Trump helped Europe ‘lose its illusions’

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has said the European Union should be grateful to US President Donald Trump, for forcing it to rid itself of all illusions. Speaking to reporters before an EU summit in Bulgaria, he accused Washington of “capricious assertiveness” in abandoning the Iran nuclear deal and imposing tariffs on […]

Abortion in Ireland: What is the law?

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Italy’s populists aim to challenge EU on debt and migrants

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Five Star Movement of Luigi Di Maio (L) and Matteo Salvini’s League hope to finalise their deal on Wednesday Italy’s two populist parties will try to reach a deal on forming a government after a leaked draft revealed plans to defy EU rules on migration and debt. One of […]

Sporting Lisbon ‘condemn aggression’ after reports players were attacked

The alleged incidents happened at Sporting’s training ground in Alcochete (picture of Jorge Jesus at the academy in 2017) Sporting Lisbon have “vehemently condemned acts of vandalism and aggression to athletes” after a group of fans reportedly attacked players and trashed the club’s training ground. Sporting are preparing for Sunday’s Portuguese Cup final against Aves. […]

Row over ‘flirting manual’ for Russia

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The manual was issued to journalists, coaches and officials heading to the World Cup in Russia The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has been panned for including a chapter about “how to stand a chance with a Russian girl” in a manual it handed to journalists travelling to the World Cup […]

Controversial Russia-Crimea bridge opens

Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has inaugurated a highly controversial bridge linking southern Russia to Crimea. The $3.7bn (£2.7bn) bridge has been a flagship political project for Russia as it seeks to cement its hold on to the territory it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. Controversial Russia-Crimea bridge opens

Farnese Blue diamond fetches $6.7m at Geneva auction

Image copyright EPA Image caption The Farnese Blue diamond passed down through generations of royal families A rare blue diamond that has spent the past 300 years in Europe’s royal houses has been sold at auction in Geneva for $6.7m (£5m). The Farnese Blue was given as a wedding present to Elizabeth Farnese, daughter of […]

Ozil and Gundogan’s Erdogan photos cause German furore

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mesut Özil (L) presented President Erdogan with his Arsenal shirt The German Football Federation (DFB) has criticised its internationals Mesut Özil and Ilkay Gündogan for posing in photos with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two German-born players, both of Turkish origin, gave Mr Erdogan signed shirts at an event […]

Heckler & Koch: Mexico firearms export trial opens in Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption Outside the court protesters displayed portraits of kidnapped Mexican students and dummy guns Six ex-employees of German gunmaker Heckler & Koch have gone on trial in Stuttgart, accused of illegally sending guns to strife-torn parts of Mexico. The indictment focuses on 4,500 G36 assault rifles and smaller firearms sent in […]

Italy anti-abortion posters spark outcry in Rome

Image copyright CitizenGo Image caption The Stop Abortion campaign is being run by a Spanish-based group that also opposes same-sex marriage “Abortion is the prime cause of femicide in the world,” declare the black-and-white posters that have appeared in several areas of Rome. But the campaign has provoked widespread anger and led to appeals to […]