Polish PM Beata Szydlo replaced by finance minister

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mateusz Morawiecki (l) has been named as Beata Szydlo’s replacement Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has resigned, hours after surviving an opposition no-confidence motion. She will be replaced by Finance Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the governing Law and Justice Party said. The BBC’s Adam Easton in Warsaw says there had been […]

EU to sue Poland, Hungary and Czechs for refusing refugee quotas

Image copyright EPA Image caption Hungary erected border fences in 2015 to stop asylum seekers entering the country The European Commission is to sue Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for refusing to take in asylum seekers. The commission, the EU’s executive body, accused the three countries of […]

Italian man ‘poisoned family members after joining cult’

Image copyright Thinkstock; Science Photo Library Italian police have arrested a man who allegedly used a rat poison ingredient to kill members of his family because they were “impure”. Mattia Del Zotto, 27, is accused of sprinkling the toxic chemical thallium in the food of his paternal grandparents and aunt, who died. Five other relatives […]

Germany: SPD agrees to talks to end coalition impasse

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Schulz had previously ruled out going back in to coalition with Mrs Merkel’s party Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to talks with their former coalition partners, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU). Mrs Merkel has been unable to form a coalition since a September election. Attempts […]

Prince Charles bomb plot: Real IRA leader jailed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prince Charles visited County Sligo in the Republic of Ireland in May 2015 A dissident republican leader who plotted a bomb attack during Prince Charles’ visit to Ireland has been jailed for more than 11 years. Seamus McGrane 63, from Little Road, Dromiskin in County Louth was found guilty […]

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for border treaty review in Greece visit

Image copyright EPA Image caption President Pavlopoulos (right) holds talks with President Erdogan in Athens The first visit to Greece by a Turkish head of state in 65 years has got off to a tense start, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his host swapping pointed remarks. Mr Erdogan said the 1923 treaty that settled […]

Giulio Regeni murder: Italy to quiz Cambridge tutor over Egypt death

Image copyright Amnesty International Image caption Giulio Regeni’s research topic in Egypt was politically sensitive Italian investigators have received UK permission to question a Cambridge University academic over the high-profile murder of an Italian student in Egypt, Italy’s foreign minister says. Giulio Regeni’s mutilated body was found dumped in the outskirts of Cairo in February […]

Naples pizza-twirling gets Unesco world heritage status

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Italy said pizza-making was a unique cultural and gastronomic tradition Pizza has conquered the world, but the art of “pizzaiuolo” – twirling the dough and baking it in a wood-fired brick oven – is less well known outside the Italian city of Naples. That could now change after the UN’s […]

Russia election: Putin to run again for president

Image copyright EPA Image caption Vladimir Putin had hinted that he might stand during a youth event earlier in the day Russia’s Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president in next year’s election. He made the announcement in a speech to workers at a car factory in the Volga city of […]

Brussels unveils plan to reform eurozone

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Juncker is trying to push the reforms, but critics say the timing is not quite right The European Commission has announced plans to reform the eurozone, including the creation of a monetary fund based on the existing bailout mechanism. Contentious ideas such as the creation of a European […]