Catalonia leader Puigdemont fails to clarify independence bid

Media captionEurope correspondent Gavin Lee looks to the past for the origins of the Catalan crisis The president of the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia has failed to clarify whether he has declared independence, in a letter to Madrid. Spain had issued a Monday deadline for Carles Puigdemont to clarify his intent – or face […]

UK PM May to dine with EU chiefs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The PM will meet with Jean-Claude Juncker, pictured, as well as Michel Barnier Theresa May is to travel to Brussels later for a dinner with EU leaders in a bid to end a stalemate over Brexit. The meeting, with chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, comes days […]

Airbus boss ‘would step down if needed’

Image copyright Airbus Airbus chief executive Tom Enders has said he would be prepared to step down if he was “no longer part of the solution”, as the firm deals with ongoing corruption probes. The aircraft maker is under investigation in the UK and France into its use of middlemen in plane sales. Mr Enders […]

Why does Catalonia want independence?

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Sebastian Kurz: Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party, led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. Mr Kurz is on course to become the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to win more than 31%. It is so far unclear whether the Social […]

Austrian conservative set to become world’s youngest leader

Media captionConservative Sebastian Kurz: the frontrunner Austria’s conservative People’s Party (ÖVP), led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, is set to win the country’s general election, projections suggest. The victory would make Mr Kurz the world’s youngest national leader. The People’s Party was set to win 31.5%, followed by the Social Democrats with 27.1% and the far-right […]

Catalonia: No sign of movement as Spanish deadline looms

Image copyright Carles Puigdemont Image caption Carles Puigdemont laid a wreath at the grave of Lluis Companys The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region has attended a commemoration less than 24 hours before a Spanish deadline to give his final say on independence. Carles Puigdemont and other senior politicians paid tribute in Barcelona to a Catalan […]

Austria holds watershed election marked by migrant crisis

Image copyright AFP Image caption Sebastian Kurz has taken the conservatives further to the right Austrians are voting in a general election in which the frontrunner, conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz, is just 31. The far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Social Democrats are competing for second place, opinion polls suggest. The Social Democrats […]

Original Asterix illustration sells for 1.4m euros in Paris auction

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The French-Belgian comic book series Asterix has been translated in to more than 100 languages A signed original illustration for an early Asterix comic book cover has sold for more than 1.4m euros (£1.25m; $1.7m), auctioneers in Paris say. The record sum was more than seven times the expected […]

Italy school students ‘strike’ over work experience

Media captionThe protests were organised by student unions on social media Thousands of Italian school students are protesting nationwide over work placements which they say contribute little to their future job prospects. The students are calling it a “strike” in 70 cities. Student unions organised the protest via social media. Italy’s Student Network says “no […]