Ireland hosts festive tree throwing battle

Image copyright Eamon Ward Image caption Christmas trees take flight during the competition in Ennis on Sunday The season of goodwill was firmly put to one side in the Republic of Ireland earlier after hundreds took part in an annual Christmas Tree throwing competition. A novel way to take down your Christmas decorations, it’s also […]

Germany coalition: Merkel courts SPD as pivotal talks begin

Media captionHow a woman from East Germany became one of the world’s most powerful figures German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a new round of coalition talks on Sunday in a bid to end the country’s political stalemate. More than three months after its election, Germany is still without a new government. The five-day talks will […]

German and Turkish officials vow to end spat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Gabriel (left) hosted talks with Mr Cavusoglu in Goslar, central Germany Germany’s foreign minister has held talks with his Turkish counterpart in a bid to “overcome difficulties” and improve relations between the nations. Sigmar Gabriel said “open talks” with Mevlut Cavusoglu were “held in mutual respect” despite their […]

‘World’s most expensive vodka’ found on Danish building site

Image copyright Dartz Motor Company Image caption The bottle cap is shaped like a a Russian imperial eagle and is encrusted with diamonds A stolen bottle of vodka thought to be the world’s most expensive at $1.3m (£960,000) has been found empty on a construction site, Danish police say. The bottle, made from gold and […]

Alps weather: Heavy snow cuts off ski resorts

Alps weather: Heavy snow cuts off ski resorts

Image copyright AFP Image caption Deep snow blankets French ski resorts such as Val Thorens (pictured) Heavy snow has cut off the Alpine ski resorts of Cervinia in Italy and Adelboden in Switzerland, as stormy weather continues to batter Europe. Italian media report that Cervinia, in the Aosta Valley, is half-buried under 2m (6.6ft) of […]

UK plans for post-Brexit farm funding

Image copyright PA Image caption MPs say imports of food produced with lower welfare standards should not be allowed Plans for the way farming subsidies will be dealt with after Brexit have been set out by Michael Gove. Farmers will receive payments for “public goods”, such as access to the countryside and planting meadows. The […]

Boris Becker’s son acts over ‘clearly racist’ AfD MP tweet

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption The German lawmaker denies that he made the comments about Noah Becker (right) The son of German tennis champion Boris Becker is pressing charges against Jens Maier of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, his lawyer says. It comes after a tweet posted to the politician’s Twitter account called […]

Poland child sex offenders list ‘protects children’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Poland is depriving convicted paedophiles of anonymity The Polish government says a new public online register with data on convicted paedophiles is a “breakthrough tool” to protect children. Deputy Justice Minister Michal Wos said the register would enable parents to check if any paedophiles were living in their […]

UK car sales see first drop for six years

Image copyright PA New car sales fell for the first time in six years last year, with demand for diesel cars plunging by almost a fifth. In total, there were about 2.5 million cars registered, according to industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The figure was down 5.7% from 2016, while […]

Deadly storm blasts across Europe, killing three

Media captionWinter storm Eleanor has swept into most of northern Europe Winter storms are sweeping across western Europe, causing three deaths and widespread disruption. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by power cuts, and air travel has been disrupted. Two people drowned on Spain’s northern Basque coast after being swept away by a […]