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

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 issues deadline to separatists

Media captionMr Rajoy accused the Catalan leader of creating confusion Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given Catalonia’s separatist leader five days to say whether or not he has declared independence. If Carles Puigdemont confirms by Monday that he has, he will be given a further three days to withdraw the declaration. Failing that, Madrid […]

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 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 […]

Madrid scorns Catalan leader’s independence statement

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A pro-independence crowd gathered in Barcelona to hear Carles Puigdemont’s address The Spanish government has rejected a statement of independence signed by Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and dismissed calls for mediation. Spain’s deputy prime minister described Mr Puigdemont as someone “who does not know where he is, where he’s […]

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont seeks independence talks

Media captionCatalan leader seeks talks to secure independence Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said his people voted for independence from Spain – but that he wants a negotiated solution with Madrid. He asked the regional parliament in Barcelona to suspend the effect of the referendum so talks could begin, rather than breaking away immediately. The […]

Greek parliament approves law allowing legal gender change

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged lawmakers to support the bill Greece’s parliament has approved a new law that will make it easier for people to change their legal gender. Citizens over the age of 15 will now be able to change their gender with a court ruling and without requiring […]

Hungary in language dispute with Ukraine over schools

Image copyright EPA Image caption A Hungarian language class in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine Hungary says it will protest to the EU over a new law that limits the teaching of subjects in languages of Ukraine’s ethnic minorities, including Hungarian. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said he would urge foreign ministers next Monday to revise the […]

Spain Catalan crisis: Puigdemont to address region’s future

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Carles Puigdemont presided over a cabinet meeting on Tuesday Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is due to announce his plans for the future of the province amid growing pressure to drop plans to break away from Spain. There is speculation he may announce a unilateral declaration of independence following a disputed […]

Macron’s public sector reforms spark nationwide strikes

Image copyright Reuters Image caption All nine of France’s public sector unions support Tuesday’s nationwide strike Millions of public sector workers in France are taking part in a nationwide one-day strike in protest at President Emmanuel Macron’s economic reforms. The action has closed schools and disrupted train services and about a third of flights have […]