Czech PM Andrej Babis stripped of immunity amid fraud claims

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Babis says the accusations against him are politically motivated The Czech parliament has stripped Prime Minister Andrej Babis of his immunity, allowing the police to investigate his alleged role in a subsidy fraud. He is accused of removing a farm from his Agrofert conglomerate in 2007 to make it […]

Deadly storm Friederike causes Dutch and German transport chaos

Media captionHurricane-strength gusts of up to 140km/h (90mph) caused transport chaos. Five people have been killed in storm-related accidents as hurricane-strength winds tear across northern Europe. Three people died after being hit by falling trees and debris in the Netherlands and one in Germany. A second German was killed in a collision when his van […]

French ‘MeToo’ creator Sandra Muller ‘sued for defamation’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The French journalist started the “balancetonporc” or “rat on your pig” hashtag Sandra Muller, the creator of the French equivalent of the “MeToo” movement, says she is being sued for defamation by a man she accused of sexual harassment. Ms Muller accused former television boss Eric Brion of making a […]

Sweden to issue leaflets on how to prepare for war

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sweden has reinstated a military garrison on the strategic Baltic island of Gotland Sweden will send leaflets to 4.7 million households with instructions of what to do in the case of a war, officials say. The booklets will also explain how to prepare for terror or cyber attacks and […]

‘Code red’ storm causes Dutch and German transport chaos

Image copyright EPA Image caption The fierce wind blew this lorry trailer over in the Netherlands Dutch authorities have suspended all flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol airport as a severe storm causes transport chaos in the Netherlands. Most rail traffic has also stopped as winds gust at up to 140km/h (90mph). Schiphol, one of […]

Italy arrests 33 ‘Chinese mafia’ members

Image copyright Italian police Image caption The raids were carried out in several Italian cities Thirty-three people have been arrested in Italy on suspicion of being members of the Chinese mafia, police say. The early morning raids targeted a group accused of controlling the transport across Europe of products made in China and by Chinese […]

Cocaine found in fresh pineapples

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Catalonia MPs elect separatist speaker as parliament reconvenes

Image copyright AFP Image caption With the election of Roger Torrent as speaker, separatist MPs have control of Catalonia’s parliament Catalan MPs in Barcelona have elected a pro-independence speaker at their first meeting since Madrid dissolved the region’s parliament. The choice of Roger Torrent is the first step to reinstating local government. Separatist parties, who […]

Van Gogh drawing unveiled in the Netherlands after 100 years

Image copyright EPA A previously unknown drawing by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh has gone on display in the Netherlands. The monochrome sketch called The Hill of Montmartre with Quarries dates from 1886, shortly after the artist moved to Paris. The forgotten piece sat in a private collection for almost a century. The drawing, alongside […]

Brexit: Britons take EU rights bid to Dutch court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An ECJ decision would affect all British nationals living in the EU Five UK nationals are going to court in the Netherlands in a campaign to keep their EU citizenship after Brexit. They want a Dutch judge to press the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to clarify their rights. […]

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