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Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan authorities have refused to drop their campaign for independence from Spain Spain’s conservative government has agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, the socialists say. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, […]

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

Image copyright AFP Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all”, he said. EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, […]

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy is with other EU leaders – including France’s Emmanuel Macron (L) – at a major summit European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation. “There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or […]

UK PM urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs May addressed her fellow EU leaders at a working dinner on Thursday Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a “dynamic” in Brexit talks that “enables us to move forward together”, at a working dinner in Brussels. The UK PM wants to move onto trade talks but her […]

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta journalist killed by ‘remotely detonated’ bomb

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of the government and alleged corruption in Malta Maltese officials say they believe investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a bomb under her car that was triggered remotely. A government spokeswoman said this assumption was based on initial results of an investigation […]

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum over independence push passes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L) answer Mariano Rajoy’s ultimatum? A final deadline for Catalonia to drop a secession bid has passed, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy. Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont was given until 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT) to clarify his position. After a […]

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L)) answer Mariano Rajoy’s ultimatum? Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, […]

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals has always been her “first priority” Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the […]

Russia socialite Ksenia Sobchak declares presidential bid

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Sobchak said her candidacy was motivated by her desire to be “a mouthpiece for those who cannot be candidates” Russian socialite Ksenia Sobchak is to stand in the country’s presidential election in March, when Vladimir Putin is widely expected to run again. Ms Sobchak conceded she was an unlikely […]

Air Berlin plane does ‘lap of honour’ in Düsseldorf

The incident took place on the bankrupt airline’s final long-haul flight, from Miami to Düsseldorf. Air Berlin files for insolvency Air Berlin plane does ‘lap of honour’ in Düsseldorf

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