Merkel’s party wins in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Merkel’s party wins in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Angela Merkel – hoping for a fourth term German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party easily won a state election in Saarland, which was closely watched ahead of September’s national vote. Her centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) took 40.7%, comfortably seeing off a challenge by the Social Democrats (SPD), who secured 29.6%. […]

Russia protests: Opposition leader Navalny and hundreds others arrested

Media captionSteve Rosenberg: “The police have been telling the crowd this is an illegal meeting” Russia’s main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been arrested at an anti-corruption protest he organised in the capital, Moscow. Thousands of people joined rallies nationwide, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over corruption allegations. At least 500 […]

Merkel set for success in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Merkel set for success in Saarland bellwether vote for Germany

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Angela Merkel – hoping for a fourth term Exit polls suggest German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right party has won state elections in Saarland, ahead of September’s national vote. Her Christian Democrats (CDU) are on course to take 41%, comfortably seeing off a challenge by the Social Democrats (SPD), projected […]

Belarus protests: Government defends mass arrests

Belarus protests: Government defends mass arrests

Image copyright AP Image caption Dozens were detained on Sunday, including human rights activist Tatyana Revyaka Belarus has defended the arrests of hundreds of people who were taking part in rare protests on Saturday. About 400 people were detained, and some beaten, in the protests against a tax on those classed as under-employed. More people […]

Germany’s Saarland state in bellwether vote for Merkel

Germany’s Saarland state in bellwether vote for Merkel

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chancellor Angela Merkel – hoping for a fourth term An election in the German state of Saarland is being closely watched for signs of how Chancellor Angela Merkel might do in September’s national poll. It is governed by a coalition of her Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats as […]

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

EU summit: Leaders stress unity on Rome anniversary

Image copyright EPA Image caption Angela Merkel was among the 27 EU leaders to sign a declaration European Union leaders have stressed the need for unity at a celebration in the Italian capital marking 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. Twenty-seven European Union countries, not including the UK, signed a new declaration […]

Trump’s ex-national security adviser ‘discussed Gulen removal’

Trump’s ex-national security adviser ‘discussed Gulen removal’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Flynn denies discussing anything illegal President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, discussed removing from the US a Muslim cleric wanted by Turkey, according to ex-CIA director James Woolsey. Turkey accuses the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, of orchestrating last July’s failed coup. In a video interview, Mr Woolsey told […]

Belarus protesters defy ban to march against ‘parasite tax’

Belarus protesters defy ban to march against ‘parasite tax’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The protest took place on the 99th anniversary of the proclamation of the short-lived Belarussian People’s Republic Thousands of people have defied a ban to protest in Belarus against a so-called “social parasites” tax on the under-employed. Protesters shouted “fascists!” at riot police. Reports said dozens of opposition activists were […]

Italy sex case dropped because woman ‘did not scream’

Italy sex case dropped because woman ‘did not scream’

Image copyright kieferpix/getty Image caption The alleged victim said she had “blocked out” what was happening (file photo) Italy’s justice minister has said he will investigate after a court acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a woman because she did not scream. The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying “enough” to […]

EU summit: Leaders meet for Rome anniversary

EU summit: Leaders meet for Rome anniversary

Image copyright AFP / Getty Images Image caption EU leaders with Pope Francis (centre) on the eve of the anniversary summit Leaders of 27 European Union countries, not including the UK, are meeting in the Italian capital to celebrate 60 years since the Treaty of Rome was signed. The countries will sign a new declaration […]

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