained accused of links with ‘Ndrangheta

Italy mafia: Many detained accused of links with ‘Ndrangheta

Image copyright EPA/CARABINIERI Image caption Part of the money confiscated during the operation Police in northern Italy have detained 24 people, including a mayor, accused of links with the ‘Ndrangheta mafia. Officials are investigating the group’s infiltration of business and politics in the region of Lombardy. The charges include extortion and drug trafficking. Edoardo Mazza, […]

France’s Macron seeks joint defence force under EU reforms

France’s Macron seeks joint defence force under EU reforms

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Macron wants a major overhaul and greater integration of the EU The French president has called for a joint EU defence force as part of his vision for the future of the bloc. Setting out a series of reforms, Emmanuel Macron proposed greater co-operation on security and the fight […]

‘Cannibal couple’ in Russia admitted killing 30 – reports

‘Cannibal couple’ in Russia admitted killing 30 – reports

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Krasnodar has been stunned by the revelations A couple arrested for murder in the south-west Russian city of Krasnodar have admitted killing up to 30 people, local media report. Dmitry Baksheev, 35, and his wife Natalia, were reportedly arrested after a dismembered body was found at the military base […]

Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry – Erdogan

Iraqi Kurds must give up on independence or go hungry – Erdogan

Image copyright EPA Image caption Iraqi soldiers joined Turkish troops for exercises on the Turkish side of the border on Tuesday Turkey’s president has said Iraqi Kurds could go hungry as a result of the punitive measures it is considering after Monday’s independence referendum. Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government […]

Alstom and Siemens set to merge rail assets, reports say

Alstom and Siemens set to merge rail assets, reports say

Image copyright AFP Image caption Alstom makes the high-speed TGV train France’s Alstom and Germany’s Siemens are poised to announce a merger of their rail assets, media reports say. The proposed tie-up of the two engineering giants would create a kind of Airbus of the railways, analysts say. Siemens makes the inter-city ICE trains that […]

Poland President Andrzej Duda backtracks on appointing top judges

Poland President Andrzej Duda backtracks on appointing top judges

Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Duda reversed himself after finding he had little backing from MPs Polish President Andrzej Duda has withdrawn proposals that would have given him a say over the nomination of judges, hours after unveiling them. He announced the reversal after it became clear that there would be no majority in […]

Belgian ‘sugar daddy’ ads prompt outcry for luring students

Belgian ‘sugar daddy’ ads prompt outcry for luring students

Image copyright Corinne Torrekens Image caption This van was seen at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) telling students to “improve your lifestyle” A website’s ad campaign telling young women they could fund their studies by dating a sugar daddy has provoked a wave of anger at Belgian universities. Vans have been driven around universities displaying […]

UK PM to meet Donald Tusk for Brexit talks

UK PM to meet Donald Tusk for Brexit talks

Theresa May is meeting European Council President Donald Tusk for the first time since she set out plans for a two-year transition period post-Brexit. It comes a month before the council will decide whether sufficient progress has been made to begin trade talks. The council says it first wants more detail on citizen’s rights, a […]

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Vegetative-state patient responds to therapy

Image copyright Corazzol et al Image caption Tests show the man’s brain activity before (L) and after (R) the treatment A man in France has regained some degree of consciousness after being in a vegetative state for 15 years. Doctors treated the 35-year-old, injured in a car accident, with an experimental therapy that involved implanting […]

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